I saw that the USAC changed their line in the sand qualification process for the Elite race at Cyclocross Nationals in Austin and now allows for a rider to petition to get into the event. I was a little pissed initially, but then reconsidered. I was being selfish.
I have pretty much written off the cyclocross season. I knew, at best, I might, just might be able to race by January, and not a day before. And I only wanted to race the Elite race, not the Master’s, if I had to make a choice. But, since I didn’t race last season, and now not again this year, I wouldn’t have been in the top 90 of the rankings or have a UCI point, so I couldn’t compete. Now, I guess I could/can. It made me a little mad that they announce this just a little over a month ahead of the race.
But, it is a good rule and I applaud that they reconsidered. Better late than never. There are other guys like me, riders that race in Europe and don’t have any UCI points, riders hurt early season and are just recovering by January, and others that have peculiar problems that need to be taken into account. The rule is good.
If you want to take advantage of this exclusion, you need to apply by December 20th, after December 10th. The specifics can be found here.
Down in Broken Arrow, near Tulsa, this weekend, they are holding Ruts and Guts Cyclocross races. The races are on the National Racing Calender this year, and next season, are going to be UCI races, so they are going through the stages to grow. I’ve done the race a few times and it is a blast. I think the racing in Tulsa will be a lot like it will be in Austin in January. There is a little Ruts and Guts logo above that is a link to the races. You can also click here for the race specifics. Tulsa is a cool place to hang out, so if you have the opportunity, you should try to get over there.
I ran two miles the other day. Well, I “ran” two miles 100 meters at a time, pretty much stopping when I started limping badly. But I ‘m going to stay at it. I think the impact is good for the muscles surrounding my hip. The bone is healed now, but my muscles aren’t working well yet. It is amazing to me that it is such a slow process. Attrification of muscles starts as soon as they aren’t used. It’s pretty hard to get them back to normal.