office partys

blinkey this year sorta comes as an office party
not too many locals,  a bunch did,  signed up to race, and a lot of riders from outside the local.
it will be nice to watch the out-town yahoo's go at it,
it'll entertain.
its been pretty grand the last couple of years
I race it some years,
some years I go for a mountain bike ride and miss it

xmas cx & mtb follies has rolled on a long number of nontraditional years
its the best
a good race,  really good one to do
I picked #3 and pinned it to my plain black wind jacket
put the SSCX bike up against a tree
Mountain bikes, titanium, beaters, cx, gears, utility ones
we lemans started
I never get the hole shot
I race in spurts to make sure I go hot, rile past some one some time during the race
make a bit of a risky move,  hit something fast, get a bit of air,  hope I don't crash

its good
the company store is laid out
beers, funny named liquors, food,
Prizes great prizes that are given for whatever reasons,  how you finished, best crash, dealers choices.

off season, is off to the best start




God's Pocket

It's taken me a bit of time to figure it out,
Home is nothing more than a place that you want to call your own,
and protect,
Its yours,
you ever go into a locals only bar,
like you need a beer, drinks, booze as much as everyone else there
and you get head turns and eye balls and you might get now cause its too late
do something or not you'r going to get punched in the face
all the kids were getting out of school, taking their time to cross Chelten ave.  Germantown.
none of 'em had any or much german in them
I waited wanting to turn right, and turned, drove past the gallery, it really looked dark
no lights on,
but I still parked in the funky lot
and went to the door to see what was up
wed. 1-6
it should be open,
I turned the knob and it opened
it was open,  and the kind gallery lady said the electric was out
and I bought the nice little one in the corner

"Strummer"  is now mine.
we bought our first house in roxborough back in 1990,  and we got some stink eye from some of the young locals on our street.  
I like the two step down, Alex pizza.   I got two.   and a bit of stink eyed from the dude killing time.
the local.

my dream of a portrait spot has not lapsed,
seems going back to roxborough might hold some promise,
I saw a space but I don't know, "is it worth it?"
I have no idea, and its a lot of $$$,  jeeze.
if the apartments can cover the mortgage, it'd work.
the 1st floor space is perfect and derelict.
It'd make a good spot for a record player, fridge of beer, and some bad ass portrait works.
the one on the left.

I'll try.  I'll look into it.   There is a bar on the corner right across the street,  might as well and go in and see my luck.

the art, Cal Schenkel @ the IMPeRFCT Gallery.
  1. Cal Schenkel (born January 27, 1947) is an artist specializing in album cover design. He was the main visual collaborator for Frank Zappa and was responsible for the ...
     2.  God' Pocket a novel by Pete Dexter   
"GOD'S POCKET" is adapted from the book of the same name by former Daily News columnist Pete Dexter, and arrives 30 years after events that inspired the story.
Which involved Dexter getting beaten half to death by a group of folks who didn't care

roxoborough's not too rough now,  its soft,  never really as bad as some of the worst spots, and,... as the crazies have died or gotten to fat to care,  no one cares who calls it home.

cheers, dl


buzzed killed

I went to sleep with a lot of energy.
much like going to bed before the first cross race.
and as I drove
up the turnpike
I turned more dower
and by the end of racing
I was sulking
It was a good race,  a tough course, and all went well
we had a good field of riders
the largest lot
of the day
I had good beer, a dark and hardy stout to share
while we chatted after the race
I missed the ones who did not make it
I'll miss this season
It was full
of a
bunch of wonderful
race days.

I cleaned up
unpacked, and stored away
put the pedals from the "a" bike back on the mountain bike
and went for a ride on it today

I'd like to think this season of racing made me a bit better of a person,  that,  it'll make me grow
a bit stronger,

onward with a smile and snort, a hoof to the dirt, digging in, with heart
and I wish a bit more brains
I look forward,  to next year, now.

Thanks friends for being such strong and formidable foes!
to Cyclocross!

cheers, dlowe


Capital Classic

David Dusing Singers - Soundtrack Dead Man Walking - "Sacred Love"

 it was a good weekend,  it took a bit for it to settle in, finally this morning my energy was low, my legs heavy,  my thoughts dull,  my spirit a bit low.

race morning, the full moon setting view from our hotel, and off to the races

I went down to Reston to race the Capital Classic,   I love this race, traveling and staying in the same great hotel, always with good friends, that I ride and race with.  This year it was Kelly Cline and I that made the trip.

the days leading up to the race were filled with rain,  it was clear on race day,  but muddy, and cold.
I've worked hard to be a better racer,  to enjoy the craft,  and now,  I love the mud, the cold.

Reston is a start where the hole shot does not matter all that much,  a smart rider can move to the front, and a good mudder has more opportunities to make it to the lead.

Kelly took the 1st over the barriers prime,  but had to later withdraw from the race with mechanical/equipment problems.

           photo: William Douglas Graham

I think Kelly is off the front of this chasing group,  that's me mid-pack,  me, biding my time, settling in to a good mud race.  I was happy to pick off two foes coming up to the line,  to niche 8th.

One race left, Limestone,  I'm not tired or dreading it,  I'm not looking forward to an off season, or not.   Riding just takes on another form,  the cold early dark,  getting my SSmtbike built up.
Spiking the water bottle so it does not freeze,  long rides, cold toes, trainer time,  and dreams of racing.