Once again I’m typing while flying. This time I’m somewhere over the southern Pacific in a Boeing 777, headed for touchdown in Sydney where I catch one last flight to Cairns, QLD for the World Cup opener (watch it live here). I’m just past the mid-way point in my five-weekend racing block and time is starting to fly (it’s like I’m missing a day or something. oh wait, that happens when you fly to Australia!).
TJ, Maja, and I are cruising down I-10 headed home from the first race of the year as I type. We’ve been making this trip to California ever since we first started chasing the national cross-country circuit in 2006.
Even though I didn't have the crash-free race I'd hoped for, I did a lot of things really well today, and, most importantly, in the days and weeks leading up to the start of the World Cup season. I'm still feeling very confident in my training, my equipment, and my ability to perform when I'm on the start line waiting for the gun to go off.
For the 3rd round of the US Cup, we were back on the dusty slopes of Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA. The course hardly resembled the first version only a few weeks prior--it was far better despite a chewed up track with plenty of loose corners, braking bumps and enough rocks to carefully consider tire selection. This was an HC level event, which means there are enough UCI points up for grab to attract some top-international racers.
Chloe Woodruff and Kaylee Blevins have paired up on the brand new Team Stan's NoTubes-Niner for 2015.
But then again, I knew what I was in for as I packed up my winter gear, unused for seasons and boarded a plane to Iowa City to race bikes, around a field, over obstacles and up Mt Krumpit with Christmas tunes in the background and an ominous forecast that left me scratching my head in indecision over whether to wear a windvest underneath my skinsuit or to double-up on chamois' just so I could wear my insulated tights under the same skinsuit.
After a bittersweet weekend in Gloucester, I sat down for an interview with Molly Hurford to chat about the weekend and cyclocross.
I was motivated to figure out how to race one of the biggest cyclocross weekends in the country in my hometown of Boulder, CO; and ultimately, teaming up with Stan's NoTubes is what made it possible.