This race is one of my favorites. Ã‚Â It’s set up in such a way that one can watch, meet and see their favorite pros get ready for a tough crit. Ã‚Â The team vehicles are set up, and members of the teams are getting the wheels, food, drinks and bikes together. Ã‚Â It’s the real thing. Ã‚Â The other cool thing about this race is that while it has a good following, it doesn’t have the overwelming crowds of something like the Tour of California, thus making the riders the the teams approachable. Ã‚Â I had the chance to meet with a number of Pros including Rory Sutherland and Freddie Rodriguez as well as some local Pros, my favorites (and lets be honest here, friends) Chuck Hutcheson and Ken Young. Ã‚Â I’m excited about the interviews I did get because I asked better questions. Ã‚Â There is a chance I’m getting better at interviewing by asking questions that I would want to know….inside workings of the racers and their roles in such a race. Ã‚Â Throughout the week, I will be posting these.
So what is the best way to start this up? Ã‚Â In transcribing the interviews and editing the video, something a littleÃ‚Â tongueÃ‚Â and cheek seems appropriate. Ã‚Â There are all types at this race, to be sure. Ã‚Â Additionally it’s summer time and the ladies look beautiful! Ã‚Â But I was most impressed with a gentleman I saw there. Ã‚Â If you were there you saw him too. Ã‚Â I don’t know his name, but to me and my friends, he is Fred. Ã‚Â For those of you not familiar with the term,Ã‚Â ”Fred” is a derisive term used by “serious” road cyclists to describe other cyclists who do not conform to serious road cyclists’ norms with regard to dress and equipment, and appearamateurishÃ‚Â to them (annotation:Ã‚Â http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_(bicycling). Ã‚Â This, to me, was one of the most fantastic thing I have ever seen. Ã‚Â At first glance from afar, I thought “I didn’t think Slipstream had representation this year…I didn’t see them on the roster”. Ã‚Â At a closer look, I realized that it was all too perfect. Ã‚Â This guy was posing, literally posing. Ã‚Â It’s clear that he spent a fair amount on what he had on, and was riding, but everything was too perfect. Ã‚Â From the strategically placed Cliff bar in the rear pocket to the Slipstream cyclingÃ‚Â hat under his Slipstream helmet. Ã‚Â The Slipstream Garmin on his Felt Slipstream bike with Slipstream Zipp Wheels. Ã‚Â It was incredible. Ã‚Â They we noticed that he’s got a bit too much fat to be a pro and his legs were entirely too hairy to even be considered a serious cyclist. Ã‚Â The fantastic thing was that he wasn’t talking to anyone. Ã‚Â He was simply standing around leaning up against his Felt Bike (with a price tag somewhere inthe neighborhood of $6-9K) posing. Ã‚Â No one was talking to him, no one was looking. Ã‚Â He was in the team area trying to look official. Ã‚Â Everyone saw him and everyone was baffled by this man. Ã‚Â But the icing on the cake to me was his hearty mustache. Ã‚Â Sweet!
More to come on the Clarendon Cup!