The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: ‘Twas the Night (Week) Before the Season
Twas the night before Rochester and all through the house
All the creatures were stirring, packing up to get out.
The bikes were racked on the cars at the ready,
Our bike shoes were packed, our wheels trued and steady.”
(You get the idea, anyway. I’m psyched!)
A couple of weeks ago, I said it was the final countdown. I lied. This truly is the final countdown, with under two weeks until the first UCI race of the season in Rochester, New York. It’s a pretty awesome course, though last year I was so bogged down with mud from the race in Vermont the day before that I’m pretty sure my bike had an extra pound or two of weight — a pound of mud and a pound of rust from dipping the bike in the lake at Nor’Easter to clean it — and I was seeing spots the entire race. This year, though, I’ve made a promise to myself and to my framebuilder in a style similar to marriage vows (but arguably more serious since, hey, this is about bikes) to love, honor, cherish and protect my new NFG Cycles bike.