On Thursdays, I go for a unch ride with a few guys from work. Yesterday Kevin Hulick showed up and proceeded to kick my ass severely. We rode up and down Prune Hill in Camas to the tune of almost 3,000 feet of vertical in about 22 miles. Four of the climbs had grades in the teens and one topped out around 19%. Anyway, it’s good fodder for training motivation.
Goals? Okay, I’ll go on record as saying I want to finish top ten in a Crusade race. I’ve got some work to do if that’s going to happen — as evidenced by my ass kicking yesterday.
Go visit this site if you haven’t already seen it: http://www.blackbirdsf.org/cx/ It’s got some great photos of pre-war cyclocross. Think Steilacoomb is a hard run up? Check out what the old school guys did. And cyclocross legend Eugène Christophe gives some technique pointers like how to cross a ditch or thicket (among other tips).
Jon Page is doing Cross Vegas. Apparently, the whole Page clan is heading down for holiday. Page is also doing some skills clinics up in Seattle the weekend of September 29 and 30.
I don’t know about any other Euro pros, but Erwin Vervecken is also supposed to show up for Cross Vegas. So the top two finishers from Worlds ’07 will go head to head in the desert.
Horner wants to do cross again this year if he can swing sponsorship. Predictor-Lotto won’t pay him to race cross and he doesn’t want to race out of his own pocket so sponsorship is a must. Check out the big cyclingnews.com article.
One last thing, Molly Cameron is doing a cross clinic for beginners on Friday, Sept 7 @ 6:30 pm in SE Portland. It’ll cost you $2 to get in and the money goes to support Molly’s season (it costs a lot to fly all over the country and to Europe). Stop by if you’re in town.