It must be the drama that pulls us in ...
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Redlands this year was one for the memory banks. It saw the BMC team crumple under onslaught and one woman dominate no matter what thrown against her. But more than just these headlines, races are filled with hundreds of personal stories ... of anonymous sufferings, of quiet accomplishments, of meaningful - if unheralded - triumphs.
A triumph is getting back on your bike.
A triumph is taking heart from steady progress.
A triumph is pushing through the pain and frustration ... and finishing.
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Notables from what i gleaned about Redlands:
- Felicia Gomez went out swinging ~ going off the front for a number of laps in Sunday's Sunset sufferfest Loop. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Curi went with her. Would that have shaken Neben up enough to maybe set her on edge for Abbott to counter off?
ah well ... it was good to see aggressive racing out there.
- BMC crumpled. Hard.
I think it goes to show that the talent pool in US cycling has spread out quite a bit and no one team is dominant right now.
makes for some nail-biters out there.
- Them girls came down a bit hard on Tibco's Miller in the post race reporting of the crit. With a GC rider (Thorburn) in the break and two world-class sprinters ... that Miller worked less than VanGilder and Teutenberg in the final laps is to be expected. It was Thorburn's move to keep the pace up and try and get time. The other three were there for a stage win.
And this is Teutenberg and VanGilder we're talking about ...
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It MUST be the drama.
I've worked in non-profits most of my adult life. There's not a lot of money in it, and often, you get paid in frustration at banging your head against the wall, over and over again. But ... you keep at it. You keep at it.
You find your plot of ground to work ... to stoop over and dig, to cultivate. And occassionally, you straighten your back, turn up and smile at the sun as it moves past you, over you, never once pausing to recognize you at all.
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