It’s August 13. The first race of the season is 23 days away. Despite the fact that we’ve had an unreasonable amount of cyclocross-worthy weather all “summer” here in Seattle, us Kittens are getting pretty damn excited for the Fall.
Shiny new parts have been ordered through team sponsor Recycled Cycles. Race bikes are getting reassembled. Our skinsuits will be en route to Seattle any day now; Big George just has to finish hand sewing each chamois on his Tour of Utah rest days. We as a team have been out in the field every week dialing in our cross skillz.
There’s also been a whole lot of practice racing. Cross Club is at it again this year and though it’s getting a little too big for its britches (30 racers + spectators apparently draws the ire of Seattle’s upstanding park dwellers) it’s been great for the fitness and a solid reminder of what it’s like to race around in the dirt elbow to elbow with a bunch of other jokers in spandex. Some of our Kittens are looking mighty fast this year. If I was a betting man I’d put some money on seeing pink on the podium this season. Not me, of course. I’m pack fodder, but John, Andrew F, Noah, and Dylan are pretty quick out there.
And, finally, I’ve been engaging in the most important pre-season ritual a self-respecting cyclocross racer can do. Watching cross videos on CrossTube. If this doesn’t get you psyched up for cross, you might just want to reconsider racing: