First of all, this past weekend was the Berryman Trail Epic mountain bike endurance race in the proximity of Steelville, MO. Its significance to COMO kids is that one of our very own (Jon Schottler) held the course record set in 2010. That is, until this year, when Steve Tilford topped it, and then wrote about it as though it were as difficult as riding to the store to pick up a 4-pack of Bartles and James wine coolers. Of course, when you are a cycling bottom feeder like me, and your mantra has become "not last, not lapped," every such feat seems Herculean.....That said, with all due respect (as well as fully disclosing my bias toward COMO's own), I would still suggest that a tad bit more credit was due to Mr. Schottler.
Secondly, the BubbaCross series continues and apparently was rough as a cob this past weekend at Fort Belle Fontain which had the St. Louis Cycling Forum buzzing with commentary in a dedicated thread entitled "Bumpy Bubba":
Posted Yesterday, 03:52 PM
All people who set up a cx race course should have to pre-ride the course or they don't get to set up the courses anymore. If they set up a mean course that breaks bikes rather than showcasing the true spirit of cx, they should be forced to ride the course sans chamois. IMHO
Posted Yesterday, 06:11 PM
This is easy. If you don't like the courses either come out and help design and set up a course or just don't race them! Take your crying ass out to KC or Chicago if Bubba courses are beneath you.
I didn't race this past weekend, so cannot comment on the conditions - but think I have to give it to the second individual here. Despite being a complete CX newb - I'm pretty sure that the "true spirit" of cyclocross is racing until you either want to cry, puke or poop yourself.....or maybe all three at the same time. If the course is smooth - then that will be achieved via exerted effort and if the course is rough, that will be accomplished via exerted effort and taint battering. This little thing called free will allows you to go home without racing if you elect to not pursue the "true spirit".
Anyway - at the end of the day, COMO still prevailed as Dan Miller took another victory despite doing a "Half Joey". (For those of you that don't know, this is going "Full Joey.")
Thus, a "Half Joey" would be if just the cyclist or the bicycle became airborne - but not both simultaneously.
Ok - now for some upcoming ride announcements. This weekend, in addition to Bubba's #4 and #5 cyclocross races in St. Louis, you can get your spook on and do the Monster Bike Bash's ride to Rocheport on Saturday. Or if you want less beer and frivolity and more taint-pain, you can do the Gravel Grumble 100 which starts at Tryathletics at 7:00 AM the same day.
And I don't know how I missed this one - but according to this story in the Columbia Missourian, there is an all-female bicycle group that rides every Tuesday night leaving from RagTag between 7:00 and 7:30 PM:
Perhaps, like me, you saw this disclaimer on the Missourian's page, below the video story:
"The bike club’s name contains a word we normally don’t print because it can be offensive. For more information you can go to the group’s Facebook page."
I have to admit that I was perplexed by this and started wondering what the acronym 'PCBC' actually stood for making it so offensive that the Missourian didn't want to publish it? So, I did as instructed and followed the link to the group's Facebook page and was so enlightened.
There are several things I appreciate about what this group is accomplishing. Firstly, a group like this can develop comraderie amongst female cyclists.
Take what rider Brigid Foley says, "PCBC is definitely about the ladies...you know....no one is there to meet dudes. That's not the point...."
(Come on Brigid, we all know you got that handsome devil's phone number after the photo shoot!)
The lack of men apparently reduces the intimidation factor for new cyclists. Again, says Ms. Foley, "They (men) set such a fast pace and kind of intimidate people that are new to riding." There is no question that this is true. Put two male newbs on bicycles, and they will have graduated to become racing Freds within 15 minutes, or crashed into one another trying. That said, a group calling itself "Pussy Control Bike Club" with the motto "Our Ride, Our Rules" kind of scares the shit out of me, personally, and I've not even put on my skirt to try to ride with them (yet).
(Men are only allowed to tag along on the ride if they either wear a skirt or are bearded and come in the form of a tattoo - in which case they get to ride on the ladies' thighs!!! I just tossed my razor in the garbage can.)
But seriously - why should I be intimidated to ride with PCBC? I think I've always practiced good "pussy control".
I promise that Mr. Pants will either be on his leash or remain in his basket the entire ride.....