“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” - Fitzgerald
Much like the race experience , the cyclocross season exists completely within and without. A self-contained and self-replicating(?) ... thing, you cant be in it without it but once you are in it it's really all of it...you know? The race itself is "only" 45-60 minutes. It's short, they say. It's also the LONGEST 45 to 60 minutes of your recent life while simultaneously ending what seems to be (after one or two bobbles and (jeez! there's no way that...) no crashes (!)) it's over. There's also the start... which sometimes makes me feel that TIME IS A SHAM. The roll-up and "three minutes" call till bwweeeeep is painfully slower as your race-giddy heart leaps into what feels like your throat. Sure sure just tighten my gloves again no no this 4th time will be good...just totally doing the foot pedal bobble. Nearly an eternity. I'm sure we all spend such time focusing on the infinite subtleties of cyclocross and realize it becomes the overall complete experience. In fact, I know we all do. It's what keeps us attentive. It's omnipresent. That, and every race is pretty much the same, right? Ritual complete.
I adore the OBRA community. We're incredibly special in what we have all created together. There's continual improvement as a general accepted behavioral principles. There's kindness and competition. We're gonna be changing in lots of ways here soon but let's work together and keep our shit on track. Look out and after one another. There's another thing I can't emphasize enough: disagreement and disrespect must remain absofuckinglutly mutually exclusive. Our expanding community will undergo change as we develop and we must remember that we will and should disagree, but we'll never move past conflict without agreement, compromise and mutual respect. I'll leave it there. Fortunately, cross races are NOT real life, yet a physical and somewhat delirium driven blend of escapism, absurdity and hilarity. I'm trying to remember that.
I guess all I have to say is thanks. First and foremost you anyone who works for, volunteers, fundraises, marshalls, does tech stuff...WHATEVER for OBRA. We cannot give you enough earned praise. This year was incredible. The courses were fantastic, and much respect on the Bend course design. Ho-lee-shit. Thumbs up emoji. Chicken emoji. Also, thanks to anyone who puts on a race. Labor of love. We love what you do for us even if we sometimes whine about it on the internet or the drive home. To friends new and old. To the other media people out there, you other photogs and videogs. I see you...you're working hard too, keep at it. And lastly, you. The reader. The viewer. The heckler. Thank you. For taking time out of your busy life to read and see what's on here, sometimes I stay up way too late working on this stuff!
See you soon. I heard someone on sunday say, "I'm over it! 100 days until Omloop". #roadiscoming