Howdy, my name is Wayne Keller and this is my interweb portal for pretentious posturing.
Among other things, I'm a lifelong bicycle community/ lifestyle soapbox stander, singin' the friendly, encouraging praises of two wheeled advocacy throughout community events & organizations. I have a deep-rooted urge to rescue unloved bicycles and like to participate in almost every variant of bicycle related activities. Currently I roam between being a consistent top finishing racer in cyclocross, to a skatepark loiterer stuck in the eighties (Uncle Rico), to being an adamant commuter on the most questionable bikes available. I always advocate creative (and sometimes destructive) solutions to everyday (non) issues that usually involves welders and reciprocating saws. For "cultural" contributions, I'm a sci-fi book nerd and vinyl record hoarder (Original, not re-issued mind you, New Order singles). Clearly, I'm also an accomplished humble bragger.
Blam! Pete Rock blastin’ the road gap near the finish of the Graham Swamp 360 six hour endurance race.
Me and Other Me… the internal debate about not being a lazy sod. So a bit more than a few weeks ago, my good buddy & Florida MTB legend, Pete Rose, leaves a rather innocuous voice message to the tune of “Hey man, are you doin’ the 6hr MTB race at Graham Swamp?”
I had recently finished my silly cyclocross season and was not at all interested in putting in the effort to be remotely competitive against the insanely skilled coastal crusher crew of Flagler Beach.
The Club Ride Mountain Surf short, designed for serious competition. East Orlando Cross Fest Singlespeed Eliminator, Dec. ’17. Photo by Hector Santiago
Have you ever had something so good that you forgot about it? Something that simply disappears because it functions so incredibly well? Shorts seem simple enough, I can’t really remember a bad pair (well, maybe those ragged cutoffs when Pops “hung out” at family BBQ’s that left no mystery).
Doin’ it like a Bruce, and he still wins the round. The 2017 Patrick Cup International. A world renowned celebration of merriment, misbehavior and mayhem, is kickin’ it slideways into the year end finale. The mostly tricycle oriented tests of skin vs. ground resistance have proven to be the highlight of the Florida Cyclocross Series.
Special Patrick Preemptive Prose intro:
“We are Sea Monkeys and cycling proves it. As a bike wheel spins, it is rotating around an imaginary horizontal line that goes through its center, creating a force in the direction of its spin. If you try to change the horizontal axis by falling left or right, the spin translates that push into a turning motion.
August 15, 2017 marked the third race of the Orlando, Florida Airport Time Trial Race Series presented by Orlando Runners and Riders and plenty of positive barley vibes to imbibe from Orange County Brewers. For the previous race report, please see the original post here.
Our third stop (first stop here) (second stop here) for this season’s 2017 cyclocross Cannonade SuperX cyclocross vessel using the brilliant Gevenalle CX 1x cyclocross shifter, BURD derailler & HOUP cassette spacer right here in the Swamp Furnace, deep in the armpit of Florida.