Thursday, November 16, 2006

99th post

Whoa, two posts in one day. That must be a new record. But yes, here is the interview with the third half of team Vanilla Bicycles. I don't understand why Hulick doesn't have a blog, but maybe this will give you some insight behind the man behind the bikes behind the...alien...what? Anyway, read on to find out how Kevin got the nickname "Husky", whether he or Shannon eats more burritos, and what's up with his intense hatred of Kozy Shack.

Too Vanilla For You: Please tell us your name, height, weight, and racial ethnicity.

Kevin: Kevin Bruce Hulick, 5'10", 170lbs this morning, white boy.

TVFY: 170? Really? Has anybody ever called you husky?

Kevin: Yes. Yes! No, thanks though. You’re just jealous because I got back. It’s so big and round, it’s like out there.

TVFY: How long have you been racing bikes? Racing cross?

Kevin: I did my first race when I was 17, it was mountain bike race. SoI guess that makes 16 years of racing. I did a cross race when I was 18, then a couple more cross races in my early to mid 20's. I didn't really get into cross until I moved to Oregon 6 years ago. After myfirst couple Cross Crusade races I was hooked on it.

TVFY: Do you have a real job? How much time does that take out of training time?

Kevin: Yes, I'm a mechanical engineer. I sit in front of a computer, draw pictures, email people, and check TVFY to see if it's been updated with any new Scary ramblings. I work 40+ hours a week, so that limits my riding time a bit. I still get out and ride enough.

TVFY: You won the cross crusade series in the A category last year. What kind of advice would you give to people who want to do the same thing?

Kevin: There is the usual advice like ride your bike a lot, drink lots of coffee before the race, buy a Vanilla, but the thing that helped me out the most last year was getting a proper bike fit. My friend, Timmy Evans, who works for Rebound Sports in Bend, fit me a month before cross season last year. He raised my saddle over an inch, and next thing I know, I have my name on a trophy. When Sacha fit me for my Vanilla this year, he put my saddle in the pretty much the same spot. Oh, my final
piece of advice is to have promoters schedule the last double point race on the same day a big national race (ie USGP finals in SF). That way all the crazy fast guys (Tonkin, Scary, Decker, Molly) will be gone, leaving the series win open for the mortals.

TVFY: Do you like burritos? What kind?

Kevin: I think my love of burritos borders on the "interesting". There has been many day's where I have eaten burritos for every meal. I usually get something without meat, because the meat from some places makes me a bit nervous. Plus, veggie burritos are cheaper, leaving me more money to spend on bike bits.

TVFY: I approve. What is it about wrapping something in a flour tortilla that makes it so delicious? Are you also on the Kozy Shack program?

Kevin: No. A previous roommate of mine, a freakishly fast, tall and long limbed farmer of trees, used to buy it on occasion. I tried some of his once, it’s was ok.

TVFY: I hear your apartment is pretty pimped out. Tell us about it.

Kevin: My Vanilla is pimped out; I don't think my apartment pimped out. It's a nice, little place in a sweet location, about 1 minute from Forest Park trails, with a view of the NW Industrialness. It does have a ping pong table in the basement, which could be used for some great winter training / entertainment. Can Ping Pong play ping pong?

TVFY: Hey, I'm asking the questions here. But to answer, yes, Ping Pong plays ping pong, better than he races bikes anyways. Ping pong is the sport of Ping Pong's people. Surprisingly, Slaven can play ping pong too. Do you have any other hobbies besides bike racing?

Kevin: That’s not saying much about Ping Pong’s ping pong prowess. Sorry, but that’s pay back for the “husky” comment. Sometime this winter we should have a TVFY Invitational Ping Pong Tournament. I’ll bet we can find a few more people to make it interesting. Maybe Shannon can put up a TVFY T-shirt and a tub of Kozy Shack for the winner, which will be me of course. As far as hobbies go, last year I started tele-skiing. It was hard on the ego to pick up a completely new, difficult sport and really suck at it, but I think it was a good character builder, and it is a lot of fun.

TVFY: Do you do any other types of racing? Or do you pretty much just
show up for cross?

Kevin: I do other types of races, just not all that often anymore. Road racing reminds me too much of driving in traffic. Brake, accelerate, accelerate, brake. I get stressed, start yelling, giving people the finger, etc. it's not a pretty picture. That being said, there are some great road races in Oregon, especially the stage races, I'd like to do Mt Hood again. That last stage there is epic. Mountain is my favorite type of riding. I'll probably still do a few cross country mtb races here and there next year, but now I'm more into doing big rides on fun trails and the occasional 100 mile race, I'm thinking about doing the Cream Puff again next year, and maybe a couple of others.

TVFY: Tubies or clinchers?

Kevin: Tubies for racing, clinchers for training. The plush ride of tubulars is so nice, plus my Vanilla looks way cool with Zipps on it, and that's really what it's all about. Next year I would like try a set of Stan's tubeless wheels. The tubeless has worked great on my mountain bike.

TVFY: Espresso or coffee?

Kevin: Yes please. Coffee, it's cheaper and easier to make in large quantities at home. I usually get espresso or an Americano when I out. I always get espresso when I'm with Sacha because that is what he gets, and I want him to think I'm like cool and stuff. Oh and I only drink Stumptown, because it's the best, and Hammer works there.

TVFY: Ipod or ipod nano?

Kevin: I have an Ipod, an older style 40 GB. Last week I took my girlfriends 20 GB Ipod apart because it wasn't working. Once apart, it started working, so opening and it up apparently fixed it...for now. So the lesson of the day is: If you have problems with your Ipod and it's out of warrantee, take it apart and fix it. It's pretty easy to open it up and replace the hard drive, battery, etc., and way cheaper than buyer a new one. That way you have more money to spend on burritos, espresso
and pimpin' your Vanilla.

Ok, that's it. Don't forget to scroll down and read the 98th post. Stay tuned for the 100th post, we've got something cool planned.

Peace out.

Ping Pong

A burrito is not a sandwich.
thats right because sandwiches suck ass...

burritos rule...

oh and no way you gonna top this post.

it has:
great references,
Kozy Shack,

not to mention Vanilla
More Ping and more Pong!! Keep it coming!!
this post sucks
You suck.
ping-pong! seriously, I think the first annual Ping-Pong ping-pong (sponsored by toovanillaforyoudotblogspotdotcom)tourney, HAS GOT to happen. I have been known to give a beat down or two in my day. Here's too 100 more posts.

Just wanted to say that was an awesome display of sportsmanship at the USGP. I saw you get tangled up with someone on the "Team Gentle Lover's presents: the Hot Tub Climb"

Seriously man, that guy you got tangled up with looked like he blew a gasket as he was screaming at you and you calmly looked at him and simply said, "I'm sorry"

That was a class act, seriously. If only that guy could see how ridiculous he looked screaming at you.....
Yes, perhaps you had a chance after the race to expain to Brandon Dwight that its good form to let faster riders pass through...
I'm so on the edge of my seat, in anticipation...

... 100 ...

... oooh! I'm just shaking...

Kevin is a bit husky, but his corvallis nick name had a bit "Larger" meaning, if you knw what i mean. plus it was way better...
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