Tuesday, December 22, 2009

End and Beginning

Cross season is almost over with only the State Championships to go in January. The whole purpose of racing cross is to have fun and find the love of riding and racing again. Now the road season is on the horizon and it's the moment of truth. Joe's Pro Bikes started their two week training camp on Saturday. I have to work most of the first week but was really looking forward to getting out and mixing up with teammates I haven't seen in a couple of months.

Saturday was a ride in Boerne and there was about 20 guys out which is one of the best showings for any ride recently. My recent trend of forgetting things continued as I forgot my bike pack that has all my tools, air, patch, tube, and other necessities. Fortunately none of it was needed. We rode out to Ranger Creek Rd and then split into teams of four to practice some race tactics. It was a lot of fun racing out Ranger Creek which is almost all uphill going out and then racing back downhill. What was supposed to be a short and fast 2 hour ride turned into a 3 1/2 hours of hard riding.

Sunday was a ride in Fredericksburg. My legs were feeling the effects of Saturday and I was praying for a slow day. It was in the mid to upper 30s at the start but perfectly sunny and beautiful. This ride I forgot food and gloves and was wondering if I was going to be able to ride at all but Phillipe had an extra set of gloves so I made do. We did 3 hours of riding on the county and farm roads that go through the beautiful hill country around Fredericksburg. It warmed up nicely and our group of about 10 had a blast. I found that my love for riding has returned and the camaraderie of cycling is vastly underrated. Below are a few pictures from Fredericksburg. Pardon the mediocre quality but its the best an iPhone can deliver.

Hanging out

Beautiful roads

Not a car anywhere

More stopping

Jimmy taking a "nap"

The View

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