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Cross Racing Week 1: Sour Grapes

Week 1, under the belt. Sort of. I figured I'd wait to post until today as I was a wreck yesterday evening. Week 1 went, well, not so good. That said, it's aaaall good. 'Tis bike racing. Lemme sum up the day...

Drive up from Boulder's 6K to Breckenridge's 10,000 feet elevation was nice and serene. Listening to Built to Spill gave me goose bumps (and would be a prophetic group to listen to vis-a-vis their title! Ha!). It set the tone of ominous clouds and rain squalls that came in and out during the drive up. It was fantastic seeing all the old friends again when I got to Breck. The scene at the Nordic Center in Breck is always alive. The junior races were going off when I got there and I saw team mates like Thomas Prehn and Doug Squires getting their game faces on for their Master's events. Hup hup you guys!

The course was a pretty good one, and very short. Swoopy through the trees with probably 100 feet or so of pavement. Lots of barriers in the right places. My warm up was great and the body felt fine. A little taxed at altitude as I expected but pretty good nonetheless. The equipment felt great and I decided to go go with the Dugast set up on both bikes. I pre-road them both and both felt spot on. The tires absolutely railed the tacky dirt so the thumbs up was given. I had seriously like 3 other sets of wheels prepared to switch out but the tread and the 32 size felt sweet.

The line up was great. Not a huge field of 35 Open guys but all the old friends were there....except Karl Kiester. He rocked one of the other Masters events. Me, Timmy, Jared and some others composed the front row. Ready set go and we're off. I took the whole shot and led the first lap. I was turning around to see what was up and there was a string out and I REALLY wanted to get a group together to start working. You can't win from teh front in a 35 plus race. Jared came through to work and life is good. I think it was Jared, me, Timmy and maybe another guy flowing for a bit, Timmy put in an attack on the 2nd lap on the double barrier run up to see who was there to play for the day. I felt the altitude there a bit but it re grouped and life is good again. The group of about 6 is formed and we're off for the race. The separation was there by lap 2.5. By this time there is already 30 seconds plus on the rest of the field so this was the split in a 45 minute race. Lap 3 or 4 (about 20 to 22 minutes into the race) Chris Phenecie and Jeff Wardell we're in front of me and we're flowing through the woods. As we come railing into this particular section, it happened: Rolled the tubular.

Und das war alles.

Honestly, I hit so hard (no embellishment) both my contacts popped out of my eyes. Ha! I rolled the front tubular at speed coming around this dirt apex at speed and the lights went out. The body is beat up but the ego worse off. Sort of like:

Body in reality:Body based upon bruised ego:
And so with blood streaming I walked to the pits were my team mates Doug Squires and Corey Carlson were waiting and new something was wrong. They helped me grab my stuff and DNF. I hit the med tent (and the guy there was great!), packed up my stuff and called it a day. The body felt good even at altitude and rolling a top 10 was not going to be aproblem but would-a could-a rules apply here. Za aftermath:

Apparently the last laps saw Timmy, Jared and others crash as well as Phenecie roll his tubular in similar fashion although without the major crash drama. D'oh! All good in the hood though and I'll be back for more punishment next week.

Life is good. Bike racing is awesome, if not unforgiving.

Reader Comments (11)

Go to see and ride with ya bro. Good thing is there's about 100 more cross races left this season. Here are some picks of you rockin the front at the start

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJared Roy

Sour the sour grapes that they used to make my 25 year old balsamic that I paid half a dugast for?
Pretty good stuff can come form sour grapes bro!

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you know where the results are posted? I see a picture of someone wearing my team kit (a DC team, Squadra Coppi) and I'm trying to figure out who it is.

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScott T.

I had a DNF myself. Flatted on the 29er grabbed my Time could not shift out of the 36 and i was done. Baker won and rode the last three laps with no saddle,broke his seat post!

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

DOH! that shift lever is in the same position mine was after my crash... fortunately it looks like i got away with less epidermal damage...

Hey! It is always better to crash when ya at the front than off the back!

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergewilli

Damn...bad juju. what psi were you running?

I'm currently stressing over the quality of my own glue jobs so seeing that doesn't make me feel better! 8-)

This weekend i was able to peel up about 5 inches of edge on one of my tires. i jammed some glue in there and i'm hoping for the best.

I think i'll be nervous cornering them at practice this afternoon, but i need to test them out.

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris

hey I know Doug, he used to live in our home town.
sorry about your stack, heal well, and get back in there, it's a long season.


September 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfatmarc

I went down last year had the hole shot and right after the bridge,,,,,,, that was it sliding on hip.. Like roy said you have so much more racing ...
Go fast..

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdevin

Unbelievable. You all RULE. Thanks for the words y'all. Honestly, week by week, good or bad I want to just trace the highs and lows of this season in Colorado. I have taken off the skirt and got out for some nice flow riding today in fact. Ho-lee-sheeit the rips are tweaked. HA! Who'd-a thunk it. Oh, and I am Ksyrium-izing the bikes for now until I can work out this tubular sheeit. Will never know if it was shitty gluing on my part or just weak selection for that jungle course.

All in all, you folks are zupa-rad. Thanks immensely.

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

do you need to learn how to mount a tubular?

mostly kidding...but you gotta worry about the reprecussions of posting a "how to" on your site...

of course you were gonna roll one!

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha! No shit. You're like the 9th person that's busted my stones on that. How NOT to glue, is more like it! Honestly, who the F knows. That apex was nasty and more than likely a vet glue job woudl not have rolled but we'll never know!

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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