Friday, October 29, 2010

SCCCC Mountain Bike Championships

Kick off at 10am Saturday morning starting with the Men B short track... See everyone there, results will be posted when we get internet, check for updates on SCCCC twitter feed: @SCCCC. Good luck to everyone racing!

Monday, October 18, 2010

How will you be remembered

There is no moment more defining in a mountain bike race than the winner crossing the finish line. That photo of the victory will go into the annals of the SCCCC's history as one of the great triumphs of your career; when that photo is taken, how will you be remembered.

Yes my friends, more important than your technical skills, speed, endurance, is how you pose for that finish line photo op. There are few things to remember when preparing your "moment in time" first, if there another rider seconds behind or ahead of you... go faster beat them, then like the roadie you really are (winning a sprint and all) raise your skinny fists to the heaven!
Normally however, races aren't won by close finishes, they are won by gaps of 30 plus seconds, giving the new champion a few moments to savor the moment. In this situation, it is imperative the winning rider not give in to the urge to "get the race over" but, indeed, to pay honor to the crowd by giving the victory salute of a lifetime. But what is right for you? Here are a few of the more famous options.

 There is the "Lift the bike gloriously into the sky" because without me, the bike is nothing, without the bike, I am nothing and what a better way to pay tribute to your trusty steed.

"Worship the ground/Kiss the ground" because we aren't racing on lava or water, it is okay to pay tribute to the course. It is the course that makes the race after all and it is all about how a rider handles the course that determines the winner. Plus, a face full of dirt and sand after all that racing isn't such a bad way to end a great day.

Grabbing one's flag is always a classic. This shows pride for school or country but should only be attempted by those with superior handling skills, but who are we kidding, you fixing to win the biggest race of your young life, so go for it, grab that school flag your teammates are handing you and fly it proudly my friend!

There are so many more amazing victory salutes out there for you to try. If you're not sure what you want to do, practice, ride around the park and have a friend practice handing a flag up for the finish, practice dismounting, hoisting the bike over your head and walking for 10 meters or so. Don't however practice kissing the ground, that's just nasty. So no matter you decide, do something memorable, you're going out with a victory, might as well go out with style and class as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cyclocross News

Registration is open for USA Cycling Cyclocross Collegiate National Championships

Information is still pending on the SCCCC 2010-11 cyclocross season as a few promoters have stepped up but are awaiting feedback on the number of interested riders.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mountain Bike Nationals Riders Announced

Congratulations to the SCCCC riders that have qualified for the USA Cycling - Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA hosted by University of Nevada at Reno.

Conference Call ups at nationals

Division 1 - Shane Haga (Texas A&M)
Division 2 - Andrew Cork (Baylor)

Texas A&M

Chad Haga
Kevin Lovelace
Peter Hartwig
Tom Schafer
Shawn Small

University of Texas - Austin

Kyle Johnson
Matthew Stottlemyre

Texas State University - San Marcos

Austin Stewart

Monday, October 4, 2010

Can the Hagas be beat?

(Short version: no) Aggies Chad Haga and younger brother Shane (both McKinney, TX) dominated the Men's A racing this weekend at Rocky Hill Ranch hosted by Texas A&M but it wasn't a clean sweep for the Aggies. The Men's C races had a couple of winners with Bowman Maze (Austin, TX) from Texas State taking Saturday's short track event and the University of Texas' Chris "Aussie" Watkins (Melbourne, Australia) taking the cross country race. In the Men's B racing, the Aggies had their way with Ben Silva (San Antonio, TX) taking the cross country and short track races. In the women's racing, the "Battle for the Lone Star State" heated up as A&M's Katelyn Spradley (Edmond, OK) and Texas' Chelsea Lawson split the short track and cross country respectively.

The SCCCC now takes a few weeks off while we send riders off to mountain bike nationals at Lake Tahoe. Racing comes back October 30-31 in Glen Rose, Texas for the conference championships where glory will be earned, dreams will be broken and a great time will be had by all.