First of all, Sarah and I are expecting our second child! The Baby looks great and we are due in January. We are very excited to be adding to our family and Chloe is sure it will be a brother, although we are not finding out until game day!
Jay and expecting Sarah at the new home of Montana Cycling
The second important news is the launching of Montana Cycling/Gym Jay/and On the Rivet Cafe. It has been a dream of mine as well as my partner's for a long time to bring a new type of bike shop to Billings, MT. The building is nearly 12,000 sq feet and is designed green by a Leed certified architect. Not only a full service bike shop, the building will house a 4,000 sq ft fitness facility called Gym Jay and a unique cafe called "On the Rivet." We broke ground last week and are set to open this winter 2010.
Coachjay and Mark Soueidi at Montana Cycling's job site
Folks have been asking about the lines of bikes we will be carrying and although we have not yet set our product mix (we are in negotiations and will be attending the Inter-Bike show in Las Vegas later this month). I can tell you that my partner and manager of the bike store, Mark Soueidi, will have the best quality of cycling and triathlon gear to meet the needs of every type of rider from kids to the very best equipment and every point in between. Check out more about the project at: www.montanacycling.com
Later this month Montana Cycling will have its kick-off event at the BLT 30/60/100 mile ride on September 27th. This ride is for all levels of bike rider and will have the best BLT festival ever! The ride will start and finish from the Zoo Montana. You can check out the details and register today at www.montanacycling.com. This year's event will have raffles, great food and drink, games for the kids, live music and much more!
August was a busy month with all that is going on but I did manage to get some cool activities in. Pat, Todd and I did an epic mtn bike ride outside of Bozeman. We rode mystic lake with the dreaded "wall of death" connecting to the best 20-min downhill in the state at the Levretch trail. Very fun!! I am not 100% back from my illness and I have progressed very slowly which is hard to swallow.
Then, a couple of weeks later, 16 of us rode an epic road ride, traversing the Dead Indian Pass and the Beartooth Pass with the beautiful sunlight basin section in between. A total of 110 miles for those who did the whole thing. I fortunately was shepherded up the pass by Becky Melzer (thanks Becky). My sorry ass was on the side of the road as my legs and back were on fire as well as being attacked by horse flies! I did manage 90 miles and with the help of Joe Keener and was able to get back to Red Lodge barely! Thanks to Ari Goldman and all those who helped make this ride happen. It was a great day, especially when we were at Sam's Tap room for some Red Lodge ales! Can't wait till next year! Check out the pictures at:http://www.carljay.com/redlodge-via-chief-jo-jo.htm
This past weekend was the Trail Trek, an event that helps support trail usage and development in Billings. With a new venue, the event was great and big time for the entire family with live bluegrass music and great food! My Mom and Dad attended and it was great to get the whole family out on the trail! Thanks to Stella, Kathy, Darlene, Paul, Sue and everyone else who contributed to the event!
This year's Trail Trek and Coachjay's 1969 Schwinn Corvette
On a clone note: Congrats to Ray Brown who this past weekend qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii at Ironman Lousiville, Congrats Ray! Also welcome Matt Rosetti from NY City to the coaching stable of Coachjay.
also on the race front Carla Cobb and Sue Balter raced the realtor run 5miler and Pr'd ad well as pam Rogan placing 12th at Age group USAT nationals in Tuscolusa Al and Mark Rabbold competed in his first nationals but had bad luck with a flat tire. also Dr Adam Weaver competed in the Leadville 110 mtn bike race and finished in an impressive 9hrs!