Is it possible to HYPE nationals five days after it's over? I'm not sure. But I started looking at these numbers and I got psyched for the 2016-17 'cross season, so it was good for something.
I wrote about the crossresults vs USAC predictions last week, but now we can look at what actually happened!
The problem is that you really can't judge the quality of a prediction off a single trial. Take, for example, my latest favorite thing to hate: Powerball. Anyone who bought a Powerball ticket I would predict to lose. However, some people won Powerball -- but that doesn't mean the prediction that they were going to lose Powerball was the wrong prediction, right?
Nevertheless, it's fun to look at, anyway. Let's go.
Katie Compton collected her 12th title in a row, but Georgia Gould gave her the toughest run for her money she's gotten in a long time. Guess whose got two thumbs and a website that predicted Georgia on the podium? this guyyy…
The Bearscat 50 was awesome. Will I ever have time to write about it? Probably not! But Christin won so that's all you really need to know.
The reason I have no time to write about 5+ hours of slippery bike racing is that I have to make phone calls (nooooooooo) and write emails (okaaaaaaaaay) and visit businesses (!!!!!!!) to make the Greenfield Crit happen along with Lydia Hausle and the Back Bay Cycling Club.
This is the grandest race promotion venture I have ever been part of. We have been to TOWN MEETINGS! We have passed out flyers to ABUTTERS who were either CONFUSED, SUPPORTIVE, or CRANKY! We applied for GRANTS! We have a CLINIC! We have EQUAL PRIZE MONEY! Thanks to Lydia this is WAY MORE TIGHT than [insert Weasels event here] and you don't need to worry about the venue changing or US RUNNING OUT OF TOILET PAPER! It is going to BE SO AWESOME THAT EVAN HUFF IS COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR IT.
Like any first year event, we HAVE NO IDEA WHO IS COMING AND IT'…
Hey, remember when I wrote race reports? You might think that I stopped race reporting because blogging is dead (tm), but actually it's because I hurt my IT band in February and have barely ridden, nevermind raced, this year. The cause of the injury? I walked up a canyon for 5 minutes, rock climbed for 2 hours, and then walked back to the car. Yeah, that's it. Well that and 34 years of being alive and doing god knows what to imbalance my body. But in any case... rough times for the brand.
I've been slowly returning to functionality since then and have recently got back to the point where I can ride a mountain bike for 2 whole hours straight (!) as long as I stand up a lot to reduce hip/knee angles. And since I need to race bikes like a shark needs to swim to breathe, I signed up for the Thunder Mountain Enduro since it had less than two hours of total pedaling in it, and you barely pedal in the actual racing parts (lol jinx).