Olds ~ look out world.
I suppose what strikes many about Shelley's riding style is that she makes it look so effortless ... so self-contained and serene as the pain floods through her body.
it's ridiculously intimidating.
riding solo for most of Nevada City is NOT something for the weak of mind. There are too many sections in the race where you can succumb to the body's begging, pleading for release from the suffering.
it takes a desire and strength that is only found in a few, rare athletes.
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PROMAN is on fire right now. Tracy Ford unleashes an ungodly sprint at Folsom for the win, then they go 1,2,5 at Nevada City? Oh baby ...
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Un-lucky and lucky me ~
My trusted steel Frayer finally died. I guess after i endo'd over that guy in the Mt. Hood crit ... my seat tube fractured above the stays junction. Paul Sadoff found it when he was measuring me for my new cross bike. Thank the buddha he found it ... or i would have just ket riding and wondering what that "pinging" noise was until it snapped and gave me a dedaccai enema.
thousands and thousands of miles on that bike. i can't tell you how bummed i was.
So, Sabine offered me her 3 bike-old Steelman frame to use until i can get my replacement. That Steelman knows how to design a bike. It carves descents. Geometry makes a huge difference in how a bike handles. It may weigh-in at 20-thousand pounds ... but, i'm telling you ... that bike is buttah.
In the same crash at Hood, i ended up bashing my Williams 19 wheelset pretty good. I repaired the front, but the rear was seeing tacos ... and i was heartbroken. I had a set of junker Easton's to ride this weekend, but Willaims found out and sent me over a set of his chi-chi 30s to use for Folsom and Nevada City.
Those wheels are f'ing fast. The 19's were all about the first few pedalstrokes launching the bike forward in pure acceleration. But the 30's are big rev speedsters. At Folsom, when Jeff and I were off the front in that first race ~ i felt like i could keep punching down for gears on those long straightaways.
i'm one lucky sum'bitch.
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Monday, June 18, 2007