I live in Northern Cal and have been a member of Team Specialized Racing (masters squad, not juniors) for the past three years. With the spirit of a rouleur trapped in the body of a TTer, I managed Masters National Time Trial wins in 2009 and 11. In 2009 and 10 I also won TT silver medals at Masters Worlds. Some of you asked if it’s akin to kissing your sister and while I have no first-hand knowledge of such matters, it seems like an apt comparison.
Like most masters racers, I have a salt & pepper mop, to which I added a handful of salt this summer as a result of hitting the deck. A week before Cascade Cycling Classic, I was descending Trinity Grade, that crash reared up–the one that rarely happens but lurks in the back of our minds. It came replete with a care flight, more broken parts than a weekend of cat 5 crits, three surgeries and 20 days in the hospital. Fast-forward four months and I’m on the bike again and charting a course back to the masters peloton.
For an inexplicable reason, BJ feels this qualifies me to cover the Northern Cal 35+ scene so I’ll be bringing that to you as we head into 2013. I might have failed to mention to BJ my affinity for sarcasm, so take what you read with a grain of… salt.