BMX Racing!

Went to check out the local BMX track in Wakefield, MA today. Never realized this was here until I stumbled upon it in some recent reading about BMX racing in New England.

The field was full of kids and the action was fast. The three turn track offered lots of challenges, and races started every couple of minutes. There were usually two or three racers in each of the fields, which seemed to be organized by age. There were kids of all ages there. The youngest rider, I heard the announcer say, was 4 years old!

I shot some video of one of the heats and snapped a couple of photos. Check it out, and check out their web site for more details: Wakefield BMX.

New Massachusetts Law on Bike Safety

Massachusetts just passed a new law about bicycle safety. It simply seems to codify a number of common sense issues. What’s most surprising is that it took 8 years to get everyone to agree on these items. MassBike has done a good job of summarizing the new law. Check out their info on this link:

It still seems to me that the best overall approach is to ride as defensively as possible. If there’s an issue between a car and a cyclist, the cyclist loses every time, regardless of who’s right. Knowing that someone may potentially get fined $100 if I get doored doesn’t dampen my desire to not get doored.
The “right hook” thing mentioned in the MassBike summary just happened to me on my ride today. What’s amazing is that the car passed me before making its abrupt right turn right in front of me. I find this intriguing, as the car had to have seen me — they had just passed me. Oh well, hopefully all the press this new law is getting in Massachusetts will raise some awareness. Though, judging by the comments posted on, there is a lot of hostility between the parties who participate in many of those discussions…. Can’t we all just get along 😉

Almost forgot how good road salt can taste

After all the brutal cold spells in Massachusetts, not to mention the ice storms and snow storms, it was great to have a little “spring-like” weather today, even if that meant just a brief pop into the low 40s. 

The roads were narrow and dirty, the cars a little impatient and unforgiving, but the sun was shining and it was good to get outside. Cycling indoors at spin classes and on trainers is all well and good, but there’s nothing like getting out on the road, even if that means an occasional mouthfull of road salt or splash of dirty water. The cleanup is no fun, either, but that will come later…. probably shouldn’t have taken my good bike out today, but couldn’t resist.
Getting outside was good motivation too for the upcoming Harpoon Indoor Time Trial, where I have three specific goals:
1. Show up
2. Ride hard
3. Try not to throw up. Though Jonathan Vaughter’s ride ’till you vomit training technique seems to be very effective, it’s just too early in the season.
The Harpoon Indoor Time Trial will be a good early goal to get on track for the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride in June, my major goal for the season. Both are looking like pretty cool events.