Exciting times are here

Now that the other race is in the history books and a new cycling hero crowned...the collective energy of cyclists can once again return to more regional interests.  Such as...

24 hour natz this weekend.  Oooo, how's it gonna go down?  There are the favorites Nat Ross and Eatough - history tells us they'll go out fast.  But will it be too fast (again) in the sticky midwest heat?  Nat's awesome RAAM ride seems to have been costly ever since, based on results.  Is he full steam yet?  How about Cameron - is he in?  Haven't seen much of him this season.  Gotta count Ernesto as a favorite as well, but of the smarter kind.  He's not so likely to burn it up in the first daylight stint.  Or is he???  Maybe he's got over the "second season expectations"...I know I have ;)  If I was a betting man, the safe money is Eatough, but I look for Jeff Kerkove to have a breakout performance.  Best of luck to y'all, wish I was going to be there with you, but ...

TransRockies is just around the bend.  It's no secret Lynda & I have been training for the co-ed TransRockies 7 day stage race for some time.  We get on that big jet plane in just over a week, there's an ever-present palpable excitement, sort of like waking up on Christmas morning as an 8 year-old.  We are working out the logistics of what to take, equipment and what-not, but physically?  We are so ready.  We've put a laser beam focus on the prep and are ready to put our best effort forth.  One of our not-so-secret weapons is Lynda.  She has trained her ass off (literally) this year, and as a result some of her power numbers have reached world class level.  She is redefining what female competitors can accomplish in the endurance world to the point that she must be considered a possibility for the overall, male or female, in any endurance event she enters.  I've been training my butt off too, mostly so I can keep up with her!  In any case, it is going to be an awesome week of riding through epic Canadian bear country.

The Tour of Utah is happening the same week as transrockies, Aug 7-12.  Check out the course maps - it looks to be the most exciting, mountain filled pro stage race in the US since the Coors Classic.  Jeez, Utah already hosts the best endurance events in the country, now it's going to corner road racing too.  Burke Swindlehurst will be racing it - a new link to his blog is over to the left (t-bird's roost) as is the link to Chris Fox's blog.  Good stuff coming out of Utah, the land of the paradox.