Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cyclists on the Nacho Ride to Eagle

Here are a few riders on their way from the 84th St. Trailhead to Eagle tonight for the NACHO Ride. I think we had around 40 to 50 cyclists at the OED tonight. It seemed quite a bit less than that initially, but they kept trickling in after 7:30 when I left. The new Nacho Ride shirts were being sold and look quite nice. OED even had Bud Light on tap out in the picnic area! They were well prepared for a big crowd!

RAGBRAI Cyclist dies from injuries

"A Missouri University of Science and Technology professor has died from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident during the last day of Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Donald Myers, 69, of Rolla, Mo., was a professor of engineering management at the university. He was the fourth person in the 37 years of RAGBRAI to die in an accident directly related to bicycling. Des Moines County Sheriff's officials on Monday said the accident happened Saturday morning at the Lake Geode Dam on County Road J20, which is approximately 15 miles west of Burlington. Myers was riding down a small hill that ended in a curve near a dam when he lost control of his bicycle and crashed. Officials said no other bicycle or car was involved. They said he was wearing a helmet, adding he landed on the opposite lane from where he was going. Emergency medical crews arrived to help Myers within a minute after the crash was reported at 9:08 a.m. and found him unconscious with a head injury. He was taken to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington before being transferred by helicopter to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He never regained consciousness, officials said. He died Sunday."


It always pays to be careful when riding!

It's Nacho Ride ... It's MY Ride!

Tonight is the weekly NACHO Ride! Meet at the 84th St. Trailhead at 5:30 pm, Walton at 5:45 pm or just join us in Eagle at the One-Eyed-Dog Saloon any time. Last week they ran out of meat for tacos and nachos by 7:30 pm, so you might want to get there before 7. Nacho Ride T-shirts will be available in all sizes for only $8 each. You can see a sample on the NOA Blog. We had about 150 cyclists last week. Let's see if we can beat that again!

Monday, July 27, 2009


We heard that one of our friends, Jim W., had a bad crash on Sunday. Apparently he hit some loose gravel or rocks on the shoulder of Hwy 2 near Unadilla. Jim has at least 2 broken ribs and a broken clavicle (collar bone) and will be off the bike for at least 6 weeks. Our thoughts are with Jim.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ride to Syracuse July 18

We had a nice 50 mile ride to Syracuse and back this morning. We stopped downtown at BJ's Family Restaraunt and ate breakfast, then headed back (the wrong way) on a one-way street. Breakfast was excellent and no one got run over, so we headed back along Hwy 2 to Lincoln. Temp's were cool with a slight west wind, so everyone had a good time!

Nacho Ride July 14, 2009

We had a nice hot ride out to Eagle on Tuesday evening. Temperature was about 94F when we started at 5:30 pm, but a little cooler on the way back. Don't forget next week's ride! It will make number 30, and to celebrate, they are using a Hawaiian theme. So wear a Hawaiian shirt or something Hawaiian (grass skirt or coconut bra??)

Monday, July 13, 2009

NACHO Ride Tuesday!

Tuesday is weekly NACHO Ride! Let's set a new record for turnout! See everyone at the 84th St. Trailhead at 5:30 pm or Walton at 5:45 pm or Eagle at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nice 50 mile ride

Dave & Kerri invited me for a 50 mile ride this morning. I was a little hesitant, since I hadn't been on the bike since the last day of NUMB on July 1. However, I shouldn't have worried. The ride seemed to be almost too easy, more similar to an easy 20 or 30 mile ride instead of 50. Perhaps it was the overcast sky for most of the morning, or perhaps it was the 10-15 mph tailwind on the way home. I like to think it was the 300+ miles of practice from last week's NUMB ride.
The photos above show us resting at the store in Syracuse - the halfway point of our out and back.

Friday, July 10, 2009

TDF Stage 7 Spoilers

Don't read this if you want to watch the race on Versus later today.

Team Astana did very well today, placing 3 riders in the top 5 overall after Stage 7! Fabian Cancellara did not do so well at all, and dropped off the leaderboard as a result.

Stage 7, from Barcelona to Andorra, Spain finished with a mountaintop sprint. A breakaway of 9 riders pulled it off this time, allowing Brice Feillu (France) to capture the stage win. Second place went to Chistophe Kern (France), 3rd to Johannes Frohlinger (Germany) and 4th to Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy). Alberto Contador sprinted ahead of Lance Armstrong and Cadel Evans to capture 9th place.

The overall standings after Stage 7 are: 1. Rinaldo Nocentini 2. Alberto Contador (+ 6 seconds) 3. Lance Armstrong (+ 8 seconds) 4. Levi Leipheimer (+ 39 seconds) 5. Badley Wiggens (+ 46 sec.)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tour de France begins - Lance at 20:12.35 in Stage 1

Lance Armstrong (Astana) gave a good performance in today's Stage 1 Time Trial at 20:12.35, for 10th place. However, Fabian Cancellara won 1st place at 19:32, with Alberto Contador (Astana) in 2nd place and Levi Leipheimer (Astana) at 6th place.

More on Versus:
http://www.versus.com/tdf/ (HD cable channel 229 in Lincoln)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Group Photo in North Platte

Here is a photo of our cycling group taken in front of the North Platte UMC on Day 3 of NUMB. From left to right: Steve, Roger, Spence, Brad, Jim, Shirley, Dave and Kerri. NUMB ended up raising about $43,000 on this year's ride. Next year NUMB will likely be in the counties of Seward, York and Hamilton - the last 3 counties they haven't been in.

Pedals of Honor - North Platte Telegraph

The North Platte Telegraph also did a nice story on the NUMB Ride for Hunger. Here is the link:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

KNOP North Platte video of NUMB

Check out this video from KNOP TV in North Platte. The first image shows Jim, Dave and Brad cycling south on US 83 near North Platte on Day 3 of the ride.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NUMB Wednesday - Finished!

This photo shows all of the riders bags set out for them to claim after the ride.

NUMB Wednesday

This is a photo of the last SAG stop before Ogallala on the last day. It was in Roscoe, NE.