Out of how many???
je ne sais quoi
Two more races left to report on:
Green Bay Criterium:
It is with great regret that I write that a rider has died. A category 4 rider ran into a truck at some point during monday's Holy Hill Road Race. A huge shock to the entire superweek community, and a moment of silence as well as a memorial lap took place at the start of yesterday's criterium -in all categories, including the Pro/1. Road Races...they're the purest form of bike racing, but also the hardest to put on. You cannot really pin the blame on the race organizers, the driver of the truck, or the victimized rider. It's really one of those .000001% probabilities that's sometimes a statistical reality in this sport. All that can be done is add a few more zeros and decrease the likelihood of something catastrophic happening. Just be alert, if you're off the back, be careful. That's it.
One race to report on: The Schlitz Park Endevour Challenge.
Aren't they all?
Okay. 4 races down so far. Proud to report that i've taken money in each one, and am still in the green as far as race fees go. I've got two to report on, The first road race in the series, the Alpine Valley RR, which was on monday, and Yesterday's Saturn-Whitnal Park RR. I took wednesday off.
Really Cool Bike in Downtown Manitowac, Wi. Such a lush blue.
Farm road in Elkhorn, Wi. That's pretty much the scenery in all the road races.
Nice Crowds at the Beverly Hills race that I wasn't racing in. The start finish area was flooooooooded with people during the final 5 laps. Amazing.
Okay. Let me preface this by saying that I feel great. The legs are awesome, the mind is awesome, it feels like i'm catching some good breaks, all that. Yesterday was no exception, but here's the story:
30 hours of total transit time later...i'm in Wisconsin. We made it. I was coming apart near the end...an extra hour of driving and I would have lost it, but here we are. The hosts we're staying with are great, and so is the house we're staying at. We've got a quaint bedroom with PACKERS memorobillia all over it, constantly reminding us of where we are. Wisonsin's the best.
We'll start in reverse. 5am tomorrow, I leave for Wisconsin. The dairyland. Why? Superweek. 17 classic races in 17 days in July. Lots of tradition, lots of spectators, and if you have good form, it's a good time. The money is terrific, too, so we'll see. The peleton composition at Superweek is as follows:
I'd lovvve to sit and reflect on cycling's tribulations and impending doom [actually, i'd loathe it], but whatev. I'm not. Predictions: Julich's winning the tour (he uses chainrings from the 80s and a camelback, he cannot lose). Brent's gonna edge out Cunego in the last TT and win the white jersey, and Boonen's gonna win sprints in yellow. The tiny glimmer of cycling fan left in me is really hoping that Zabel gets the Maillot Verde. All those second places are good for something, we hope. Maillot Pois: no one cares. As i'm sure you can tell, i'm not as excited for tomorrow as I had been, and am not looking forward to the inevitable gossip and the "EVERYONE IS DOPED" theorists that are going to have a field day with this whole bit. What's rule #1? Just ride your F-in bike. Pretty basic. Enough on this...if i'm feeling philosophical/bored in the future, I'll type up some words on the issue.