Weather: Cloudy Temp: 60 deg.
Accessories: Merino Socks, Winter Hat, Fixed Backpack, Softshell Gloves
I'm not ruling anything out. Last Saturday I had my first track experience and liked it. Part of me wishes I'd been as willing to give Cyclocross a shot back back in October when Simon, Graeme and Rupert from Rapha took the plunge. It came to mind because I wore the Cross Jersey and ¾ Bibs today. It's fabulous kit with some nice features squarely aimed at Cross (the padded shoulder and single rear pocket) but there's nothing written that says it can't be worn on the road. And that brings me to the sharp end of this post.
I appreciate that road cycling has some honoured traditions but what I liked about the cross racing I saw in Portland and Vegas was the lack of pretense and how inclusive it was. It didn't particularly matter what kind of bike you rode, what you wore, and even how serious you were about the racing; everyone seemed to be having fun. Contrast that attitude with the disagreeable, bitter ranting of the most prolific posters on the average cycling forum and you would come to the conclusion that there are a disproportionate number of jerks on bikes, and there's not.
To paraphrase Sigourney Weaver's Ripley from Aliens "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away" the internet seems to encourage a particular strain of aggressive banality. Fortunately they don't have a voice on Velodramatic and they get shown the door before they even get started.
The world of cycling could do with a lot less dogma disguised as expertise. I hazard that none of us writing or reading these posts turns pedals for a living (unless I'm attracting a cadre of pedicab operators). Our cycling is supposed to be recreational, escapist fun even though it might hurt like hell while we're doing it. The payoff comes when we get off the bike and look back down the road we've traveled, if we're lucky with good friends
Most of you understand this, and keep it all in perspective, even when we collectively go off the deep end about the latest Rapha gear. My riding buddy Brendan has his priorities straight approaching a procedure that will keep him off the bike for a month or two. I'd gladly trade in all my kit for having him back at full strength come the spring. I suspect that won't be necessary... instead we've got a future date with the Etape waiting somewhere out on the horizon, but we'll cross that line when we come to it.