Monthly Archives: December 2009

Going WEST-

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It snowed last night. I’m getting in the car in a few hours and driving out to Bend for ‘cross nationals. But, the answer to all the questions I’ve been getting is No. No, I’m not racing. I hadn’t definitely decided not to do the master’s race until yesterday. USAC sent me an email a few days ago and told me I was going to lose my call up position if I didn’t register. That was nice of them. What it comes down to is that I’m just not that big on doing master’s races. The last few years I’ve done both the master’s and elite races. I race the master’s race because I think it makes me better for the elite race on Sunday. I haven’t raced in 5 weeks and have some injury issues that I just keep adding to. So, I’m going out there because I love cyclocross. I love racing cyclocross and I love watching cyclocross.

Nothing much else to write just now. The roof is 99% complete. 4 inches of new snow is sitting on top of it right now. I’m driving instead of flying so Bromont can go along. He has been to cyclocross nationals every year of his life and I couldn’t tell him that he had to stay home. Plus, I am going to make a few stops along the way. Physicians, skiing, visiting friends, etc. Okay. Got to getting loading. I’ll post my best observations as they come.

Crazy Driving West

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It’s nearly 4am. I am in Salt Lake City via Laramie Wyoming. The drive yesterday was epic from Topeka to Denver. Stupid crazy blizzard. It continued today. So much so they closed I-80 in Laramie. So, we had a second hobbit breakfast and headed back down into Colorado to drive West. It was below zero and the wind was blowing up to 80 mph.

Going to bed. Will post some more interesting stuff tomorrow hopefully.

Pretty much the best road conditions I've seen in two days.

Pretty much the best road conditions I've seen in two days.

To Bend

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Up and moving. Got to get on the road. Here are some photos. I can’t really complain too much about the last two days. I enjoy adventure. I am under no stress. Catherine, on the other hand, probably isn’t as stress free as I (having to race in less than 24 hours and still 10 hours in a car left). Here are some photos.

We stopped by Ft. Collins to see a friend, Amanda Miller (Snake Alley winner, new TIBCO signee) who was working at a Specialized Concept Store.  We nearly had her talked into getting in the van.  She blew a nice white knuckle experience.

We stopped by Ft. Collins to see a friend, Amanda Miller (Snake Alley winner, new TIBCO signee) who was working at a Specialized Concept Store. We nearly had her talked into getting in the van. She blew a nice white knuckle experience.

Outbuilding at the road closure on I 80 in Laramie Wyoming.  Should of went in there before we headed south to Steamboat.

Outbuilding at the road closure on I 80 in Laramie Wyoming. Should of went in there before we headed south to Steamboat.

Since we were driving through Steamboat, we stopped by Eriksen Cycles and saw Kent.

Since we were driving through Steamboat, we stopped by Eriksen Cycles and saw Kent.

Catherine trying to burn off some extra energy, riding in her UGG boots in the back of Kent's shop.  (She was trying to show off her Eriksen Cycles shirt. )

Catherine trying to burn off some extra energy, riding in her UGG boots in the back of Kent's shop. (She was trying to show off her Eriksen Cycles shirt. )

Okay, made it.

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Made it to Cyclo-X Nationals. Got up early to pre-ride the course. Here’s the deal. I can’t race. I would of raced. I fell a few days ago and screwed up my thumb badly. Badly enough it needs surgery to fix. Okay. There you go. I hate making excuses. I thought maybe this morning I could have still raced, but no. Even at 8 degrees at 7 am, I must of answered the racing question dozens of times. The course is icy and very turny. A good course, but it needs more riding sections. It is all snow and ice right now. Got to get going. Catherine races in an hour and a half.
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Friday/Saturday Cyclo-X Nationals

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In between the Saturday races. It has been good racing so far. The course isn’t set up for such large fields. The master women’s racing yesterday was so mixed up. Categories were mixed 20 seconds in. Today was way, way worse. In the 40-44 race, there were 220 preregistered. I think it was 130+ at the start. A total stand still coming off the pavement. Tom Price from Kansas City had the race of the day so far. He fell on the pavement, had to run a few hundred meters to the pit and rode all the way back to finish 4th, nearly 3rd. He would have had a good, good shot at winning. Peter Weber won the 40-44 race over, guess who, Don Myrah. Bart Bowen was in the top ten. Jeff Winkler, Kansas City finished in the top ten too. Kansans are making a pretty good showing here so far. Okay. Gotta get back to the venue. Here are some photos.

Mayhem at the start.

Mayhem at the start.

Don Myra and me after his phenomenal 2nd place finish.

Don Myra and me after his phenomenal 2nd place finish.

Pete Weber with his chocolate milk after winning his race

Pete Weber with his chocolate milk after winning his race

Wookie handing out money at the top of the run up.

Wookie handing out money at the top of the run up.