Sometimes you can really surprise yourself when you take a chance. That definitely was the case for me going to Bend.
By John Abate
I’m searching for some deeper understanding; for a word, concept, or phrase to what occurred leading up to and during the road race for the men’s 40-44 National Road Race Championships. I think I found some truth in this:
“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”
— William Arthur Ward
Walking out onto the windy tarmac of the San Francisco International Airport to board our connecting flight up to Bend, I had a funny feeling that the baggage being loaded onto our small United Air EMB turboprop plane was missing one pertinent cargo item: my bicycle travel box. Staring at the baggage carts and zoning out on their movements loading the plane, something just did not look right as I stood frozen on the ladder leading me up to the plane’s door. Like an FAA inspector, I’m scanning the carts of luggage being loaded into the planes hold, but no large black double bike box is anywhere in sight. Had they already loaded it?
My fiancée, Jess, confirmed my suspicion just then, snapping me out of my daze when, as she placed her hand on my shoulder, she said, “Honey, you should double-check with the flight attendants that our bikes have been loaded onto this plane.” [Read more…] about Masters Nationals: Hail in the Face of Adversity
’61 Metcalfe Continues to Improve With Age
By Chris Lyman
In 2011 at Masters Nationals, Kevin Metcalfe of Team Specialized Racing showed everyone clean pairs of wheels by winning the 2011 Time Trial and Road Race, and finishing second in the Criterium. In 2012 he packed his suitcase full of courage and repeated in the Road Race and finished second in the Time Trial, just four weeks after breaking his collarbone for the second time in eight months.
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