Monday, October 25, 2010

Thank you

Thanks to everyone for making yesterday an absolute success!

Results are posted on Bikereg.

Stay tuned as Dave Kraus and Barry Koblenz, professional photographers, were on hand and I will be posting their portfolios soon.

Barry's portfolio now posted

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cruel Shoes: Confessions

The last word on Saratoga Spa Cyclocross MMX.

Later that day, Carlo was overheard saying to a new customer, "Well, that's it. That’s every pair of shoes in the place. Unless, of course, you'd like to try the cruel shoes."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Emotional Rescue: Barriers - Updated

You may ask yourself am I right, am I wrong? You may ask yourself what kind of  self-help race is this? Has my cyclocross become unmanageable? Is bike racing cheaper than therapy? Knowing that it takes perseverance to complete a race, and that you may face:
  • Emotional Barriers - Do I feel like racing?
  • Perceptual Barriers - Is it cold outside?
  • Cultural Barriers  - Are the guys from Albany mean, do they use foil?
  • Language Barriers - What the hell is a bell lap?
  • Interpersonal Barriers - Will my significant other let me race?
  • Gender Barriers - Will I get beaten by a girl?
These are various types of barriers that people hold dear to them. They simplify, give them an easy out. But wait there's more! A cyclocross race holds a final and sometimes most damaging; the Physical Barriers.

On a good day, one comes gently winding around a 180 degree turn, butt in the air, like a cat in heat, flitting off the bike for a brisk stroll over the boards, back up and away.
On a bad day, its 35 degrees, there's a 50 yard straightaway after the holeshot turn into a set of structural lumber coming towards you at 25 mph. Since the start is kinda like Han Solo dropping the hyperspace hammer, the barrier approach is like reentry when Alderaan has been reduced to space gravel. Which you might resemble in a matter of seconds because you can't feel your hands and you're pretty sure the brakes won't work anyway because of the constant drizzle and frost on the greens.

What could be worse that approaching 40cm of tibia-snapping new-growth at speed? How about boards that remind you in that last instant as you try to click out and leap of the imminent consequences? Think twice? Do you have that much time?
Warning: Barriers may be larger than they appear.
At SpaCx, this is a barrier that you will have to overcome. Then again. And again. Probably like eight times. Which is what they say is the base number of repetitions required before something becomes habitual. Don't try to break through these barriers, just get over them.

I will be your knight in shining armor, riding across the desert on a fine Arab charger...

Friday, October 15, 2010

What sign are you waiting for?

During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

Prevent the apocalypse- that is- not racing at SpaCx..
Sign up for now!

(yes, this post is a geek-check supreme, and if you were actually able to recite this, go f*ing go to ComiCon)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Run What You Brung

Got us a dirt track date, Demolition derby, figure 8,
Eatin' dinner off a paper plate, Eliminations start at eight.
Get your hair piled on up high, I want you darlin' by my side
Dirt track oval, son of a gun, Take what you win, run what you brung.
With every turn we'll tempt our fate, We got a Dirt Track Date.
Southern Culture On The Skids

Many thanks to SCOTS who have provided us with a vivid tableau of the Oct 24 event. Still, people stop me on the street asking about this 'Run What You  Brung'  What's up with that?

The Concept:
Too often I hear, yeah, it looks fun but I don't have the right bike, I'm not in shape, I'm only good at sniffing glue, blah, blah blah.
So we created an event that would eliminate every last excuse.'Shut up and ride'
  1. NOON - who can't get up by noon
  2. FREE - no money required
  3. ANY bike - everyone has something hanging up in the garage. Steal your child's HelloKitty bike.
  4. ONE lap - that's like ten minutes and everyone can experience the euphoria of bike racing
  5. RACERS will be disqualified, skinsuits, carbon bits, etc
  6. RAFFLE prizes - winners picked from all who complete the lap. It could be big...
  7. WARDROBE MALFUNCTION - great chance to test run your Halloween costume 
  8. MONDAY your coworkers will not believe you. Won't that be cool.
Mark your calendar.