Monday, December 08, 2008

UCI points were given away this weekend.

Points. Yes, like two. The season long cross goal, as low as it might have been, has been achieved. A top 10 in a UCI race. UCI points. After getting 11th at Reston 2 years in a row, I finally managed to get 9th. Very anti climactic.

I once went to a stage race alone. I bummed a car. Got a hotel. Raced the race. Drove home. It was depressing. The car had a tape player, and I had a Youth of Today tape that I listened to on repeat for like four days. That was not fun bike racing.

Bike racing should be a social thing. Cyclocross is a really social thing, which makes it one of the best forms a bike racing. There have been people all season standing on the other side of the tape yelling at me. They yell at the ohter racers too I am sure, but by the third lap, Im usually alone, working my way backwards, and they are yelling at me. This is awesome.

Now I have friends, some of whom are teammates, that I can bum rides from. I am lucky enough to have friends and acquaintances to stay with. Some acquaintances have morphed into friends, communication increases, bonds grow, friends become better friends. Awesome.

People stick around a few hours after their races to watch the depressingly small elite men's field. Freaking Gorski pitted for me when I flatted with a lap to go. His race was over for 2 hours and he had a 4 hour drive home. Do I expect it, no. Would I do it for him, totally. And so it goes. He does something for me, I do something for somebody else, that person does it for somebody else. I guess that is a community. Cyclocross totally has it. When I first raced cross FOUR YEARS AGO (time flies!)... I had heard people talk about the cross community. I read Fatmarc's blog about it. I hadnt experienced it though. Its there. Its awesome.

One other thing that I will also note as an example is a guy named Sean Gallagher. He is what I am talking about I think. He is a bike racer. He is fast. We battle each other. He has bad starts (I think)... I have bad everything after the starts. So he always passes me. Every time he does he says "come on lets go"... HE ENCOURAGES ME WHILE HE IS COMPETING AGAINST ME! That is awesome. Then he rides away from me. Yesterday after the race I was like "alright man... see you next year." It felt like the last day of school knowing that the summer was coming and you werent going to see or talk to people that you didnt go out of your way to do so. But I know they will be there next year and we will start up right where we left off.

Cyclocross.

A few quotes from the weekend:

"How many spots can you lose??!?!?!" As he heckled me from the sidelines.

"Is this Interpol?" Says the 11 year old girl about JOY DIVISION. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.





Next post = "the i finally kept track of all riding and racing for a whole year and am going to post the numbers" post. Should be very exciting stuff.

8 comments:

Dee V Ous said...

But - you have to give her some props - she is an 11-year-old who KNOWS Interpol..... :) Seriously, she really enjoyed getting to know you and hearing your stories.

Highlight of the morning was opening the cupboard to see La Prima!!!!

nice work with the points and good to see you.

Anonymous said...

...thats pretty good ;that an 11 year old would even know interpol or possibly listen to anything you wouldn`t see on disney ch..... there is nuthin that comes close to joy division`s pure raw emotional bleakness.....

Benjamin said...

I drove to a stage race alone last year. Slept in my car at a campsite for $15 a night that had wifi out in the middle of the woods surrounded by Amish people.

Way to go on the UCI points. It may have been the last day of school but we've still got many years to go!

jv said...

crap!

Before I left I actually stopped to say to myself. "Do I know anyone else that's racing today?" and my reply was "No, and the Steelers are going to be on"

Jason said...

STILL listening to Joy Division?? Ever see 24 Hour Party People. Sort of funny. Thanks for the offer of those Smiths boots. As you may imagine, I already have them! HA!

That race of your sounds like many of mine. Drive 5 hours by myself, grab a hotel, race a solo, drive home. This year I hope to expand my social circle of one with a new (local) team, and a growing circle of riding friends.

Matt! said...

wow! the cross races I've been to are fucking boring.

Anonymous said...

Steevo,

Why did you give a link to a live version of Ceremony? Don't you know that Joy Division was one of the worst live bands ever, 2nd only to New Order.

Also, I'm sure you made the same mistake about Joy Division two weeks ago -- don't rag on the pre-pubescent.

El Capitan.

steevo said...

Matt,
Boring compared to a 500 mile bike race across the desert? Or compared to the NBL national main where a dude showed up with aluminum foil covering his helmet?