Photos by Dylan VanWeelden
There is nothing better than new kit day (new sock day?) unless it is new bike day. But, what my blog pre-supposes is...what if they were the same day?
Yesterday was Cross Crusade number something or other. Somehow the weather has all but held off on cyclocross so far this year, but I can bet you that is about to change. The skies were clear and bright during the early morning races, but by the time Julie and I headed towards the start line in our newly fashioned skin suits from VergeSport — and matching Ibis Cycles cross bikes (we know we're nerdy but these bikes are wicked!) — the cloud cover was starting to take over. This has been a little bit in the works, so it was fun to see - and hear - the reactions to it.
Shout out: Jesse LaLonde made the tiger on the back of the kit. Well, he made The Athletic type on the front as well. Early on when I was trying to come up with some fresh ideas, or rather, was a bit burnt out and devoid of fresh ideas, he came through with some great lockups for what The Athletic could look like. In fact, he kind of let me talk it out and continue to get psyched about it. Well, we finally got around to running with that concept and it feels good. A couple weeks ago I found a T-Shirt that Jesse had illustrated early on for Embrocation Cycling Journal and in a way it feels like we're sticking to a bit of the same thematically. That and I would pretty much trust anything and everything he makes. Check out this fairly in-depth interview with Jesse earlier this year from Fat-Bike.com.
Ty was up from LA (MUDFOOT - now there's a bike and kit combo to aspire to) for a little bit of racing with us. He might have been just up for the racing, but we like to say "with us" anyway. The race within the race continues. If it weren't for these little races happening all over the course, well, then what is the point? Battles! Battling! it happens all over the place and without it, I would either wander off the course and go home, or just cruise around aimlessly (which is kind of how I felt anyway). That and the cheers. Ty commented later in the evening about how exciting it was to have such a crazy amount of people out there cheering, and it is something that we take for granted at times out there (in 48th place) so, props to you people!
Things I learned at this Cross Crusade Race:
- The LAX socks go well with the new kit. It looks like it was almost on purpose. Word on the street is that there are some Racing Squad edition socks in the works. Keep your eye grapes peeled for that one.
- I'm done riding MTN Bike wheels on a cross bike. Sure, I could get used to the tubeless tires. I went down to 28psi for the course and it was awesome. I could have gone lower. But, the whole time I was wishing I had lighter wheels. It was almost comical what an effect this had. I will admit that I might have teased Julie for complaining about this a couple weeks ago. I take all that back.
- Shout outs like "Sooooocks" and "Nice Socks" make me laugh.
- Man those Seattle boys really have it out for us. They know that whole "imitation is the best form of flattery business right? However, watching two grown men wrestle to see who can be the first to put on a frozen t-shirt - wait, are we in Cancun? - is something else.
- Portland State's cycling kit matches the blue/green combination of the LAX socks perfectly.
- Rice Junkie on Hawthorne is a great place for a post race Ramen, rice filled meal. And it is across the street from the shop Communion, who is, our first official sock dealer. Boom, how's that for a non-sequitur ending?