Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 Ronde Ohop Results - all official like

While I am aware there is some controversy among the 1/2/3 field on the results after the podium you can find the official results here.

Brief notes about results:  The officials are responsible for these.  Your complaints, objections and vitriol should be aimed at them.  I should only receive your love and admiration.  I am a delicate flower and easily wilt under the shining light of your righteousness!  Seriously though, I stay out of results other than being sympathetic to your plight (and to the difficulty of getting them right).  That said, I do track challenges and try to enable the officials to get it right(er).  So I will do my best to help them improve next year.  Also, results are official after the protest period so if you leave before posted you essentially agree to them.  I know this can be frustrating but I have been on the other side where official results were posted and I had placed on the podium of a Cat 1/2 Stage Race only to have the promoter / officials revise the results due to a local riders protest *2 days* after the event finished.  I've also been on the "winning" end were I was given a top 10 placing at a major race when I was a lap down and the officials wouldn't change it even though I contacted them days later asking to be given a corrected (lower) placing.  Even if the all the riders involved agree to change the results it's a can of worms most officials won't get into.

Finally: Beer.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

HSP Probably took my money

That's a lot of beer being splashed around by the Pro 1/2/3 Podium. I suspect Todd and Richter are excited because they came to my house, took my Rainier tall boys and likely are getting that fat $600 check too. I'll give credit to Audi for coming out to fight for it but other than Zach were were the Garage boys???? Have you no shame??? And I am not even going to mention my elite squad teammates.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Are you Bad Ass?

Is your team Bad Ass?  Because we got us a $600 check for the Baddest Assiest team at Ronde.   Just sayin.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

2012 WA Cup Standing after Round 3

After three rounds of the 2012 WACup (Andy Salmon, Mashel Nisqually & KR Road Race) here are the standings.  The final round is Ronde Ohop.

Cat 1/2 Men

Cat 3 Men

Masters 35+ 1/2/3

Masters 50+


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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Now is not the time for fear: Inspirational Speach from Bane

Many of you have been no doubt disappointed by the lack of variety on this  stupid blog.  Why, once upon a time you actually could come here and find something that wasn't about Ronde Ohop or how fat I've gotten.  Well, I am sorta proud to say I am still Ronde-blogging but am shaking it up by having world renowned Urban Renewal Expert Bane give you a motivational speach to prepare you for Ronde Ohop.

Now Is Not The Time For Fear by Bane

Cyclists, take control... take control of your racing. Behold Ronde Ohop, the instrument of your liberation! Identify yourself to the world!

Behind you stands a symbol of oppression; Ronde Ohop, where a thousand men have languished under the dirt of this course.  The Ronde, which has been held up to you as the shining example of suffering.  You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from dominating this epic race. Let me tell you the truth about Ronde Ohop from the words of Seattle's own dirt idol, Andy Salmon. 'The Ronde didn't break me, It powered my motivation despite my appalling lack of form early in the season. I praise this mad race that tries to crush us .
The Ronde is our reckoning.

Calm down, Cyclists! Now's not the time for fear. That comes later.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

2012 Ronde Ohop Flyer

The Ronde Ohop is a Washington Cup event.  The Washington Cup series of events evoke the Belgian tradition of short, fast and hard races.  Running through rural Eatonville and the local parks the race runs on good county roads with 13 total miles of dirt road.

Registration & Surcharges:  Online at USACycling or day of at the Mashel Loop.  Registration closes 20 minutes before the start of each event.  The entry fee includes $3 per rider per day for USA Cycling insurance. A current year USA Cycling Rider Waiver and Release form must be signed by the participant and, if under 18, by the parent or legal guardian.

License: To enter any race for Men Cat 4 and above or Women Cat 3 and above a USAC annual license must be presented. Purchase online at USACycling.org (not for sale at the race). All beginners (Cat 5 Men, Cat 4 Women) may race on one-day license. No exceptions. OBRA riders of any category other than Beginner must present a valid USAC license. Foreign riders must purchase one-day license or present proof of out-of-country insurance. One-day licenses are $10, available at the race.

Numbers & Placement: WSBA numbers will be used. The officials request that both bib numbers be clearly visible placed parallel with your jersey’s side seam on the back and above the pockets. Frame number should be attached per WSBA instructions. Examples of proper placement: http://gcracingllc.com/numberplacement.aspx. Rental numbers are available for a $10 fee ($5 refundable). For out-of-state riders a $5 number refundable deposit will be assessed.

Course description:  Race starts at Mashel Loop field.  Races will cover 2 to 4  laps of the 6 mile Eatonville Loop circuit (all paved)  then 10 laps of the Mashel Loop (the Mashel Loop is 1 mile road, 1.25 mile dirt).  Course map & profiles can be found at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/18148494.

Wheel Support:   Neutral wheel support will be provided.  In addition to two neutral wheel pits, there will be two additional wheels in/wheels out pits on the course for a total of three wheel pits on the Mashel Loop. The organizer is not responsible for wheels or equipment left at the race.

Results: Results will be posted at registration.  Results become final 15 minutes after posting. Questions concerning results should be directed to the Chief Judge at the Finish line.

Directions to Start:  Parking will be at the Nisqually- Mashel State Park on the right under the power lines.  For navigation or map purposes the address 437th St E Eatonville, Wa near the intersection of Hwy 7 and Mashel Prairie Rd.  Note that there is a similar address near LaGrande.  This is not correct so be sure it's the one off Hwy 7.   

From North or South on I-5  Take exit 127. Drive east on Hwy 512 for two miles, then take the Pacific Ave./Mt. Rainier exit south. Follow Pacific Ave. about five miles to where the road splits in a "Y." Follow signs for Mt. Rainier (the left branch of the fork) taking Hwy 7 south. Drive about 17 miles, passing Ohop Valley Rd.   At the top of the long sweeping hill turn right onto the Mashel Prairie Road on the right side. Go about ¾ of a mile and park on the right side under the power lines

Contact: Michael Pruitt at michaelpru@ohopcommons.org
Additional Event Info: USACycling

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Ronde Ohop Team Prize

In an extremely cheap and blatant attempt to increase pre-registration and stop HSP from dominating the 1-2-3 Ronde Ohop again we've decided to add a new feature to this years Ronde Ohop: a team prize.

What is it?  A $600 check to the team that gets the most points on the day.

How does it work?  Each pre-registered rider will receive points based on their placing.  The team with the most points for the day wins.

There can't possibly be any details can there?  In fact they are.  Here are the important ones:

  •  total team points are based on pre-registered riders in the same sub-category.  For example riders registered in the 1-2-3 race collect points for their team in that race only.  So a team that fields 5 Cat 4 riders and 5 Cat 1-2-3 riders will end up with two team: their Cat 4 team and their 1-2-3 team.  Sub Categories are the ones you can register for online.  
  • Only pre-registered riders are eligible for team award points.  Why?  Because that's part of why we are doing this that's why.  Also it standardizes your team names and makes point calculations doable.

  • I registered as KR and my teammate as Killer Rohrbots.  We didn't get team points together can you fix that?  No.  Assume that a volunteer who doesn't know that HB and Hagens are the same team is calculating results; we will not fix it.  That said, the pre-registration system should prefill team names
  • When will results be posted?  We will post them 20 minutes after the last race results are finalized.  We will then post here and give everyone 24 hours to bitch and moan before I mail a check to the winners.
  • What are the points?  They go from 1st through 20th on a sliding scale then 5 pts for every finisher after that.
1.. 100 
2.. 90
3.. 80
4.. 75 
5.. 65 
6.. 60 
7.. 55
8.. 50 
9.. 45 
10.. 40 
11.. 35 
12.. 30 
13.. 25 
14.. 20 
15.. 19 
16.. 18 
17.. 17 
18.. 16 
19.. 15 
20.. 14
21.. 13
20.. 12
19.. 11
18.. 10
19.. 9
20.. 8
21-60 5pts

I am sure more details to follow.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Expertise Matters

For several reasons the importance of expertise is a sore subject for me these days -- most likely because my success has relied heavily on respecting expertise while I work in an industry that by and large does not.  There is often a tendency to label people who have success as Rock Stars and then make the assertion that because someone is a Rock Star they can do anything.  I don't see the data that bears this out. 

I do, however, completely understand why it would be tempting to use the "Rock Star" standard.
 It's not realistic to have expertise in more than a couple areas.  The best you can hope for is expertise in some key areas and then a good filtering system to identify those who have expertise in the area you lack.

So what is a good filtering system?  I am fond of the filter Jonathan Portes posits in a blog that answers the question of which economists to listen to for policy advise
My answer to it is that policymakers and the public should listen to economists who fulfill two critera: first, they have made empirically testable predictions (conditional or unconditional – see Krugman here) that have proved, by and large, to be broadly consistent with the data; and second, they base those predictions on an analytic framework (not necessarily a formal model) that is persuasive. In other words, getting it right alone is not enough; it should be possible to show your workings – to explain why you got it right. Otherwise, your predictions may be interesting, but they tell you little about how to formulate policy.
Translated more generally you want someone who 1. has delivered (either prediction, product, service) and 2. can explain to you how they did it.  That can be a bit tricky in the product development / program management space because a lot of people have their hands in a successful or failed delivery.  But, one mark of expertise is being able to do risk assessments beforehand that are essentially predictions of what could go wrong and it is useful to reference these when projects do go sideway.

Of course this is rather self serving because it tells you that I am very very good (ie have expertise) at Project Management in general and IT Systems Optimization specifically.  On the otherhand, it also says my political predictions are horrible so there is that.


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It's back. It's Tan. It's rested. It's the 2012 Ronde Ohop.

David Longdon of the SeattlePI's Velocity blog writes up the 2012 Ronde Ohop.  He does a decent job of making 2 hours of being beaten over the head and face by big old boulders at speed sound fun and accessable. 

The reality is this: you get to do a nice road ride for about 40 minutes through scenic rural pierce county on relatively flat roads (there is one quick climb but it's after a descent so isn't hard unless you slow down first).  Then you get to do about an hour twenty getting yelled at by Andy Salmon.  Who has a megaphone.  And is drunk.  And Belligerent.  Photo by BikeHugger.

Don't worry cause you'll spend about half of that last hour and change on paved roads.. riding past your car.  And people lounging in chairs eating burgers and drinking beer and cheering you on.  While you look longingly at your car and think "wow, that looks nice". 

So register now.  You know you want to.  And you can do it here: http://www.usacycling.org/events/index.php?event=2087&year=2012

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Professional Blogify-ing

I have been informed that no one does case studies or white papers anymore.   No!  People want stories and I, Michael Pruitt, am nothing if not a story teller.  Plus my DigitalSnack concept is the bomb and I should be using that.  But no one really seems to understand it so I guess if you want something done right you have to do it yourself.  What does all this mean?  Well the good news is more blogging (now with new content! certified prudog fresh!) but alas more professionally type stuff only Andrew Martin will even understand.  Maybe.  He's a Republican so my expectations are low actually.  Zing!

Anyway, I will try my best to make some cycling related posts occasionally just to keep you all happy.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fail Whale Update

I should probably add a 5 to the list below:

5. Laziness of the week award: To Redmond Bicycles for responding to my request to measure my chain to see if it's stretched with the non-ironic "We're very busy so you'll need to leave it today and pick it up on the 26th."  Actually the changing the chain would add two days.  FTR I went next door and got a chain from Gerks.  Took 10 minutes. 

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Still Snarky After All These Years

Taunt my baby gut all you want silly NW Riders.  PruDog is on the comeback trail and now he has two legs showing up to the office instead of the 1.5 he's had for the last few years.  Sure, they have to push around a lot a little more weight than before.  But that's coming down fast!  Trying to stress me out so that I'll eat more isn't going to work Kiddo's!

And now that I am back that means we get the best of PR List p/b Frank Schleck's (soon to b e released) retroactive TUE - 

  1. Best Team-mates of the Night: This award goes to BikeSale.  We only had like 8 guys last night so BikeSale was kind enough to go to the front and drill back any dangerous break they had riders in.  Thanks guys!  It really tool the pressure off ourselves and Apex so we could practice our leadouts undisturbed.  
  2. Most Warn-out Excuse Award: The tried and true "I just wanted to get work in" line when called out for chasing down a team-mate.  Hey Now!  That one never gets old does it?  I mean, it is totally reasonable.  Sit in, wait for you team-mate to actually do some work by attacking and *then* decide it's time to get that effort in.  Outstanding job boys.
  3. Best Subtle "I'm an National Champion" call-out:  Jr Mahan for his National Championship socks.  It was also intructive since I was unaware he was the French Jr Nats Champ.  Learn something new every day.  Next PR I am pulling out that garish refined helmet/glove/sock/escalade combo I have.
  4. Best Thanks for Nothing:  To KR for taking so long to go back to get Erik Scheller who was bridging back on after the break he was in got caught on the prime.  By the time we got there he was back on! Thank me later Erik.

And on final note: Ronde Ohop!!!! It's on like Megatron.  And, as many of you have now heard a bazillionty times, it may well be the only sunny and dry Road Race you do all year.  So go register.  You'll thank me later.  

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Flynn just wants to be loved

It's no secret that your Masters Killer Rohrbots have been all sorts of a mess this year.  Hainsworth's hip is jacked up (should I mention that I kicked it repeatedly when he crashed into me at Boat last year?  Yah, probably not...), El Diablo Blanco broke his collar bone (I suggested just removing it but no one listens to me), Ryan "BurgerMaster!" Perlman cracked a knee trying to show off his mad cross skills at Enumclaw and your very own PruDog not only cracked his lumbar but had cervical disk disease as well (go to one stupid strip club and this is what I get.. what, it's not an STD???  Never mind then...).

Any who.. PruDog is tired of this treachery.  We are the Killer Rohrbots and we win because.. well because we talk all sorts of trash and stuff and are awesome and the chicks dig us and Randy drinks 6 kegs of Rainier before breakfast and such.

Also, this guys just turned 40 and we can't let him win any more than he does can we????

More to the point no one seems to want this guy to win because, well because he's Levin and he's spent years sitting on everyones wheels and then sprinting for the win or chasing his own team mates down.  (ed. - why you got to be such a hater? me - hey, you want to race that way then man up when you're called out)

Anyhoo the game plan was for me to dillegently protect the back and try to attack the field off my front wheel.  Elbows out!  Mission accomplished.

But more to the point Dux Deluxe brought the pain train to town and piloted Jim "chatterbox" Flynn to the line for the win.  

This is what a KR race looks like, btw. 

Significantly better than the spanking we got last year.

Also too, we're back.


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Tired of you Jive Turkeys

The good news is that my lumbar is healed and my neck is 80% and closing on 100.   That means that next year I'll be riding with 2 legs instead of 1.5.  The downside is 9 mos of minimal riding and only a few races means I am fat and slow.  I know I know, Erik Anderson wants to know how that's different that normal.

Shut up Erik!  That's why.

My grand plan of winning the Masters Rankings is obviously foiled.  Don't think I don't know one of you greased my basement stairs to take me out.  The worst part is I suspect it was Snow Flake.  Damn You to Hell Perlman.

And no, I am not FakeToddHerriot on twitter but I wish I was.  It's hard enough being real PruDog.


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Time to Get My Tits on

Joe Matava is gonna happen.  Get your game on.


Thursday, April 05, 2012

I got your birthday present right here

An Open Letter from Fake Sean Phillips:

Two words ProDog: Quit.  Ducking.  Me.  Wait, that's three words.  Never mind that's not important.  What is important is that I am at PR every week waiting for you in the Masters.  I've got a present for you and your "Killer Rohrbots".  I'll give you two guesses ... no that's not it!  No not that either.  No I'm not giving you a new car.  What?  I don't even know what the BluRay Directors Cut Limited Edition of Babylon 5: The Bootlegs is... huh?  Shut up I'm trying to trash... huh?  Oh for the love of good no you can't have my bike. 

A Spanking!!!  That's what I am giving you jerks!  It's been a long time coming PruDog.  And now it's time.  Mirante & I didn't join.. what the hell are you babbling about?  I just told you what your gift is.  It's a spanking.. huh?  No I am not getting you a new wireless surround sound speaker system.

I give up.  You suck.


Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Flynn has you right were he wants you

After listening to Flynn complain about having to race in the race (poor baby), El Blanco Diablo and I had to listen to him whine about not wanting to do any PR's that involve more than 1" of vertical ascending.  Warning to everyone: don't think that just because he whines even better than he sprints that a little hill will make difference.  He's like the Black Widow of KR.  You can tie his ass up but he'll still break you.

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Don't Count Me Out, You better count me in!

After the non stop texting from Velez telling me how awesome the Grand Fond Ephrata was I decided to spin the new Raleigh Revenio down to Seward via every dirt and cobbled street available.  Proving that I can Grift anything I got caught behind the Montlake Bridge letting boats through and then, right as it came down my front wheel went flat.

Hey, is that the best you can do???? Well screw you Cycling Gods.  You just make PruDog angry.  And when PruDog gets angry, then Mustafa dies.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Grand Fondo Ephrata

I've Grift (see video below) the Grand Fondo Ephrata. After listening to Ronnie wax poetic for the last two years I thought I was finally going to prove to everyone that PruDog is the greatest loudest dirt road course racer cyclo-tourist ever. At least Flynn is going to win PR this Tuesday so I can feel better about my Grift. Also, Velez should be there to ensure that no escapes stay away like last week. That's the last gift Flynn gives. He's winning ever PR for the rest of the year. All waves too, because he's that fit.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What the hell PruDog?

What? Once my races are done I stop blogging? What a selfish jerk. Lucky for you guys Jim Flynn demands that I blog about his PR dominance. That's right, one win and one second in two races. In the 1/2/3 race. Snip snap!

I really got nothing funny to add except I can't believe Phillips is letting Mirante win. No gifts!