No introspection tonight. Â No deep thoughts.
Tomorrow is State Criterium Championships.
I intend to race. Â I do not intend to win. Â I intend to stay in the field, pack surf well and then if it comes down to a sprint, be there for it.
In my humble opinion, a State Criterium Championship should in some way reward technical skill in bicycling. Â It should require both left and right turns. Â Preferably with both linked together, even more so if the linking of these turns is such that pedalling in between is impractical at best.
A rectangle around a city park is more of a very short circuit race in this one racer’s opinion.
One of my favorite single issues of a bike magazine was the June 1988 issue of Bicycle Guide. Â The “Special Issue” on “The Essence of Cycling”.
30 Pages of CONTENT.
Pages and pages of writing. Â Individual articles on:
On the inside. (the sport that is)
On the outside.
The road not taken.
From road to mud.
In that 30 pages of writing and fabulous photography, there were a sum total of 5 ads. Â There were no articles on how to descent faster. Â No pacing tips for time trials. Â No coaching plans for how to do well at your next hillclimb.
Just fabulous writing on the JOYS of each of these aspects of the sport of cycling. Â Perhaps I will have to post these soon in the future. Â The writing is excellent. Â It makes you want the sun to come out and go ride.
But for today, I leave you with Ted Costantino’s opening sentence from “Descents”
I have passed through some small percentage of the world’s great scenery in full Â tuck.