Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"Sun Prairie Loves Molly Cameron."
The look on Molly's face was priceless.
The one I wish I heard was towards the end of day 2. As we went through the start finish with a couple laps to go the announcer called my name and said something about the fact that, "Brian Matter is in a Lalonde sandwich." According to a very reliable source, a Superfan Babe then busted out,
"I'd Like a bite of that Sandwich!"
Now that's priceless!
Next up???? Sheboygan or more Cyclocross?
Monday, September 29, 2008
After the race Saturday Andrea and I drove home so we could hang with Rosco. It was about 1:45 back to Sheboygan. I watched Penn State take a solid Big 10 victory then went to bed.
Sunday morning was a bit painful after racing behind the 8-ball for a full hour Saturday. By afternoon I was ready to let 'er rip one more time.
My start wasn't quite as good as day 1, but I was OK with that as I approached the race with a different strategy. I filtered in around 15 -18th wheel around the first corner. Midway through the first lap I was behind Tilford, but he was already opening gaps and not riding as strong as the rest of our group. I passed him on the run and then decided to chase down Molly Cameron. Within a half lap I caught and passed him and our group was formed.
I was feeling really good, and was riding steady and smooth. By midway in the race it was more or less Wisconsin weekend of racing as Marko, Jesse, and I were battling it out. A Swiss rider was latched on the back of our group, but I think he was at his limit. I was still feeling good and with 4 to go went to the front and started pushing the pace. Dropped the Swiss rider, but then went down in a corner. I think Marko and Jesse both rode over me and my bike. The Swiss rider caught me as I was getting up and Marko and Jesse has 5 seconds. I was able to catch back on with 1 to go. I went by Jesse, but Marko was motivated by the stars and striped dangling like a carrot 10 seconds ahead. We caught Johnson with one corner left, but it was pretty tough to pass at the end.
Maybe had I not crashed we would have caught TJ earlier and I would have been a little more fresh for the final lap. Nonetheless I am happy to score another top 10.
After the race I was baffled at my perceived effort compared to the day before, but pretty much the same result? Fast start and lots of suffering = slow start and no suffering???
Thanks to Madcross for putting on a great race, all the superfans, and all my sponsors who help me get to the races weekend after weekend.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I lead it OUT and suffered for it the entire race!!!! Only one way to learn to go fast and that is just bite the bullet and go fast! I passed Page in corner number 3 and led for 1/2 lap. Page passed me back and so did Wells. Wells rolled his tire and gapped me which was enough for Page to check out. I followed Baker for a lap. Suffered, followed Troy for a lap and couldn't recover, followed Bjorn and M. Mueller, couldn't recover. Then I took a lap for myself. Marko caught me and It was go time again. I had spent my matches though and could only follow him. With 2 to go I was done and hung on for 7th.
I guess Baker crashed pretty good, so maybe no go for him, but TJ will be there. Time to go rest up....
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
an aluminum custom frame from the BSG garage
2008 Team Gear Grinder
Monday, September 08, 2008
After the race Andrea and I went back to the cabin for some BLT's and a relaxing evening with Rosco and some Sunday Night Football in America.
The short race plus some hard efforts Sat should be perfect for next weekend! I'm pumped. I've heard rumors of Lance racing, but now I hear he's going back to the Tour. Who knows???