Monday, April 27

2015 TTT post mortem

It is good to review while fresh in mind for what went well and what can go better.
Hopefully, one will remember to read this in preparation for next year.

Weather: good call acting on forecast and pushing race to Sunday. We took over an inch of rain 03:00 Saturday morning, then stayed cloudy rest of day. Though high humidity, there was a 10mph wind. Concrete path was drying, thus evaporation taking place, thus tread drying.

Sunday Tread conditions: 09:30 I rode about 3 miles of trail with fat bike. Tires loaded up and had some mud on bb, F Der, downtube. The trail was too wet to ride. Ideally, would have waited till 18:00 after sun and wind to recheck.

Is there a double standard for tread conditions for racing vs non racing?
There is a different standard for racing. Given the sunshine and slight wind forecast for race day, I knew conditions would be improving. Having a slightly wet, slippery trail before the race is not as fun for the first racers and laps. But over the course of the day, over 300+ bike laps would put down on the tread. This smoothed and in some cases widened the tread. A few low lying locations where water soaked in deeply were rutted out deeper and produced a larger gather place for rain next time. But over all, having 600+ rolling pins (tires) roll out the dough (tread) produces a highway type of singletrack. Tomorrow will be the best shape of the trail for the entire year - most conducive to CX and even road bikes riding a smooth, hard packed tread.

Start loop: First race skipped Paul's Motivator and Playland, just doing the double track around the wetlands. Reason being is that we had runners still on the course and didn't want to run up on them in the Playground. 
Second race, skipped Motivator but did run them in the Playland. In hindsight, we should have skipped Playground because there were Marathoners into their race a couple hours in front. This produced gaps because not everyone could get around them as quickly.
Next time: will need course marshal at Motivator, entrance and exit of Playland. Maybe divide double track into two singletracks so no collision when marathoners exiting Playground combine with faster start lap group.

Running race: didn't realize R&R bring food for runners. Had Dave P do likewise.

Four people for registration worked well: day of registration; chip person (chip man Dave!); bib number; limited tshirts. Would only need three. Danna mentioned that people were asking a lot of questions about the race that she couldn't answer. 
Need to get a list of those question and have answer sheet, or race director needs to stay closer to registration.

Not having enough chips for both races produced some anxiousness for a few racers whose chip didn't return until just before their race. I know chips are expansive and the current system is still be paid off or money is being saved for a new system. I can't speak to the software user friendliness but the timeliness of results is great. 
Ideally, the next system should be based on bib with disposable chip. Don't know how much more it would cost to run over current system but that would ease the timer, registration, and racers being distracted from their race.

Course marshals: for those working both (or all three) races, need to make sure that at least once they are called and visited with food or spelled so they can take a break. 
There should be two marshals per location so they can talk and one get needs while other watches and vice-versa.

Smokin Lefty's BBQ worked out very well. Food is good. They were on time. They worked till the racers were done and were flexible to work Saturday or Sunday. They asked to come back, thus we were a good for them too.

Helpers were very much appreciated. Didn't take them for granted. Had comemorative tshirt for those who pre commited to help and $10 for each to eat and give business to SL BBQ. Also gave $10 to a few day of helpers to show appreciation, eat, and support SL BBQ.

Having Ryan and Roxy roll in with their supplies and race organization really makes the races so much easier to put on than in the old days. Ryan adds much value on the PA system to the racers' experience and the crowds' experience. Ryan talking instead of racing sets the Psycowpath series apart from the other regional mtb races, imo. Having helpers to help them setup and teardown is the least we can do to show our appreciation.

2015 TTT Sunday itinerary

2015 TTT itinerary for Sunday, April 26
08:00 setup finish area (North Fort St kiosk) – Dale, Danna, Ryan, Roxy, Dave N, Chris
09:00 runners' water, cups, table, trash can at west entrance/serice road apex - Dave and Eric
09:00 cones and paint service road crossings - Dave and Eric
09:00-10:00 ride course with paint, tape to verify/fix course markings - Paul, Linda
09:00-09:50 runner registration open - Danna and Jennifer
09:00-11:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area - ?
10:00 runners' race starts
10:15-11:30 runners' water table on service road at West entrance - Eric
10:30-11:40 Registration open for Junior, Cat 3, marathon - Danna, Paul, Dave P, Jennifer
11:00 Runners' food table setup - Dave P
11:00-13:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area - Dave N
11:45 Racers’ Meeting – passing, runners on course, Paul's Motivator, pre lap
11:45 Junior sweeper - Brian
11:50-13:40 course marshal – till cat 3 or juniors are through ttf Paul's Motivator - Linda, Paul
12:00 4hr, cat 3, Juniors race starts
12:15-13:30 course marshal - till all juniors are past turn to skip Southhill at West entrance.
West entrance - direct juniors to north side of creek, skipping all the southhill. - Eric
12:15-13:30 course marshal – till all cat 3 are through ttf lower ridgeline - Eric
12:15-13:45 Registration open for Cat 2 and 1 - Danna, Paul, Dave P, Jennifer
12:30 Runner awards (announcer - Ryan, go-fer)
12:30-13:30 chip return from cat 3, Juniors - ?
13:00-15:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area - Dave N
13:00-16:45 Smokin' Lefty's BBQ - food for sale
13:20 Awards to Jr, Cat 3 (announcer - Ryan, go-fer)
13:45 Racers' Meeting - officials - passing etiquette, Paul's motivator
14:15-15:45 course marshal - lower ridgeline  (bring bag chair, umbrella for sun) - ?
13:50-16:15 course marshal - Paul's motivator - Linda, Paul
14:00 Cat 1 and 2 race starts
15:00-17:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area - Dave N
15:00-16:30 chip return for Cat 1, 2, Marathon - Dave P
16:00 - Omaha Devo kids race
16:00 Cat 2 awards - Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - go-fer
16:45 Cat 1 awards - Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - go-fer
17:00 marathon awards - Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - go-fer
17:00 Teardown, picnic tables returned via THOR trailer

Wednesday, April 8

2015 Tranquility Trail Tantrum agenda and jobs

Updated April 10 20:30

There are over 30 separate jobs with time slots. Some people take several jobs or the same job over multiple time slots.

Please consider volunteering for a job to help make TTT a great experience for the racers!

Please send email to tpmbt[at]cox[dot]net for the job you would like to help with.
Thank you,
Dale


Volunteers are needed at the jobs listed below:

Wed 17:00 - course marking - flags, stakes, tape, trail paint (see map)
Will mark all intersections with paint, put in stakes with tape on ground and flags through tape so non racers can ride over blocked tread.
- Dale with BOB trailer, and one or two people

Fri 17:00 - Move tape off ground and put flags in tread, trail paint service road
- Paul, Linda, Brian, Dale

18:00 Move three or four picnic tables from farmhouse to start/finish with THOR trailer
- Dale, Paul, Linda, Brian


Sat 06:30 setup – Dale, Danna, Ryan, Roxy,
  • Parks permit
  • insurance certificate
  • race course maps, on-site registration forms, table
  • water table 
  • food table and parking marked for food truck
  • registration tent and table
  • officials' tent and table
  • PA
  • Results Board and Podium
runners' water, cups, table, trash can at approx. 3/6 mile - west entrance/serice road apex
- Dale

cones and paint service road crossings
- Dale

07:00-08:00 ride course with paint, tape to verify/fix course markings
- Paul, Linda

07:00 runner registration opens
- Danna and one person

hand out bib numbers
10th TTT t-shirts for pre orders
Psycowpath T-shirts for all

07:00-09:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area
- one person

08:00 runners' race starts

08:15-09:30 runners' water table on service road at West entrance
- Eric

08:30-09:30 Registration open for Junior, Cat 3, marathon
- Danna, Paul, Dave P:

Hand out chips -
hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
10th TTT t-shirts for pre orders
Psycowpath T-shirts for all

09:00-11:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area
- Dave N

09:45 Racers’ Meeting – officials – passing etiquette, runners on course, Paul's Motivator

09:45 Junior sweeper
- Brian

10:00 4hr, cat 3, Juniors race starts

10:00-11:00 course marshal - till all juniors are through
West entrance - direct juniors to north side of creek, skipping all the southhill.
- Chris

10:15-11:15 course marshal – till all cat 3 or juniors are through ttf
lower ridgeline
- Eric

10:15-11:40 course marshal – till cat 3 or juniors are through ttf
Paul's Motivator - Linda

10:15-11:30 Registration open for Cat 2 and 1
- Danna, Paul, Dave P:

hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
10th TTT t-shirts for pre orders
Psycowpath T-shirts for all

10:30 Runner awards (announcer - Ryan, go-fer)

10:30-11:30 chip return
- one person, or two 30 min slots

11:00-13:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area
- Dave N

11:20 Awards to Jr, Cat 3 (announcer - Ryan, go-fer)

11:30-15:00 Smokin' Lefty's BBQ - food for sale

11:45 Racers' Meeting - officials - passing etiquette, Paul's motivator

12:15-14:00 course marshal - lower ridgeline  (bring bag chair, umbrella for sun)
- Chris

12:30-14:00 course marshal - Paul's motivator
- Linda

12:00 Cat 1 and 2 race starts

13:00-15:00 go-fer - help officials and others at start/finish area
- Paul

13:00-14:30 chip return
- Dave P

14:30 - Omaha Devo kids race - tentative time

Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - go-fer
14:00 Cat 2 awards
14:45 Cat 1 awards
15:00 marathon awards

15:00 Teardown, picnic tables returned via THOR trailer

Sunday, April 5

Helping Paw for Hayley Fundraiser



Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:00PM to 5:00PM
At Bike Masters  5265 N 129 St (129th & Fort St)

Bike Masters invites you to help us raise funds for a service dog for Hayley Denson, daughter of our friend and co-worker, Doug Denson. Acquiring and training this companion dog will improve Hayley’s quality of life and increase her independence.

Bike Masters has a goal of raising $500 which will be matched by $500 from Dan and Kendra Hill, owners of Bike Masters, resulting in a total of $1000.

Meet Hayley and her parents, Doug and Jill, and share a cookout lunch with us.

For bike riders, there will be three bike ride options:
- Road Bike Ride: 35 miles. Led by Dave Reinarz
- Mountain Bike Ride: Tranquility Park trails. Led by Dan Hill.
- Casual Paved Trail Ride: Standing Bear Lake. Led by Jimmy “The Fresh” Paterson.

You can make a contribution at the event or donate online. Donations are tax deductible.
See the link below:
https://redbasket.org/360/helping-paw-for-hayley

Wednesday, April 1

mountain bike monday night ride

Standing mtb ride Mondays, rolling from shop at 6pm. We head through neighborhood to West entrance of Tranquility Park to the kiosk south of Fort St/124th St entrance, which is at the back end of the first parking lot. This may be busy when soccer is in secession.

We usually roll from kiosk around 6:10 to the North Fort St loop first if you are late and looking to catch up.

See THOR's Tranquility page for more info on the trail. 

A 75 degree March MNR brought out a nice group.

The group breaks into smaller groups that regroup from time to time. First timers and beginners are welcome.

road rides wednesdays and saturdays

Standing road rides roll at:

6pm Wednesdays - fast training ride with pace line. As group breaks into smaller groups, each is responsible for finding way back to shop.

9am Saturdays - 17+ mph pace line. Regrouping around a half-way food stop. No drop sweeper.

For go/no go questions concerning weather, call Bike Masters at 402.964.1080

Wednesday, February 25

start of wednesday night outdoor rides is march 11

The Wednesday night outdoor ride is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 11.
Meeting at 600PM in Bike Masters parking lot. Try to be back before it is dark.
This is a ride as fast as you can ride, but the big group will break up into smaller pieces along the way, so it is recommended for people who want to push themselves and get stronger and faster.
Consequently, the last indoor weeknight ride will be March 4.
Saturday mornings should move to outside as soon as the ambient air temp is above 40 at 900AM.
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Bike Masters

Friday, January 30

tomorrow, jan 31, last day for $99 winter overhaul special

Plus parts and supplies. No more procrastination or you can pay regular price $199.

Tuesday, December 9

holiday open house party

Just a reminder that Bike Masters is having a holiday open house on Friday, Dec 12, 530-800PM.
We want to thank you for shopping here, and offer you some special benefits.
1. Free gift for all attendees.
2. Free money deal gift cards... we add 10% free money to your gift card purchase.
3. Winter overhaul special is going on now.
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Bike Masters

Monday, November 17

indoor cycling holiday hours

Indoor cycling will continue through the holidays with a couple of exceptions:
Wednesday, Nov 26 ( Thanksgiving Eve) I will not be in the store after 5PM.
Wednesday , Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) the store will close at 4PM.
Saturday, Dec 27 I will be in Minnesota
Thanks
Dave
PS: Don't forget the Bike Masters Annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Open House on Friday, Dec 12.

Sunday, November 16

monday night ride (mnr)

Standing mnr at Tranquility. We roll from Bike Masters at 6 down to kiosk at first parking lot south of Fort and 124th St. Roll from kiosk about 6:05.

During cold months there is an indoor ride at Bike Masters so parking may be tight. Please leave a couple parking spaces in front for customers.

We don't ride mud. Check THOR facebook page for go/no.

We usually have a faster A and a no drop B group.

indoor cycling mon, wed, sat

Full on indoor cycling starts next Monday, 11/10/14.
sessions will be Monday night 6:00 PM
                         Wednesday night 6:00 PM
                         Saturday morning 7:00-10:00 AM
This Saturday, I will be inside on the trainer. You can choose inside or outside ride depending on your cold tolerance.
Hooks are available for $25 for the season. There are 19 spots , 3 are already spoken for, so get your spot and pay for it asap.
Thanks
Dave

Monday, November 3

2014-15 Winter Overhaul Special through Jan 31


The Bike Masters Winter Overhaul Special runs now through January 31, 2015.
Same deal as always:
Complete overhaul (Reg. $199) for $99 plus parts.
If you ride a lot, this is a great thing to do for your bike.

Wednesday, October 8

2014 50/50 Fall Century Cue Sheet

Check out the comments for this Saturday, Oct 11, road century.

Wednesday, September 17

flea market clothing sale

The Flea Market clothing sale is all set up and ready to roll at Bike Masters.
Even more stuff has been added to the mix since last weekend.
Shop now!

Monday, August 25

2014 Fall Century Maps

The Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century routes are posted on mapmyride:

Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century Loop 1
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/514346970

Bike Masters 2014 Fall 50/50 Century Loop 2
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/514384570

Saturday October 11, 2014
Loop 1 leaves at 900AM
Loop 2 leaves whenever you get back, get some refreshments, and regroup.
You can do either loop or both.

Please remember to arrive early enough to sign in. The store will be open at 800AM. You can take as long as you like to do the ride. The store will be open until 800PM.
When I get the sign in form ready, I will email it to to you, so you can fill it out in advance and just hand it in when you get here.
Also please remember to park in the neighborhood North of Fort Street.
thanks
Dave

Saturday, August 9

2015 Fall Century Oct 11

The ride will be on a Saturday, so the shop will be open all day to meet our needs as we come and go.

The Fall Century will be a 50/50 format. We will start at Bike Masters and ride to Fremont and back using the traditional route. Upon returning, you will be able adjust your wardrobe, resupply your nutrition, etc. We will then ride to Two Rivers and back using the traditional route. After the ride you will be welcome to hang out and socialize and recover.
I am scheduled to devote the whole day to riding with you and enjoying the day, so it works out great for me, too.
Thanks
Dave

Wednesday, June 11

Itinerary for Tranquility Trail Tantrum - Saturday, June 14, 2014

2013 TTT race


??? are jobs needing volunteers.
Please send email to tpmbt[at]cox[dot]net for the job you would like to help with.
Thank you.

Sat 06:30 setup –
registration Dale, Danna, Jennifer, Ryan, Roxy
PA
Results Board and Podium

runners' water, cups, table, trash can at 3/6 mile - west entrance/serice road apex - Dale
cones and paint service road crossings Dale

???07:00-08:00 ride course with tape to verify/fix course markings ???

07:00 runner registration opens - Danna and Jennifer
08:00 runners' race starts
08:15-10:00 runners' water table - Chris (with car)

08:30-09:30 Registration open for Junior, Cat 3, 4hr - Danna and Jennifer
Hand out chips -
hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
Psycowpath T-shirts

09:30? THOR grill - Dave P

09:45 Racers’ Meeting – officials – passing etiquette; juniors' finish chute, runners on course

???09:45 Junior sweeper - ???

10:00 4hr, cat 3, Juniors race starts

07:00-14:30 Gofer(s) - helps in start/finish area - Dave N

10:00-11:15 course marshals – till cat 3 or juniors are through ttf
lower ridgeline  Eric
Paul's do-drop-in  Linda  

10:15-11:30 Registration open for Cat 2 and 1 - Danna and Jennifer
hand out chips -
hand out bib numbers -
Day of Registration -
Psycowpath T-shirts

10:30 Runner awards (announcer - Ryan, hand out - gofer)

11:20 Awards to Jr, Cat 3 (announcer - Ryan, hand out - gofer)
10:30-14:30 help officials – gofer

???10:30-11:30 chip return  ???

11:45 Racers' Meeting - officials - passing etiquette

12:00-14:00 course marshals –
???lower ridgeline ??? (bring bag chair, umbrella for sun)
Paul's do-drop-in  Linda

12:00 Cat 1 and 2 race starts

???13:00-14:30 chip return ???

Announcer - Ryan, hand out awards - gofer
14:00 Cat 2 awards
14:45 Cat 1 awards
15:00 marathon awards

???15:00 Teardown, picnic tables returned via THOR trailer???

Wednesday, February 19



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Omaha Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo
Plan to Exhibit & Attend
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
11AM – 4PM
College of St. Mary’s
7000 Mercy Road
Lied Fitness Center
Exhibitors-Sign up now!
Registration fees increase after March 1st   
·        Clubs, non-profits and affinity groups—Offer selling opportunities to members, use as a fundraiser.
·        Bike shops—clear out old inventory. Offer employees an opportunity to sell their personal bike stuff.
·        Individuals—Buy a space for yourself or share one with a friend.
Information & sellers registration on our website: www.omahabicycleexpo.org

Wednesday, January 1

ogre accessorizing towards touring

A few changes to the ogre over the last several months:
- 165mm crank arms replace 180s: ogre has lower bb than mary does; many less pedal strikes
- Brooks Flyer: After getting my backside pounded by the Dakota five-o, I opted for some old school suspension.
- JandD rear rack and bag: carrying additional layers of clothes, cable, ulock
- Relevate Designs frame bag: another accessory towards bike touring

Surly ECR or Krampus or Ogre or Troll? This article and links to others describe their different attributes and functionality. Reading these got me more focused on bike touring. My next accessory I would like to get is a Jones Loop Bar.