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September 15, 2017

Last night I walked into a cabinet. It was the exact height of my forehead. The resulting goose egg sits right along the point of contact with my helmet. Not the best of starts to the weekend.

This is my 10th season of racing cyclocross, from humble beginnings in Corval...

August 13, 2017

When is the last time you went for a two hour ride and only encountered three Strava segments? Full disclosure, it has been about a year for me. John Jones took us on these back of beyond farm roads last year.

It started out with a chute segment down the Fiasco Line Tra...

April 12, 2017

As city streets at rush hour go, St. Louis isn't bad. With most drivers snarled up on the highways, I'm able to string together greenways, no exit overpasses, paths through city parks, and the two-lane cut throughs that only drivers using the Waze App know about... all...

February 12, 2017

Running along the contours of the Lost Valley Trail, feet flying over the rocks, I felt more like a ballet dancer more than a runner. Not particularly graceful in my everyday life, I nevertheless feel like I am performing Swan Lake, pirouetting from root to rock.

It may...

December 6, 2016

The race unfolded very differently, But the results were the same.

A sweeping right turn leading up to the fly-over and a wide open, slightly uphill concrete section ensured that the quadriceptuals would be burning before the race was even four minutes old. Just enough...

December 6, 2016

So, what's the story? Why buy a T-shirt with the words "Je sokken zijn te kort" emblazoned

across the chest, inviting anyone without access to Google Translate to wander if they should be insulted?

It's a "long" (tall?) story. Here's the short version:

When I started raci...

December 4, 2016

A spitting drizzle arrived three hours before the start of the UCI C1 Women's elite race on day one of Ruts 'N Guts 2016. With each practice lap, the course changed, new lines appeared, and the scientist in me began to experiment. First with the up and downhill sand pi...

July 12, 2016

While the racing season may not start until September, we here at Wouldn't It Be Cool Productions have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that this is the fastest and funnest (yes, I said "funnest", not funniest) cyclocross season yet!

I can't spill the be...

May 26, 2016

The name says it all. A literary homonym of a race with as many meaning as racers.

 

It was one of the most civil start lines. A testament to our midwest mentality and current location lined up along the two-track gravel, the swollen Council Bluff Lake barely discernible...

December 15, 2015

 

 

This is starting to get a little repetitive. Lining up for a cyclocross race. My shoes already muddy and damp. My bicycle momentarily clean. Momentarily, because as soon as the whistle blows, and my already elevated heart rate jumps into the stratosphere, I will barr...

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