Photos by Jordan Reid.
The dust has been well settled on the Cross Crusade season opener out at Alpenrose Dairy. However, that does not mean that we cannot visually reflect on our time there. In fact, there wasn't much dust at all. The Athletic Community Racing Squad, or ATHL as we like to call ourselves continues to grow each year. Bolstering the roster, adding a few sponsors here and there, even springing for a team tent (which promptly sprung a leak).
Alpenrose is one of those mythical creatures when it comes to the Pacific Northwest racing scene. The course is notoriously hard, the racers are seriously fit, and the venue itself is (mostly) devoid of the booze that flows through the cyclocross racers veins. (No drinking at the Dairy guys!) And so, it should go to show that this race is also a spot where everyone rallies and turns up for a grand (fierce) time of bicycle racing.
For some reason this race also has a tendency to bring the heat in the weather department as well. The last couple iterations were hot and dry, but almost overly hot and dry to the point where that was its thing. Last weekend was an entirely different scenario with torrential rains sweeping through to wash away all but the heftiest of creatures. But, it does what the rains do for cyclocross courses everywhere, makes them fun to ride.
Reports from Leland, Rob and Clint ranged from "fuck yeah, that was great" to "how come it doesn't rain more often at these things?"
Ryan Trebon had no problems laying waste to his competitors or getting stuck in the mud and took the win on both days. He stopped through the shop later in the week and laughed our (not so) gentle ribbing about his ability to sandbag these local races. He was not shy about doling out his appreciation for the course and venue though "I really like racing here. It's like nothing else. The people really, actually get excited about watching (and cheering) the races.
Our man Peter Rubijono returned to the sport and much acclaim. After an overseas tour of duty, he is now back in action in the PNW. He learned many things from the East including what tea to drink when and what yak penis alcohol tastes like. You can see the good times in his eyes, but combined with great racing, it is no wonder that he's stoked.
Thankfully, our man Jordan Reid was on hand to capture all the action.