Hey quick question before we get started, does any one know how Cancellara is doing in the Wollen bei Bern Spring Series? No? How about Kittel, he doing alright in the Arnstadt Cup? No idea? Now why the fuck is that? I thought you like Pro cycling. Is it because even if those races existed the Pros wouldn’t be there? You’re god damn right. They would be piled in a team vehicle racing far away from their hometowns. Ergo, traveling to bike races is PRO.
Any NYC racer can tell you that park racing is a fact of life. The races are often the first venue in which any one of us swung our legs over a bike and raced strangers for upgrade points, plastic trophies, coffee money and/or XXL Beefy-T’s. For some they are easy points, for others a way to stay sharp for the big events out of town, for others still an opportunity to get action shots of their guns and rig splashed all over Facebook. Even amidst burning carbon brake tracks, first light start times and concerns about “that one guy in the threadbare 80’s skinsuit” they can still be a great deal of fun. HOWEVER they are decidedly un-PRO and remain a means to end.
So, then, what the hell has Arc been up to? Well, for those of you who understand foreshadowing or have been waiting for the gun to come of the wall: we have been Fabian Cancellara. Wait, no, sorry. We have been out of town racing bikes. Now we haven’t jetted across continents but we have been driving upstate “on the reg” (which is what I believe the kids say but only in an ironic reference to what kids said before I was a kid (not to get too deep into my interstitial cultural adolescence)) and as someone who has had too much Turnpike rest stop food I will say the nutrition has certainly been foreign. The Trooper Brinkerhoff series in Coxsackie (“CAWK SACK EEE” ~Nick C.) has been a blast and is honestly one of the best supported races, much less race series, that I have had the pleasure to race. The team has seen a bit of success in the event as well with Ian and Nick C grabbing a smattering a top 5’s and top 10’s in the C field and Drew grabbing a top 10 in the B’s. Arc also sent two brave emissaries to the Battenspring Classic and while yours truly had a mechanical and got to spend many long miles alone pondering the meaning of “you’re so stupid you stupid slow stupid,” Matt put in a good bit of strongman’s work en route to a top 10 placing. Full Bethel recap here.
Want to be on the lookout for Arc? Check for us at Trooper B and then onward to Battenkill. The next two weekends loom large for the team. Battenkill has/is a major rallying point for our early season goals and aspirations. While most of the team can take a look in the honesty mirror and know that they will crack before the finish line, we are also certain that each of us will win that race. As much as all the driving has served to further the narrative fiction that is local bicycle racing, the mileage undertaken in the shadow of Battenkill has paid dividends and the squad is closer and faster for it. No matter what the back of Nick C’s Jeep smells like.