I hate cyclocross, if it were up to me, every barrier on earth would be thrown into a massive bonfire, and all the roadies and mountain bikers would sit in a circle and rejoice about never being forced to run with their bikes ever again (running in MTB races is not “forced” per say, but more something that indicates you don’t have the technical skills to shred the gnar). There would be no more rat mazes of caution tape, or needless wooden structures with steps on one side and a ramp on the other…most normal people call that a slide.
That said, every year I get sucked in. Yeah sure driving 4 hours so I can wrestle into my skin-suit to race for one whole hour, without water, will be totally awesome. In reality the reason is friendship…not that that’s where you forge new ones, but that’s where the only one’s I have exist.
Being a racer entails that, outside of the months of September – February, you do not know of the phenomenon most normal people know as the weekend. These ‘weekends’ are the times when people congregate, drink, do a variety of fun activities, but mostly hang out with friends.
In my own personal experience, when I entered college, I immediately joined the cycling team. This meant that, for the past 5 years, nearly all weekends were spent with other cyclists. The more weekends you spend cycling, the more cyclist friends you have, the more your social circle looks like a incestuous family.
Not that this is a bad thing, but it just means that in the months from October – November hanging out with friends usually means jumping over barriers.
Anyway I’ve also been willfully applying for real jobs, which hasn’t been going well. As with most recent college grads I’m also looking into graduate schools for Engineering, including:
and finally University of Huntsville Alabama.
If I got in there I would sell my iPod…I’d really only need one song (I think you know the one):
Joking aside, Huntsville has a sweet propulsion program as it is the home of the Redstone Arsenal which was the once home of Werhner von Braun and entire US space propulsion program (so they get a lot of gov. funding)
However after all the hating I’ve been doing on CX, there is a cool race this weekend in Detroit’s historic civil war fort (or some war…it’s just old):