Quick and Dirty

Hey sicko, get your mind out of the gutter. This is about bike racing. And some other stuff.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Back in Maine!

This week is feeling very relaxed- I'm staying with the family who owned the first bike shop I worked at when I was 19. These guys are great and they're like a second family to me so I'm having a lot of fun.

I've had some good training here, I rode out to the house I grew up in that is in the town of Appleton yesterday. It is always strange to go back by there, lot's of stuff has changed but there's still many reminders of my childhood. I rode my cross bike with some really big slick tires so it was the perfect setup for exploring some dirt roads and old shortcuts that I used to love to ride. I felt like I really stuck out since I was wearing my rather bright and noticable RHVilla/Montano Velo uniform. It's not like the bay area where people are used to seeing bike riders... I got some funny looks from people that I'm pretty sure didn't recognize me!

The weather has been perfect for the last few days, sunny and about 65. The trees are just turning color so there are many psychedelic views of the countryside. Today is overcast and there appears to be some rain on the way, but I think it will be clear for this weekend's racing.

I'll go over to the good old Camden Snowbowl for some cyclocross practice this afternoon. The Snowbowl is a tiny ski area that is owned by the town and is actually an incredible place for mountain biking. It's totally riddled with trails that were all made by bike riders over the years and it's super tight and technical. I'm tempted to borrow a mountain bike and get some trail time in, but I don't think I'll have time during this trip. I'll poke around on some lower trails when I'm there today, but the good singletrack is just too rough to be enjoyed on a cross bike, especially one with good racing tires...

I'm optimistic about my chances for the coming weekend, looking at who's pre-reg'd I should be able to get some points at these races. You really never know though, I have learned not to take any race for granted and although I feel like I've gotten better over the last few weeks I'm not going to make any brash claims just yet!

9 Comments:

At 6:55 PM, Blogger swiggco world said...

Yo, Sneadboy. Looks like Justin Timberwolf will be joining you up there for the race. I hope you give 'em a real taste. Your home turf.....you should have a bit of a nice vibe from that. I'll be in upstate NY , Altamont to be exact in about 18 hours. I don't think I'll be able to get up to the race but I'll sure try. Cheers, swiggboss.

 
At 4:40 AM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

Dang that would be cool if you could make it! Lemme know...

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Zoo said...

how many NE verge races are you planning on doing?

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

This will be my last weekend on the east coast till the RI races and Nat's. I should just move back here for the season next year...

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Zoo said...

heck ya, nothing like racing cross in the NE, then again I've never raced cross anywhere else. Good luck this weekend.

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

live on the east sie-yeed?

no way, baby.

there's still shits'n'giggles galore here in paradise. get back here so's you remember it.

 
At 5:52 AM, Blogger e-RICHIE said...

"This will be my last weekend on the east coast till the RI races and Nat's. I should just move back here for the season next year..."


agreed!

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

Yeah, yeah- people want to kick my ass kicked on both coasts... I guess for now I'll do my best to make myself available for a whipping nationwide!

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger e-RICHIE said...

"I guess for now I'll do my best to make myself available for a whipping nationwide!"

what - are you running for office?

 

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