I've raced a year against a special group of old men.
I think maybe it snuck up on me,  how grand this season of racing has been.

In August, I was coming off of some broken ribs,  I jumped back in early,
Kelly's monday night CX grass track,  I got some hot laps in,  a bit too hot,  wiping out,
It scared me, and my ribs,  I  did little easy circles, and sat on the bench I was fine.

                                 photo:  Ben Anemone

then I melted in the sun in a cornfield.

and Granogue,  that race,  riding a few feet from another old dudes wheel,  battling, and losing,
that was so good.

                                  photo: dennis Smith

then every race, the  battles, it was real good foes, some small victories,  losing the battles, good sprints to the line, sometimes,.... and....  I did not win a single race

It all was good,  real good,  so much good,  even the worst was.... good.

Yesterday,  I loved talking with Mike Stevens during the Solstice CX race,  coming into a corner giving him my not so polite take on it.   he takes it well,  and ya know,  I need some Mike Steven's in my racing.   I stayed up right, raced hard, won my sprint, 14th.

After todays race,  the real excellent, tough, Limestone at the Kiln.
20th, perfect, I beat some foes, and,  19 better on the day, beat me.

I have had enough this year,  I got more than I deserved.
Next year I bump up an age group,  to 55+,
and I'll bring,  everything I got,  I going to train hard,  sleep well, and think and dream about the styles and types of riders I'll be racing.  I'll be doing Tuesday morning sprints.
Grass track,  get'en them bikes ship shape.   Dudes,  I am coming,  and I'll will do my best.

to a great year,  we all made it great,  we did, for sure.  Cheers!

      photo:  Mr. Kelly Cline

I wonder, who the hell, next year, is the bastard, that gets the pleasure of  getting crushed, schooled, whittled down, berated, egged on, taught a lesson,  paced smartly, pushed to their best- to be the Deluxx Sandwich,.....
 I have to say, with total seriousness,  whoever you are, you are one lucky dude!

 *Yo! Deluxx Marc was not at today's race, so not in the picture, but if one of the two guys above, Daub, or Luxy didn't put the screws to me, it was him.



Paul Wahner said...

You are the original in the Deluxx Sandwich D-Lowe!!! Now go and have that extra beer! See you in the 55's.

Paul Wahner

d.lowe said...

Can't wait to be lining up with you guys! See you at nationals.