Busy, busy week. This is the first second I have had to get around to updating my journal.
Got a whopping $1500 city tax bill in the mail yesterday. Ouch! That was the “Molly git yer ass focused back on running the Veloshop and less about the bike racing” slap in the face. I have been daydreaming about a new XC racing bike for next season and well, I’ll likely have to spend it on this and last year’s back taxes!
It is Thursday now and I just finished up eating dinner at Tori’s (from North Portland bikeworks) house along with Ira Ryan, Joel Metz, Cary Miller, Michelle and Tori’s friends. I am beat! We did this epic 20 person mountain bike ride today out in Scappoose. A pre-Thanksgiving Veloshop ride with far too many fun people. I was just kinda ridiculous. We had mini-pelotons riding around the small trail network, the faster riders in front doing short loops and circling back around to chase back into the slower riders. Lots of guest appearences, Tony Kic and Jennifer, JV, MarkWelder on a rare mountain bike sighting…
Moving back a little, I’ll try to remember as much about last weekend in San Francisco as I can. Lets see. I remember Jordana Swan getting in a fight with this dude (in purple) who is forever hanging out around the messenger hangouts in downtown SF and being a fixed gear know it all. The gentleman on the right wanted to get a photo with me! That was crazy! I remember the course being a XC mountain bike course. Lots of singletrack, not much room to pass, dusty but, not quite as hot as last Saturday. Again, I started just about dead last and the course just made it so ridiculous and traffic was so bad on the first few laps that I just rode as hard as I could, passed when I could and tried to have as much fun as I could. There was this possee of dudes in orange jumpsuits smoking weed and drinking in this one section of the course and they were laying money down kinda sticking out of beer cans. After the first lap I realised what they were doing and was raking in at least a few bucks a lap and pumping the crowd up by crashing out other riders to bend down and snatch up beer cans and money! I made 30+ dollars!
I knew I was not in the top 20 yet had a killer race. I bridged up to a group I had been chasing for a few laps and the just attacked them hard, dropping most of them and leading out the final few laps, finally sticking it to the one last rider hanging with me and sprinting in for 27th. I won a little cash for the effort and coupled with the beer money I made over $50.
The trip was a blast though lots of work and driving. Pete was bored alot of the time. I wished there was something I could do about it but, I was there to race, not to hang out. She knew the deal when we went down though I could tell she was frustrated sometimes. Maybe it makes sense NOT to take your date with you on business trips. It seemed like a brilliant idea in my head but, it is easier for me to focus and prepare for racing when I do not have to pay attention to someone else’s needs.
Oh, yeah. I got to be present for some pro-dudeing. Calling women chicks and someone else’s spandex gay. Golf is boring and so are some peoples personalities. That is all I want to say about that. I could get into it but, eh, I am over it at this point.
Let’s get up to date. The Veloshop is NUTS! Still busy. Jam packed with wheelbuilding and track projects. Road and mountain bike season prep. I’m researching mountin bike lines and models to look into buying for a few of my XC racing teammates. I got to ride a full-suspension bike today for the first time ever and it was really fun. I don’t know for sure if that is the way to go but, I am certainly leaning towards it.
Barry gave Todd the win on Sunday. No joke.
Oh, the final Cross Crusades points are in and Kevin Hulick (S&M) walked away with the $1000 elite prize. My Veloshop rider Steven Hunter winning the Oregon state “B” championships and the overall title too. Caroline got 3rd in the women’s B overall too, I think. This season has been a big learning experience for everyone. I’m impressed with my team. Really impressed. There are too many people to list and too many thanks to give.
I have mixed feelings about my season so far. I feel pretty confident that if I stayed in town I would have had a good chance of winning the Crusades overall and some cash. Instead, I’m getting thrashed by really talented pros and spending loads of money I don’t really have. My goal of snagging UCI points never really materialised and maybe next year I should plan on staying in town and riding for a win and travelling less? Probably not, I’d rather keep progressing. I’ll see how this spring and summer go with the mountain and road racing.
I’m rambling at this point. Going to check the cyclingnews and see if they cleared Heras yet.