and bad barb-wire tattoos:
Maybe DeKalb isn’t directly the source of barb-wired tattoos, but it is the birthplace of barbed wire. The bad tattoos would be nothing without the wire so that’s close enough, right? Close enough for us.
What’s “close enough” is the Bicycle Heaven mothership. It’s close enough to the Hopkins Park race that 33 members of the team pre-reg’d to do battle on the mostly-flat but tricky course. It was the first Chicrosscup race to introduce a flyover, and it gets better every year. This year was no exception.
Early highlights involved both Andy and Chris Heuser hitting the podium again with a second and third respectively. John Craychee also kept his podium streak alive in 60+.
Isaac and Mara rode great in each of their races, and both crossed the line at 6th- which is Mara’s best ever finish. Toughest “break” of the day, though, goes to Dan Cleveland. Dan was riding near the front of the Cat 4′ in his second race of the day. Without notice, one of the barriers attacked him. With a mild thud accompanied by an extremely loud “SNAP” the barrier wrangled Dan to the ground. Thankfully, Dan is ok. His fork, however, didn’t come through as well.
Finally, is there somebody in your life that loves cyclocross a little too much? At Hopkins Park we figured out the cure for that common fall problem. It’s fairly simple, really. Just sneak right up on them, stick a camera about 3 inches from their nose, and ask, “Why do you love cyclocross?” You’d be surprised how many people get caught completely off-guard, and tell you that they hate cyclocross just to get you out of their space.
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