This is the official Allegheny Jet race page.
I began riding a bicycle as my exercise at age 45 when long forgotten athletic injuries surfaced leaving no cartilage in my left ankle. After years of solo riding I joined a club and met some riding buddies. Our group of riders got more and more competitive and a few of us began racing in our 50’s. I’m on a team that has other Master riders who are also good friends that I love be around. My athletic resume includes being a collegiate decathlete, meaning that I can do many events yet master none. My 5 year bicycle racing career seems to have followed the same course. I love competition and have come to embrace the training and personal preparation necessary to be able to race. I also have to give credit to my wife for putting up with my dedication and passion. In the past year I have done gravel road races in Michigan, crits, road races, TT’s (which I hate), mountain bike races, cyclo cross races and am now becoming a fixture at the new Cleveland Velodrome.
When racing, my best results have been in crits where my sprinting background shows up. One of my best best events back in college was the indoor 300 meter run that took around 33 seconds to complete on a 1/8 mile track. The non-traditional event is between the 200 meter and 400 meter races at which I was either too slow or too heavy to have great success, but the 300 meter was the happy medium. Looking at data from my Power Tap files, watts/kilo generated, I score the highest on 30 second power when compared to others according to the Coggen/Allen charts. Based on the PT data racing track would seem to be a natural for me so the required bike was recently purchased, mixed into the heard for a few weeks, then brought out to play on.
I hope you will enjoy reading my journey into racing and please feel free to comment. I have thick skin and don’t take myself too seriously.