Monday, December 03, 2007

California State 'Cross Champs

The racing was tough, I got 5th both days and I made some $ chedda' $
Here's sort of a photo review, if you were at the races and don't see a photo here just click on one and it'll take you to my Flickr page.

The runup: there was a really steep runup that was ridden by a select few. The mantastic athletes of Team Bearclaw were among them.

Here's video of the runup. Tony Cruz (Discovery Channel) is hot on my heels... I was barely able to beat him despite the fact that A: cyclocross is not his specialty, and B: I'm guessing he rode about 30 hours in the week leading up to this race. Strong.
I believe he'll ride for BMC next year.

Jason rides the runup... The most impressive thing about this video is that AS he's riding over the crest he leans down and picks up a dollar so smoothly that I missed it the first few times I saw the video!

Fruits of my labor...
What we need more of in MTB

Back by popular demand: Alex was so endearing at the races that people requested he wear his "cheer gear" to the awards banquet (?).

Podium. Lotsa Bearclaw... check the glasses and the facial hair. Jason's boots were a special treat.

Podium. Brooke won some sweet prizes and took 3rd in her race. I look forward to reading about it on her blog.

Jeff Herring had a good race and came in 2nd.

Alex stepped his game up to race Elite.

Dolla' bill ya'll.

Daniel raced Elite too!

John and I chased each other around the course.

Alex the heckler

Fritz over the barriers while Dorothy Wong films it. Fritz was leading the race for a while and gets huge man points for taking 2nd in a very impressive field.

And the beer flowed like wine.


John McKeen said...

I wish I could say the chasing lasted a while. You were motoring, man!

thump said...

There are three things about this post I love.

1. The Man-tastic mustache! Magnum, P.I., wants one that manly.

2. The H-U-G-E fanny pack on Alex. Did he fit a six-pack of Stroh's in the can in the fridge that was in that pack?

3. That incredibly smooth cash withdrawal on the top of the climb. That, I repeat, THAT is sa-weet.

Lyle said...

Thanks Thump, I guess we appreciate the same things in life.
The best part of the trip was not documented, possibly for the better.
Having said that, I would give anything for video footage of the evening before Sundays race.
See my next post "A Note on the California State 'Cross Champs"