I was awaiting a shiny new kit delivery to go with Ingrid the brilliant blue race machine. I had plans to announce my new team and racing plans for 2014 right here on this very blog, eagerly visited by my 1-3 followers, with a picture of me in all my new gear.
I traveled down to SoCal a few weeks back to take part in my first San Dimas, Redlands, and Sea Otter experiences. My kits and new teammates took me in like a cute fluffy puppy out of a cardboard ‘free’ box. The racing did not disappoint. It was difficult and hot and so much fun. I puked and rallied in the Sea Otter road race and found a Vanderkitten who had flatted and we were able to chase back on together, phew, I would have hated to stay dropped from 10 miles in. The world knows I could never quit a race I start and that would have been a sad a lonely day by myself. Alas, I was able to get back on and have a fun race. Lesson learned: no kombucha before race time.
But this post is not to report on the racing so much as to sketch out, however vaguely, the events that transpired over the past week and left me single and ready to mingle (don’t worry, I’m bike-racing single, I still have that wonderful Trevor to keep me company). Through a series of events that I may never really know the details of, my team is no more. It’s not as though everyone has vanished into thin air, they all just parted ways and there are no more of the original riders left on the NRC squad. My bikes, wheels, kit, helmets have gone back to where they came from and I came home to Portland. It was a tumultuous few days, but I am happy to be home and left the team situation on good terms with all the parties involved. I am very grateful for the experiences I was able to have and the wonderful humans I was able to meet during my brief time with the group. I am very thankful to them all. Here are some pictures by Kristy Morrow of our team and guest rider racing at Redlands.
I also got to spend the better part of a week with the Sanders crew in Santa Cruz in between races. Greg and I got some shred time in on mountain bikes and there was lots of quality time with him and his folks. They are some of my favorite people and I was so glad our trips overlapped! We did a Sunday spin together and Pat (Greg’s mom) totally hopped up on a curb like it was no big deal and Jim attacked the crap out of us up a climb! They are super crushers.
So now what?
My official USA Cycling status is ‘unattached’.
I filled in a few of my close friends and supporters of my bike racing and my tale was met with overwhelming support. I have been blown away by the generosity of the community around me and I am the luckiest to have the friends I have. I had no expectations for all the amazingness and am very proud to announce I am being sponsored by HiFi Wheels and Veloforma Bicycles for the rest of 2014!
I’ve been on Veloforma bicycles for the lions share of my time as a bike racer and I have had nothing but good hearty adventure times on the bikes. I still have the The Race Fox (Strada SLR) in my stable and she can hardly wait to be back at the big races with me this season.
HiFi Wheels are built right here in Portland, Oregon and they are superfast and light, so stoked! And who doesn’t want wheels that have really good graphics? They are well made on all accounts and I am proud to be rocking them for 2014.
But what to wear? Now I will have more time to ride in my Velocio kit, which I am super stoked on. I am sincerely excited about advocating for this new line of cycling apparel that puts women at the forefront and center of their design process. My messy braid even snuck right into Bicycle Retailer this month in the Light Long Sleeve Jersey. Nothing says unattached like a mostly black kit, eh?
Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer to not do bikes solo. I’ve almost never raced without at least one teammate and I have a terrible time even considering the thought of going it alone. I have been able to secure guest rides for most of the rest of my season, so game on! I get to mingle with all sorts of temporary teammates, what more could I ask for? Here is my tentative race schedule, most of which I have secured guest riding for.
Sea Otter RR
To race in the future times:
Tour of The GIla, Silver City, NM - April 30-May 4
Tour of California Circuit Race, Sacramento, CA - May 11
Northstar Grand Prix, Twin Cities, MN - June 11-15
Cascade Cycling Classic, Bend, OR - July 15-20
Tour of Park City, Park City, UT - August 2nd *interested in guest riding here*
I also plan to sneak in Baker City Cycling classic if work doesn't kill me first! My work, and especially coworkers, have been totally amazing. There will be a post on them soon because it deserves it’s own space! In the mean time, check out some Danner Boots.
For now, I am a happy bike racer who still gets to complete what I set out to do this season; play bikes super hard at most of the NRC races. Eff yeah bikes!