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Monday, February 26, 2007

but the shoes take so long to dry

Yesterday was the Merced Crit down in ... um, some central valley town.

It's not a course I'll do again until they take out that alley-way with the brick wall. After scraping a guy into the ER last year, I said "no-mas" to that course. But, I sho'nuff can hoopla up those riders diggin out there in the rain.

Apparently, CalGiant's big-bad Reaney stormed away from the field early and left them all chawing at the remnants. This dude is such a big engine. You just never let him get an inch in a race, or he'll show you nothing but his backside the rest of the day.

CVC had guys to chase, but it never came back. And though Sasser launched deep to try and track Reaney down ... he had to bag another second. That's all right, he'll uncork one soon enough.

I'm interested to hear how the women's event went. Anyone with details, send 'em my way.

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Race photographers ~ these folks are just the coolest. Ronald Mariano (ronaldmariano.com) has grown his outfit over the past year to have a nice service going nowadays. I love this shot he took ... of fellow foto-genius Chris Patterson of jamfoto.net.

These images have become such a huge part of our racing experience. They offer us tangible, emotive recordings of our experiences on the bike. These photographers capture our moments of joy and pain ... doing us all a wonderful service ~ offering us ... lifelong reminders of how we drank from the fountain.

I am a fan.

14 comments:

McSassy said...

Both those guys pull out some amazing shots......

And are super cool about it.

me=fan also.

MS

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

me = fan #3.

I've known Ron for almost 20 years, he is just a great guy who love bike racing.

Here is to supporting these guys (ie buy a photo or two!)

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

hey, I see Jan retired...

L. Christmas said...

photog's rock.. and it's all for the love of the sport..

Anonymous said...

Yeh, those photo guys get some amazing shots. If only they could make me look as pretty as you - Then I would buy pictures all the time! ;)

The chase was killing me. They never gave up. For 21 laps I was bleeding out of my eyeballs trying to hold them off. Not one lap was easy.

Thanks for the TV time Mike! Although with the size of your audience you made life in future races harder! Being a thinking man I am sure that did not escape you. Guess i will have to change my approach...

nosajpalnud said...

yeah great pics from these guys and nice to see some finish line photos this time around - now go buy one of the one's with your arms up...

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Or hell, buy the set of three with your arms up!

You know a race is wet when you have go let your clothes dry for more than 12 hours before you can even put them in the hamper.

Flandria said...

Panda's comment..."Or hell, buy the set of three with your arms up!"

yeah, i saw that too - LOL!

Anonymous said...

All these guys are great and make us look cool. What about that Fahreed guy. How can you buy his pictures, they are sick.

Jambo

captain sassy pants said...

I wonder if people appreciate the the file names of your pictures, case in point mr reaney

mm

Anonymous said...

"I wonder if people appreciate the the file names of your pictures, case in point mr reaney"

Yeh, that did not escape me either..

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

what ... me?

Anonymous said...

thought so...

sneaky bugger

use all resources available, huh?

I will let you slide since I like your style :) I like the tack post - using your readership to educate on the do's and do not's of road etiquette as it pertains to locals and their roads - i agree

responsible use of influence - unlike this post! ;-)

captain sassy pants said...

"I will let you slide since I like your style :) I like the tack post - using your readership to educate on the do's and do not's of road etiquette as it pertains to locals and their roads" vandertootieface should teach some of the UNR yahoos I ride with a lesson in etiquette. They like to where no helmet, rockin the ipod two feet from the centerline!