Bike Racing without Me

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This past weekend was nearly a slap in my face.  The Berrryman MTB Epic, a 56 mile MTB race I’ve done the past 5 years or so, plus the Gateway UCI cyclocross races were both happening.  And of course I would nearly give my left arm to do either.

But, I’m building a bathroom and trying to figure out how to walk properly.  I did try to take a few running steps in physical therapy the other day.  I thought that I did real good, but Burt, my PT guy said I was running with a limp.

Berryman did have Topeka/Kansas attendance.  Brian Jensen had planned to go, but fell out training and hurt his shoulder, so he gave his entry to Bill.  Bill went and finished 2nd, which is his best finish there ever.  I was 2nd there last year, to the rider that won this year, Garet Steinmetz.  Garret has been ripping it up here in the Midwest on his MTB bike, so Bill must of had a good race.  My other team mate that went, Benn Stover finished 4th, so two guys in the top 4.  Pretty good.

Then yesterday at the Gateway Cup, B-Matter won the race.  That was a super result.  It is good when guys I race locally win national caliber races.

So if I can’t race, at least I can project how I would of, could of, should of finished in these races.  I always tend to do better when I race this way.

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Brian Matter winning the UCI race on Sunday in St. Louis.

Brian Matter winning the UCI race on Sunday in St. Louis.  Photo: © Matt James

Shower pan I made last night.

Start of shower pan I did last night.

8 thoughts on “Bike Racing without Me

    1. Mike Rodose

      UCI c2 payout regardless of spectators or racers.

      Notable absences included Powers, Johnson, Winterberg, Lindine, Krughoff, Timmerman, White, Clark, McDonald, Kaiser.

      We all wish there was more coverage in the USA. Doesn’t diminish the effort, race or results.

      But you’re free to make a cynical, dicky comment about 18 spectators. And we’re free to wonder if you have weird Mommy issues. Freak.

       
      1. H Luce

        If it’s steel screen, if it’s too close to the surface and microscopic cracks develop, allowing water and air to get to it, then you get the same effect as rusting rebar in concrete – the rusted steel expands allowing for more corrosion, and the result is a heavily cracked surface. Probably it’s wisest to have the screen on the bottom. If it’s aluminum screen you should have no worries.

         
  1. m

    Billy boy second at Berryman. Nice Job! Notice most of his nearest competitors were half his age. He could have fathered most of them, well… Nice job Bill!

     

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