Antlers at Vail Biking Tradition

In keeping with the Antlers biking tradition, Randi and I participated in the recent Ride to Work day.  I think this was our tenth time doing it together out of the last eleven years.  One of us must have been on vacation that other year … I can’t remember who.  In the spirit of Bert Farin, we stopped at every food station between Edwards and Vail, and did manage to hit our favorite one at Dowd Junction, just before they ran out of breakfast burritos … Yes!   Bert claims to take a circuitous route each year down in Boulder, just to stop at a couple more.  We totally admire that.

Ride to work 2013

Another component of the Antlers Vail Cycling history is our participation in the Colorado River Ride.  It’s coming up in just two weeks, on July 27.  We’ve had as many as two dozen people proudly wearing the Antlers colors.  Out of 32 people, that’s not bad.  Some of them even work for the competition, but we still call them friends.   Besides, our standards for this purpose are exceedingly low.

River Ride Montage

Unfortunately, this year many of our regulars have conflicts and I think we’re only going to have a handful riding together.  No biggie, because we usually split up pretty quickly anyway.  However, if YOU would like to join us, we’d love to have you, AND you get a free limited edition Antlers jersey!

bike jersey back    bike jersey front

Just give me a call at 970-790-5200.

We do have one celebrity rider with us this year, although she doesn’t know it yet (she knows she’s riding, she just doesn’t know that she’s a celebrity).  Back in April we contributed a free night stay (as we often do) to the Bicycle Colorado fundraiser, PLUS entry into the River Ride with Team Antlers!  A very nice woman who works at Kaiser Permanente called me to say that she was excited to have bought our donation at the auction.   What fun!  After she’s here in two weeks, had a chance to meet us and then if she still has the poor judgement to allow herself to be associated with us, we’ll publish her name.  Maybe even a picture.  Stay tuned.

Rob

USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Vail Colorado

Antlers at Vail Room rates are 35% off for the USA Pro cycling Challenge August 24-26th.  Riverside/mountain view Studio suite rooms from $156 per night with a full size kitchen.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  August 25th is Stage 3 of the USA Cycling Challenge and is the Vail Time Trial going up the old Highway 6 road towards Vail Pass.  It starts right from Vail village.  August 26th will be Stage 4 of USA Cycling Challenge and goes from Avon Colorado to Steamboat.

Here is the “TEAM ANTLERS” bicycling team who should be around town watching the races in August.  Come join us !

Three Weeks Brings New Life?

There comes a time when you admit to yourself that you can’t win at anything.  Sure I can compete, but improving my golf game and beating my 26 year old son is a thing of the past.  I know I will never catch up to the friends I ski with.  I play tennis occasionally and can’t beat a girl.  Rather than cry about it, I simply tell everyone that what I do is for fun and then I go home and kick the dog.

That being said, every once in awhile you can be teased by your own accomplishments and I am in the “there’s still hope I will join the world rankings once again” mode.

It started three weeks ago.  Team Antlers arrived as we always do for the Wednesday night league at the bowling alley.  Yes, I said Bowling.  The Antlers has an organized team that has been involved in the league play for 5 years.  We have uniforms and everything.  We have always been in the lower third of the standings and struggle to win just like the Chicago Cubbies used to be or the Cleveland Indians are now.We’re a likable team though.  The other guys really seem to enjoy playing against us.  It must be our magnetic personalities combined with a killer attitude to compete and ultimately lose.

Three Wednesdays ago we busted out of the gate and started to show all the young, finely tuned athletes in Eagle County what kind of grit and fiber we’re made of.  Entrenched firmly in last place and arriving as we do (non-threatening), we took the unsuspecting opponents for all they had.  Cowering like small children, they left that night with a bit more respect for us than when they arrived.  Yours truly bowled a career high 218 and was hoisted upon David LeVine’s shoulders and carried off to the parking lot.

Not to be outdone, Rob LeVine quickly blew out my candle in order to make his shine brighter.  The following week he recaptured the spotlight and bowled a career high 226.  I attempted to hoist him onto my shoulders but dropped him on the table into a half finished pizza and a pitcher of beer.  Another win for Team Antlers.  On this night, we crawled out of the cellar in the standings.  The rest of the league was taking notice of the new kids in town.

Week 3 would be pivotable. We could sense the fear in our opponents eyes and felt our new found confidence.  Ladies and Gentlemen, we are on a “roll”.  The cellar is for rats and we now believe we belong upstairs like the cozy, little, huggable kittens we are.

I will spare you the details of last nights competition.  I will only say that there were no 200 games.  Speaking only for myself, I still feel like I can compete, I just don’t think I want to win.  It’s too much pressure.

Rob said it best as we packed our bags to leave.  “We took a peak out of the cellar, didn’t like it, so we crawled back in”.

Greg Z