This weekend (Saturday) I went to an OVCX venue in Cincinnati to watch a pre-worlds throw down with a few of the major players from the worlds scene and pretty much ALL of the players from the U.S. scene.
World champion Niels Albert was there. It was his first race ever in America; kind of a big deal.
This was Albert's last race in the (2012) world champion stripes. His riding was so impressive. The top US guys "make it look easy," but Albert was so far ahead of those guys it was hardly funny. He won convincingly.
|Trebon and Powers|
The race for 3-5 was a good race. Niels had a Belgian team mate there who rolled in second with what looked like very little effort also. Top US racers Ryan Trebon, Jeremy Powers and freshly crowned US champ Jonathan Page put in a good battle for 3-5 though.
Page looked really good throughout, but ended up 4th. Jeremy Powers was third and Trebon fifth. It was totally cool to watch the best in the world ride on one of "our" courses. And I'll get to see it again next weekend at the world championship in Louisville!
I'm not normally a "fan boy" but I really wanted to get Niels Albert's autograph. I brought along a Velonews magazine with a good picture of him in it and had him sign it. The issue had Jeremy Powers on the cover, so I thought I might-as-well have him sign it too.
And early in the week I read this interview with Jonathan Page in which he references riding 4+hours in -6 degree temps. Since I was going to stalk for autographs anyway, I got the idea to take a thermometer and ask Page to sign it.
He was super approachable and really nice. He thought my asking him to sign a thermometer was hilarious and had his mechanic take a picture of him signing it.
All in all it was an awesome experience to watch these guys race. It will of course be even more awesomer next weekend at worlds with ALL of the world player in attendance. But the King's race was lower key and totally awesome.
As for my week, I was inside everyday. It got really cold again and especially so in the mornings when I workout, so it was all inside for me. That's an extra bummer when you're not doing any specific training because you just have to figure out a way to put in 1-1.5hours without having a real focus. But it is what it is, I have to take it week by week (and day by day).
I did get outside Sunday and rode the MTB for about 2hrs. I had fully planned to ride the Sunday group ride, but I looked at the hourly forecast and there was some shit looking like it was going to be hitting the fan during that ride. Nothing terrible, but sleet and/or rain while out on the open road when it's below 40degress and getting sprayed from the wheel in front of you just sucks. So I decided to go out earlier and miss the weather. And I figured the MTB trails were good and frozen, so I went to check it out. They were completely frozen and perfect for a winter ride. I busted a few laps and spent a little over an hour on the trails.
The temps are supposed to warm up this week so I'm going to try to get in a little more riding than I have been. I'll miss riding this weekend because I'll be in Louisville at worlds. I'm super excited to go to the actual CX World Championships!