Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
A crew of Heroes and their lady friends stopped by Hopleaf this afternoon for slow-cooked beef brisket sandwiches and imported ales. The bartender was surprisingly surly and even more surprisingly, unfamiliar with the contents of the bar.
The man of the hour was Patrick Hero. We all sat captivated as he told us, how, he alone from the HAC/TSH crew, woke up at a ridiculously early hour to make it to the Judson Death Ride on time. We listened as he slyly told us how a barista at the Evanston Starbucks remarked on the girthiness of his quads. All Heroes have girthy quads, perhaps Patrick's are just that much more meatier.
He did 70-some miles before the rain hit -- the only heroic Hero this day. This Hero was out 'til 2 a.m. listening to Lazy Cowgirl records at a friend's house and drinking Baume. The other Heroes at the table were similarly struggling.
While Patrick was the real star, his Rapha shirt was even more so. Look at the picture above. Wow. How trim does it fit his shapely physique? Marvel at the check pattern that references established sartorial tradition and dandy-ism, while its hidden buttons suggest pure utilitarianism?
Goodness, let's hoist a pint to Patrick's Rapha shirt. The real Hero at the table.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
1980-1990, John B. Hero creates the Loop by combining the Prairie Path Trail with the Fox River Trail. The course is 62 miles, 40 miles of it crushed limestone.
2005-2006, The Heroes come together and start riding the Prairie Path.
2006, The first Loop is attempted by the Heroes.
2007-2008, The Loop becomes the standard on which all Hero rides are compared.
2008, Bar room discussions about creating the first Hero Classic, THE DOUBLE LOOP
2009, Isaiah Hero wins the first Spring Double Loop.
2009, Todd Hero wins the Autumn Double Loop.
2010, History unknown....
"Many fear the Double Loop but all want to win it." Le Ramrod
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Hillsboro’s not by a major freeway, gas costs less than three dollars and there’s no Starbucks. Once a year The Almighty and hundreds of cyclists descend upon this town as the Christian Cycling Club hosts the most epic road race south of Chambana: Hillsboro Roubaix, a punishing blend of winding country roads, hard winds, eight percent grades, and a brief but intense section of American-style Pavé just before the finish.
Half Acre Cycling had a serious crew at this year’s Roubaix. They suffered mile upon mile of hot sun, prairie winds, crashes, water shortages, and excessive cramping. More than one Half Acre Hero admitted it was their toughest race to date. One man in this battered bunch did however find small glory, someone that as far as we know has gone unknown in the Hero Circuit: Jamie Sanchez. A sprint finish just past the pavers landed Jamie a sweet 3rd place in the single lap Cat 5 race.
Never mind these numbers -the best thing is that everyone on the podium at Hillsboro gets a brick. Bringing a brick home from a road race far exceeds the qualifications of a Tenspeed Hero –add a bunch of tats, some hard-drinking, and more than one three thousand dollar bike and you’ve got Jamie Hero. Chapeau good sir! We look forward to your participation in the Double Loop.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Jennifer Hero 4pts
Luke Hero 3pts
Todd Hero 3pts
Matt Hero 3pts
Patrick Hero 3pts
Ben Hero 3pts
Jon Hero 1pt
I cannot wait to give her a beer.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out but when they will I can only guess.
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can’t help it if I’m lucky.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The Cross on Lances neck was given to him by a friend who helped him during his cancer treatment and sadly later lost her own battle with cancer. The other medallion is from his ex-wife Kristin that is inscribed with a verse from the bible, Second Timothy, Chapter 4, Verse 7.
I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
I am thinking the Tenspeed Hero Nation may need something more general in the symbolic yet specific to our calling. Something that calls to memory our days on the road. Something kind of Mad Max that will nestle and burrow into Zach Hero's Man Chest. Oh God I just had a terrible thought...Rapha comes out with their own necklaces. I love my Rapha bibs but there are limits to this relationship.
Local Tenspeed Hero, Stephen Hero actually designs Jewelry with his girl Jessica. Their line is called LULU. I like this Black Eagle. I think I will have to consult with him on this. It would mean more if it came from him and Jessica.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
A male Hero always unzips his jersey on the climbs to aid in ventilation and show off his virile chest hair. Those Heroes less hirsute or of the female gender can opt for taking off their helmets or rolling up their sleeves.
The only thing that matters in cycling is that you look good while doing it. Hence Rapha.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Scoring 3pts for picking winner. 1 pt for a pick that falls on the podium. Best of Luck for Roubaix.
Also Jen forgot to pick for Flanders but she is picking for Roubaix:
3. The Schleck Brothers (she likes them) but for real Thor.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
7 Heroes drove up the mother-ship of hilly terrain in these parts, Wisconsin. We pulled into our base of operations Hero style. Pay no attention to the Cervelo. We left that 55 tooth monster in the dust.
Its a long way up to Wisconsin and some of the boys were changing out of their civilian clothes so we had to kick it at Uphill Grind which is our LBS when we are in Wisconsin. Patrick Hero was in the cafe looking for his name in Velo News. I told him not to worry cause his name is on the Tenspeed Hero blog every day and there are a lot more readers!
The boys are cold and wondering if the sun was really going to come out. This is the day that I realized that arm warmers are like socks. They are really easy to lose and I missed them.
Todd Hero appreciated the Christo and Jean-Claude piece that the Wisconsin Park District put up on the top of the Blue Mounds. Actually he did not. He pushed over a tree when he realized there was no water. Dude be kind to the forest.
Here the boys share some laughs and look at their bikes. Some of the Half-Acre Heroes have some big races coming up so they came to sharpen their legs. Todd Hero usually goes to Mexico, drinks beer and surfs all day long before he wins races so I am not sure what he was doing here.
On top of the mounds I found this Cutting Crew, sporting a vintage XXX Jersey. He was riding around in socks. Yeah man that is hard-core. Climbing the Mounds, Looking for your buddies in Socks. That is so Hero that I am making this guy an official Hero and he has never heard of the Double Loop!
Riders: Patrick Hero, Todd Hero, Isaiah Hero, Luke Hero, Joe Hero, Matt Hero and Sean Hero.