Here we go. Please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. My cyclocross season is officially over, all items accounted for, hand delivered to their home in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to have my oldest son, Ethan, along for the trip out this past week and I’ll be working on a post that will detail that a bit more.
Waking up at home in Louisville this morning is a massive reset of sorts, and this means it’s time to get to business. I’m gonna miss that damn van, with it’s drivers seat finely molded to my ass, but spring is just around the corner here. With that comes cobweb dusting for so many bicycles set aside for the winter, as well as what seems to be a never ending list of great bicycle related events in and around the city. A handful of these I will be doing all I can to help with and participate in, a couple I’ve already committed to, we’re just waiting to get the final details set.
In the meantime, be sure that I will be available everyday for all your bicycle maintenance, repair, and discussion needs.
Back home from CX Nats and of course the heat in the apartment is out, once again. Here, I provide you with one of the two actual race pictures I took all week. It is, I believe, Katie F’n Compton on her way to here 13th straight National Championship.
Now, as I sit here hovering over a space heater I am instantly taken back to the cold frozen tundra that was most of the past week in Hartford. Overall, even with the ridiculous cold, frozen everything, and never ending wind, it was a great trip, and I’m happy to be home for the next few days.
All things considered, it was a pretty good week for racing. I was able to see a few podium finishes from all those huddled in the PBS compound for the week, while over all, even those that didn’t have the most spectacular finishes still had a great time at nationals. As is generally the case, I was able to see a lot of people that are closely knit within the traveling domestic cylocross carnival, as well as a few that are a bit more transient or even retired and only happen to show up when you least expect it.
I am going to take the next few days to regroup and get everything in order around the home and office. Friday afternoon I’ll be throwing my oldest son in the passenger seat of the PBS van and we will set off to Portland. While I’m watching the weather to determine how we are going to get there, either route we take back should be a great adventure with some much needed one on one time that the two of us haven’t had in far too long. Hopefully we will get to take in a few skateparks, see some friends, and I’m especially looking forward to watching him take in the western US for the first time.
Flying home late on the 18th I’ll be ready to begin acting like a real repair shop and here for all your daily needs. On an actual day to day basis. Even this week, if there’s anything you need, I’ll be around Louisville through Friday afternoon and would be glad to help.
Hope everyone’s new year has gotten off to a great start.
I’ve got a couple shorter trips happening during January. Once back in Louisville, it will be the big push to get this business off the ground. At the moment I’m in Connecticut for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. Keegan designed a hell of a course, as I heard lot’s of riders complaining during the pre-ride yesterday, and that’s always a sign the course designer did their job well. It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s muddy, it’s cyclocross.
Today, Tuesday, gets the week started with a non-championship race or two for the Portland Bicycle Studio crew. By the looks of things I should have plenty to do in the pits and after racing all week. I’m not going to lie and tell you I hate the dry dirt crit races like Dallas was, because the easy days are pretty awesome. This is cyclocross though and it’s supposed to be a mess. With the possibility of rain for the day mixed with the temperature hovering just above freezing, we should have a pretty sloppy day ahead of us, and week for that matter. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope all the power washers at the venue keep working. Who knows, maybe I’ll even manage to take more than one picture of the venue today as well.