photos by Jordan Reid
Day Two of the Alpenrose Cross Crusade was more of the same. Except it wasn't. Which seems to always be the case with cyclocross and one of the main reasons why we keep coming back to the sport. Chris Jones may or may not have had some trouble with his tires, but then again who hasn't? The weather held off and the overnight rains turned the course into one tacky, beautifully rutted drag race for the finish line. Plus, Jordan was out there with his camera again, capturing what turned out to be a good amount of action.
This seems to be a relatively new format for the cross crusade, the two race weekend, but it didn't seem to hurt the participation numbers or the competitive nature of the participants in the least. And I, for one, make a motion to bring more of this into the schedule. I know what you're thinking and I am aware that it isn't the first time, but hopefully it isn't the end of it. More double weekends! What am I going to do with my Saturday next week?
The race within the race is where it's at — especially when you're never at the front of the race anyway. The Breadwinner CX team is not backing down from this race within a race anytime soon, in case you were wondering. And I'm sure you were. Mind you, this is all derived from an oxygen deprived race brain, so I could be exaggerating, hyperbolizing and definitely fish storying the events as I know them. Here's how the weekend's racing went:
Day 1: JD - 1 / Breadwinners - 0
Ira and Joel ride off thinking that they're never to be seen again. JD (that's me) spies Ira off in the distance and proceeds to drag their teammate Sean Bob up to them. Let me just say that it is totally unfair that we are dealing with three - on - one each time, but that is about to change. Anyway, I get to Ira (with Sean in tow) and try to take over the lead, which I think to myself, is tactically the best thing that I can do, right? While thinking this I dump my bike in a hot corner and Ira and Sean ride off together - I swear I heard a giggle. So, then I'm chasing again. And it goes on and on like this for ages until I'm almost dizzy. Then, I look up, see the flag and spriiiiint for the finish - just in front of Joel who I thought was miles ahead at this point.
Day 2 - JD - 1 / Breadwinners - 1
Well, I must have seemed a little too puffed up about my "Breadwinning" session the day before because our gracious host Brad Ross decided to start everyone with the number "3" on their backs in the final row of the race. I spent a good amount of time cursing him and trying to think of a better way to line up during the race, and I couldn't come up with anything, so I guess we are stuck with it.
This start didn't help anything and the whole Gang of Notorious Breadwinner Brothers were still smarting from the day before so they were off like a shot and I never saw them again. Wait, I did see Sean Bob near the end. Passed him in fact and thought that would be the end of it. Surprise! He skirted the skirt of Alpenrose track and alpen-rose to the occasion of pipping me at the line. Curses! Well played on a furious weekend of racing. Plus, we are even-steven at this point. I figured with the PDX Trophy Cup over we could just start fresh with this new series. Deal?
Ok, here's the thing that I do not like. Not being able to watch the women racing each time. Granted it is much easier on my nerves not to have to worry about my wife in this fashion (that's a very real, stressful thing) as I am racing while she is racing. However, after two laps when you see her standing next to the course with a broken bike and the only thing she says is "be careful on the pavement, it's slippery" well, you can figure it out from there.
Also, the SF Giants Vive La Tarte socks seem to be a big hit. No one seems to mind that they match absolutely nothing (except for a VLT kit). I didn't even think about that SF reference until just now, but Chris Jones likes the Giants, so there's that.
"Put That On Your Blog"
This is a new section that we are dedicating to whichever genius shouted that at me the other night during Trophy Cup racing when I crashed in front of him. No really, it's genius thank you. Now I have a better name for a section that I was previously going to call "Rumors in Racing."
Here are a few samples for PTOYB and I'll let you figure out what is true and what isn't.
- Tony Kic may or may not have smashed his balls trying to bunny hop barriers
- Colé Lallomia might have had a great race one day and might have flatted the next.
- Ryan Weaver is the people's champion.
- Molly Cameron may or may not have caused a change in rules that requires single speed racing bikes to only have one gear visible on the bike at all times.
- Leland Gilmore is breaking the chains that were holding him back.
- Carl Decker had a "goofy crash" in the first couple laps.
- Jen Levo has the best race face (see above).
- "Hi Ira" is not an acceptable cheer or jeer.
- The cow poo at Alpenrose still smells like cow poo.
- Pete Rubi may or may not have gotten pink eye from cow poo.
Ok, like I said, just trying it out. I'm sure there are a few that I missed out there, but I've always got my ears to the ground.