Archive for September, 2009

Ronde Time!!!

September 18, 2009

Ronde

Wow. It’s cross season already!! I’m not ready yet, but I’m hoping to not be quite as bad this year….I’m gonna start running, and my new Diadora running shoes just came in the mail today. We’ll see.

Lars Boom isn’t racing cross anymore. Talk about fucking the homeland. The Dutch could all give a crap for road racing; they want him racing cross. But, Rabobank wants Italian mobsters to hide their loot in their bank….

The Ronde….what is this, four or five years now? It’s a great course, Big Tom as been secretly hacking away, enough to draw complaints…Three letters…..BMX>>>>>>>>>

THE highlight of the summer riding season happened last week when Don Mullison scored a direct hit on the evil demon dog Oreo with his Halt!! Oreo went down on impact. Direct Hit. It was AWESOME! But, Oreo remains undeterred. Yesterday Molteni and I encountered him once again, and his “owners” tried to corral him in the middle of the road, while we tried to dodge both them and Oreo. Best yet, Hiram and Davide were in the truck behind us, and Hiram pulled up and said “I’ll get my pit bull and take care of heem”.

Gateway Cup Carnage!

September 10, 2009

I was feeling good about the Gateway Cup, having survived and even raced ok, and all. But, alas, many were not so lucky. Reeschard and Kurt Russell went down in the first night of action, and Kurt somehow managed to break two scapulas and a clavicle! I think he wound up uninvited to one of those garden parties. Reeschard has a broken hand, and maybe other peripherals. Our new SIU guy, Mike Vail, was one of the many doing the street surf in the 4’s on friday night. Mike busted his Giant frame, and raced the rest of the event on my Waterford. The street cred of carbon continues to decline– as Mike then wound up winning the Hill and taking 3rd in the finale. He’s not just gonna fill the pack in the 3’s next year, I’m glad to see this kid at SIU!

Dave Neis was the next victim. He went down in the 3’s on saturday with a broken clavicle. Huge pileup in the masters on the Hill, I’m glad I missed that.

Overall the Carbondale crowd did a great job, with Gary Merideth, Berto, and Chief Reimbold all putting in great races! Danimal and Chad were also in the mix, although Chad’s bike was stolen after one of the events!

Sebastian was riding great! At one point on Saturday, I was off the front chasing down a solo, and who should pull around but Sebastian! Unfortunately, Ethan was also on his wheel and immediately countered….I barely managed to hold Ethan’s wheel for about a half a lap…damnit. Next year. Go Cubbies!

Darrell was the man for Mack. He hit the top ten in all three masters races, with three 6ths….Overall, we did well, but the competition is keen this year, and there were some really strong people in the fields. I’m still waiting on reports, but there was also a huge crash in the masters race on the Hill….

Jeff Williams won best in show in the Spoked Art competition!!! Jeff is an incredibly talented artist, in several genre. And, I was bummed that I didn’t make it over to the Friday reception.

And, wow. the Tour of Missou. This is among the best fields of any race in the US, ever.  It was friggin’ amazing to watch Cavendish take Haedo and Hushovd. Jackson, Gary, and I had front row seats at 100 meters when Cav came around. Wow. On Tuesday, Molteni and I did a few laps of Trail of Tears, then headed over to Cape. Once again, it was Cavendish powering past Hushovd and Haedo. I sure hope they can keep that race going. It was cool!!!