2008 Zimmerman MS Bike Ride

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Muffin Ride

The Tuesday morning Mike's Ride is starting to looking like a ZMotion recruiting poster as our racing team was out in full force and was ready to play. Due to the holidays, just riding Mike's apparently wasn't enough because after they got back to The Cove, they turned around again to head south down to 17th ST causeway in Ft. Lauderdale. The weather started getting beautiful and so were the the sights.

Of course we all had to stop at Bart's Coffee Co. for some Espresso and Muffins. I think I am starting to see a trend with this team and food. My question is, which is more important Riding or Eating? Only time will tell...

Death Ride 2000

Saturday's ride can only be described as a "Death Ride" as an extremely windy day was combined with Victor motor-pacing us on the moped. I personally missed part of the ride, but everyone I talked to said that this was one of the hardest rides yet. On the way back the group just shattered and there was a "grupetto" of around 15 or so that finished with the moped. It was hard to get an echelon (diagonal line of riders) going and with that side wind, being in the gutter was painful as you didn't get as strong a draft.

We were welcomed back to The Cove with the typical awesome spread so graciously provided by the ZMotion team. People were quieter (and hungrier) than usual and the kitchen staff had to go back to refill the buffet line several times. I even snagged this photo of Victor who seemed to be really enjoying his meal.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

ZMotion Masters Team Training - 12/24/08

It's 6am on a Wednesday morning with overcast sky and winds of 15+ mph and the ZMotion Masters Racing team not only looks like a team but is training like one also.  This morning we had at least 16 guys decked out in the new racing kits working on pacelines up and down A1A.   We only lacked for the presence of our sprinter Vinny.

After a short warm-up we started out with a double paceline with each pair pulling for around a minute cruising at 26mph and above.   We turned around at the bridge before Palmetto and started our single pacelines trying for smooth pulling through while pulling into the wind.   We got a little disorganized as the pace moved upwards of 30mph but learning is part of why we were doing this.   We did a couple of more of these pacelines and the last one had us doing a simulated lead-out.

If we can translate this training to actual racing and form a ZMotion "train" at the end of a race, then the sky is the limit...

zMotion Welcomes the A1A cycling club!

What a beautiful Saturday morning, perfect SFLA weather with temps in the mid 60’s, no wind and bright sunny skies. There is no better place to be cycling in the month of December. Pedals up at 7:00 am sharp with over 100+ riders participating in today’s zMotion Group Ride. Today we are joined by 20+ riders from the A1A club – thanks Katrina for coordinating!
Someone must have needed to complete their holiday shopping as the pace was fast and furious right from the get go. Speeds ranged between 25 and 30+ mph all the way to the Palm Beach Inlet and back. Over 80+ miles at a ridiculously fast pace! What was really cool though, was seeing the sea of zMotion jerseys dominating and leading the entire ride, pros, masters and club members all together in a double rotating pace line, like a well oiled machine that never misses a stroke and seemed to stretch as far as one could see on A1A........wow, amazing how big and how far this team has come and I can only imagine just how big this zMotion movement will become !!!!!! If Robert Donovan and Ricky could see us now...