Can you believe the bike gods have blessed us thus? Must have been Jonny’s birthday. (39 comments for 38 years? What’s that, one to grow an inch? Trust me, he’d have to rebuild the doors if he got any taller.) Every once in awhile, the stars align to provide us with a full schedule of bike racing spanning 2 days. Too bad i caught a cold and spent Saturday fixing a fence and Sunday in bed.
Where to begin? How’s Houffalize? i like dirt. It rained all day Saturday in Belgium. Partly cloudy Sunday. That’s what they call a dry course. Georgia Gould rode to 5th…just ahead of the still-recovering GRDF. My friend GP likes to say that the line between ‘Cross and MTB is blurring – looking at the Houffalize course, i see why. Same climb the roadies do next weekend? huh.
Back across the pond, in Monterey, the ones who didn’t make the flight east got to play. And Sam Schultz took full advantage. First Short Track, second XC: that’s a good weekend. And Andy gets 5th in Short Track, his former nemesis discipline. Watch out for those boys. I think this is Andy’s bike here. Jealousy and Lust. Arizona made, too. Sea Otter was my first race ever – so i remain partial to it. But it’s beginning to look like they went to a tech expo and a bike race broke out.
Meanwhile, on the pavement at Laguna Seca, Flag’s JR broke through with a big one. We knew it would happen – it was just a question of when. Apparently now he has a crown.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege was run on Saturday – to little fanfare. a great event that played B-side to Amstel Gold. The big classic-racers were shown up by a tour-racer at Amstel Gold: Cunego. Fleche Wallone due up this week. It’s classic madness!
At least Michael Ball’s not making any more sense:
“There are so many ways to spin this,” he told reporters. “I think it’s going to be awesome.”
On my end, it’s time to get ready for the Whiskey 50. It’ll be my first time – i want to go sub-4-hours. hell. i want to win the thing. [Edit: Unfortunately about 20 faster people stand between me and the top step.] Epic Rides puts on a good show. Make this the year you make it.