Emily Kachorek restarted her racing career with Team BEER two years ago while earning a Masters Degree at CSUS. The grass roots nature of Team BEER provided her a solid foundation to regain her desire to race and find the drive to go out and really race. Soon, she found herself applying for a license and signing up for some local criteriums. That’s when the race bug bit her again.
Her results amounted quickly and she was then approached to ride for the Wells Fargo road team. But, she remains a member of Team BEER during the cross season. And, while we are looking forward to watching here rip the on dirt this season, she has bee amassing many wins on the NorCal scene. Her current victories have earned her an invitation to the Nature Valley Grand Prix Stage Race.
Emily has been training extremely hard, and has become quite an inspiration to many people. The video below depicts how hard she is training, and is evidence of her commitment to the sport. Check out the video of her riding to and from the races, and earning back to back wins. It will make you want to go out there and ride that much harder!
We camped out and partook in the Tour of Tahoe ride. Man, that is some tough riding. While the total elevation gain for the day is only on the order of 3,500 feet, that starting elevation is 6,300 feet. For those of us flat-landers from Sacramento that’s about 6,220 feet higher that we are used to riding at. Basically, it felt like self evoked suffocation until the completion of the first climb. Once the first climb was out of the way, the ride seemed to normalize. Thus, the funometer cranks way up on the reading scale. (Measured in gigglehertz)
Markus rode the entire 70 miles on his SS cross bike, 42×17 gearing, due to a catastrophic failure of his road bike fork. Paul graced the hills with ease. Robert dragged us along on the flats. Derek showed off his wooden dowel ingenuity. Katharyn, completed an abbreviated ride to the top of the emerald bay lookout. And, I, Jim suffered along until we had a cheeseburger at the halfway point.
Team BEER is way into the project aspect of building bicycles, and for a few the building has evolved into a theme based project. This current project will involve making this Juvenile Motobecane a ride-able bicycle once again. If you have ever restored a bicycle, then you know that some parts can be difficult to obtain. If you have ever restored a French Bicycle, then you know this process can be a bit more difficult. Well a French Juvenile bicycle is a weird French bicycle. This one is going to take while.