Its been over a week since my last post about the USGP in Fort Collins, and now I’m sitting in a snow covered condo trying to figure out if I should get the XC team ready for pre-ride this afternoon or go to the store and get some sleds.
I’m in Angel Fire, NM with the CSU Rams Cycling team. This time for collegiate mountain bike nationals, which I had originally thought would be an awesome warm trip in New Mexico. Instead, we’re in the middle of the first big snow storm of the year. There’s a few inches on the ground now, but everything should be melted by the time racing starts tomorrow morning. At least, we’ve got an X-Box and Call of Duty.
Our view off the deck at our condo.
This afternoon the Bike Park is open for XC pre-ride, but with all this snow on the ground and the course conditions changing by the half-hour I doubt riding today will be worth the effort of kitting up and then having to worry about the damage being done to bikes.
I anticipate that most guys will on trainers in the garage today instead. Which makes my job of maintaining the bikes much much easier.
Besides cleaning bikes and making sure no one misses their start this weekend, I’ll be keeping our fb page updated and taking a bunch of video so that we can make another kick-ass Rams Cycling film….
There’s a lot going on right now in the land of LVB. Well I should say that there is as much going on as possible without any actual cyclocross racing taking place, yet. Though I’ve learned plenty of times that the preparation and lead into ‘cross is much more stressful than actually racing. Luckily,running the CSU Rams Cycling team is much less stressful than it was 3 weeks ago, and that’s all thanks to the help I have with the team. I’m lucky enough to have about 4 people on the email list that I can count on to get all these little projects done. So, that I can handle “Big Picture issues,” insert Michael Scott voice here.
This weekend will be my racing debut (finally) with KCCX/Fuji 2011. Which is awesome, but I’ve yet to finish building either of my Fuji race bikes. Luckily, I think that teammate (and temporary roommate) Joseph is going to try and get my back-up bike running today so that I can take it out to the AIC Cross Ride tonight. Its kind of a scramble, but when your physical therapist says your spine is healed enough that you can race, you hurry and up get READY TO RACE. On top of the bike building shenanigans I’m also trying to coordinate our CSU Cycling Team Sock fundraiser. We’re selling a pair of CSU team issue socks and a raffle ticket for $10!!! The ticket will be worth some great prizes down the road as we continue to sell them leading into our Spring Fling Fundraiser. Which means I need to get a Silent Auction / Fundraiser organized by then… I shouldn’t let people know what I’m thinking, then noone would know what to expect.
O, and I just volunteered to get a tattoo reading, “Ram It!” if the team sells all 120 pairs of socks. Again, I shouldn’t be allowed to speak. Stay tuned for updates from the USGP of CX races here in Fort Collins, and I’ll try to get a video going too.
Thanks to everyone for coming out. Especially, CSU MTB Coordinator Aaron Cholewa, C. Hall Designs for the photographs, all the alumni who came up to volunteer, and all of our sponsors especially Jett MTB and Declare Custom.
This past weekend CSU Rams Cycling played host to collegiate racing as the Rocky Mountain Conference descended on our venue at Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort in Red Feather Lakes.
Matt Fox (CSU) rode to an impressive 4th place in the Men's A XC
The team got up to the venue on Friday afternoon to wrap up some last minute details and make sure all the courses were dialed. I shuttled the downhillers to the top of the course for a few runs and got to check out some of their course. It’s incredible watching an experienced downhiller tackle a course. We used the term, controlled falling, several times over the weekend, and it’s a fairly accurate description.
After a somewhat rowdy night around the campfire I awoke bright and early to register the riders at 6:30am. WE had over 50 riders in the downhill event, and even more in the endurance races. Saturday’s racing opened with a bang, Zack Allison and Matt Nunnelly took a 1-2 finish in the men’s beginner categories. Its rather hilarious watching two seasoned roadies whoop up on the mountain bikers, but I don’t think that the conference officials found it entertaining, and made Zack move up to the intermediate category. We did just as well in the women’s beginner races this weekend, taking the wins in both of the women’s endurance categories.
David O'Day (CSU) riding to 4th in the Men's A DH.
In the Cross-Country race on Sunday, Matt Fox took a respectable 4th place finish behind the onslaught that is Ft Lewis mountain biking. Joel Finkeldei also took second in the men’s intermediate race, securing his upgrade into the A field for this coming weekend. We couldn’t have asked for any better weather conditions. It was a bit chilly, but the racers found it to be ideal. We look forward to the years to come. Thanks to C. Hall Designs for the awesome photos!
- Joey Schusler (a Jett MTB sponsored rider) airing the 8ft drop in his final run Saturday.