2017 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships
Sunday June 26, 2017 | Knoxville, TN
Turns out you can do a lot on peanuts and Gatorade, but not everything.
101km (Women); 176km (Men)
Less than yesterday.
The Four Points Sheridan is mostly a non-event of a hotel. It’s nice and boring and basic. Which, that’s a win really, when you think about it. The underground parking is mildly inconvenient but otherwise very reliable. The ceiling of the first room they put me in leaked all over my luggage and my laptop. According to Tim, the Sheraton’s chief engineer, the leaking was due to recent heavy rains. Thanks for that, Tim. Anyway, he was very apologetic and moved me directly to a non-leaking suite equipped with a refrigerator and multiple TVs. Sure, my running shoes were soaked with ceiling water and my laptop has some weird stains on it now, but like Tim said, the ceiling was only leaking because it rained—obvs nothing to be done about that.
- Eat breakfast with Kiel, Jordan, Kiel & Jordan’s baby, Alex and Jesse. ✓
- Experience a change in weather from yesterday. Mostly ✓… ✓-
- Stay hydrated, manage blood sugar, walk to “The Hill” and back. ✓- (Turns out you can do a lot on peanuts and Gatorade, but not everything.)
- Celebrate the 1-2 finish I’ve been wanting to celebrate for the last four years. X (THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR.)
- Amber Neben (Team Velo Concept), 2:49:34
- Coryn Rivera (Sunweb), +0:11
- Ruth Winder (Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling), st
- Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport, 4:20:45
- Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman, s/t
- Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team Lotto NL – Jumbo, s/t
There wasn’t one that Kevin could find, so enjoy Daniel’s: “Roll out from yesterday’s start/finish cave-camp under all the freeway overpasses, this time in the opposite direction, roll through the loading dock part of town, ride over a bridge, go around a large hill, ride past what I’m calling a curious and interesting assemblage of Knoxville residents, go up a steep as fuck hill, roll down the other side side of the hill (also steep as fuck), ride to the end of a freeway that stops like a dead-end in a forest (apparently nobody checked with the city of Knoxville until the last minute about plans to build a major interstate through a bird sanctuary or some shit—and apparently Knoxville was NOT into it), ride back into town, repeat fourteen times.”
I High Points and Low Points from Road Nationals
- Mike Creed talking about how the scariest guy out there is the guy who just won't quit. He can't do it. He doesn't know how to do it. He won't do it. That guy. He’s scary. He’s not to be fucked with.
- Warbasse rolling past me on the way to his first place podium spot saying, “I love you Manual for Speed.” (We love you too, Larry.)
- While walking down “The Hill”, Stefan Rothe of Elbowz came past on the front of a group and shouted “KNIFE FIGHT” at me.
- Kyle Murphy asking me to double tap is rear shifter for good luck.
- Kyle Murphy talking about how Nationals is just a race. Like every other race. But everyone freaks out and turns it into something else. But A) it’s just race and B) if you prepare and train your whole life for racing, and you use visualization for winning races, but you see Nationals as something other than a race, then you’re throwing all that training and practice and visualization work away for no good reason at the wrongest possible time,
- Kyle Murphy wondering out loud if he could legitimately order the Patriot Cup from the snow cone car, or if because he didn't win today’s race that would make him a poseur.
- Dave Towle talking about revisiting the creation of a pilot for Strap A Shark To It (Click here if you have no idea what that is.). And describing in detail how confused he was about the guy with the broadsword and the wolfskin (head included) cape in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. Did he work there? Was that a gig? Did he make minimum wage? Is this a thematic Holiday Inn? Et cetera et cetera. Until he learned that the Fanboy trade show was in town. Which he assumes is what that sword guy is all about. And not, it turns out, a valuable member of the Holiday Inn staff.
- Making plans to LARP with Samurai Swords in Mt Tabor park sometime this summer with Kyle Murphy.
- Learning about the coolest composite Rafting and Cycling Team for the Cascade Cycling Classic currently being organized by two of Manual for Speed’s favorite Kasual Klub members and World Tour racers.