JD is someone I really respect, and have affection for. He has written an excellent essay here.
The DccoD has been working extra hard this year, Granogue should be lots of fun. Looking forward to Wiss too. I love that course, if nothing else it means that another successful Granogue race will be behind us.
Hurling ourselves through time and space we are jubilant, exhausted, and stoked from our experience at the Cincinnati UCI 3 day cross festival. As we return to our secret identities back on the east coast it's hard to not smile thinking about the racing. We had a pretty big crew with LVG, Mayhew, Bad Kat, Bad Andy, Max Auer, and Breyla-la rounding out our little traveling circus.Zayne turns to us and asks what is the experience from the weekend that you'll remember most?
Monkey chimed in first: "a few things. First Saturday's course was one of the most fun ever, (we all agreed) racing at the front of the group was awesome and the of course the Shinning hotel."
That's right, weekend director Mitch Graham must be a huge Shining fan, because why the hell else would he send anyone to that awful Manchester Inn. I like old. I like eclectic. I like character, and a place that reflects it's home town. However, blood stains on the floor, carpet older than me and a smell that I just can't quite nail down- Not too much. When Diane started to talk to her index finger and say "red rum" "red rum" I knew it was time to check out.
Our circus greeted the Holiday Express in West Chester, closer to our third and final venue, much like vikings warriors entering Valhalla. "I'm not really a bike racer but I stayed at a holiday inn express last night."
I asked Wes what jumped out for him.
He replied, "Saturday night at the Thai restaurant and we were all shattered. As the food and drinks started to arrive we all came back to life, and the stories started to flow."
The best of which was the origin of Bad Andy. You know as a comic book nerd I love secret origin stories, and although I can't tell you Bad Andy's story, I will say it involved face melting, Kelly Cline and mulch. As Andy told the story everyone at the table was in tears with laughter.
Finally Zayne and Monkey turned to me. My answer was very simple. Milton's donuts. Clearly the second best thing about Manchester, Ohio. The first of course being the Java Johnny's race.
I also remember the first day when some local juniors came up to Jebalcious. "are you Jeff Bohnson?"It was pretty weird for Jeff, who really is kinda the perfect little brother, with like ten big brothers and sisters basically picking on him all the time. So to have these kids asking "are you Jeff? I saw your ad in Velo news" was a little weird for me , poor Jebalicous must have been crawling in his own skin. Don't all your local juniors have ads in Velo News ?
As for the racing, we rolled pretty well. Wes and Lauri picked up some UCI points. Bad Andy was nothing short of inspiring Sunday, Bad Kat had two very solid days finishing 9th Sunday in a stacked women's' 3-4 field. Rich had the best race of his life Saturday, Tom was all smiles and still hasn't looked to see what place he got. LVG continued to be the fastest cross rookie in the world. Auer was in the money Friday and Saturday and knocked out with the flu Sunday. Jebalicious was bootylicious sweeping the weekend with Mayhew in tow. Monkey battled at the front all 3 days, taking the top spot in the women's 3/4 35+ Friday. I was super proud of her. As for me, Friday I lead for 1/2 a lap and finished DFL, followed up by two top 20 rides that I was pretty damn pleased with.
As always, it was great to see cross in another region, meeting Mike J who was a really good sport and will never ask for a refund again, spent sometime with Georgia who is a real class act, have team hungry cheer for me, and give me a taste of the high life, great to see the Comptons and take pictures of me with Katie's bike.
Smash crash baby, smash crash.
How will we follow it up?
Our race: Granogue Saturday.
Arguably the best weekend of cross racing in the Mid Atlantic. Clearly the most Royal.
Don't miss it folks.
Thanks for reading.
and since I was living the high life this weekend, and I have this cute little lime tree that produces the best limes, I figured I might as well sample a little of the high life...
it is the champagne of beer after all...