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My weekend with Mike Fraysse...(12 posts)

My weekend with Mike Fraysse...biknben
Dec 14, 2003 8:07 PM
My club celebrated its first year by getting together for the weekend. We went to Mike Fraysse's Bike Resort in the Catskill Mtns. of NY. I have to admit going into the weekend I had no idea who Mike Fraysse was. Remember, I'm a youngin compared to some of you. I checked out his web site to get directions and realized this could be interesting. From his site, I learned he's a training coach and hosts clinics to amateurs. Well that turned out to be an understatement!

The event started with dinner and cocktails on Saturday night. Followed by a small clinic on Sunday for anyone who was interested.



Our club president toasts our successful first year and thanks Mike for a great dinner.



Before dinner I was distracted by conversations with teammates and hadn't really looked around. During dinner Mike was telling old stories and entertaining us. He was dropping some
i huge
names. He talked about some of the fire damage to Eddie B's house. He talked about times spent with every American pro I can think of.

Once dinner and desert was over, I began wandering around. I slowly began to realize I was in a shrine to US cycling.
re: My weekend with Mike Fraysse...biknben
Dec 14, 2003 8:10 PM
Well we stayed up till 1am drinking scotch. Damn, that stuff is gross. It put hair on my legs. There are motel-like rooms on the property so I finally hit the sack.

I headed for breakfast the next morning with 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground. We had some time to kill after breakfast and I was interested to see what else was around the house. Before long I found the mother load in the "trophy room". Pictures don't do it justice but I took some anyway. I recognized only a few people in the photos but I was able to piece some things together as I looked around.

Plaques recognizing Mike and his father (I believe) being inducted into the Hall of Fame.




US Championship Jerseys:


Recognition from the Olympic Committee and the UCI:


This one really caught my eye. A letter from Jimmy Carter informing mike of the US boycott of the '80 games.


I don't know who, but someone went to the '32 LA games.


Ahhh, something familiar:
re: My weekend with Mike Fraysse...biknben
Dec 14, 2003 8:12 PM
After I picked my Jaw off the floor we began to get our bike stuff and head to the "Dungeon". Mike has some stuff set up there for testing and fun. I've never seen wooden rollers before.


There were two sets of rollers set up in a room with a huge dial with two arrows. As the rollers spun, the arrows would rotate and two riders could ride head to head.



It didn't take long before guys started talking sh!t and went head-to-head.



Here's a close-up of the gear that connects the rollers to the dial.
If you're ever interested...CritLover
Dec 14, 2003 9:47 PM
there's a roller racing series in NYC every year. I also wanted to go, but I don't rea;;y enjoy rollers, so I never get in the practice. Check out the website. It has a ton of info on these rollers, including some nice historical pics.

http://www.bikecult.com/works/rollers.html

I know a junior who is (or was last summer) on the Mike Fraysee sponsored and coached squad. At 17, he is unbelievably strong and may be one of the best riders in NYC. He went to Juniors Worlds a few months back, so the training must be doing something right. I wish I was 17 again.

Sounds like you had a nice weekend. I didn't realize he had those kinds of programs available. Too bad about the snow. It'll have to wait it for the spring.
Nice! nmdivve
Dec 15, 2003 11:23 AM
re: My weekend with Mike Fraysse...biknben
Dec 14, 2003 8:13 PM
In another room I found this dinosaur leaning up against the wall. Apparently, it's about 100 years old.


In yet another room there was a line of Compu-Trainers set up. This is where the real pain would be dished out. I was first to go. First would be a sprint to determine max watts. Then I did another test. I'm still not sure what it was for but Mike took a lot of notes. I basically has to maintain 18 mph as Mike increased the watts at one minute intervals. I didn't do bad or embarrass myself but I would like to do them again. If I had understood each test a little better I would have performed better. Oh well.

Here's one of my teammates doing the second test while another takes down the critical info.

re: My weekend with Mike Fraysse...biknben
Dec 14, 2003 8:20 PM
After all the pain was evenly distributed amongst the guys, we headed back upstairs for a late lunch. Mike did all the cooking. His wife Pat prepared the deserts. We were fed very well. After that is was time to go. It became obvious why the bike resort thrives in this area. The hills were great and the traffic was low. OTOH, they really sucked when there was 6 inches of snow and you're stuck behind tour buses. At this point, I was traveling south along the Delaware R.



After getting home I did some research and learned the Mike Fraysse was the Olympic bike coach for the '76 and '84 olympic teams. His grandfather was one of the founders of what is now the USCF. Mike is also deeply involved in the Pan-Am games and thrives on discovering talent in Carribean and S. American countries and hosts riders to ride in the US and around the world.

It was a pretty wild experience, IMO.
Been there...wspokes
Dec 15, 2003 7:31 AM
I got hit by a car just outside of Frayse's on November 23rd, 1996...I was up there for a Olympic track ID camp. Can't say I had a good experience, I ended up not being able to ride or try out due to pain in my right knee as a result of the accident. I learned when I came home I had fractured two bones in my leg...

Does Mike still have goats up there? The guys used to go outside and feed the goats money!
Been there...biknben
Dec 15, 2003 7:38 AM
I don't know about goats. He mentioned having horses. The snowy weather kept me from doing any outdoor exploring. :-(
The best part about Mike...and some useless trivia knowledgewspokes
Dec 15, 2003 7:44 AM
is his ongoing and endless stories about riding and racing...and some of those stories are actually true!...some of them...Did you know Frayse's once imported a Bike brand into the states? Paris Sports, I believe was the name!
Paris SportSteveCnj
Dec 15, 2003 8:50 AM
Yes it was Paris Sport, they were sold out of his shop in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Not only did he import bikes to sell under that name, but he also had several custom frame builders working for him over the years. Some of them went on to be quite well known.
Check out http://www.classicrendezvous.com./USA/Paris_Sport.htm for more information.

I currently have a 1972 Paris Sport that was built by one of the custom builders who worked at Park Cycles, named Ramon Orrero. I spoke with Mike Frayse about it once to get some information for a restoration, which I still haven't done.
Great Post!!!GeoCyclist
Dec 14, 2003 10:18 PM
Thanks for the informative post, and the great pic's! It's nice to see a post that shows a bit of cycling history! After seeing the pic of the snow storm you were driving in, I'm beginning to think the winter weather here in Yamaguchi is pretty mild by comparison!

Ride On!