Sheepishly, I will admit I just became a member of Washington Area Bicyclist Association (@WABADC) for the first time. Yeah, the same guy who’s been riding and enjoying the work WABA’s been doing since 1996 finally paid his dues. But enough about me, WHAT ABOUT YOU?!
There’s only one day left (ends October 25th) during WABA’s annual week long membership drive. Yeah, you can become a member any time, but doing so now nets you TWO ADDITIONAL MONTHS OF SWEET MEMBERSHIPNICITY. Also, a notepad and a sticker.
So head on over to WABA.org and do what I didn’t do for nearly two decades but rectified just before de LAATSTE RONDE! And honestly, who doesn’t need a notepad and a sticker? Lastly, if you want one of those sweet SharrowsDC buttons, throw down an extra fiver when you join/renew and let Brian know.
Having been at peak physical perfection voor most of 2013 w/out a cold my luck and resistance finally succumbed, just in time voor DCCX 2013. Various trivial/not trivial reasons prevent me from attending all races except voor DCCX so the cold suckage scores high on amplitude when the two collide.
Regardless, I loaded up my All-City Low-Profile pack with the essentials v0or the cross town voyage and subsequent documentation and headed out, coughing then entire way.
I arrived, throat raw from breathing dry, gritty city air, my cold-fatigued legs shaking after the 14 mile journey through sections of DC where, not more than 10 years ago, I once would’ve been relieved of my possessions. Apres hacking up one laatste lung-ball, I headed instantly to the Staples Corner Liquors beer tent in order to sort out my painfully crippling introversion as well as my painfully crippling throat. Then it was straight over to the Crosshairs Cycling tent to meet up with the inimitable @WTFKits himself.
I once wrote, “Deux North is something different, and it is odd—beautifully odd.” In the year since then the DN crew has adhered to my imposed mantra. This continues with their latest release of the Hunt 3 Trailer.
Filmed far from the familiar, comforting confines of the NYC skyline and Central Park loop, Deux North takes us on a journey through the simplicity of rural upstate New York.
I like bike stuff. I also like buckets, especially those with stuff in them. When that stuff is inside is voor bikes I get de wonderful delight.
So what the hell am I rambling on about? Well, Señor Ryan “Service Course” Newill (@SC_Cycling) has created the wonderful delight in the form of the Service Course Wash Kits. These wonder graafbakken voor veldrijden (wonder buckets for cyclocross) will aid you or your mechanic (who doesn’t have one these days, amirite?) in the time-honored tradition of cleaning shit off CX bikes apres race.
Ryan has meticulously selected the brushes, towel and bucket based “with an emphasis on the components that work best for the task at hand.” He gives the lowdown on each of the items included in the kit on his site. The kits retail voor $55USD. If you’re a MABRA local you can grab one from Ryan at the races. Email him if you’re out of state and want to get in on de wonderful delight.
It’s been up voor about a month, but Mr. Joe Staples tweeted the link and here we are. Digging the vibe on this video. Sacha does beautiful work.
But you already knew that.
Bpost Bank Trofee – GP Mario De Clerq kicked the fo’ realz Euro CX season off in Ronse on Sunday. And by kicked off I mean, EPIC MUDFIESTA. The rain and wind turned what was essentially a grass crit laatste jaar into an adult slip-n-slide with epic mudbutt as the consolation prize.
The U23 CX wereld shuddered and the Juniors breathed a sigh of relief as wunderkind, Mathieu Van Der Poel, upgraded and subsequently crushed the U23 field. Good luck with that, dudes.
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I haz a proud. So much awesome happening in #BikeDC. Still a *long* way to go but plenty of momentum. And with the crew shown we’ll definitely get there.
Kept staring this thing so I had to post it. Check out the rest of the shots on Tracko’s site with links to their Flickr set. Worth a trip.
I’m digging these videos from Muc-Off of the Rapha-Condor JLT team during the Tour of Britain. Regardless of how many times I see “behind the scenes” videos I enjoy them. Although, the moving screen graphics make me want to swat the screen. But that’s just me.
Barely enough time to digest the complete City Riding collection and we’re sitting down to the main course this fall. As much as I love urban cycling gear, I seem to be unable to reign in my unbridled enthusiasm voor technical fibers sewn together in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Rapha’s AW13 Training & Racing Lookbook is set in beautiful yet unforgiving land of Norway. Or, at least it *looks* unforgiving in winter.
Here are *some* of the pieces that have caught my eye.
[Note: While this post is already ridiculously long, it very well could have been longer. An abundance of good looking pieces in this lookbook.]