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Rode with a World Champion today

Our most-decorated semi-regular Tuesday/Thursday-morning rider came out today, fresh from taking the Women’s World CycloCross Championship (50-54 age group) in Louisville Kentucky… that would be the always-classy Karen Brems. I wish I had been feeling good enough to spend time with her and hear the stories, but I’m still getting over this nasty cold bug so nearly all of the ride was, for me, in survival mode. Even though Karen was taking it pretty easy… everyone, in fact, was taking it pretty easy.

Everyone? Actually, I don’t know that to be the case. The start of the climb up Kings was easy, until I got dropped, and since Marcus showed up, and Kevin (pilot), and Chris, and George… the regular testosterone brigade… who knows what went on up there. But I do know that Todd, Karen and Eric were taking it relatively-easy. Thankfully it was a no-drop pace of Skyline, else I wouldn’t have got the video of my snot-rocket blessing. I didn’t know for sure that it came my way, yet I had the presence of mind to wipe the camera lens right afterward.

Local rider wins big at CycloCross World Championship!

Great to see hard work and determination pay off, as Karen Brems wins another world title. She comes out to our Tuesday/Thursday AM rides from time to time, and has always impressed me by sticking to her plan. Whatever was in her training schedule for how she was going to ride that day, that’s how she rode. Didn’t matter if that meant riding up slower than an old slow guy, or blitzing past at an anti-social pace. So different from me, where it’s more a matter of survival than style, and I’m just trying to get up the hill as fast as I can.