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  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   3 hours 15 min ago

    It's our own fault, trying to promote 'cross as a fringe sport that welcomes crazy behavior from the riders (particularly the riders in the lower classes, many of whom are just out for a good time and don't care too much where they place), and then we get our knickers all bunched up when we slowly transition from good, clean fun to hooliganism on the part of the fans.

    If we expect 'cross to be a competitive, RESPECTED sport, we really, really need to dial back on the BS, the beer and/or bacon handups, the heckling, and most importantly, dousing riders with beer. Don't recall the author, but read an article sometime in the last few days where it was pointed out that if you're stopping for a beer, you're not really racing and in the pro/elite ranks, there's no place for it.

    We can't have it both ways, either we're fringe or we're not.

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   4 hours 30 min ago

    So can you spray beer on cyclocross people if they are wearing a costume of some sort?

    Obviously you do not want to spray folks in skinsuits, as that will compromise the aerodynamics, which is important when you are riding through mud at 12mph.

    Also, if the rider's name has a 'Van' in it, they are probably very 'famous athletes' (in holland) and should not be sprayed.

  • Reply to: 2014 - Boulder Cup   15 hours 39 min ago

    thats a team out of SLC.

  • Reply to: 15mph is Safe and Courteous   1 day 7 hours ago

    I had to read this a few times. Is it just me?

  • Reply to: 2014 - Boulder Cup   1 day 9 hours ago

    J.Page did take a bottle in the pit with only two laps left to go - after the cutoff.

  • Reply to: 2014 - Boulder Cup   1 day 11 hours ago

    At the race yesterday and I had two questions (maybe three):

    Why was J. Page dq'ed?

    Why do so many of the riders appear unattached on the BRAC results? I was trying to figure out what team had the olive drab kits with the fighter plane shark mouth on the thigh. They're sponsored by Jamis, and there were a couple of them, so they're definitely not unattached.

  • Reply to: 15mph is Safe and Courteous   1 day 12 hours ago

    It may be convenience only, but it is still the wildly pervasive norm.

  • Reply to: 2014 - Good Sam Bike Jam   1 day 14 hours ago

    My husband and I were unfortunately not able to attend last Saturdays race. I'm not sure if I had ordered a jersey. I was hoping you could check and if so how I would be able to retrieve it. Phone or email please. # 970-227-4116.
    Thank you,
    Kerry Troccoli

  • Reply to: 15mph is Safe and Courteous   1 day 14 hours ago

    Convenience only....

    Left Side
    If you visit your local park, you might notice that the majority -- if not all -- of the dog owners you see have their dogs heel to their left. The reasoning for this is not complex or mysterious. Since the bulk of the population is right-handed, this style of dog walking developed out of pure convenience. If a walking dog remains on an individual's left side, it doesn't stop said person from being able to conduct normal activities with her right hand, whether unlocking the car door, signing for a delivery package or picking up the phone.
    Guide Dogs
    Guide dogs undergo extensive training to learn how to properly assist their owners. Guide canines all are taught to heel to the left, similarly to most pet dogs. Some exceptions do exist, however. If a guide dog's owner has any medical problems with his left arm or hand, right-side training is necessary for any guide animals he employs.
    Your Choice
    Although the left side seems to be the societal norm for dog walking, the decision can actually be up to you. Trainers and show dogs are all about one specific side, but dog owners can choose either right or left, whichever they prefer.
    Encouraging Your Dog to Walk on Your Preferred Side
    If you're training your pooch to heel to your left, begin and make sure he is standing directly to the left of you. Make sure your left hand is equipped with a few yummy treats -- an incentive to get him moving and following your instructions. Then place your left hand directly in front of your cutie's face so he can see and smell the tasty food you are holding. Finally, proceed to move. If he stays on the left, walks smoothly and keeps up with you, enthusiastically say, "Good boy!" to him and offer him a treat prize. Continue this repeatedly throughout the duration of your walk.