The cyclocross season in TX is coming to a sad close. No more 30 minute dry heaving running jumping sliding and getting lapped by the actually fast guys.
A broken chain during the warmup lap knocked me out of the cross race in the Woodlands last week, but the 26 inch rig is back with a new BMX style half link chain from Bicycle World and Fitness and I finally am going to be lacking an excuse for my poor performance this weekend!
The lone star cx festival is coming with collegiate races on Saturday, and the rest of us on Sunday. I’ll be racing with the rest of the cross noobs in Cat 4. They have taken mercy and made the Cat 4 race only 30 minutes instead of the usual punishing 60 minutes. Picture this: You were probably going to waste those 30 minutes of your life watching television, surfing the web, and scratching yourself anyway, so why not come out and race?
Time to stretch those muscles and get those few cool down rides in before the subjecting myself to the last muddy lycra of the season.
If you’re in Austin, catch us out there! I’ll be in the fluorescent pink blue and black Tarckbike.com jersey and shorts…
more to come post race…
The cycling scene depends upon a few key community organizers. If only these few people really knew how crucial they were to the fate of the cycling hobby in the city. Still, each of these organizers represent different disciplines in cycling: Road, Track, Mountain, Fixed, BMX. They are often unknown outside of their discipline and area of expertise. To a Mountain rider, the Road racing star is just another leg shaver in spandex. To the Roadie, the Fixed gear freestyle master, featured in videos internationally is just another kid with technicolor wheels and no helmet.
Stop. Wait. Step back for a moment: Each of these riders is different, but to the outsider, they all together represent cycling. They are all members of a two-wheeling, human-powered collective. But to each member, they are practiced disciples of their trade, separated by canyons. Out of these islands, Highflange was born.
What is Highflange? A type of bicycle part. A hub. A device from which spokes are laced to the rim. Though each spoke laces far away from the opposite spoke at the edges of the flanges, and reaches even farther away to hold the rim, the fringe, they are all connected at the hub. Highflange will cover all aspects of bike life, starting from its birth city in Houston, TX and radiating outwards through collaboration efforts in the cycling community. We are all members of the same sport. We are all connected at the hub of bicycle life: High Flange.