RACING ON SUNDAY

RACING ON SUNDAY


By Mike Cushionbury

?How?d ya do, Mike??
?I beat Ron.?
?How?d you do Ron??
?I double flatted and rode the last lap on just a front rim?
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?Can I get by??
     ?Earn it, pal. This is a race not a procession.?
?I?m not in your class, I?m three age groups behind you. That means I have already put nine minutes on you.        ?Hey, aren?t you that magazine guy??
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?Hey Mike, how?d it go??
?I caught almost everyone in the class ahead of me. I must have done well??
?I hate it when they start the beginner women directly ahead of the expert class.?
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?I can?t believe how fast our class is. Everyone trains like pro road racers and takes it so seriously.?
?Hey, Mike, do you know the guy who won? He said this was his first race.?
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?Mike, did you see who won our class??
?No, but I saw who lost.?
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?Mike, did you do well??
?I did OK, mid-pack. But I would have got fifth in my old class.?
?What was that, Expert, age 25-29??
?Heavens no, Sport, age 15-18.?
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?I?m so bummed, I would have got top five easy, maybe top three but I pinch-flatted on a rock and DNF?d.?
?I know what you mean, Mike, I got two pinch flats in that rock garden. It took me all of two laps to catch back on. Last time I use 370 gram semi-slicks?
?Hey, Mike, how do those tubeless tires work? It must be great to not worry about flats.?
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?Mike, what happened? I didn?t see your name on the results.?
?Man, I started in really good position. Top five probably. I felt great but the dust was so bad off the start that I must have got some kind of dust-induced asthma. I had to pull off and lie down before the singletrack.”
?Hey, guys. Can you believe they started us on pavement and that we had to ride a mile down that highway before we hit the first singletrack.?
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?My legs feel like lead, I must not have ridden enough last week.?
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?My legs feel like lead, I must have ridden too much last week.?
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?Hi, Mike, I?m glad you?re home. Why are you so late??
?I had to stick around for awards.?
?Oh, all your friends were on the podium again.?


 

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