Grand Granogue

Driving on creek road early yesterday,  the mist and fog still was sitting in the low spots.
My race time was earlier than the MAC start,  9am.
I arrived a little after 7am,  and got out for a pre-ride.
I've raced a number of times at the private Dupont estate, Granogue.
This time was one of the more special ones.
maybe something about being smaller, not part of any series, just a crossrace, on, by far the best place piece of land, to race cross on.
Being a racer, sometimes I forget, how much work, labors of love, goes into putting a race on.
I kitted up and took a ride, and came around the back of the tower, and the landscape, the sun, fog,
and I came around to the front side and learned the off camber corners.
Every cross course over the years is different, and each one is the best.
Yesterdays was another best course.
I had the center spot on the front row, and took the hole shot.
I've been working again on the hole shot.
I sat 3rd, riding hard, I felt great
I tried to hold onto 5th, but it slipped between my fingers, and I finished 8th.

I ripped my derailleur off before the race, and had to have a friend re-pin my number, to the correct side, just before I was headed to stage.

after my racing I sat in the sun,  with a honeycrisp apple, a beer, with a couple of friends, watching the racing.
It all was grand.

          some cx racers on the podium.

Cheers, dlowe.


Corn CX

I raced cyclocross today.
It was hot.
and at the end of the race,  I was hot.
real hot.
you should not race cross in August.
I thought I could take it easy, just shake it out.
In cross you go hard.
Even if you go easy.
I'm crazy.

(everywhere west of philly is Lancaster till altoona)
Here is,  to the up-coming season.


a happy birthday ride

Never been up to Mom Rinkers Rock in the Wissahickon.  
I rode up today on the cx bike,  hung out a bit at the tolerant statue.

shot some pinhole stuff

and easy pedaled home!

Cheers pals,  dlowe.


City limits

I've said a number of times that Philadelphia has some of the best riding, road, mountain, and Cyclocross.

Water Ice #8 Tame the Tiger.

Water Ice CX is the best urban cross ride in America.  It rolls 28 miles of Philadelphia city trails, tow path, cobbles,  full of  the urbanalitiy personalities of this city.

I think when w. Penn made the city he had it in mind to make it a city to be enjoyed,  a green healthy city, vibrant with activity.
There is so much going on with riding,  ride ambassadors in every aspect of cycling in Philadelphia.
but there is in one facet that Philadelphia lacks in,   Legit bicycle races.
There is the Parx Casino race, and Junkyard cross,  and the Philly Phlyer.
That's it.
I've talked with a number of people and no one has any interest in putting a race on inside the city limits.
The city of Philadelphia makes it hard and costly.
Its a sad fact, that over two dozen cyclocross races are being put on in our area.  All close to, but outside of  Philadelphia.
maybe the city,   the ones who's paychecks come from taxpayers money,  will change.
Move from the big one day corporate events,  that bring in a single shot of $$$ and a deluge of people,  that have no attachment, or care about the beautiful, land, trees, ....parks that Philadelphia has.
Move from the surly scowl, of "this ain't going to work",  "I don't get it",  ..."what can I get outta you".
to seek out the ambassadors, and thank them, and listen to them, and say "How can I, the City of Philadelphia, help to serve you better".
The everyday folk,  that toil with the trash, crime, broken glass,  not a large number in the statistical sense, but the blood of the city, are sorta shunned.   there is almost no way to put a legit event on in Philadelphia.
I don't need a study to tell me that, living and using, having a connection to the land you live in, makes you care, makes you happy,  makes a city strong, and brings in money.
I pedal on, and in a reclusive way,  use the park land,  still, a lot of my riding is done in Philadelphia,  I  ride as much as I can in the city.
but for now,  I  drive to a town, that wants cyclist, sees the value,  to race, to teach, and to practice.
and cheers to my thick skinned, sneaky comrades, that keep cycling alive, exciting and inclusive to all, within the limits of the great City of Philadelphia.

best regards,  dlowe.