So, I listened . At Jackson Park I squeezed into a sausage suit, much to the displeasure of most in attendance, and proceeded to go from 10th to 80th over the course of less than 30 minutes. I hit the deck twice – and once was caught on film by the ever perfectly positioned Bill Draper:
Leading up to this race I started having some conversations with a few others who share my plight. One of the things that makes Cross so great is that everyone can race for something. Whether it’s 1st, 20th, or better yet – racing for that great handup.
Personally I race for world peace, but you know how my racing goes. Alas it appears we’ll have wars for at least the next few months, but enough of the political posts…
During my discussions with 2 key individuals a new idea was born. We decided to start the first ever “Sausage-Cross”. This will be a race within the race so to speak. The idea was to put a lot of industry people who never get a chance to train or even ride between races and give them something to gun for.
The winner, and here’s where it gets fun, would be dubbed the “Sausage King of Chicago”. After some quick deals it looks like Pactimo is going to step in with a great custom skinsuit for the winner – made up to look like Ferris Beuller. No shiz.
Catch: We don’t all race the same category. We also aren’t all men….or fat….
Solution: Panel. Judging on categories. Judging at the whim of brutal “friends”.
So the participant list as of now – will be added to as we go:
Robert Curtis (PSIMET – Me)
Scott Van Maldegium (Giant Rep) <– My nemisis
Rich Smott (Pactimo Rep) <– Once again Rich has welcomed a new baby into his family. He’s about as rested and ready as someone who has never raced before….
Mia Moore (West Town Bikes) <– doesn’t fit the mold. That’s why we like her.
Delfino Para (Higher Gear) <– call him what you want but he’ll still beat you on the course.
Andrew Zens <– because he hates me so good
Every Monday I will list the performances of the participants. I will then post anything they want to add in their defense. The judges will give out “points” based on each participants achievements in the following areas:
Results – Raw performance. Judges will give points based on how well they think each participant raced. It’s up to them whether they think good racing should be rewarded or punished.
Participation – This will be a rating of how much the participant contributed to the racing community or race scene that particular week. Brought a tent to share? Great. Fixed someone’s bike right before their race? Awesome. Stayed all day and cheered/heckled? Better. Help tear down and pack up the course….now you’re getting it.
Flair – Abe Frohman wasn’t a punk, but he wanted to be. This will be a rating on how much the participant “brought” that week. Unique handup? Supreme heckling? Outrageous kit/costume? This is a direct measure of how much the participant has added to what make cross in general and Chicago cross specifically the great scene that it is.
In true “whose line is it anyway” style the points will then be added up and the Sausage King (Queen) of Chicago will be announced.
See you Sunday. In my skinsuit again. I hope it rains.