B’s Dad, Tom, hooked me up with a gem from his personal collection for my birthday. A countertop Scwhinn display that shows how gears work. I’m guessing it’s from the 70’s and it is as of now, one of my most cherished possessions.
In honor of our Fancy Ray sighting this week, my favorite Fancy Ray commercial:
By the time that morning rolled around I had gotten drunk and sobered up at least four times in the previous 36 hours. I was burnt out and clinging to the sheets for dear life, with chocolate milk the only salvation.
But as course work started, big thanks to the fine folks who pitched in, I started getting more and more excited. I love Bandit Cross, it’s a life affirming experience for me, and this past weekend 33 racers lined up to tackle a revamped Dog Park course.
Rather than the return on the bike path, we ducked up into the Coldwater Springs area for a nice little hill and some gravel path action. It was a great addition, and really fulfilled the potential of the course. I was pleased as punch.
Not to mention we were graced by Stevil Kinevil hisself, who was there to ride and report for Paved magazine.
Bandit Cross: Night Moves
Night Cross Crit
Meet at the Minnehaha Dog Park, take the entrance off the bike path down to the shore
This race represents the fruition of a long held dream of mine, to race cross bikes in the dog park proper. Over the past few years Baroo and I have spent a ton of time down there, and it has come to be one of my favorite places in the world.
While we have a dog park course, raced it last week, it’s not actually in the dog park. The reason we haven’t touched the main area is obviously the dogs and their owners. While I love racing, I don’t love bumming out a bunch of folks.
The answer then is to do it at night when the park is empty, and since it’s dark out we’ll eschew the technical and focus instead on a sweet short track section with some trail, some wide open double track, and one heck of a natural log barrier.
I’m thinking tiki torches, a central fire, and a nice little get down in the woods.
It’s going to be rad, and I sure do hope you’re able to make it.
Please bring beverages, a good attitude, and lights.
We spent what ended up being a gorgeous fall day messing around down at Hidden Falls and finished it up with a nice little fire along the banks of the Mississippi.
the esteemed Mr. Kinevil was in the house
As always, wish you were there.