MAD DASHES Goldsprints Races Thursday 2/27, 7:30PM at ArtsRiot in Burlington!

People, the time has come.

Perhaps, like me, you hung up the outdoor bike back around Thanksgiving and haven't gotten back on it since. Maybe you switched over to riding a trainer, maybe rollers. Maybe you've headed down and ridden with a VTIndoor ride. maybe you've resorted to spin classes, or maybe, just maybe even running.  Maybe you've been able to keep up riding outside, in which case, good on you!

Anyway, it's turning into late winter. it's raining outside and it's about to get cold again. Spring is a ways off, and chances to show your prowess, your ability to "win the bike," as the UVM cycling kids like to say, are few and far between.

Have I got something for you.

It's called Mad Dashes and it is Burlington's very own goldsprints racing series, and the next one is happening next week.

What's goldsprints? Let's take this into a first-person point of view for a minute:

You head down to ArtsRiot on Pine Street. It's the last Thursday in February. You're in street clothes. Sturdy sneakers. You grab a beer, you find a guy or gal with a clipboard and sign your life away. The music starts pumping. the lights go down. There are two bikes on stage, no front wheels, bolted to frames. A projector shines a clock face on the wall behind them. The races start. People are up on the bikes two at a time, no more than 15 seconds of riding, then back down again. Your heart is racing by the time they call your name. You put your beer down. You strap into the pedals, check the seat height. The MC counts you off.

3, 2, 1...


Everybody is screaming in your face. You spin the pedals. It feels easy at first, then harder. How much more of this is left? You cast a quick glance over your shoulder. How can this only be half over? Your opponent is doing much the same.

Time. Stretches. Out.

Then it's over.

You come of the bike, jiggly-legged, exhilarated. out of breath. Hungry for more. Looking forward to your next chance, perhaps in the finals bracket, perhaps in a grudge match against a friend, a teammate, somebody who wore the same coat as you,whatever.

You do it again, and again. Maybe you take home some prizes, maybe not. But you leave excited for cycling, excited to get out and ride, ready to come back and do it all over again at the next event.

Come and ride with us on the 27th. I'll help you sign in and race. Old Spokes Home, Switchback Beer, Maglianero Cafe, and Lazer Helmets will provide the prizes.  KJ Gollum will DJ. Click this link for details.

Just show up. I'll convince you to race, and once you do it once, you'll be back for more.

See you there,



Riding this Week at Chef's Corner South End, Thursday, 2/20, 6:00PM

Hi everybody-

First off, sorry I cancelled last week's ride with such short notice. I was hoping the little snowstorm we had would hold off enough to get everybody down there, but by the time I drove home from work at 5:00, it was looking wicked greasy out there and I was worried that by the time we got done it might be truly bad out.

But, time heals all wounds, and a week has passed. This is our last ride for the month of February, because next week on the 27th, it's time for Mad Dashes again down at ArtsRiot. More on that soon.

Location: 208 Flynn Avenue, in the brick buildings on the right before the railroad tracks.

Time: Setup around 6:00 and start riding by 6:30. Rides generally go and hour to an hour and a half.

Ride: Selection is by group consensus or a spin of the Wheel of Pain. 

See you there,



Riding Together is Better- Ride Together with Us, Thursday, 2/13, 6:00Pm at Chef's Corner South End

Hey everybody-

We'll be riding together again this week at Chef's Corner South End. It's our usual Thursday night gig at 6:00PM, riders' choice for the video or we can let the Wheel of Pain decide. On to other things:

As you might imagine, cyclists all over the northern hemisphere are whiling away the winter months putting in hours on their indoor contraption of choice. But, as in all things cycling, there is tradition. Tradition! From that adherence to tradition (and a healthy dose of indignance when baseball caps started showing up on riders' heads on the podium) the hashtag #capsnothats started making the rounds.  Now, there is another, related to our chosen means of keeping up our winter fitness:

So, if you are advanced enough in your tech-savvy-ness, and are out on twitter or even Instagram or Facebook, you can follow the hashtag #rollersnottrainers, which is a little contest Tati Cycles out in Chicago is putting on. The rules are simple: shoot a little one-shot video of riding rollers, and  put it up on twitter with the hashtag. They are giving away t-shirts and eventually, a set of rollers from Jet Black as prizes.

Anyway, I want for VtIndoor to be open to everyone of all levels, and certainly there is a barrier to entry (balance!) related to getting onto rollers. Nobody is going to make fun of you for showing up with a trainer. In fact, I keep a spare one in my car for anybody who wants to use it. However, from my personal experience, rollers are better for all of the reasons everybody says they are. You get smooth, you get more engaged, you have to think a little bit.

So, I'll go ahead and make a little #rollersnottrainers video at this week's session and if we win anything, we'll draw for it at the end of the year, or we can make the rollers available to one new rider per week, a sort of scholarship to putting a little soul into your winter workouts.
Bring: your bike, your trainer/rollers, your  towel.

Location: 208 Flynn Avenue, in the brick Buildings on the right before the railroad tracks.

Time: Setup around 6:00 and start riding by 6:30. Rides generally go and hour to an hour and a half.

See you there,



FREE Indoor Group Ride! Thursday, 2/6, 6:00 PM at Chef's Corner South End, 208 Flynn Avenue in Burlington

Just like the title says, we'll be at it again riding at Chef's Corner South End tomorrow night, February 6th.

Show up around 6:00 with your bike, trainer/rollers, and towel and lets ride and sweat together to one of a number of fantastic videos from The Sufferfest. Rides go anywhere from a little under an hour to an hour and a half. Ride as much or as little as you want, spin away and watch the scenery go by, or hit every sprint and climb like it was your last, your choice!

I'll hit "Play" on the video at 6:30 sharp. Gotta finish up in time to grab a yogurt at SoYo before I blow out of town for the night!

See you there,