Tuesday, December 9, 2008

End of the Semester?

That's right. Suddenly extremely cold and gloves are now required to ride to class, the end of the semester is near. Though it was technically the collegiate off-season, it was a "fun season" for many:

We grew our numbers as a team by A LOT. I received tons of emails from people who were interested in joining, wanted to know more about us,  and if they could tryout. I didn't even know people thought there were tryouts! From starting only two years ago, the team has come a long way. We are creating a niche of friends who all have one thing in common that they love: riding!

I also wanted to report on the current status of the Fall 2008 jersey orders. They have been ordered! When we receive further confirmation as when they are expected to arrive, I will pass it on. In the mean time, I've been trying to numerically prove to the school how the club deserves more funding due to our large amount of participants and our high-volume jersey sales. Last school year, we sold something around 50 jerseys and shorts, as well as tons of other available accessories, totaling somewhere around $10,000 in sales. If you are unsure if that is a lot, its A LOT. Hopefully the school will recognize us more accurately. We also have definitely been commanding some personal attention from the clothing maker. With this Fall sales, we have already come very close to last year's mark, and we still have the Spring order to complete. This means a lot of improvements: rider numbers, team popularity, visibility, design approval, and some other boring things I tend to ponder about.

We had some people venture into other areas of cycling. Marita McCormick has been doing awesome things in the triathlon world and UCI-licensee Kristin Gavin has been making people cry in the cyclocross world. Speaking of cyclocross, Tyler and I just got back from a cyclocross weekend in Rhode Island; keep a look out for the race report. I have also been hearing reports of a soon-to-come penny farthing racing season as well as an increase in bike polo participants...

Looking ahead, we have lots to do. The Spring Road season is coming quickly! Refer to the countdown clock on the right of the screen. This means lots of training opportunities will be happening! I will be riding either my road bike or mountain bike every day as well as some swimming (and teaching Javier how to swim) and other stuff during the break. Send me an email if you're interested in joining. Breakaway Bikes will also be holding some fun events as well as their annual collegiate RPM classes. Stay tuned!

As for the upcoming weeks, stay warm and stay in the saddle!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

State of the Club Address

Sounds official right?

Since my in-activeness on the blog has reached its limit, I am back to it. First off, we have our upcoming 2009 Road season finalized! Check it out.

In other news, Kristin Gavin, (from my last report) is going to represent Temple at Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals in Kansas City, MO on December 11-14. If you can make it, try to make the drive out there for an afternoon or something. After a solid game of Road Bingo, you won't even realize you drove through Ohio. In other news to this other news, the hunt is out to find out what this Kristin character looks like, since she is brand new to the team. A recent sighting has been described her as wearing strange-looking skin suits, similar to this photo:

Another worthy-mentionable topic is Steven Charles Zamastil, or Chaz for short. Be on the lookout for him, as he has been fairly unstable on the bike in recent days. Practicing his trackstand abilities has proved hard for this individual, who has fallen repetively (and gloriously) over the past week. Adding into the equation his $5000 addict he is on definitely gives it more style points as well as an honrable mention in this week's blog post. Moral of the story: Stop at a traffic light behind him to watch him embarass himself. Be patient, it will happen eventually. To make Chaz feel better, I will also mention my recent run-in (literally) with a tree Wendnesday night at full speed while mountain biking at Belmont. Let's just say I used my head in tough situations (and my helmet light).

That is all for now, as my boss is wondering why I have an enormous picture of the Riddler on my computer screen.

Jay G.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jersey Time

jersey orders are now being taken!
go here for all the info!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Wes looks like Aquaman

You've probably heard of celebs like Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears attacking paparazzi, but we never expected our own Wes Beers to follow the trend. During a dominating ride at a recent cyclocross race, Wes decided the obstacles weren't enough and tried to ride over a camera man. Of course, this was an accident.. but nonetheless resulted in a sweet action shot:


Friday, October 17, 2008

Progress on our 2009 kit design

Last night Tyler, Hunter, Charlie and I worked into the wee hours of the night on a possibly design for our 2009 jerseys. Right now, we are torn between two styles: tartan and mondrian.

Both seem very promising, and will guarantee a cooler style than Penn's designs. Stay tuned for an upcoming email by us or an update on here!

Jay G.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

RPM is moving forward (not literally)

Trying to keep this as updated as possible (as you can tell), I wanted to give everyone an update on how RPM is going. With Charlie, Joe, and Tyler as coaches, it seems like everything is going off without a hitch. Everyone has gotten their initial testing done, attendance is high, and everyone is coming downstairs to the mechanics happy but exhausted afterward. There has been reports that Penn's president, Lenny, has recently given it his all quite fully. From what I hear, Mr. Klipper had spewed the remnants of his stomach contents onto Breakaway's hardwood floor, as well as another poor Penn soul. But hey, that hasn't been the first time!

Ride on!
Jay G.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Temple Cycling is goin' global!

That's right. Other than Phil Forrest's recent residence in the Middle East and Robin Tsukada in Japan, Marita McCormick has recently flew back from Rimini, Italy were she competed in the ITU World Duathlon Championships. Her overall time clocked in at 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 32 seconds.

Marita is the leader of a local triathlon club called T3: http://t3triathlon.net
If you see Marita blow past you on the trail, try to keep up!

Friday, October 3, 2008

This weekend's events

This can be you!

Our shop is holding a cyclocross race in nearby New Jersey. Registration closes tonight at midnight, but you can always head there to spectate as well. As of now, nobody has mentioned carpooling to watch it, so feel free to mention it on the listserv if you are going. It should be filled with fun, high-speed dirt crashes, lots of people, and some cycling. Here is some info on it:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

T-Wrecks is looking for riding partners

Aside from his Dungeons and Dragons crew, Tyler is looking for some riding partners for the upcoming season. He tends to ride in the evenings during bad weather conditions. This is an example of Tyler on the average day as he thinks of possible riding partners:

If you are interested in riding with this character, send him an email at tyler.bauer@temple.edu . He is waiting for you with some peeps of his D&D crew who also happen to ride coincidentally:

Swap Meet on 10/11/08

So far these are the people who have replied with interest in going to the Swap Meet at the Velodrome next Saturday (the 11th):

Charlie (Pending Babysitter)

Brenton and Trevor have cars and are able to drive.
Meet at the TECH center at a time TBA. (what do you guys think?)

I cannot go like I had previously planned, so does anyone want to try and sell some Temple Cycling t-shirts for me?


PS. If you want a Temple Cycling t-shirt, email me! katherine.fry@temple.edu
They're only $10! You know you want one!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Signups for RPM classes

If you are looking to get into an RPM class, they are filling fast apparently. They start this coming Monday, and team members are offered a discount. Here are the class options:

-College: Mondays at 5:00 PM
-College: Wednesdays at 5:0 PM
-Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 AM
-Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 PM
-Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM

If you are interested, you can sign up at breakawaybikes.com . If you are looking to do the collegiate RPM's you can email Jay at cycling@temple.edu, and he will send you the collegiate form.

Our site is born!

At 8:27 PM, our site is up and empty. Stay tuned for links to sections about the team the second I can figure out how to do it.