Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
How do you train?
I’ve been training with Jim Whittaker as a coach since 2002. It’s primarily for road and cross. I ride mostly six days a week; it amounts to about 12-14 hours a week. Working with a coach has made a big difference in my fitness.
What is your favorite route around Kansas City?
I think one of my favorite rides is the Wednesday night hill ride. It’s hard and intense but it doesn’t last very long and it feels so good when you’re finished. That’s also why I like time trials: because it feels so good when you stop.
What's your favorite race?
I think Jingle Cross. It was good competition and a course that was hard but not crazy technical. There were large fields, I think in my group- the 55s- I had 12 riders. That’s a big group for that age. They had good crowds; the spectators were fun. (He didn't mention how the race turned out so Amber asked. He decimated.)
Hang on. I just thought of my favorite. 2002 Cross Nationals in Napa California. It rained 15 inches that weekend and I got Second.
What do you drink during a ride? After a ride for recovery?
During a ride I’ll alternate between Accelerade and Powerade. My favorite flavors are blue. And I like chocolate milk for a post-ride drink.
Do you worry about your daughter on the rink? She is a roller derby chic.
Yeah. It was pretty good after I broke my collar bone. She showed me a bruise on her thigh. I said, oh, that’s nothing. I showed her a bruise that went from my knee up to my waist. (For Dean, that is a long way.) That hip is still bigger than the right side. We compared bruises. My him and my her hip.
What does your nickname (FOG) mean?
Frickin’ Old Guy or in polite company it’s Fast Old Guy. Cause I was the oldest one on the team.
What has kept you riding and racing?
What has kept me riding is the fun part of it and the fact that it satisfies that competitive urge. I ran track and cross country all through high school and college. I can’t swim good enough to do triathlons. I think another part of it is the people I have met and have helped make it enjoyable as well.
You’re never too old. I didn’t start racing until I was like 40, around 1992. As I’ve gotten older other problems have come up, but you just keep plugging away and find out ways to work around them.
Dean and his wife, Deb, traveled to Nebraska City the weekend of April 12 to celebrate her birthday and Dan and Alice Hansen's anniversary. They said to tell everyone "Hello!"
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
When did you start riding?
Um, start? I did a lot of BMX growing up. It was all local, a bunch of Great Bend locals from the south side built a course out in the woods. It was maintained and built up and changed by teenagers down to some really young ones. We wanted to have fun. We’d start our own races; it was all pride.
What do you like best about the new Madone?
There is a more direct transfer of power. Some bikes are flexy, and you don’t have the direct power turnover. Especially when climbing you notice if a bike is flexy. I did a race outside Tulsa last weekend and sprinting uphill to the end, it was direct. The bike wasn’t fishing around or anything.
What is your favorite post-ride chow? Drink?
Mexican food- a burrito as a matter of fact.
What’s your favorite KC coffee shop?
The High Hat. It used to be a gas station and they have a photo of it as it used to be. No more than ten people can fit inside at once. It’s also on one of my recovery routes, so it’s a good place to go for a cold coffee or hot coffee, depending on the weather. It’s super laid back and off the beaten path.
Where is it?
It’s on Stateline, near Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
In a recent poll at the Trek Shop you were tied as the best-looking rider on the HRRC team with Josh Crow. What tips the scales in your favor?
That I’m better looking, but the scales tip in his favor because he has control of the team.
What are the new riders (Chris Hall, Derek Gorke, and Joe Schmalz) bringing to the team?
Chris Hall is well rounded; he mountain bikes and he races cross. He showed us last year that he can finish in the top 15 at races like the Quad Cities. Derek is a good sprinter. I think as far as leading out or being led out for a sprint, the two of us will help each other a lot. Joe is young. It’s early to tell for him because he’s just starting in the Cat 1/ 2 field. But what I’ve seen so far is that he climbs well and he can time trial. He seems to have good bike handling skills, which is obviously important. I think one cool thing about him is that he asks questions. He finds ways he can get better. He listens and takes action.
What’s your favorite race? Why?
(Without a pause) The Tour of Kansas City. It’s a local race where we have a big fan base. The crowds are crazy on the hill on Saturday and they’re pretty much all over the downtown Overland Park course on Sunday. On almost every section of the course you hear spectators yelling for someone on the Trek team. That’s cool.
Also, my wife, Trina, has always gotten to come. Having two wild boys and a busy schedule, it’s great that she always gets to attend the race. Since my boys have been born they have always been at that race. It’s the one they’ve never missed, no matter how hot.
How do you balance working full-time at Merck, your family, training, and racing?
The rumor is that you might be on a Richard Sachs frame next year for Cross. Can you confirm or deny that rumor?
(Smiling) Can’t confirm or deny at this point. I met the guy and he’s super nice. I’ve talked to him on the phone and he builds beautiful steel frames. P.S. he has a six-year wait list if that tells you anything.
What is your favorite cycling discipline?
Pedaling. You know, I like all of them. Just about the time I’m ready to hang up the road bike, I’m ready for cross. At the end of cross I’m ready for my mountain bike. It depends on the season. I like to do it all. I like every discipline.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Alan Sikes keeps busy in his retirement as an employee here at the Trek Store as well as Gary Gribbles, where he has mastered the art of shoe fitting. If he’s around and you’re looking for shoes, his expertise is worth the wait. Last month he bought his first Moots, a Mooto XZ frame dual suspension two-niner. He laced up some Chris King hubs to tubeless rims. Put on Sram X-O shifters, an XT crank, Juicy Sevens, a Reba fork, and Time Attack pedals. Amber caught up with him last Sunday to talk to him about his sweet new ride.
Mr. Sikes, where was your first ride?
Shawnee Mission Park.
The day you got it?
Yea, it was a Sunday and darn the luck, we didn’t have much work. Scott asked if I would like to take off. The trails were pretty dry with only a few muddy spots.
How was the bike?
The bike was fun. It was, I don’t know if the adrenaline was flowing too rapidly through my veins, but it rode so well. It just handles better.
Where are your favorite rides?
Well, I’m going to find out how Colorado is this summer. I think I’ll go to Lawrence sometime and do the trails out there. The river trails are fun. I’ll probably hit Clinton and Perry.
Is the dual suspension 29er nice?
It is. I like it. I have a bad back, so I appreciate some suspension.
How does titanium ride?
Awesome. Yea, I’ve had a Legend, have an Ottrott, and a CX2 Ti. I do have the Concours CX, which is a cross bike. So I like Titanium. For me, it will last forever. It rides nicely. The titanium absorbs bumps and it rides wonderfully.
What’s your favorite post-ride chow?
Wow. There are so many things. I’d say a Chipotle burrito.
How would you compare the fitness of cycling and running?
They go hand in hand. I know running is harder on your body, but if you can
only do one or the other- if you’re short on time- a run is a good way to get a workout. You can get a good workout in thirty or forty minutes. They really compliment each other.
It’s been a blessing working here. The people working here are great- well to me you’re kids. So the kids working here are great. Every day I look forward to coming to work.
Check out those welds!
Moots builds Ti frames and the frames can come as kits. If you'd like more information on Moots, come in and see us.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Where are you going to ride this thing first?
I don't know probably on a ride with my lovely lady, Anja, who will be riding her Serotta Concours CX.
You have 'porcelain artiste' tagged on the side of your new bicycle. What's that about?
I earned this bike by cleaning 4,267 toilets and you, too, can do that.
When did you start working at the Trek Store?
I started the month after it opened- in April 2004.
What's your favorite Trek Store memory?
My favorite Trek Store memory... there are so many. You know a good memory was with our first store manager, Doug Plumer, who would pop his jaw. Another was with our next store manager, Stacey, when she flirted with Tony. Another good memory was when the next store manager came. It was just like 'the Price is right' at all times with Tom Price. My last good memory is with our present manager, Scott 'the Bull' Stevens, who hired our in-house journalist Amber Chambers. The fondest memory of all was when Caitlin and I washed the windows last year for the Discovery Team to visit. That was another good memory- I spoke Spanish with Alberto.
Is this bike going to be your favorite?
It will be my favorite until the next one comes along.
Are you planning to race this bike at all?
No. Just plan to sleep with it.
What are your favorite times to ride?
Um, high noon on a summer day.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Had about ninety entrants- field was decent. There was great weather, although a fairly strong northwest wind could punish you. It made for twenty-five miles straight into the wind. I did the Masters group, which had about twenty-nine riders.
Silent pause. Amber asked: Well, how'd you do?
Oh, (grin) I won. I won my age group- the fifty-fives. I got away from the pack with a group of forty-five year olds and we stayed ahead of them.
What bike did you ride?
I was on my Lemond Victoire. I rode tall Aelous 6.5s. They did work very well in the cross wind. Some people were concerned about the tall wheels but they did very well. The race was fifty-three miles. What was fun was a downhill finish with the wind, it made for a Fast sprint!
This year the race was straight pedaling. Last year they were burning the fields around the course, so you could feel the heat from the flames. This time it was only the heat from fast legs.
1) Write your own six word memoir
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Customers can qualify for a $40 mail-in rebate on hitchracks valued over $300.00.
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