|Atop Woody Gap Sunday morning. Wonderful.|
(2) Race. Kind of disappointing. Ok, but not stellar. Completely broken by the finish, which I hate, and clearly a sign that I'm a long way from anything resembling form. (And I know that no one that finished behind me wants to hear that crap, but, you know, it's my blog...)
|Managed 5th in the old guy class. Yay for mid-life?|
(3) Event. Pretty sub-par. Last year I sort of gave them a pass, but this year I was really pretty disappointed how sort of tossed together everything seemed. Always sort of obnoxious for racers to do this sort of calculation, but J.B. and I were asking ourselves what it was that our $80 bought us. Not much. In terms of the event being a _special_ event, of the four ultraCX events I've done, Iron Cross certainly wins. Three Peaks & Hilly Billy next. SX is bringing up the rear. By a lot. I mean, the course is cool. All the potential is there. It just needs a little tender loving care.
(4) T-shirt design/2014 logo. Really?
|Too much baggage with that symbol. Bury it. Let it die.|
Who in their right mind still thinks it's ok to glorify the stars and bars? I've lived in the south. I get it. I know it's called the "Southern Cross." I know it figured in the old Georgia state flag. It's all very clever and punny and whatever. But, still, I don't get it. I mean, it's too bad, because aesthetically it really is a cool flag (and t-shirt/logo design). No doubt. But context (always!) matters. And that design is just...no. (Funny, only after making it so obvious this year did I recognize that the stars and bars made their way into past designs as well...just much more subtly.) So what am I supposed to do now with that t-shirt? I mean, I can't even give it to a thrift store. SX, I love you. Race promoters everywhere, I love you. But seriously. Think.
I don't mean to end on a sour note. I loved coming down to the race this year just as I did last (and I'll probably come again in 2015). The course is awesome, the environment was awesome, I loved seeing old buddies and making a few new ones.
Long live bike racing... Racing bicycles is awesome.