the lightness of being race free

The lightness of being… race free.

Oregon photographers getting it done.“why are’nt you racing tonight?”

Clearly, I’m training for cx… can’t you tell? Geez! (Thanks Yakima for the veggie dawg!)

I sometimes feel a little guilty for showing up to watch some racing and not actually racing. The promoter scowls at me, industry types heckle me for being so PRO and too disaffected to even consider doing some lowly local race. “what no UCI points on the line? I’ll not bother getting my tyres dirty for this nonsense!” People walk over during the race: “what happened!? did you drop out?!” Nah. Just chillin, I wanted to come out and hang out and watch my pals race!

We were riding home from the STXC finale and I waved (like I normally do) at some hipsters headed the other way and they scowled back: “singlespeed!” in disdain at our spandexyness, and cable housing.


Earlier in the morning, I was driving downtown and began crossing the Burnside bridge. When suddenly this kid on a fixie in the opposite bike lane blasts the wrong way across all four lanes of traffic on the bridge, in front of my car and heads the wrong direction down into the bike lane to my right. I smirk a little and then laugh, as I drive past a new-to-lycra and STXC-citybiker riding the correct direction in the bike lane, shaking her head visibly as we both silently acknowledge one of the dumber moves on a bike we had seen today.

Man, if only I had electronic shifting!! Then those young whipper snappers would really have something to resent me for!


My house is kinda obsessed with this lady. I’m not naming names, but a couple of my housemates have mad crushes on her. I’ve already sent her off an email inviting her to try cyclocross.

Oh wait! Except for the small detail that the Cross Crusade promoters (total hosers in my book) have decided to cancel the series this year.



6 comments for “The lightness of being… race free.”

  1. Got the same questions the other day watching the BioWheels women at The Pur Tour circuit race. Must’ve had 5 people come up and ask, “Joe, you racing later?” Naw…just chillin and cheering for teammates.

    Posted by Joe | August 5, 2009, 5:36 am
  2. yo!

    let a player PLAY!


    Posted by Molly | August 5, 2009, 8:23 am
  3. Add me to the list of people with a huge crush on Blanka! Have you seen that little dance she does when she clears her jumps? Good god…

    Posted by CDA | August 5, 2009, 2:58 pm
  4. She looks even better with her new haircut.
    Maybe she likes to ski.
    Invite her to Bend in December. She could hold your coffee and umbrella on the start line.

    Posted by Walt | August 6, 2009, 11:07 am
  5. Three seasons of “just chillin and cheering for” my friends at cross races is what finally inspired me to try racing myself this year. I’m not yet ready to wear lycra on my morning commute, but you never know…

    Posted by beth h | August 7, 2009, 8:59 pm
  6. wow molly, great to finally come up and check out the Portland, Oregon pro road racing scene.

    I love how the out of towners get stiffed on prize money.

    “Congrats, you finished 40th percentile on our 10 prize paying spots, so here’s your 3% of the total prize purse. Thanks for traveling to the Portland Twilight Criterium, wealthiest single day race in Oregon!”

    Posted by Vehiiculous Bran-Sverenson | August 9, 2009, 10:58 am

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