Thursday, August 14, 2014
I'm a bit delayed in posting this, but I've got some very exciting news! Next week, Aug. 19-22, your child can take advantage of two great professional cyclocross ladies running a camp in our very own series finale venue of Cornwall Park. Courtenay McFadden and Jessica Cutler are running the show with the assistance of Shannon Mallory, and it's brought to you by our new neutral-support provider, Bikesport Bellingham.
Download the Information & Registration Packet and go get dirty, kids!
So what brings you here today? Let me guess. You've been dialing in your new cyclocross machine. You've started doing interval work. It rained once. You're getting amped. You need more motivation - food for your mental game. You want to get fired up! So you're trolling the interwebs looking for Pacific Northwest Cyclocross calendars. When's my first race? When's my 2nd, 3rd... 8th race?!? You've got fitness peaks to plan! You've got lots of traveling and planning to do! Well, if that's your situation, you're in luck. There is an absolute plethora of cyclocross surrounding you in the months to come. Yes, you have a plethora. Well... at least for three months, you do.
Did you happen upon this nifty new all-in-one international calendar from The HoleShot.ca? Click through a few months. Did you notice anything unusual about December and January? How there's only one series in the region with races in those months? You know, the time when cyclocross hits full swing in the motherland? Yes, I'm talking about the Kerstperiode.
This year, our series races are down to 6 races from 8 (more on that later), with 8 events total on the schedule (including a prologue and finale party ride/treasure hunt). Three of those events are in Sept/Oct, two are in November, and three are in Dec/Jan. That's over 1/3 or our season taking place after everyone else in the 'hood has packed up & gone home. What does an avid racer do for consistency in that time period? Crickets...
Let me tell you why Cascade Cross has been and will continue to be the standout in making a seasonal shift in Washington CX a priority:
1) Cyclocross should be raced when it is cold, wet, and dark. Not (I repeat, NOT) hot, dusty and sunny. It's bad for your lungs!
2) We need more local races at least in the same month as U.S. Nationals.
3) I do other things in July and August besides hardcore CX planning. And so should you.
Our humble little series does not start until October. Our neck hair doesn't even twitch until September. We're like the Dalmatian that sleeps through the fire alarm because, you know what? False alarm. I know a real fire when I smell one. And when I say fire, I mean mud bath.
Trust that you will see more information from me on our big season ahead in short order. Trust that there's been plenty on the back burners here all year long, now coming to a low simmer. Trust that the days and locations are all arranged. It's alright. For the moment, be in the moment. It's still summertime!
Ask yourself this question right now. What can I do to bring cyclocross back to its proper, traditional place in the annual calendar? What can I do to shift my focus & amp level for 'cross from Aug-Sept-Oct-Nov to Oct-Nov-Dec-Jan, or (gasp!) even Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb?
I would humbly suggest you go swimming right now. Go camping. Go fruit picking. Okay, go for a long mountain bike ride. That should help. If it doesn't, try listening to this song.
And when you feel
Like you just can't stop
Obsessing about your September CX calendar
Worrying if Cascade Cross still exists
Whether Ryan has hung up his mud boots
You need to calm it down.
Calm it down.
You need to calm it down.
See you soon, mud fans!