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Lee - the Chatfield course with its rocky beach run and the steep up-the-bluff run from the beach was one of the first CX races I did. I also remember an early state championship at some construction company location in Boulder and the races on the automobile track in Mead with a big dirt pile for the main run-up. Fun times ... except for the flip-over pedals with toe straps.
2 months ago on Looking Back: A Column by Lee Waldman
Josh- Good column and I'm glad to see that you're back hammering CX courses after the chemo. I went through colon cancer surgury and six months of every-other-week chemo back in 2009-2010. Rough stuff, and it has taken a while to get back to a pre-chemo level of fitness. Best of luck!
2 years, 1 month ago on You Pick Yourself Up: A Column from Josh Schwiesow
The Madison decision was not good IMHO. Although I'm as old as Lee and much slower, I love CX ... but not enough to race in Siberia in the winter. I'm sure that the Madison community will be a great host for the event, but numbers will undoubtably be down compared to what might have been in a more moderate climate.
In terms of the "grow CX-grass roots" aspect, I don't see USAC as even being a player at this point. Local clubs and related organizations are the front-line troops for that effort, and small entry-level events that attract new CX racers can be done in a more efficient manner by not going through USAC. Here's a local example: http://www.angelo.edu/services/fitness_wellness/documents/CX_Series_BikeOnly_2011.pdf
2 years, 11 months ago on Viewpoints: From a Master to a Woman, Coast to Coast