Hey everyone. Today is technically blog day, but we have some pretty cool news and I thought that all four of the people that read this would like to share in the excitement! We are very excited to say that one of our elite cyclocross riders has been selected to represent our country at the upcoming cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg.
|Tubeless tires at the world champs. Cool.|
Rebecca Fahringer, riding for the Amy D Foundation Team will race the 50 minute event on Saturday January 28th. We are pretty excited. This is pretty cool since only five US women are chosen and the moderately complicated qualification process started at the first UCI C1 race in Rochester back in early September and ended this past weekend in lovely downtown Hartford. Ah, the wonderful places that sport will bring you.
Speaking of armpits in the middle of nowhere, Luxembourg is one of those weird ancient countries in Europe that still has a King or something. It is actually 20% smaller than Rhode Island. Seems about perfect for the hard-core working class type of sport that was the origins of cyclocross.
|Those countries always have "u" in them.|
The training build up to a world championships like cyclocross is actually not much different from any other race this year. The weather and course will be very similar to what the riders have seen so far, actually I feel a slightly colder version of the Race Formerly Known As Providence back in October. You may remember Rebecca took the podium there. You may remember the boots.
|I assume pic by Nick Cz. Used without permission. :)|
So training and racing will go as normal albeit a few tweaks to prepare Rebecca for the specifics of the event; no details here as this is pretty much top secret stuff and there may be spies for other countries reading this blog. It is possible. That would mean five people.
When the road racing world championships were held in Qatar in October of this year, the preparation for that race was really different. At over 150 miles in length and held in 120 temperatures of an almost completely flat course, there were stories of riders doing epic long rides and then climbing into saunas to help prepare themselves for the abusive heat and conditions. Yuck.
|Laying pipe jokes are my favorite.|
Rebecca leaves tomorrow for Italy where she will race in the World Cup there and then back to Belgium for another World Cup in Hoogerheide the following Sunday. From there, it is a short six days to the World Championships. Just the biggest race of her career, no sense in being rested. But seriously, the racing is part of the build up; cycling is not like running or triathlons were there are long taper periods. It is more like Formula 1 car racing, engines run best when hot.
Racing in cycling world championships are weird. Everyone will wear a Team USA kit, but in reality, only one person gets to either win or even have a good race. Add in the nature of cyclocross racing itself, and the team aspect goes right out the window. So you have to race for yourself even though you are racing for your Country. It is a delicate balance and the competitive process getting to this point is sharp and competitive. Unless you are from Belgium, they seem to pull off racing as a team and winning. They are usually short though, so it all evens out.
|Sven Nys, 2013. Like it's hard.|
This blog is wandering a little bit today. But please congratulate Rebecca whenever you get a chance and if you are feeling generous, donate to the Amy D Foundation to support woman's cycling development and a good cause. It is a legit charity, so please give early and often. We will post information on how to watch the race from your home. Yikes.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.