Sunday, December 6, 2009

Poor Buttercup

I was in route to the USGP yesterday. The roads were a little icy. As I was stopped in the turn lane so that I could get on Hwy 26 I was rear ended by a car. Buttercup took a hit. The front wheel, a carbon rimed wheel no less, was totaled. My fresh Easton EC90 crankset--a replacement for the one that had to be warrantied after a my first cross race on the bike that had only been installed two days before--took a direct hit. It looks OK, but judging by the scar it caused in the hood of the car, I don't really trust it. The Easton EC90SLX fork is suspect as well. But worst of all, The frame was pressed into the rear mounted bike rack. There is a nice set of cracks in the downtube and a small dent in the seat tube. Pisser. I was crushed. I am confident that insurance will pay for Neil to replace/repair it and pay for replacement of the other parts but what a bummer. Oh and I missed the race of course.


I did race today, but I sucked it up. I was near the very back at the starting line. Course was set up so that it was very difficult to pass. It also wasn't technical enough, or the weather was too nice rather and so it wasn't a difficult course. Fitness was a big issue. I just could pass enough people and then on the third lap my brake went into the wheel after some guy kicked the brake when he dismounted. I didn't realize what happened and so it took me a bit to figure out what was going on. Lots of guys passed me and I was totally demotivated at that point. I passed a few more guys but by then the field was way too stretched out to make any difference. I think I was 50th out of 72 in the regular C race. Whatever, it doesn't matter...

Poor Buttercup.

3 comments:

William said...

Poor bike indeed

Manicmtbr said...

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icmeado1 said...

wow .. a whole bunch of bad things (sick, car crash, missing races) and still you keep on racing!!