UP and at AT 'EM! In the air and going the wrong direction is not a good thing kids.
Why do you ask might someone who hasn't missed a Wednesday night Grattan race for years finally sign-off? (Unless seeing the above close-up wasn't enough!) Because for the last few weeks when I think of Grattan, here's what comes to mind:
The wheel I just ate: tastes like Zipp, but it could be Easton-flavored. Yum!
In case you can't tell this is an X-Ray of a sprinter with his lead-out man's (or one of the young teenagers now recruited as "lead-out fodder" as I like to call those adorable little tykes) with a carbon fiber wheel inserted in his or her face. It's the ultimate in what is known as "sucking wheel."
Crashes, wheelchairs, meat wagons, vocal recriminations and a total disregard for fellow riders' safety have finally turned the G-Way racing switch to off, for me.
Another sure sign that it's time to hang-up the G-Way race shoes was the introduction of the new G-Way Points Leader jersey:
The new X-Ray Sprinter's Jersey saves time in the ER. And it shows the world what you're full of!
In keeping with the new X-Ray-Race theme the G-Way also has a new vehicle for removing the broken bodies of the sprinters (both A and B) from the finishing straight.
Yeah, that's you fast guy, with bike and body up in the front-loader.
While I could pick away all day on the recklessness of G-Way riders, perhaps the crash-o-rama virus that has infencted the race is that is "going around." Check out this video of last week's Detroit Criterium Cat 5 sprint finish.
Hey, look-out tent! You're in my way!
For those who like crash photos, there are some spectacular shots online and on FaceBook, of last week's B finish at the G-Way. It looks more like a bicycle "high jumping" competition, than a bike race.
So what's next you might ask after quitting the G-Way? Well how about a long winding road to a fun season of cyclocross? Yeah, that sounds good. To get started on the right (and hopefully unbroken foot) several Bastards are planning to roll out of Townsend at 6 pm tomorrow (Thursday 07.14.11). Come out and join us.
Remember this kind of riding? It's happening tomorrow. Grab your crosser and join us.
Instead of a leader's jersey for tomorrow night's ride, we will be awarding "Leader Shorts" instead for generally good and thoughtful riding. But we are going to stick with the X-Ray theme, just to keep some continuity to our crazy season ...
It says X-Ray. But how come you can't see through 'em?