True grit: Rooster Cogsburn squints into the wind

“OK, try to make me look good here, you hack.”

It was so bloody windy here yesterday that when I shifted gears, in that split-second when the chain was between cogs, I could feel myself shedding forward momentum.

“Lights, camera, action!”

Happily, I was riding mostly to shoot video for another Adventure Cyclist “Quick Spin,” which meant I spent as much time off the bike, playing director and cameraman, as I did on the bike as the “talent.” The wind’s not so much of an issue when you’re jogging between takes from camera to bike and back again.

The Air Quality Division’s health alerts over airborne dust are another matter entirely. But I’ve decided to think of those as a spa treatment. A free skin peel.

These trails are just south and east of El Rancho Pendejo, and if traffic’s light on Tramway it’s easy to forget there’s a minor metropolitan area right next door — so much so that I often don’t notice the constant low-level background hum of infernal combustion until I get home and start editing the video.

I’d yell “Quiet on the set!” but it’s pointless. Everyone’s wearing earbuds and/or has the windows rolled up.


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6 Responses to “True grit: Rooster Cogsburn squints into the wind”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Cogsburn. Cute.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Some wind and dust here today at Strade Bianche too. This year we got to see only one dirt sector as the growing popularity of this event now sees the roads closed down to non-race vehicles, so chasing the race from one dirt sector to the next is no longer possible.
    Oh for the daze when we were part of the few out on the course and the crowd in Siena’s Piazza Campo was small — not anymore!!!!
    But I suspect the dinner here at one of our faves will be as good as ever. Tomorrow we hit the Gino Bartali museum.

  3. Libby Says:

    Very nice jersey! It would be great if AC gave you a clothing allowance. Kidding! Just kidding.

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Gotta admit I wasn’t quite sure which way the wind was blowin’ there, PO’G , and whether a “squint” was literal or allegorical.

    You, Kind Sir, are a master of the English language, parody, wisdom, and self-deprecation.

    Good lookin’ trails there too. Ride on!!!!!!

  5. khal spencer Says:

    We were driving home from work up in Bombtown on Friday, headed east on NM 502. Sangre de Cristos were indistinct and purple from heavy dust in the air. Welcome to Spring in New Mexico.

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