Archive | May, 2011

Racer Racer Racing Racer

9 May

Ahhh, the racing cyclist.

You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.

Racing is a strange endeavor. Taking something enjoyable and turning it into a strange mix of suffering and obsession seems like a bad idea at first. However, the elation and euphoria that can come with a win or good placing can be unlike any other feeling in the world.

Cameron Peterson on his way to victory in the Pro Crit.

We here at Highroller have done (and still do) our fair share of racing. You would not guess it, but even our fearless leader Chris was a force to be reckoned with on the mountain bike circuit and even on the road race scene. Hard to imagine that now because of how much grief he doles out to Jonathan and I about racing.

This time each year our city is descended upon by hundreds of racers in town for the Joe Martin Stage Race. The teams of emaciated humans ( that make us bike shop guys look fat) start to trickle in on Wednesday. By The afternoon, they can be seen riding amuck on the roads around town spreading no good will with the drivers in the area.

It is not all bad, though, the added exposure of the riders on the road helps to remind drivers that cyclists have rights to the road too. The Sunday crit is like NASCAR on bikes, and watching it has become a favorite past times for many Fayetteville residents.

Inevitably there are the last minute repairs etc. Chain Tubular glue cables and housing top the list of items we sell to the riders. They also have to keep their bodies topped off on fuel so we sell a significant amount more nutritional items for the event. On the whole, we enjoy our racers. Of course, there can be some who are unruly and lack basic common courtesy.

Take the following fictional exchange. (The video is worth the time to click on it.)

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11975939/racer-racer

We look forward to the challenges that these racing cyclists pose to us each year, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to poke fun at a few of them.

Thanks for Reading,

Branton

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