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perfect day for the columbia u. grants tomb criterium(9 posts)

perfect day for the columbia u. grants tomb criteriumSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 30, 2002 12:15 PM
The 2002 Columbia University Grant's Tomb Criterium

A NCCA and USCF Event

gorgeous warm and sunny. the last race is being run now. id seen most of the club riders but the college kids left me thinking what a dedicated and promising group - grass roots cycling is alive and kicking.

few spills, and some cool 6 abreast in corners. minutes from my house and even a few of the local crack heads were in attendance looking for an unattended bike or two - hey its NYC ;-)

2 stars for the day.

some tiny but perfect spinning young girl on a baby blue bike with gleaming 650c silver shamals. jumped out on her own and led for most of the race in perfect style - she was so smooth. caught by the pack close to the finish - aww shucks i was hoping she hold them off.

but the legend for me was this unassuming and hopefull kid who raced on the oldest bike by far (12 speed trek with the spoke protector still on) and in his race finished in the middle but was close to the front and going for it with all he had. had it been a hillier course he would have had a good shot at the front finishers. absolute champion in my mind. i offered him my fast wheels and he would have loved to raced with them but he was humble and happy to race with what he had.

i wish for him and hope he gets as much as he can out of the sport. he has infinite spirit and was easily the winner for the day. and if anyone may want to know he's penn state kid. forgot his name though.

the young have inspired me so much that im out for a ride then im gonna play bike shop all weekend. ;-)
great race report - thanks!lonefrontranger
Mar 30, 2002 1:14 PM
Now THIS is what keeps me riding and racing! I love watching collegiate races for the same reason. I've had my butt kicked by collegiate kids on beaters, have muy respect for them.

I'm stuck at work today, playing the hurry-up-and-wait game; waiting for everyone else to complete things so that I have something to do. at least it's work. Better than unemployment.
Dear Spirito Hemmingway,Slipstream
Mar 30, 2002 1:15 PM
Your prose is really flowing these days. Keep spinning those vignettes. Great reads.

Just got back from a short ride with the boss. Sunny, 25mph crosswinds, 50 degrees.
did you get a chance to talk to the boss about the ...Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 30, 2002 3:19 PM
cavalera yet. ill ship it to you as seeing it in the flesh will let the boss understand and if it causes problems with your master then send it back or runaway to nyc and ill affirm your decision - honest.

do we have a deal.

;-)
Let's help Spirito find a home for his Cavalera...Slipstream
Mar 30, 2002 7:12 PM
I can't believe this beauty is still without a mate. Its Easter, and she is all dressed up. Let's resurrect this process again.

Bikers are a pretty shy lot when face-to-face with such classic lines. They are probably just stupified; but you can rest assured they haven't been able to concentrate on anything else since they saw her. Just be patient, they'll soon come out of their shock.

Maybe it would help if you gave her a name. Something mysterious and sultry yet silky and really sweet. Let them know she will bring out their best and will be forgiving at the same time. And she will always be waiting there for her special man. See what I mean when I say italian equals love.

Seriously, why haven't you listed it on eBay yet?

Another thought is to take up a collection for that kid Ismael mentioned. I would be willing to put in $100. towards a fund for provided your frame would fit him. I also think you should receive fair value.

Maybe others can donate money or parts.

Morrison where are you when we need you?

Someday I would like to hear some specifics on the interaction between you and those who contacted you thru the classified. You know, in your Spirito style--there has to be a story there somewhere.
a kid racing an old trek inspired you to... buy things?colker
Mar 30, 2002 2:50 PM
ok. then i want to buy too!
nah...i meant maintenance, cleaning, fettling and bike care nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 30, 2002 3:04 PM
oops.colker
Mar 30, 2002 3:12 PM
damm.second language!
third for you - second for me ;-) nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 30, 2002 3:20 PM