because I stayed home and played with my girthy new toy.
The big events of the weekend; USA Mountain Bike Nationals and the 2014 Single Speed Worlds!
I think I'm most bummed that I skipped Nats up in PA. Woulda been an easy drive, in a relative sense. A cheap trip. Some riding. Loads of fun.
photo cred: Pat Engleman, rider Churtle the Turtle"I have never heard so much noise. I couldn't hear myself think," said (Lea)Davison. "That was hands-down the best cheering section I ever heard, even from Europe. If I could hire the Lone Wolf Heckle Pit and bring them to Europe, that'd be great."
photo cred: Scott KingsleyStanding around in the woods just drinking beer and yelling with friends (and at them) from all over the East coast? Sounds like a good time. Pretty sure I might have even snuck a bike ride in at some point. More than likely, Nats won't be on this side of the country for awhile. Might have made a mistake on that one.
Oh yeah, some really fast pros that are used to winning won... I think. I didn't look. Also it seems something like 90% of my FaceFriends stood on the podium's of their respective classes. Makes sense.
The 2014 Single Speed World Championships up in Anchorage. I was way more glued to FaceBook looking for updates or news of any kind than I was watching a sorta boring feed of the TdF. From what I heard, some people were happy, others not. Sounds like it involved mandatory staying awake for many hours, a very loose to nonexistent schedule of events, quite possibly ending in a foot down competition... amongst the riders that were able/willing to get to that point.
I can see why some people are happy and also some are angry. I probably woulda been in the sad category, but that's just me. Not that I need schedules to be happy (but it does help regulate my certain "problems"), it's just that this was the most expensive to enter SSWC that I remember. My memory says I paid $35 for Durango in 2009, Anchorage was something like $100. Most swag and beer is donated... where does the money go? A good cause? I have no idea. I hope so. I know a lot of hard work goes into the race, but it's either done for the love of our sport...I use that term loosely, maybe I just mean "exhausting leisure time activity that sometimes gets taken too seriously," or it shouldn't be done at all.
If the "race" ended in a foot down competition, I don't know if that matters. I liked that the SSWC 05 ended in a go-cart race since they (the people of State College) felt people were taking single speeding too seriously. Maybe I like it even more because Buck won that go-cart race.
The beauty of SSWC is that it is what it is and that's it. I wasn't thrilled to ride all the way down to some park below the Golden Gate Bridge for a "party" only to find a couple dudes walking around with plastic hot dogs and a whole lotta disappointed party goers, but I'll never forget that "party." Next year, things are headed to Japan. By things, I mean not me. I can prepare myself to have a little disappoint in my SSWC experience... but only if it costs me less than $750 American, tax, title, out the door.
There were winners at SSWC 2014.