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I should just be happy....(12 posts)

I should just be happy....GreenFan
Oct 18, 2002 5:02 PM
That this weekend there are 2 UCI Cross races less than an hour from home (Wooden Wheels and Monkey Hill), but the fact that the first race of the Super Prestige series is this Sunday means that all of the Euro pros will be over there and not contesting either of these races.....ahh well. Guess I'll just have to settle for Gully, Johnson, the McCormacks and Lyne Bessette ;)
re: I should just be happy....atpjunkie
Oct 18, 2002 7:06 PM
sucks to be you..... I have to wait for the nationals in Napa. would be a blast to watch, I wouldn't dare think of racing.
Saw today's race in DelawareRay Sachs
Oct 19, 2002 5:34 PM
Great course, rainy day but not cold. Great men's elite race. Gullickson and Johnson rode together for most of the race. Gully attacked on the climb on the last lap and held the advantage through the last part of the course to win. Jonathan Page finished third, well back but way ahead of the 4th place finisher. I got to briefly meet Richard Sachs over by the pit area - have to buy a bike from that guy some day.

I don't race but I like to take my daughter to a cross race now and again - probably the best form of racing for the spectator. And the scene is so relaxed - everyone's real accessible.

The Euro pros never come over...Wayne
Oct 21, 2002 3:56 AM
well, Pontoni and Vervecken have each come over for a few weeks at the beginning of the season but I doubt it had anything to do with UCI points but rather a free trip to America and some start money before the real racing starts in Europe. I was surprised the McCormacks didn't come down from New England.
The races clearly showed that Johnson, Gullickson and Page were in a class of their own, with strong rides by Adam Craig both days also.
re: I should just be happy....EricTSV
Oct 21, 2002 8:01 AM
The time per lap johnson was doing at monkey hill was blazing. In my B race we were going laps of about 7 - 7 1/2 minutes. I timed Johnson on about lap 3 and he was doing the laps in about 6 even. Amazing. His (and all the other elite racers) speed and technique through the course were amazing.

I also got to work the pit yesterday which was a great time.
I heard...Wayne
Oct 21, 2002 8:47 AM
at the bottom of the road descent coming onto the cobble stones that Page was cutting left as soon as he passed where you got dumped onto the road coming down the fast grass descent. He was bunny hopping the curb and going up the grass to come onto the cobbles further up the hill. He was the only one taking that line and probably cut 30 or 40 feet off his lap distance.
No better way to spend a weekend...GreenFan
Oct 21, 2002 5:31 PM
Granogue was a good race, but I just really love that cobbled climb at Monkey Hill....why was this year the last ? Too bad Sunday didn't see the same little rain drizzle that we had on Saturday...that hill could have become immensely more painful with just a little bit of rain. I would like to take this oppurtunity to praise the efforts of the "B" woman from Pittsburgh who's frame self destructed at the bottom of Monkey Hill on the last lap and then got up and ran out the lap with the remains of her bike to finish SECOND ! Absolutely classic....I'll remember that one for a long time =)
Last one because...Wayne
Oct 22, 2002 3:43 AM
promoter fatigue, or at least that's my impression from talking to him. I think there is the possibility that someone else will take up the responsibility.
I sure hope so...GreenFan
Oct 22, 2002 5:08 PM
it would be a real shame to lose such an awesome course. Is there anyone noticeably interested in picking it up ? I know that local to the course there's a Bike Line and Alan's Bicycles, I'm not aware of others but I'm sure they're around...
Yes, I think there is someone interested...Wayne
Oct 23, 2002 5:19 AM
In this region races are typically put on by Racing teams since they have some capital and man-power. Monkey Hill actually relies on help in large part from the local teams. Come out to Fair Hill, MD on Dec. 9th for the FSVS cross race if you want to do some more spectating (or racing).
Probably Phelps School next and then Lancaster...GreenFan
Oct 23, 2002 4:30 PM
Racing isn't in the cards this season...I need a new cross bike in the worst possible way, but the road bike I built up this past Spring drained the bike budget. I'm hoping to get started building up the new bike this Winter and have it ready for next season..that and I'm dragging my son to this years races to try and inject even the slightest interest into his mind, or at the least give him something to do besides video games.
Probably Phelps School next and then Lancaster...atpjunkie
Oct 23, 2002 6:12 PM
good on ya with your kid. Too bad more parents don't have your attitude. So much obesity in kids but they have the most developed thumb muscles I've ever seen. I'm so glad I grew up in a time when you played outside 'til your dad's whistle brought you home. was such a great thing being skinny, tan and with feet that could stand the hottest of asphalt. I guess that's why we ride.....we just never grew out of playing outside.
good luck with the kid, hope he catches on.
waxing nostalgic