Monday, November 03, 2008

Iowa State CX Championships....

Brother of Jackal climbing....
Hand up....
Scott climbing....
Round and round we go....
The Queen of Cross....
Start of the 1,2,3 race....
Jackal and Steve Bullerman....
Pete Basso and Steve....
Jackal begins the climb....
Andy....
Jackal....
Steve scootin'....
The finish!
DFL....
State CX championships were held on Saturday at Lion's Park in Altoona. It was in the mid 60's and sunny. Beautiful day! The course was about 2 miles in length and seemed like it was all uphill. It had a little bit of everything.... Grass, off camber grass, gravel, and pavement. One set of barriers plus a single barrier and a run-up. Plus a log obstacle. It was fun! No mud. Hmmmm.....
Mike Johnson raced the ss race then the Cat 4 race. A glutton for punishment!
Adam raced the 4's..... Yes, he finished!
Jackal's goal was to finish in the top half of the 3's without getting lapped by the 1's and 2's. He succeeded.
Landon Beachy took 3rd in the Master's 45+ in a hotly contested race with Doc Hopson. Way to go Landon!
Steve Bullerman took 2nd in the 3's for the silver medal! Good job!!! Oakley Rob took the Bronze!
Great racing all around.
Jackal tells me that I can't claim DFL if there are others who DNF. I disagree since I was the last one to finish in the Masters 45+ category. That makes me DFL. It was fun.
The folks from All 9 Yards put on a great race at a really cool venue. It's going to be there next year, too.
To the ladies who were singing and dancing (and drinking beer) on the picnic table in the shelter by the run-up..... You gals ROCK!!!!
If I can lose another 25 or 30 pounds by then, perhaps it won't seem so hilly? LOL.
A big WOOHOO to Craig, The Flanders Fat Cat on his first CX race this weekend out east. You gotta love it!!!!
I did a 20 miler this morning on the CX bike. The temps were pushing 70 by the time I got back home and were still rising!
The Queen of Cross is upstairs visiting with G'ma.... :)
That's it for now. More riding this afternoon.
Ride safe.
Peace out, yo!


6 Comments:

Blogger Pete Basso said...

WOW, great photo of the finish!! Nice job Paul. Thanks again for all your encouragement, now go vote against Obama!!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good pictures Blue. I like the Jelly Belly jersey on the Queen.

Get out there and vote for Obama!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good pictures Blue. I like the Jelly Belly jersey on the Queen.

Get out there and vote for Obama!

8:46 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I'm with Chris; love the Queen of Cross' in the Jelly Belly jersey! :^)
Oh, and the voting thing too.
Congrats on another spectacular finish. Nice to finally see the "Blue-Man" in full flight too! :^)

7:02 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

pete....
i had just opened the flash and got that one. i think eppen may have gained another inch by the time they got to the finish line. great racing!

i already voted this morning. 10 minutes tops.

chris....
check out the cowbell! she knows how to use it!

i voted this morning!

chris....
check out the cowbell! she knows how to use it!

i voted this morning!

oldman....
the queen of cross is a pistol, for sure!

i'm not sure about "full flight". my main goal is to keep my position in the race. it's not so easy sometimes. for instance, if someone has a mechanical i feel obligated to help them out so they can get going again. i also feel obligated to stop on course from time to time to talk to the hoardes of adoring fans. in this last race there were four ladies standing on a picnic table by the run-up. they were dancing and singing and drinking beer. i had to stop for a minute to listen and watch and give them encouragement. it's good stuff!

10:01 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I like your "race" attitude. I am pretty good about letting folks get past and always ask downed riders if they need help.
But maybe if I took that interact with the fans stategy, I wouldn't feel so bad about my poor performance.
I'm sure the reason they are out there, is to see you anyway! :^)

11:41 AM  

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