Hey guys. I know what you might be thinking: that we are down on this race. Well, we are. I mean sure, it’s a big deal, lots of talent flew all the way to Vegas, the epicenter for American cyclocross, and that’s cool I guess. And I guess you could say that the desert delivered dry brown grass, sundowner winds and fake sand—IDEAL cyclocross. But there was something missing. I don’t know if I can put my finger on it exactly, but I’ll throw out a few ideas, and you let me know if anything sticks:
- How about being yelled at by a parking attendant to use a mysterious crosswalk somewhere in the middle of a flat gravel parking lot, derided for not partaking in this ley line scavenger hunt kinda just set the tone to bummer.
- Then while gathering our media kit, I watched a woman simultaneously devour a huge burrito, a strawberry covered waffle, one of those huge pony keg sized soft drinks, all the while snorting oxygen through a tube from a tank, so this gives me that bummed on American excess vibe. Vegas right.
- Afterwards I just walk around. Hey, there were probably funny things happening, and funny things being said, but you know I didn’t hear/see too many (read nothing of note). This is as much my fault as it is yours. I had my little notebook, I had my pen, I didn’t do any drinks, I kept my eyes peeled, my ears attuned. I wanted to experience something great. I didn’t.
- Meanwhile these laps took forever, I know that these guys weren’t going slow, because they are the best in the world, but damn it there were some serious gaps to contend with.
- Plus you had those awful lights beaming down on you the whole time, like you were stuck in some mousetrap prison yard, and the passage wardens were really aggro with their gesticulating, which ups the stress level, and for the most part people are boozing and getting loud and whatever which is fine I guess, but I wanted to be at the party too and I wasn’t because I was trying to take notes, and we had that little scrum in the car, and the lighting was bad, and there was this fake Dave Towle spewing uninspired metaphors into the dry night air.
Anyway, I didn’t have the best time. I hope you did. Team MFS discussed this back at the La Quinta Office after my keycard quest (see below). We all pretty much shared the vibe, but then after looking at the photos we thought, hey these photos aren’t that bad, this race looks all right. So Dear Readers, look at the photos, there’s something to them.
Television. If you have a television (other display-devices are acceptable) and you used it to watch this race from home, you have an Unfair Advantage.
Chipotle food pile bucket for dinner.
Three mini bottles of Sutter Home Pinot Noir.
When #fixiefamous Chris/Dominican Chris borrowed Emiliano’s camera and photo vest so he could cut to the front of the bathroom line.
Falling asleep (this high point pending).
Standing under halogen lights both inside during the tradeshow and outside during the race show.
Having to walk through all of the La Quinta Inn’s add-on sections once back to our hotel around 11:30 only to go back so the staff could fix our key because it failed to open our door.
When fixiefamous Chris/Dominican Chris left Emiliano’s camera on the ground in front of the port-a-potty where everyone puts the bottoms of their shoes that had just been touching the bottom of a port-a-potty that was definitely covered in a puddle of pee overspray.
Realizing that my camera did not have a camera strap, meaning I would not only have to photograph this event but hold my camera in my hand the entire time. – EG
This is a conversation overheard between two True Religion bro’s who were gobblin’ tacos while watching the women’s race. Let’s call them Doug and Jerry (Jer for short).
- Doug: “Katy fucking Compton!”
- Jer: “Last year, they threw beer and got in trouble. Which really you shouldn’t throw beer anyway.”
- Doug: “Cilantro takes the edge off of jalapeños.”
- Jer: “I used to think Del Taco’s sauce was hot.”
- Doug: “Is Road Bike Action the same as Mountain Bike Action?” (Author’s note, this is a deep question, and one worth diving into, unfortunately high number 3 awaits so we’ll have to revisit this another time.”
- Jer: “I like the tech and spec section.”
- Doug: “It will be interesting to study and look at the pro bikes and see how many are 1×1.”
- Jer: “I like the idea of forcing them to get off.”