I spent the entire day yesterday on my bike in one of the finest cities in the country, Minneapolis. My intention was to deliver 2010 posters to a few different shops around the city. What I got was an incredible bike tour to over 11 shops with two wonderful friends, lunch at One on One, my first cross race ever, live music and free bacon.
It all started at Cars-r-Coffins at 11am. When I walked in Hurl was all dressed in Rapha and appeared to be headed out for a spin. I told him I was in town to deliver posters and that I had my bike with me. He asked if I wanted to ride. I said yes.
Our first stop was Calhoun Cycles. Next was a trip to the Alt and a quick chat with B-Rose at the Shockspital. This is where we picked up Matt as well. From there the three of us pedaled over to Penn on Lake and then up to Flanders. While we didn't get any carbon during our stop there, we did take a look at the new steel Bianchi and some old tires. Since Flanders was so close to Bob's Java Hut, we swung in for a Blenheims Ginger Beer and a quick chat about motorbikes. 27th and Dupont found us chatting with a gentleman about the shop he was beginning to open. Re-Cycle was pleasant, as was the Greenway Freewheel. Freewheel off Cedar and the Hub were both loaded with magnet filled cycling jackets more vintage rubber than you could shake a stick at. Varsity and Eriks in Dinky Town were must stops before heading over to see Chuck and Josh at Behind Bars. When we left Behind Bars we headed down through the hole in the fence and found our way to Blue Mounds. Across the tracks and over to One on One for a sandwich. A quick chat about the evenings cross race and we were off to South Lyndale. One quick poster drop at Sunrise and it was coffee and cookie time back at CRC.
After a quick break it was off the races, the underground cross races that is. Hurl had mentioned early in the day that there was an underground (off the path, not under the earth) cross race in the late afternoon. All day I couldn't commit to riding it, so when push came to shove and it was time to roll out, I flipped a coin...cross race it was. We left CRC and headed out towards Theo-Werth. The race was to be held at Glenwood Springs, we were riding and I had no idea where that was or where we were headed. A quick stop to pick up some "prizes" and we rolled into the abandoned property. When we arrived Brauer was busy marking the course and upon finishing he took a quick test lap...up the embankment, down the drive, around the garbage, through the glass, back around the garbage, through the tunnel of shit, through the glass, between the buildings and over the mangled door, through more glass, across the grass, down the tracks to the single track, across the tracks and back to the start finish.
A few more riders showed up and before I knew it we had begun the process of taking a lap, stopping and taking another. Three laps down, then four...a pause...then five. Take a break. Sixth lap put me into a solid second place. Then seven, and eight and one more for good measure. At the end I had locked up second place overall and first in the Clydesdale, Fixed and Out-of-Town categories (I'm pretty sure these categories don't actually exist though).
After a few laps filled with broken glass and the heavy smell of crap in the air it was time to head to the Triple Rock for some music and friends. Live music, great friends and free bacon...what more could I ask for. All in all it was a pretty solid day.
Thanks again to Hurl and Matt and Marshall and Nona and Steve. It was nice to see all of you. Also, it was nice to meet all the shop guys and past Almanzo riders like like B-Rose and Luke and Chuck and Bjorn and everybody else. Thanks Minneapolis.