Photos by Zach Rotstein
The entire week looked like ideal cyclocross weather, you know the type - clean your ears and eyes out for days - and drop the psi on your tires by about 5 - but then it went and got all nice again. Then it came time for Cross Crusade, number three if you're counting at home, out at the PIR Heron Lakes course. Typically fast, although with rain it can quickly turn into a bog, leaving you Nowhere to Run. Today was not that day as the precipitation from earlier in the week turned it into a nicely tacky speedy, sweaty mess.
Fun Fact: Not only did Mr. Jones race Milan San Remo this year, but he also finish Paris Roubaix.
We took our first official win today. What's that you say? Chris Jones is racing for the Athletic? Well, it is true. I'm not sure he has considered exactly what that means to our rag tag band of merry people, and neither have we... but, you know, we do what we can for our cyclocross racing brethren. He rode away with the race today which from the sounds of it was pretty awesome. Then there was the Double Impact of him being ridiculously good looking in a new black skinsuit, that doesn't hurt anything.
The day couldn't get much better could it?
Except it did, with Julie Krasniak racing herself into third. Last weekend was a calamity of errors with a derailleur hanger spontaneously combusting on the first half of the first lap. Those hot little Ibis Hakkalugi Disc are some of the best bikes we have ridden (yes, we ride them together, always together) but the rest of the race can be a bit of a Hard Target without a rear derailleur. With that taken care of, she was ready to rip. Of course the rear mech incident had the unfortunate downside of not giving her any call up points today, so she did it all from the very last row of the race. So, there's that.
But, I know what you're all thinking the question forming on your lips, the furrow in your brow... what about The Athletic v Breadwinner Battle Royale?
Some people called it a "bloodsport" last weekend, presumably based on how Ira and I prefer actually bumping into each other and closing metaphysical doors on each other to other, kinder versions of cyclocross. A stretch, sure, but still, we get where you're coming from....and any chance at a Van Damme reference is a chance you better take. Well, this week the only blood was the stuff that I tasted in my mouth after Joel Madrone's blistering attack on the back section. So, I guess now I have to deal with that as well? Shit, these guys are good and after Joel's attack I kept looking longingly up towards him 50 meters away thinking "What is this guy? Some kind of Cyborg?"
Aaand I was about to give the point to breadwinner - when I realized that our man Cole squarely defeated Sean Bob in their head to head showdown. AND Clint took it to Brian in the Singlespeed race. So what does it all mean?
This weeks total - Breadwinner 1, The Athletic 1
We basically have to eliminate the Chris Jones win, because, well, that just isn't fair is it? We are an everyman group of racers — sure, there is the ever present Lionheart in all of us — that ability to suddenly rear up and attack like it could be our last - but none of us (Cole has the best chance) is going to turn this sport we love into a profession any time soon. And I'm not sure what to do with Clint in the SS category? Count it? (Or hope that he decides to come back to racing with us sometime soon and leave him off till he does?) You tell me.
But where was Ira? Apparently he had a bit of a tickle in his throat, or a rumble in his tummy, so he sat this one out. We will leave him off the scoreboard because he redeemed himself by keeping the heckles to a minimum and snapping some great photos which we of course shared on the Athletic instagram account » @TheAthletic.
Plus, we all had some sort of ESP going on this morning (well, two of us live together) and all showed up for the A race with matching socks in the form of the Tennis Ball colored Galaxie socks. They'll be back in stock soon, I promise!
That's all you get for this weeks racing action, which by tomorrow will be what we like to call in the biz "Yesterday's News!"