Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Monday, April 03, 2006

Symmetrics: too pro, dude

North Bend, WA
Monday, April 03, 2006
I wrote earlier of my experience up in Canada on Saturday during the first stage of the “spring classic.” It’s funny, that day I’d attacked several times in the race & every time I’d look back to find a tale stretched out and closing in behind me. Then I marked a guy as he attacked, & looked back to see everyone 100 meters back looking at each other. We were off together for 13 of 18 laps until we were caught by another break. After the race I discovered that we had over 5 minutes on the rest of the pack.
Anyway, during the criterium the next day I couldn’t get 10 feet without the entire peloton surging in behind me. I’ve never had this kind of “attention” before; it’s a bit intriguing really. Then there was the time trial, I felt good & was unusually well focused for it so I think I did really well in it. I didn’t stay for the results though, I reckon they’ll have ‘em up online in a few days. Symmetrics, the Canadian team, was there. They’re ridiculous in that they show up like there going to the tour of California or something. Three team cars, staff, etc., & if there’s a rule to be broken they’ll break it ‘cause they’re exempt from fault… too cool, the “absolutely swanky” Canadian pro…