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Team Potter in the Holiday Parade

Photo by Dan Tucker

Capt Bob and PBC joined HBA on the Full Moon Ride December 5 2009.

We started in Hiawatha and rode on the paved trail to Downtown Cedar Rapids.

We joined other cyclists, and rode our decorated bikes in the parade.

Our entry won first prize for the best decorated vehicle( get that a bunch of bikes a vehicle)


Tour de France for the Rest of Us

Here is a fun video for you today. Team Potter member, Gingerclip discovered this on the interwebs today and shared it with me.

In France, Remi Guillard decided to bring his friends along and stage a Tour de France style stage finish and prank unsuspecting Sunday riders. He's got a team car, motorcade, photographers, crazy fans, and streakers. Everything to make you feel like you've just rode to a stage victory. I'm sure I would be scared by this if I came upon it, but I think Team Potter needs this kind of warm welcome on a Sunday ride, don't you think?


MTR 2009

More pics from the MTR

MTR 2009

2009 Midwest Tandem Rally in Rochester Mn. Wonderful weather great rides and lots of fun people.

Once again Capt Bob piloted the Black Pearl back to home port.

Rest stop on Saturday morning


The Black Pearl Rides again.

Saturday ride with HBA on the Pearl. Getting some tandem miles in before the MWTR.


Performance Rap Video

Yep. You know roadies have hit the big time, when our new theme song is all about PERFORMANCE and a little slam against those fixie riders. Move over "I want to ride my bicycle", we've got a new theme song!

Thanks to Cyclelicious for sharing this on their blog today.


Sunday Morning Heat Rash Ride

We finally have a heat wave in Iowa. Humid, hot and chance of storms.

The Capt and PBC decided to do an early morning ride today before the heat and humidity got too bad. We had a hard time deciding which bikes to ride, but after some discussion we took the CrossBikes, just because they were the easiest to get to. We were just going to do our Marion route, but soon decided that at least we needed to go as far as Alburnett and back.

Going out we had a nice tailwind, so you know what that means, going back we had pretty strong SSW winds. It was hot, but we got just over 26 miles in by 10AM. Then of course the storms started rolling in, one after the other. It did not cool off, just got more muggy.

All in all, still a nice morning ride.

August 9,2009



Black Pearl Sunday Ride

The Capt and PBC took off on this cool July Sunday for a little ride on the the Black Pearl. It was a very nice day for a ride, somewhat cloudy, but cool . We rode downtown CR to try to meet up with another couple but they did not get the message, so we rode north to Oscars for breakfast and then on North to my favorite (Alice Road), we then headed west to Alburnett and then back home. Total of about 35 miles. Then home to watch the TourDeFrance.


Proctor Cycling Classic 2009

The Proctor Cycling Classic was a few weeks ago in Peoria, IL. This event was also the Illinois State Championship. I got a chance to head down in the morning and capture some of the action.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Enjoy!


More Holy Toledo Pics


This is a yearly HBA ride where we start in Hiawatha, Ia and ride our bikes to Toledo Ia. We have several great stops along the way, a lunch stop as well. We will spend the night in a motel and ride back the next day.

This year was a little more challenging on Saturday, we had continuous rain all day, needless to say we were all soaked and cold by the time we got to Toledo, and then of course the rain quit. Sunday was beautiful sunny and warm, Yippee!

Congrats to Maximus he rode 120 miles in two days, and new first for him. Yep I am pretty sure he can do RAGBRAI!

Great job Team Potter!


Volunteer Schedule for Goldpointe Criterium

This is the work schedule for Sunday July 5th. The Goldpointe Fitness Criterium begins with course setup at approximately 630 AM.

To see the schedule bigger, please click on the image.


Peoria Ride

Capt Bob and PBC headed out to Peoria on Saturday to meet up with the Illinoid Division of Team Potter. We rode in the afternoon, which by the way was about 90 degrees.

We took our bikes to Washington, Il and saddled up at a bank and headed out quiet, and very smooth country blacktop roads. We had a few rolling hills too.

We eventually ended up in Morton, and by this time, the heat was pretty uncomfortable. After a little convience store stop, and some cold Gatorade we headed back.

It was a beautiful route, low traffic and nice roads.

Thanks Penutty and Maximus for that wonderful ride, We ended up with about 30 miles, and unfortunately both of us forgot a camera, so not photo's taken, I will just have to add a previous photo.

It is always great when Team Potter can ride!


HBA Full Moon Ride

Wednesday 6/10/09
Captain Bob and PBC joined HawkeyeBikeAssociation for the monthly Full Moon Ride.
We left the trailhead at 5:30 pm, with approximately 33 riders heading north on the trail to Center Point. We stopped for supper at Pappy's and then rode home in the dark, with lights a flashing in the rear and headlights a blazing in the front.
It was a fun ride, but got home to late at night.
Until next time---Go TEAM POTTER


Volunteers Needed: Gold Point Criterium

Help Cedar Rapids Cycling
And be part of the event
Sunday, July 5th

Volunteers are needed to help with the Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium. The races include several State Championship events and bring cycling to downtown Cedar Rapids July 5th.

Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • registration
  • support
  • course crosswalk
  • corner marshals

Three shifts are available: morning, midday & afternoon.

To volunteer email:


Slow Sunday Ride with HBA

May 31 10am was the start of the Slow Sunday Ride lead by non other than PBC. I started doing these rides a couple of years ago, to encourage new or slower riders to get the opportunity to ride in a group. We had a very large group this morning Total of 18 riders. We rode approximately 20 miles on a relatively flat course. The top photo you might recognize the tandem. Yes it is true we had a mystery couple on the :"BLACK PEARL" Dave and Carolyn wanted to try the tandem so with some pedal switching seat rising and lowering they took off with me to join the group.
We had a fantastic warm, slightly breezy morning for a ride. Team Potter continues to ride, and even share their bikes.


Capt's Sunday Afternoon Ride

Capt Bob far left(Bert and Ernie Jersey) Lead a Sunday afternoon ride with HBA. We had a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon.

Ride destination was Marion square park to Wittier, Waubeek, Central City, Anamosa and back to Marion. Nice rolling hills, a tail wind on the way back. Total 43 miles.


Windy Ride

My first attempt at uploading a video for the team. Enjoy all you Team Potter wannabes' !

Team Potter on a windy day

Peoria branch of Team Potter was in town last weekend, and we went for a windy ride north of Marion. It was a little chilly and breezy but we had a nice ride and then went to Mr. Beans for lunch. Life doesnt get any better than that. Thanks Stacy and Greg!


Share the Road

While I was thinking about the Ride of Silence, I came across these "Share the Road" videos. They are a great reminder to both drivers and cyclists that we both need to share the road. Cyclists need to be given space (3 feet of room in Illinois) and as cyclists we also need to be courteous to drivers and allow them room to safely pass if possible. Patience is key for drivers and awareness is crucial for cyclists.

Here are just a few videos that I like:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Ride of Silence: Reminder

Just a little reminder this Monday morning about the upcoming Ride of Silence on May 20, 2009. The Ride of Silence will take place globally with riders both honoring cyclists who have been injured and killed on the road as well as promoting safety and awareness.

In Peoria, the ride will start at 7:00p pm at Glen Oak Park, check out the article in the Journal Star.
for more information.


Tour of Turkey Crash - The Other Side

To be fair on this blog, we should share both sides of the story. Yesterday, I posted a link about the horrific crash in the tour of Turkey between Daryl Impey and Theo Bos. Fellow Team Potter cyclist, Tina (a.k.a Gingerclip) and I were discussing the crash this morning and watching the video over and over again trying to figure out just what happened. On initial viewing, it looks like a blatant take down to me, but after reading Theo Bos' statements regarding the event. You can read what Theo had to say here. He is clearly upset about the incident and the accusations placed against him.

I am also sharing the slow motion video of the crash, which I think I have watched about 25 times now. After watching the slow mo and reading Bos' statement, I do believe what he is claiming to have happened is possible. I will let you all decide for yourselves.

Cycling star, Lance Armstrong, weighed in on the video and had this to say yesterday on his twitter page:
"Bos doesn't even get disqualified. pitiful. he deserves a long suspension." and later "rewatched Bos crash 10x. Fences were uneven, sprint looked nervous/sketchy, but imo the hands should never come off the bars in a sprint."


Tour of Turkey Crash

There isn't much I can say that Ken Conley didn't already say on his blog, Spare Cycles. Barloworld rider, Daryl Impey was seriously injured during the tour of Turkey when he had "contact" (ah-hem) with Rabbobank rider, Theo Bos.
Here is a video clip from the Tour of Turkey. If you don't want to watch it all, please fast forward to 3:25 to watch the drama.

Daryl Impey won the Tour of Turkey despite what appears to be a deliberate takedown. He comments on the incident on his website. According to Bike World News,"He suffered a broken hip, a neck injury and facial trauma, lost several teeth and had a deep cut in his lip as well. Impey was awarded the victory but obviously could not attend the awards celebration".


The Perfect Circle

Just a little Friday video fun for you. It's nice - go ride your bike. =)

The Perfect Circle from Matthew on Vimeo.

Matthew Modine rides the streets of New York on a bicycle to tell everyone about "Bicycle For A Day."

"Bicycle For A Day" is a fun, open and proactive invitation designed to inspire individuals, communities, governments and corporations to take a step towards solving the current environmental issues. BFAD is a global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride a bicycle rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles.

BFAD will debut with small, VIP events during Summer / Fall 2008 that lead up to a gathering at The South Street Seaport in NYC, to mark the "official" BFAD day, September 20th.

This is not a bicycle race! BFAD is a day to demonstrate how doing ONE thing can help improve the environment.


2009 Ride of Silence

•Ride of Silence is a nation-wide event to honor those who have been
injured or killed while riding their bicycles. For more information, please

•This event is free. All participants must be over 18. For safety reasons,
all riders must wear a bicycle helmet. Any cyclists without a helmet will
be asked to not participate in the ride.

•The Illinois Valley Wheelm’n are endorsing the 2009 edition of Peoria’s
Ride of Silence. For further information regarding this local event, please
contact Bill Clark @ 347-4841, or Mike Honnold @ 696-2591


TEAM POTTER Rides Again!

Spring is finally here, and Team Potter (Peoria Division) came to Cedar Rapids last weekend, and joined HBA(Hawkeye Bike Association) for a Saturday ride.

It was a sunny chilly spring morning, when Capt Bob, PBC, Penutty and Maximus headed up East Post Rd to downtown CR to meet the group at Green Square Park. We arrived just in time, to join approximately 30 riders . We rode out Ellis Park to Stoney point rd and to Cherry Hill park. We had the group photo, then many went other ways. We stopped at the Blue Strawberry downtown for a little breakfast sandwich, and a little social time. We then rode on home. Great 33.70 mile ride for Team Potter!


Epic Cycling Adventure + Photography

That post should have caught your attention. Cycling and photography - two things I enjoy very much and really love people who put them together. What about people who put them together for all the right reasons? There is a photography contest going on called the "Name Your Dream Assignment". The winner will receive $50,000 funding to support their efforts to document their dream assignment.

I am a big fan of reading the blog, The Epicurean Cyclist, of photographer and cyclist, Russ Roca. He has entered the contest to pursue his dream of being the first zero-emission, multi-national photo assignment as he pedals his way through North and South America documenting people who are living eco-friendly lifestyle and are leading activists toward a more sustainable planet. Russ is a real cyclist advocate as well and I really hope the cycling community will put their support behind him and this effort.

Please read more about his dream and photo assignment and vote for Russ here. The contest ends on April 3rd, so please vote soon.

Below are a couple of photos (that I have shamelessly taken from his blog and I hope he won't mind) of one of Russ' bikes that he uses to carry all of his gear and of him out riding. He does this sort of traveling all of the time and I would love to see what captures on his journey. Here is also a link to his photography work. He also has many other cycling blogs, so check them out too!


Busted Bikes & Crashes

I just found a very sad, yet very interesting and sometimes humorous blog today called "Busted Carbon". Its pretty much nothing but pictures of broken bicycles. Gasp!! I know! Cranks and Handlebars seem to be a common one.
Captain Bob will especially sad to see that today's bike isn't carbon, but is sadly a busted titanium Litespeed. He will cry, I know he will.

Check it out here:

I've also added it to our list of cycling blogs on the right. =)
Speaking of broken bikes (which either means you did something stupid or you crashed) here is the video of Lance Armstrong's crash earlier this week. I heard he is still going to try and ride??

Lance Armstrong Post-Crash at Castilla y León from CycleTo on Vimeo.


New + B-Cycle

Sometimes all you need is some new shoes. I am pretty excited that my new Specialized MotoDiva shoes showed up at my doorstep yesterday. As Paolo Nutini said, "Hey, I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right". I think these new puppies will help me kick off this cycling season right. I've been working on and trying to drop some weight. I thought a little bit stiffer soled shoes would help increase my power and stop the awful hot spots I was getting with my old shoes. You'll notice they are mountain bike shoes. I ride on the road, but use mountain clipless pedals. This girl likes to be able walk when off the bike.
Okay, that is my new. I also found a cool new idea, called B-Cycle. I think this concept would work great in a bigger urban setting. This isn't something that would work for me in terms of commuting from home. I honestly live too far from work with way too dangerous of roads (umm..highways actually) in between. If I was a city commuter or lived in a highly populated urban area, then this might be awesome. Check out the video below.


Routes & Recipes Book

Well, the weather is on the verge of breaking and I don't know about you guys, but I am already adding weekend rallies to my calendar. I'm planning my summer rides and starting to think about getting out there and training. Some of the best ways to get out and ride is to join a club. I belong to two clubs, the Hawkeye Bike Association in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n in Peoria, IL. Both would be happy to have your membership and provide a regular riding schedule to keep you fit.

Whether you ride with a club or not, you probably ride on your own and are looking for some good training route or looking for a casual Sunday ride to somewhere new. I have a great solution for you. The IVW, Routes & Recipes Book!

The Scoop:

The IVW has put together a book of 50 routes for the Central Illinois area. It also includes 72 recipes submitted by club members, Great Harvest Bread, Not Your Average Joe and Tanners’ Orchards.

What You Get:

The routes are from 26 different cyclists and area bike clubs covering a total of 1,740 miles with a variety of distances (11-70 miles with 35 miles the average distance) and starting points, such as: Brimfield, Bureau Junction, Chillicothe, Dunlap, East Peoria, Farmington, Goodfield, Hopedale, Hudson, Kewanee, Lacon, Mackinaw, Morton, Mossville, Pekin, Peoria, Princeville, Sparland, Washington and Wyoming. Each route consists of a map, cue sheet, items of interest & an area for personal notes.

The book will have a laminated cover with a coil binding. All proceeds will be used to promote the club’s advocacy programs. These books can be ordered for delivery at a cost of $20 each or pickup for $15.

Want One?

Please contact Mike Honnold at for more information or send $ directly to:
Mike Honnold, Routes & Recipes Book Order, 1822 West Bel Aire Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

You can also pick one up at Russell's Cycling and Fitness in Washington. I've been told they have a few left.

Here is a Sample Route From the Book:
"Scenic Peoria County Route"

Location: Peoria County; Peoria; Nelson Sprinkler Factory
1 Sprinkler Lane, Peoria, IL 61615

Location Note: Please park near the north side of the main employee parking
lot. Do not park in the lot used for semi truck trailers!

Distance: 30 Miles
Terrain: Moderate route with rolling hills – flat at the end

Features: Nice rural ride passing through the scenic Jubilee College Park
along the way. Jubilee does offer opportunities for filling up
water bottles or using the bathroom.

Here is the link to this ride on Map My Ride (we will be featuring online routes in the near future).

Now how awesome is that? You get great recipes, great route ideas and you get to put some money into the local community to help with advocacy for things like new trails and bike paths!

Complete RAGBRAI Route!

Who0-hoo! Here it is, the entire RAGBRAI route complete with elevation profiles, milage, and wind on GEOBIKE. This is where I go to see just how hard I actually think the route is going to be. It looks like Day 2 is going to be tough. Long and hilly!

If you are interested in riding RAGBRAI, be sure you sign up online. Registration deadline online is April 1st. If you are planning on riding then this also means you will need to start training and that means spinning on the trainer or rollers inside and as soon as this Midwest weather breaks getting out there for a spin!

Looking for new training routes this year? Well, check out our next post about the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n Routes and Recipies book.


Street Smarts: Bike Lanes & Paths

In today's society full of motorists, it isn't easy to find safe and dedicated bike lanes. Some cities can hardly call themselves "bike friendly". Even if they have bike lanes, it doesn't always mean that these are routes that are direct or go through busy downtown areas - things that would be especially important if you are a daily commuter going to work. If you do commute, it means you are probably on the road next to motorists who are in a hurry on their way to and from work. What about your safety and visibility? I am across two new things today to aid cyclists in the fight both to be seen and to have some rights to road.

The first is a virtual bike lane concept called Light Lane, dreamed up by Alex Tee and Evan Gant of Altitude. The idea is that a laser beam would project a bike lane barrier behind your bike as you ride at night, allowing not only the visibility that motorists need to see you ahead, but also creating that separate barrier and your own riding space, hopefully encourage motorists to give you a little room. As far as I could tell, this is merely a concept at this point, however, it is very interesting and something night commuters would find pretty useful.

The other is an option that leaves a more lasting influence. It has less to do with your immediate visibility or safety, and more to do with showing where bike lanes should be and alerting fellow cyclists where it is safe to ride. How is this possible? Contrail is how. It is a very simple frame mounted device that dispenses chalk onto your rear tire and them wherever you ride, you leave a thin chalk trail behind you. Of course, the more regular commuters who take the same path, the more obvious that route needs s dedicated bike lane. Contrail was conceived by Pepin Gelardi and Teresa Herrmann and designed for for the Power to the Pedal competition.

Photo credit: "skittle bikes" photo by Jessi Pervola

Photo Credit: Studio Gelardi

Thanks to the following blogs and sites for this material.



Bike Hacks

Studio Gelardi



Bike Videos Galore!

Okay, I might have become mildly obsessed lately with cool cycling videos. I think it has something to do with being here in the Midwest and not being able to ride outside yet. It is just so darn cold. So while the days are spent on trainers, getting used to the saddle and dropping some weight just anxiously awaiting being able to ride outside, I find some motivation in watching these swanky videos of being riding. The one below is clearly advertising for Hutchinson tires, but very stylish never the less. Check out the lady wearing red tights and silver pumps of all things, while riding.

It's Your Ride from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

Here is another cool video, which is less produced, but very neat is its own right as it isn't video at all. It is really 900 still photographs taken with a Sony DSLR and a fisheye lens mounted on this guys trike and it captures his morning commute. As a fan of photography as well, I really dig this one and I might have to try it out on my bike this spring, just for fun. =)

Ride To Work from Nicolas Lambert on Vimeo.

So, if your stuck indoors like I am, I hope you are enjoying these cycling nuggets of creativity and I hope it is giving you that little nudge to keep riding those trainers and rollers! Pedal on, my friends!


Podium Girls

Mark Cavendish - (c) Ken Conley

Ever wonder what it is like to be a podium girl? You know, the pretty girls who get to hand flowers out and zip up the awarding jersey? Oh, and get to kiss the riders?
Here is a quick little video clip about Kirsten and Joanna who were the podium girls at the '09 Tour of California.


Want more podium girls? Check out an interview of the Tour de France podium girls here and the Giro d'Italia here.

Photo by Ken Conley


2 New Things

#1. Team Potter Cycling has a new email address! Yay!
You can now email the team at

#2. I found this cool video today while looking at other cycling blogs. I found this one shared on the Epicurean Cyclist. It is just a cool video with interesting angles and after I watched it, I just wanted to ride away. Its motivating in the way that just pedaling in the fresh air with the sunshine on your back is. Not exercise or racing - just freedom. Enjoy!

Rapha Rides The Tour of California from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Tour of California (or Tour of Theft?)

Blossoms - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

There were lots of great things that happened at this year's Tour of California. We watched Fabian Cancellera race to victory in the opening prologue with a cold that forced him to abandon the next day.
Fabian Cancellara - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

We watched the riders suffer and persevere through cold rain and wind the first half of the week and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time ever.
Modesto - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Lance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Golden Gate Bridge - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

We saw Lance back in the saddle, not only riding but also promoting LiveSTRONG and his advocacy for cancer research and funding as he promised he would do.
Lance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Ultimately, we saw Levi Leipheimer 3-peat the time trial in Solvang and 3-peat his win and put his stamp as the dominator of the Tour of California. What a week of racing!
Levi Leipheimer - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Levi Leipheimer - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

There was so much good to watch with all that great racing and perseverance, but alongside all that good there was some shocking thefts that happened. The Astana trailer was broke into the night after the Prologue and Lance's own time trial bike was stolen along with a few other Astana bikes. (read more on that story here.)If that wasn't bad enough, Dave Zabriskie, the 2nd overall in the TOC and American time trial champion rider for Garmin-Slipstream came home to his house being raided any many valuable items like bicycles, a car, stereo and tv equipment stolen. (Read more on that story here.)

What kind of world is this? I know we are going through hard times, but are people really going to resort to petty theft to solve their problems? Or are these thefts coming from obesseive fans? Who knows. What I do know is that it is a darn shame that our heros of cycling are having to watch their backs and their possessions and that these types of crimes overshadow all of the good that bicycle racing can be about.

On a happy note, however, I have found my new favorite blog to follow. I love both cycling and photography myself and I have discovered photgrapher, Ken Conley. He has taken some of my favorite images from the Tour of California and I am already subscribing to his blog. He is also generous with the usage of his images royalty free. So, Team Potter here will be sharing some of his amazing work with you all on this blog. Please be sure to check out his work at his website and his cycling photoblog, Spare Cycles.
Bixby Bridge - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

I'm also keeping my eye out for GeoBike to see the latest route for Ragbrai. I haven't seen anything yet, but when I do, I will be sure to post it here.