Monday, April 18, 2011
USAC National Championships...
USAC race was this weekend down south in Chula Vista Ca aka Mexico. As usual the actual USAC race was fairly small with the majority of heavy hitters saving their cash and not bothering with the days events. Ive always been curious as to why USA Cycling doesnt spice up the event by actually giving some serious support for winners in classes. Im sure if you put up some real cash towards worlds expenses you would see a faster team USA challenge effort, and bigger numbers across the board. But if USAC is happy with weak numbers I guess who am I to tell them different? I raced class only and went 2,2,2 in motos behind my least favorite rider so felt pretty good but my first straight has been pretty weak lately and I live and die by my first straight if I aint holeshottin a race you might not wanna count me for a win, I dont pass people often so if I aint winnin to turn 1 things arent going as planned LOL. Lane 4 in the main next to Brandon Panuccio who owns the rights to the class and is probably unbeaten all year so I knew I was gonna have a rough time gettin started, but he is a stand up dude and didnt bother cuttin me off so it worked out chill. Hit turn 1 in 4th and followed Jake Brown and Homo through the 2nd straight while Brandon was already at the podium waiting for the rest of us haha. Jake cheats death over the triple into turn 2 and would live to tell about it but not for long... Half way through the rhythm he bonks one roller and thats all it takes at full speed for a rhythm to go horribly wrong. I was delighted to see bodies flyin everywhere and swerved through the wreckage, but hot on my left came Cupcake Trevor Cummings who had a better line through the crash and just walked by me for the brief moment I was in 2nd. So I shuffled back to 3rd and thank god that chipper didnt get by as well. He had reminded me all day about how bad he was "snappin" me. Free bit of information here people. Just because your moving in the gate before me, or you even beat me by a wheel as the gate drops, until you have taken one pedal stroke in front of me please do us all a favor and save your comments about snappin me so hard for your girlfriend at the finish line. Its like the equivalent of me going to the Olympics and hittin the 100yd. dash with Usain Bolt and getting blown away and then walkin up to him and saying "I still tied my shoes before you did". Your an idiot, think before you open that hole in your face.
Notable mentions below...
James Stewart with the SX win, keeping things interesting in that sport.
3D had trouble with the first jump all weekend but still podiumed on Sunday and maintains a healthy points lead.
Sharrah is still going fast, and Herman is in his groove again. nice.
Marquise needs to figure out if he wants to trail ride or race, because doing both didnt work well near the finish line.
BMX is very expensive.