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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pull thru or Pull out !

The summer training rides are in full swing here in Redlands. The Tuesday night world championships, Criterium practice on Thursdays and the always entertaining Raincross ride.

With the return of these rides we see a renewed sense of faith, camaraderie, fellowship and friendship. New beginnings and hope. As sense that all mankind's troubles are just going away. We see the latest mentor relationships blossom between master and student. Some fresh faces on new carbon. I can only call myself proud to be associated with this renewal each year.

Here are just a few examples of the wonderment I have seen from my unbearable Fizik saddle so far this summer.

Crit practice has been going on for 3 weeks. We have had 3 language violations, a guy not pull thru. a water bottle thrown at a 3.95 per hour factory worker trying to get home to his kids and a possible attempted murder.

Tuesday nights have seen a guy not pull thru, a unauthorized film crew taking pictures without a signed release a junior pass on the right hand side and a illegal bike change for the 3rd lap.

On the Raincross ride a rider did not pull thru. A guy threw a deuce at the meet up spot and someones mom picked them up at the coffee shop and did not give anyone else a ride home when I know for a fact their was room and juice boxes.

We can't all change our name to Metta World Peace and we cant force a guy to pull thru but for the love of god cant we all just get along its just a bike.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fenway 100 years

Happy Birthday Fenway Park. On April 20, 1912 you played your first game. 100 years later you look to spank the Yankees just like you did 100 years ago. Happy Birthday.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Save Rain Cross

I keep looking for the Rain Cross ride in the obituary section of the paper. The once feared and often controversial ride seems to be dying a slow death.

The once proud ride was a measuring stick against the other local talent. A venture out Saturday morning would tell you where your fitness was. The top of Filmore street always a good time on the quads even if your were just sucking wheel the entire ride.

Today the ride is on Chemo, radiation and some homeopathic drugs. The ride appears to be on its last legs. The head dog at Monster is to be thanked for trying to reinvent the course. The course now features a few climbs that seem to remove the chafe form the ride and make sitting in not an option. Thank you Jesus!

Are the changes enough. Has the local Police force decided to fight crime instead of cyclists. Only time will tell. Last time I checked the Rain Cross ride was not on Wiki but Como Street was. This Summer may be the last. Save Rain Cross T-shirts may be on the horizon. Its an election year so maybe its time for a change.