Monday, December 10, 2012

I need to relax

Slept late yesterday for the first time in forever. I'm constantly exhausted with my new store being open and getting busy. Riding has been cut back unfortunately due to the long lists of "always something else" to do. The extra curricular work outside of the normal business day is tapering off so I should get back to riding in the mornings soon. I need it! Rode yesterday with a good group of guys out at The Hulk trail. It was nice to ride with no agenda, no GPS, and just have fun. Only made it one lap but rode one loop  five or six times because it had a super fun floater jump into a 180 degree berm and another jump up the ridge. Then we stood around trying to clear a tough little double with a crummy run in. Tried it 10 or 15 times and I think I was sliding sideways into the face more than half. Ugly. Finally got over it somewhat smooth and rolled on home. I think a 12 foot roll in with a six pack leading into that jump will work just fine. Maybe one day! Good times. Back to work!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

I can't seem to check everything off on my daily to-do list these days. Things just keep popping up. Makes the time pass quickly though! The shop is moving along nicely, repairs are coming in and inventory is showing up. Bikes arrive today! The website is up and running now as well. Starting to feel better on the bike as well after resuming riding again ( I was only off 10 days but it seems like a month!). Anyways- here's some more pics of the store.....stop by and say hi when you can!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Coming in 5 days soon.

Haven't posted in awhile as I've been kinda busy getting this together. After twentysome odd years of working for other shops or the bicycle industry, it's time to open my own shop. Liza and I had been talking about it for awhile. I didn't initially want to open in November but a great storefront opened up right where I wanted to be and at a great price. was now or never time. After a mountain of paperwork, permits, and government incompetency, The Myrtle Beach Bicycle Fix is a go! Got the building ready to go this Thursday and Friday with the help of Matt and Brad, Installing showcases and workbench tomorrow, merchandising tues, and inventory shows up wed. Open for business on Black Friday- Nov. 23rd!
I'm going to be providing professional mechanical service, suspension re-build/ tuning, custom wheelbuilds, bicycle fit services, coaching services, parts and accessories, rentals, and of course....bikes. Stop by to get your fix of anything bike related!
I have a Facebook page- check it out- here. No website yet- almost...I'll post that link as well. I'll post more pics and info when I've got it!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Brunswick Psychlo- X

Great race yesterday up near Wilmington. Starting to get some decent legs again. Still starting slow but now I feel good 30 mins in instead of 55 mins in! Every week gets a little better. Lots of short intervals are working as I can accelerate a bit out of turns now. Anyways- good race, good $, a DJ spinning all day, and a great group of people! The course looked a little so/ so on my pre-ride laps but once you dial in the corners it was really fun. I'll try to be back next year!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Next Race.....

Here's the flyer for the race this weekend. I wanted to race at Salisbury for the 4th round of the NC series but with this only an hr. away.......


Drove up to Boone, NC for a four day weekend with Liza. Spent the weekend camping with the R-Pod, Canoeing, taking part in the Halloween festivities, checking out Boone, and stopped by for the third round of the NC Cyclocross Series before leaving town. Really fun race with a great atmoshpere and a fun course! The weather was actually very fall instead of 80 degrees and dusty like last weekend at Southern Pines. Rode much better this race too, doesn't feel like I'm dragging a trailer out of corners quite as much now. Looking forward to next weekend's races! DH

Monday, October 15, 2012

Brunswick Brawl Pictures

Race Report to follow.......

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Is frustrations even a word ? Probably so in current day U.S.lexicon. Anyways- happy to finally get my computer back. Both Liza and I have had our respective laptops crash and it's taken 2 weeks to get em' up and running again. Not much going on though....same ol' same ol'....only thing of note is that I've finally finished working on the trail near my house. 5 hrs a day cutting a trail through the jungle is no easy task! Now all I need is for people to ride it. A lot. Then it will get good. Only reason for all that work is to have somewhere to ride at night to prep for 24 hr nationals next year. Speaking of prep... preping for tomorrow's race has consisted of a 50+ mile road ride this AM followed by the farmer's market, lunch, and Liza taking a nap beside me while I type. Been riding 10 days now and starting to feel semi-normal again. I'm interested to see how the ol' legs feel tomorrow when I try to unleash the fury old school style on some people. Time has told that it will either be a dominating win or a huge implosion. Nothing in between. Stay tuned to find out! DH

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Staying Busy Counting the Days

It's been awhile since my last post. I've been a little too busy to post so here's an update. In the past 2 weeks Liza and I did our first Triathlon, my parents visited, and I've stayed busy building trails. The Triathlon was a fun experience ( not gonna be more than that though.....don't worry!) doing something new that I was a novice at. It was fun to race with no expectations and no pressure. We were quite concerned with the fact that we had only been swimming a couple of times and faced a 1500 meter open water swim. The bike and run would be no problem after that. We started in one of the last waves to go so we had plenty of time to watch the other waves start and get progressively more nervous about the impending drowning we were sure to suffer. Soon enough it was time to go. Into the water we went. I had agreed to swim with Liza since she was so worried. She did great and never looked like she was going to die. The hardest part was watching everybody else swim away and not chase them. The swim seemed a lot easier than I was expecting as I just cruised along enjoying being in the water. For the first time in forever, I didn't get any water in my ears. Soon enough, we'd reached the dock and climbed last place. After a 300 meter run to the transition area I was indeed the last person on course. This may not have happened had Liza not run off and left me when I was laid low by a sand burr in the foot. She didn't even look back!
On to the bike....after a "relaxed" transition, I finally got on the bike. Facing a 12 mile bike, I was really wishing it was 112. It took me awhile to catch anyone, but then was passing people left and right. The legs felt realllllly weird for probably 6 -7 miles and by the time I really got rolling the bike was over. Some aero bars would have been nice too but this was not far from an "off the couch event" so I didn't put that much effort into it. Anyways- I blew into the T2 a little hot....say 30mph hot, scrubbed speed through the grass, and cx dismounted perfectly for a solid bike time. After a slightly less relaxed 2nd transition, I started the run. That felt crummy for 1/2 mile or so but then I got rolling. Soon, I checked my Garmin and saw that I'd been running quite a bit faster than I had planned. Feeling good, I lengthened my stride and pressed on. I probably passed several hundred people on the run. I got caught by a 15 yr old kid and we battled back and forth for the finish. He got me....which was fine. I finished right about where I figured I would. Good times. I headed back to the transition area to see where Liza was. Her bike was on the rack meaning she was out on the run. People were still coming in from the bike meaning she'd made up a good bit of ground on that leg. She made up more on the run finishing strong. I was very proud of her for doing such a good job despite not knowing how to swim well. 1500 meter doggie paddles are tough!
After a quick shower, we headed downtown to get some food. Pleasantly surprised by downtown Wilmington we vowed to come back for a long weekend. What a cool town!
The day after the Tri, my parents came to visit. We had a great time and it went by far too quickly as always. With plans for a family Christmas in MB,they headed back to Dahlonega. I headed out to the trails to finish them. Tough work ensued with the crummy dirt there. Rake, cut roots,rake, cut roots,etc. Over and over until you hit real dirt instead of decomposing mulch. Dirt is somewhere between 8-18 inches deep under a spiderweb of roots,bark,leaves, and other organic matter. Every now and then I get to dig and build features. It's a slow process but I'm making progress. I hope to have the trail completed by the end of the week. It will be a short loop, but fun and fast.
I better have it done this week. I start training for 2013 next monday! After keeping it pretty random and unstructured for the last umm.....several months, I'm ready to get things going again!
Anyways- That's it for now....DH out.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend outlook

I've been busy with my impending return to paying large amounts of money for a white piece of paper with a number on it that allows me to ride in some form of a circle ( or multiple circles ) with other people that have paid for their piece of paper as fast as we can and then look at our names on a list printed on another piece of paper and clap for the ones who receive a hat, or grips, or perhaps even $50 bucks for their efforts around said circle. The Gin and Trombones is ready, the R-Pod is packed, and 6 hrs later, Liza and I should be in Brevard. The last race I've done was the Leadville Money Grab 100 ( not a circular race... ) and am excited to see how the legs are doing. I've been putting in a couple of miles here and there. Mainly I'm just excited to ride my bike in the mountains with a bunch of like minded individuals. Not planning on running it wide open- cruising with my Old Spice team mate and enjoying the day is what I've got in mind. After the race is the real attraction though. We'll be camping all weekend with Cal Naughton and "The Real Matt Lee". Looking forward to using the R-Pod at a campground and relaxing with friends and family for awhile. A much needed get away might be what the doctor prescribed. What better place to do all that than Pisgah?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Double Dare 2012

So....even though I'm trying to focus on cyclocross this winter, Double Dare is still calling me. It's really hard to spend October doing one hour races when there is so much good mountain bike riding to be done then. I may be talking myself into pushing cross season back to starting in November. No biggie, my big priority races don't start till January anyway. Problem #1 with Double Dare is that my partner in crime has vowed to never do that race again (Not my fault). Problem #2 is that I'm signed up for a 24 hr race the following weekend. The 24 hr is on a 4 man team though so it won't be too big a deal. However, I will have to be careful to ride around and enjoy myself (?) at Double Dare instead of burying myself like usual. I can do that. Ride a bike all day for fun and see what happens. No problem. I do need a partner though. So...if anyone is interested in riding around Pisgah in beautiful weather all day for two days kinda medium paced (aka- "Relaxed Fast") let me know. I'm not planning on riding hard enough to win, but do want to ride all day and still get as many checkpoints as possible. It would be nice to be able to lay down and rest after this one instead of laying awake that night beat all to hell like last year.
Anyways- let me know if you want to team up...

Friday, August 31, 2012


It's that time of year when all the new bike stuff comes out. First Eurobike, then Interbike here in the U.S. Photos are starting to be posted and I found these on the Bike Rumor site. Colnago has some very good looking bikes coming out next year! New colors for the c-59, a Di2 equipped disc brake cross bike and a new carbon lugged 29er. Check out all those colors and styles of Race Face handlebars!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I Seem To Have Lost My Mind Somewhere Along The Way.

Started training again in earnest this week for the rest of the year. With a mixture of events coming up I'm doing a bit of everything. I was planning on racing only cross but Cal Naughton Jr. made the call to request my help for a 4 man team to contest the 24 hrs of Georgia. What am I going to say to So I'll do a 24 hr right in the middle of a bunch of 1 hr races. Then, this morning I saw a link to a 6 hr race near me- the Brunswick Brawl. I can't pass up an event only an hour away. And then, the king of all surprises...........Liza and I are doing the T word. That's right. A triathlon. I don't want to hear one single word about that! training has involved a ton of new elements this week. I've been running, swimming, strength training, and of course riding my bike(s). The soreness from the new movements and unused muscles has come and gone and I am starting to develop a rhythm. Running got much easier the second day ( I'm supposing there were a lot of cobwebs to shake out after sitting in the van for a month ), swimming bores me to death but is not as bad as I thought ( till I drown ) and the strength workouts are no problem. The bike is going well too. Made up some new intervals and tried them out today. I don't see how those things aren't going to get the job done! They were tough ( because intervals are easy right?)! I'm going to do those twice a week for 3 weeks and see what they do for my fitness compared to the usual intervals. Then, if they work like I think they will, my coaching clients can have fun with them! Looks like a busy fall! Combine my races with Liza's running races and we'll be on the move a good bit. See ya out there! DH

Friday, August 24, 2012

Gin & Trombones!

Didn't want to post 3 times today but....some of my cyclocross equipment showed up today! This is a 2012 Van Dessel Gin and Trombones. 7005 Aluminum with a carbon rear end. Easton wheels and Challenge tires to follow soon. Looks like I'm gluing tubies like crazy next week....6 new tires to mount up. This sucker is light! Can't wait to hit up some hot laps on it ASAP! Full review soon! DH

The Much Delayed Leadville 100 Race Report

My race at Leadville started the day before.....and it didn't start well. I'd been riding strong the past week, tapered well, and the legs were feeling pretty snappy. The altitude didn't seem like it was too much of a problem and I was pretty psyched to get to racing. I had been assigned number 208 meaning I'd start in the first 100 or so riders- maybe even get close to a front row start. With 3,000 riders behind me instead of in front, things were looking good.......
That was until I got the stomach bug that had plagued Brad and Bill the night before. I spent most of the night with a swollen abdomen needing to blow chunks all over the bathroom. I finally laid down around 1:00 but couldn't relax. he room was too hot and I could hear and feel my heart pounding in my chest. I think I got to sleep around 3:30. The 4:00 wake up was rough, I felt like total crap. My stomach was back to normal but I felt completely empty inside. It was very hard to get motivated to race but I got ready to roll. Brad and I both delayed rolling to the start as long as possible instead preferring to sit motionless like statues staring off into nowhere. Brad had slept zero hours that night and wasn't feeling well either.
So we head downtown trying not to get run over in the early morning darkness. As we got close to the race start all we saw was a sea of people. Brad headed to the back for his unfortunate 3117 row start and I headed to the front. Finally, I got to the head of affairs and into the first corral of riders. Somehow I got a front row start, making me feel a little more upbeat. After a few call ups for World Champs, past winners, and other somewhat fast people, the shotgun went off and we were rolling.
The trip out of town was nerve wracking to say the least. The first couple of miles were nuetral and this really sketched things out. There was a lead vehicle that we couldn't pass. This was bad due to the fact that they wouldn't drive fast enough causing a massive mushrooming at the front as riders were charging up from further back and then locking up the brakes. Thank God I was able to pretty much stay in the first 5-10 riders and stay out of trouble. Soon, the truck pulled off and it was on! We hit the flat dirt road leading to St. Kevin's and the hammer got dropped. I hit it as hard as I could but the legs protested loudly and I slid back a few spots to somewhere more comfortable. Then the climbing started and I really only had one speed for awhile until I recovered from the early hard effort.
I felt a little better on the rollers leading to the pavement descent from St. Kevin's and was moving forward again. Passing people wasn't as tough as I thought and the short climbs were helping me out. The shallow grade Sugarloaf climb to the top of the Powerline really wasn't bad at all and I stayed in about the same position here. The descent down the Powerline was rediculous. Not a hard descent, I was confused as to what people were doing. It was a double track descent but as far as I could see, everyone was on the left in a long, slow conga line about 10 mph slower than they should have been going. Bizzarre. Yes, the right line was a little rockier and rougher but it was more than worth it to not ride the brakes behind someone all the way down. I took the right and passed probably 50 people on the way down. Things were going great until I was almost down......then I went down. Some ( obviously a west coast rider ) guy, got himself cross rutted at 4 mph, high sided, and got flung into me. I was going quite a bit faster and went down really hard. The dirt on the Powerline feels like concrete by the way and tore me up pretty good. After taking a few minutes to regain my senses, I took stock of the damage. I was bleeding from the knee pretty good and had good bit of pain from somewhere deep inside it, scraped elbow, and quite a bit of pain in my left hip. My bike was fine for once...a slightly bent front disc rotor but quite functional. Remounting, it took some time to get back in a groove and ride well again....something like another 3 hrs or so. I rode terrible for the next 3 hrs. I hurt all over, was in an angry funk, and my left leg felt like it had no power at all.
Pushing on with a 7 1/2 hr finish now out of reach I decided plan B was to get in under 9 hrs and still earn myself a big gold and silver belt buckle. I went backwards all the way until 1/2 way up the Columbine climb. I can't explain it but I then did nothing but go forward. I didn't get passed by anyone else the entire race. After feeling like death for 45 miles I now felt like I was a bike racer again and set to passing folks. The higher I went, the better I felt. All the way up, then flying on the way down. It took me 1:40 to do that 3,300 foot climb to 12,600 feet and 20 min to get back down. Flying back down through Twin Lakes I hit the rollers and moved out. At about 60 miles in I caught another Pro that had gone through some mechanical issues and we started working together. By the time we hit the top of the Powerline on the way back he told me that we'd passed 244 riders. At least we'd be finishing strong! I lost sight of him when I flatted 7 miles out. Assured of a sub 9 hr finish, I soft pedaled in enjoying the end of a tough day. Not the finish I came for but still proud I finished in under 9. The crowd and reception at the finish was pretty amazing. I've done a ton of these 100 milers but didn't really appreciate what this one means to people until I hit the finish. Leadville really was a top notch event with terriffic support. If you can get in- go do it! DH

Back to Leadville.....

Here's some Leadville 100 "action shots". The promised race report will be posted this afternoon. Yes, the Powerline Climb was horrible, I was glad to be finished, and that is a picture of the only singletrack in the whole 100 miles. DH

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Putting off the Leadville 100 race report another day to post pictures from Moab. Rode the Porcupine Rim Trail. It was decent overall. The legs felt like poop from Leadville 2 days prior but when you are in Moab I guess riding is called for. I'd been through Moab three times prior and never ridden so I kinda had to. Porcupine rim started with several hundred feet of climbing up a crummy four wheel drive jeep "road" to the top of the ridge. Technical climbing was the order of the day as I slowly drug my tired carcass up the chunky rocks. 2.5-3 miles in I had reached the top of the ridge and was pleasantly greeted with some spectacular views. After a brief photo stop I was rolling again, looking forward to 12 more miles of downhill fun. I was wrong. I had barely started the downhill when I dropped out of a rocky section at speed when my day went south. At the bottom of said rocks was some very deep sand. My front wheel dug into the sand and washed out bobo style while I was still moving quite fast. Down I go. Not into the sand but past the sand into more chunky rocks. Awesome. My chin was the first thing to take the impact. Could have gotten a hand out but somehow got my thumb caught behind my shifter nearly breaking it off. Anyways- my chin landed square on a boulder, rattling my teeth and nearly knocking me out. I felt the unconciousness coming as tunnel vision was closing down my sight but managed to fight it off. That hurt very badly. As I laid on the ground I tried to assess the damage. It was hard to think with the massive, immediate headache I'd aquired. Once I was able to focus I checked myself out. Aside from my head problems and the blood on my face, my freshly injured (from Leadville) knee was ripped open again and emptying my blood out as it tends to do all over the rest of my leg and the sand. My thumb was already swollen and turning purple. Fortunately, that was all that was wrong ( physically ) with me. My bike was fine as it managed a soft sand landing ( jerk). Back to riding I soon found my biggest problem. I couldn't shift gears. My thumb wouldn't push my shift lever anymore so I had to shift with the palm of my hand. Not very efficient or safe as I had to take my hand off the bar to shift.

Anyways- the rest of the downhill was quite enjoyable. The trail got better and better the lower I rode. Soon, I was off the "road" and onto the singletrack section. The trail flowed much better here, fast but still technical and becoming more exposed skirting the edge of canyons. The last several miles were very cool with a cliff to my left, and a several hundred foot drop into the canyon on my right. Nice, technical sections littered the trail requiring me to remind myself of the consequences of going for it with nothing but a hundred foot drop to my right. Keeping things safe, I soon made it down to the road and the 5 mile ride back to town. My ride back was straight down the canyon and quite spectacular with towering canyon walls all around. Got back to the motel, patched myself up, and we were off to Vegas. Overall, a good trail once you get past the opening section. However, still liking the East coast riding better! DH

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yeah. That's right. Vegas.

Renewed the vows at The Little White Chapel in Vegas. In the Tunnel of Love of course. Sponsored by Specialized apparently. Then we honeymooned in Paris...and then L.A.


Here's some pics from Leadville. Finally home from 3 1/2 weeks on the road. After LV, Liza and I headed west to Moab (Overrated riding....give me Pisgah anyday!), hit up Vegas for a couple of days and renewed our vows, LA for a couple of days, then back across to New Orleans, then finally back to the Riviera. Don't want to get back in the van for a loooong time. Time to settle back into real life and not pro bike racer life now and get ready for cross season! Speaking of....I'm riding for Van Dessel Cycles this fall. Pretty stoked about that. Bikes should be here this week!