I’m baaaaacccckkkk……

It’s been an entire year since my last post.  I just didn’t have the writing itch or something like that.  No excuses, I was lazy.  I would like to get back into detailing the trials and tribulations of CX Nation.  A lot has changed since last year…and a lot has stayed the same.  In a nutshell, we got new kits, we raced hard and best of all…I started a juniors team.  CX coach extraordinaire John Haley came to me at the beginning of last year and asked if I wanted to start a juniors team.  I had always wanted to do it, but I felt like I just didn’t have the time.  John told me he had 4 awesome kids that wanted to try cyclocross and be apart of some sort of team. I was intrigued.  John told me all I had to do was support from a logistics side and help out at races.  He was going to do all the coaching and practices.  I was sold.

I met Ian, Vida, Travis and Galen the following week.  What a great group of kids.  John really molded these young minds into not only cyclocross racers but respectful little people.  Each race they were “required” to thank a volunteer, the race organizer and other racers.  They raced hard, fair and always strived to do better.  I was very impressed.  It was a phenomenal year.

At the beginning of this year I got some bad news that John was being transferred to Arizona for his job.  I was seriously bummed.  John is not only a great coach, but a great person with a wonderful family.  What to do with the team?  That’s what the parents were asking.  I didn’t hesitate and wanted the show to go on.  Yes, I would have to put more of an effort into the kids, but I knew it would be worth it.  There will be some adjustments to John’s previous schedule.  Change is inevitable.  I came up with the idea of having a benefit race to offset some of the costs of running a team.  I will also be donating a percentage to other junior racers in the SF Bay Area.   I have jumped through almost all the hoops and it looks like the race is a “go”…Sunday, November 26th at Maxwell Park in Sonoma.

There is a ton of racing in between now and then.  The juniors just had their first race this weekend.  Ian and Travis raced the 15-18 at CCCX down in Fort Ord and finished 4th and 2nd, respectively.  Galen did the 12-14 year old race and ended up 3rd.  Greta start to the season!  The senior team (Sage, myself, Tanya and Kristin) start up in a couple weeks with BASP and the West Sac Gran Prix.  I am looking forward to another great season.

 

Junior 15-18 at CCCX, Fort Ord – Ian and Travis

 

Junior 12-14 at CCCX, Fort Ord – Galen

 

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