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Fort Collins USGP - Saturday Report and Sunday Preview

Really great to be back in Colorado!  After all of the years being out here in Evergreen and Littleton, it was especially good to see a lot of friends and a big group of Calvin College alums. Great friends like Kevin, Sara, Rick, Kate, Mara, Rachel and Chris were cowbellin' and supporting the MiTCX 2012 Lets Get Dirty USGP Tour.  

On the Technical side...  nothing but the best.  Our Van Dessel fleet was tweaked to perfection by an old friend and cycling legend, Chuck Coyle (aka mayor of Boulder).  Chuck raced with BDub on Successful Living back in 07?  (good memory, just not very long).  I can remember the SL team living with a family in Chicago during the Alex Bros Hospital Tour back then.  The race was a great deal for the Hospital as Chris Horner (collarbone) and others paid way more in medical services than the Brothers Alex spent in sponsorship by my cyphering.  Now about the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010...  I digress, the point was that Chuck impressed us as a student of cycling and a pretty sharp dude.  Today he is a successful living entrepreneur as head of The Pros Stuff  This is a spectacular spot for you to troll for hard to find equipment, clothing and assorted stuff that cannot be found anywhere.  Chuck is a great guy and knows everyone.  And to have him sprinkling Rocky Mountain spring water on the VDs is like having the opposing Short Stop break an ankle...  Series over.

The only problem out here was a short visit from the US Dept of Labor...  apparently pumping a CX tire like a small horse is frowned upon in this state by someone under the age of 2 (see picture below).  After producing her birth certificate, multiple colored cards (trump), big poopy diaper and a Calvin College Internship for Mech Engineering to MiTCX we escaped with a stern warning and a visit to the timeout tent.  We are still all about keeping American jobs in America, they just need to be taller than 3'3" and be a dues paying member of the CX Mechanics Union.  For now...

So with Chuck as Colorado Director Sportif and Rick VL as our Moms In Tow CX Colorado VP Ops, we head in to get some POINTS and a pair of SMARTWOOL socks.

BW was happy to get back to an altitude that suits his internal combustion.  With a hole shot out of the #33 position, he was quickly up to the 20th position.  The only thing that JPow was missing was the RedBull Superman suit strapped onto Felix B for the 23 mile vertical decent.  Jeremy's last 2 laps were supersonic leaving even the hecklers speechless.   BDub caught a little group gathered around Alex Candelario who just made the move to Skinny Tire muddin.  Alex is a class act.  Starting in 4th, 5th and 10th rows for events like this are tough to get to the big boys in the front row.  Brad ended up in 15th place.  A great result for the Team from the Mitten.  Feeling a little love from lots of our friends in CO.

Big day today!  Same crew so we have high expectations for another strong showing for the Moms Team.  Thanks again to all of our Sponsors!  Van Dessel, Endo Customs, Velocity Wheels, Fiz'i:k, Challenge Tires plus the rest of the equipment team with Herman Miler, Innovation Health, Catamaran, Los Wine Review as our West Michigan connection sponsors.  We will make you proud to be part of the team.  The Team caravan is here thru the Boulder Cup on Oct 27 and 28.

Go Brad, Chuck and Rick!

Thanks Mom!