OK, haven’t been around here for awhile. Quick recap first before I get to the things that are bugging me (and yes, they’re about bike racing, this time):
1. I got laid off from my job back in February.
2. I thought about going to law school.
3. I got a new job in Washington DC (the Redskins suck it bad this year).
4. I withdrew from my LSAT.
5. I withdrew from the LSAT because my new job rocks the house.
6. I work for the United States Army now.
7. I work on protecting soldiers when they’re in harm’s way.
8. This new job makes me feel good.
9. I’ve been riding a shit ton again, and feeling fit, again. It’s fun again.
10. That’s it for recap.
Now, onto the thing that’s been bugging me this entire year. I’ve been reading a certain blog (not this one) of a certain “pro” bike racer (I’ll get to the reason why I put the word pro in quotes in a minute). I started reading this blog because at first, it seemed interesting, and now I do it because it makes me mad, and amazed all at the same time. Here’s why.
Can you be a “pro” (little ‘p’) bike racer if you only ride in 14 events a year? I know cat 5 guys who race more times than that in a month. Really? 14 races a year, and you call yourself a “pro” bike racer? This is ridiculous. Am I jealous because this person gets sweet gear, sweet bikes, and gets to travel around the US allegedly racing bikes? You fucking bet I’m jealous. And did this person even win a race this year? The answer to that question is no, this “pro” bike racer didn’t even win a single race, well, there were only 14 of them in there after all. The thing is, this person is going to be a “pro” again next year, and get the same support, same schwag, and it pisses me off, because I know people who are better racers that deserve that shit more.
And yes, I am a hater. I’m full of Haterade, I can’t help it. I’m fucking grumpy. I’m also getting older, which makes me grumpier.
Now I wish I could call this “pro” racer out by name, but I’m not going to. Why? Because there are people who would probably throw a shit fit about it. But, when you’re a “pro” bike racer, and you’re talking about the “off-season” in August, you’re NOT a “pro” bike racer at all, you’re a toolbag with some good connections is all that you are. It’s pathetic, honestly. Again, 14 races?!? Really?!? That’s it? Absurd.
Maybe some of you can figure out who I’m talking about, maybe you can’t, but let me know what your guesses are, if you’ve got any. It’s just ridiculous.by