Late last summer I bailed on a scheduled flight from Salt Lake City to Denver. It was one of my classic (calculated) last minute spontaneous decisions that had everything to do with maximizing the experience. It stayed with me and became a sort of foreshadowing in my own personal narrative (and that of my team(s)).
SIDENOTE: I should mention that I spent several minutes pondering the overall effect of my potentially selfish decision on my team (who pays my travel). I checked the ticket, they paid $99 for the trip and it would cost them another $75 more in bike fees if I took the flight, it would cost exactly $0 (and spare my legs another trip through the air) if I jumped in a heavily decaled sporty car instead. So I did the only thing I could really do and and took the ride with a young woman I'd briefly spoken with (once) a couple days earlier.
I could tell we were going to get along from our previous brief interaction and the seemingly similar (culturally) teams we each came from. She has good energy and a knack for instigating music video creations on road trips (I was to soon learn). We talked a lot. When we weren't talking, we were singing along terribly to music. Some of our conversation was about bike racing, more was on the subject of love and misadventures in romance, all of it was good.
Fast forward to a few short months ago when our teams decided to merge to create a superteam. I'm hellastoked to be a part of this new group founded by two well grown women's cycling programs, Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling. I am honored to embark on another year of bike adventure heavily focused on criterium racing with appropriate sprinkles of stage races and gravel jams. As I get deep into my winter bike riding games, I feel a growing excitement for meeting up with my teammates (old and new) and getting after that glory and beauty we all keep chasing in this sport.
eff yeah bikes.
p.s. I should mention the lady subject of most of this post is the one and only Lauren De Crescenzo. If you don't know her now, you surely will soon.