Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fortunate Surprise

While walking home from the bus stop today I noticed a bunch of posts and what looked like course tape filling up a good chunk of Aquila park. I figured something was going on, but I wasn't sure what. A short time later I was walking the dogs and saw that there was a cyclocross race going on a half block from my house! COOL! It is part of a series put on by the Minnesota Cycling Federation

I finished up with dog duty then returned to the course with my camera. Watching folks hammer through the grass for multiple laps in the same park where the hill has me sucking wind after walking up it was humbling. And there I sat with no cowbell.

For some reason there was one racer who stood out. Dressed all in black, big bushy beard riding a gorgeous singlespeed which I thought at the time was Ti. Turns out it is a nickle plated steel frame made right here in the Twin Cities by Peacock Groove. The detail work on this bike was amazing. This guy finished first (I think) in the 35+ race, then 15 minutes later he was at it again in the Cat 1,2,3 field and was leading after two laps. I had to bail at that point so I don't know how he did, but DAMN!

Anyway, I was happy to find out that this will be happening every Tuesday for eight weeks. I need to get a cowbell.

More pictures HERE


Jared said...

Sean I think that may be the guy from one of my favorite bike pics. It is from Ibikempls and is of this guy I think in a kenwood team kit. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanobikerdotcom/3036183340/#

SeanH said...

Yeah, pretty sure that's the same guy.

Talked to him for a bit, seems really nice.

queasyfish said...

Hey, that's really cool. We came upon one in Powderhorn Park once as we were returning from the Luce Line trip, but it was hard to stop for more than a couple minutes, five blocks from home.