Champs and chumps

Yesterday’s world-championship duel between Zdenek Stybar and Sven Nys was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Much better than the heavily pimped, darkly comical, one-sided feetsball contest that took place later that day in East Rutherford, Noo Joisey (based on media reports; I didn’t watch the thing).

It’s a shame that Lars van der Haar had such bad luck on the big day. He and Stybar have enlivened the business-as-usual ‘cross circuit this season, and the World Cup champion deserved better than a sixth-place finish at worlds. So it goes.

My ‘cross bikes stayed in the garage yesterday as winter maintains its clutch on Dog Country and I have no excess income to redirect toward emergency rooms and physical therapists. Instead, I broke out the old mountain bike again and spent an enjoyable if difficult hour crunching through old snow.

The north-south creekside bike path is in pretty fair shape. But it must be the only one getting plowed lately, because the eastbound trail from Mark Dabling to Union was a rutted, boot-print-pocked mess. Middle-ring, big-cog, 7-mph stuff, is what. I carved untracked snow wherever I could find it, because riding that is smooth like butta.  But crunching through the used stuff involves something of an ass-kicking, even with a suspension fork and seat post.

No worries. I’m sure that once City for Champions becomes a reality instead of an old white land developer’s wet dream we’ll have gold-plated hybrid snowplows working the trails the way a crack whore does South Nevada Avenue. Until then, I plan to keep a shovel handy. And not just for snow, either.

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12 Responses to “Champs and chumps”

  1. Steve O Says:

    Let me get this straight… They’re going to build these projects without a dime of public money… But they’ve already received $120 million via sales taxes?? That’s the sort of Republican fuzzy math I’ve come to expect.

  2. Craig Says:

    Thanks for the YouTube link, Patrick. Gripping stuff!

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Let’s get this straight indeed. 120 million in public money matched by 130 million in private donations. That’s roughly fifty fifty. I also strongly suspect that the City of Chumpions project will be sure to leave Joe Taxpayer in the lurch long before Joe FatCat loses a dime.

    Went to Albuquerque for the weekend and found a couple little items at a bike swap (lots of big items that I averted my eyes from). A genuine leather hair net from back when men were men and bikes were steel for ten bucks, and a pair of nearly pristine 700-42 cross tires for five bucks (apparently they didn’t fit someone’s bike), which promptly found a home on my Salsa LaCruz. They look quite snappy, are quite a bit lighter than my other heavy duty tires, and really do fill out that fork and rear triangle. I’m hoping for snow today so I can try them out in the yuck stuff on the way home from work.

    • Steve O Says:

      Same kind of math that let Sarah Palin claim to be a fiscal conservative when she was the only Alaskan mayor in 40 years to raise taxes.

      Or the kind of math that lets Eddie Munster Ryan submit a budget that includes theoretical savings from programs he’s killing.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    I caught the meat of the ‘cross race and also thought it entertaining to watch, especially when the best-in-the-world screw up and have to dab away with a too-short leg just like the rest of us, or just slide out and hit the deck. Too bad the bikes they were racing on had the logos of BIg Bully Burke and Kim Il Sinyard on ’em…made it hard to cheer for either.
    The feetsball thing – geez, we’ve been in Italy for the last few editions of the (kudos to Colbert) Superb Owl, so I’d forgotten what a load of mindless drivel and shameless commercialism that thing is…while the so-called game itself was 3 + hours of my life I’ll never get back. I pulled out Charlie Wegelius’ DOMESTIQUE after the first quarter. From what I’ve read over the years, these Stupor Bowls are rarely good games anyway, as the feetsball teams often play their best game just to make it into the big show.

  5. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    The link was great. Thanks.

    We must get government out of business! Is that my line or theirs? Takes some giant cojones to rip off the tax payer and then move on. These developers and sports teams are like locusts. Eat up the green and then move on. Now I am going to piss into the wind and see how that works out.

  6. Derek Lenahan Says:

    For some reason they seem to like the Midland trail section from Ridge Road east, It is always plowed.

  7. bromasi Says:

    Thanks for the vid, so much better then the super turd.

  8. karen Says:

    Go Steebie and Nys, two champions! Great to watch their battle! Went out riding during Stupor Bowl and surprised by a lot of traffic out and about–

  9. James Says:

    Took the day off from pigskin watching (not really since I haven’t in the better part of two decades) or cyclocrossing. However, since I am up to my eyeballs with work crap – as in crap at work – I am taking a personal day tomorrow to get in some more exploratory cycling up in the hills. Yippee!!! Just don’t tell the boss, since I want him to think I have a better offer on the table.

    Which, now that I think of it, I do!!! It is just too bad that I could never make any money being a pro cyclist.

  10. sherkat Says:

    I love how the Sporza guys call van der Haar “Jack Russell” and Mourey “the Ogre.” I was hoping to see the Frenchman past a few more Belgians, but I guess he blew his wad early.

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