Director’s Journal

Risking. Refining. Investing.

EuroCrossCamp IX is a wrap. What a fantastic group! And some really strong results as well. We haven’t seen consistent top-ten results in the juniors since 2005 and 2006 with Danny Summerhill, Bjorn Selander, and Alex Howes. And now look at those guys--all World Tour or Pro Continental for 2012! We had our final meeting last Friday night; here is the gist: Succeeding in bike racing (and life) requires taking calculated risks, constant refinement, and investment. Calculated Risks: seeing an opportunity like EuroCrossCamp and taking advantage of it; analyzing the potential benefits of such...

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narrowing the aperture

While Beth Ann Fennelly is describing the writing of poetry, she could be speaking about cyclocross racing: "So we sit down at our desk, what needs to happen, it seems is a concentration reallocation. Instead of paying 5% of our attention to twenty things, we need to spend 100% of our attention on the One Big Thing, in this case, the emerging poem" [again, in the context of EuroCrossCamp, the cyclocross race itself]. We are here, deep in the heart of Flanders, to race cyclocross. As fast, as smooth, as hard as we can. The "One Big Thing" here, right now, is cyclocross racing. We are strong...

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No Coward Path

Great discussion with my AP Lit students recently during our study of Beowulf.  I was asking them to make some modern connections, asking them if the heroic code by which the characters in Beowulf live—loyalty, bravery, honor, courage—had any application to our times, to our society, to our world.  One student maintained that the culture in Beowulf belongs to a different time period where glory and the warrior-code are unique and distinctly separate from any topical comparison.  Other students jumped in to the contrary, seeing my intention for them to go beyond the obvious manifestations...

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Implicity

Just finished up UCI Cyclocross Commission meetings in Brussels but had the opportunity to take in some racing at the Ruddervoorde Super Prestige Sunday. Without having to coach, direct, or work the pits, I had a bit of reflective time to take it all in. What's impressive about these races here is the level of organizational professionalism. Say what you will about Belgian domination, whine what you want about Belgian start money and the size of the top Euro contracts, but you can't argue with the production of these races. Success breeds success. The start/finish straight at Ruddervoorde?...

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In it

After getting in plenty of minutes with Sven at our recent UCI spring Cyclocross Commission meetings, I was able take a quick side-trip to visit a "resting" Sven Nys at his not-so-humble abode in Baal. I never let pass a chance to talk to the guy about all the good stuff: training ideas, his new team, coming to race in the U.S., the stories behind, for instance, his recent battles with Pauwels and the other Belgies on his way to overall GVA victory in Oostmalle. As seems to be our custom, the big concepts come up. This time, our conversation turned to Motivation. Before the trip, I had been...

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