What an awesome ride!!! I headed out with my good buddy Austin from the Princeton Cycling Team and did the Frenchtown-Califon loop . . . it is now officially my favorite ride in NJ. The legs felt fantastic, and I was still able to cruise at 300+ after 5 hours of good tempo. I give much of the credit to Panera's excellent dutch apple & raisin bagels.
Then I hurried through brunch and rode 15k to the Mercer Cup USGP 'Cross race--WHAT A BLAST!!! I saw Toby Stanton and Sherri L. (Toby's awesome gf and our old team soigneur and mom), and also ran into Nate Buyon (my old teammate from HART cycling in Boulder) and Larry Kaufman (a very fast master and supporter of the Princeton team). It was a great time, and I got to see Trebon and Wicks just kill everyone. Tim Johnson made a huge effort 3/4 of the way through to bridge an enormous gap, but to no avail. We were staked out in the bleachers at the HUGE sand pit and got to see some pretty interesting riding (and crashing/flipping!).
I am hoping to ride into Philly tomorrow in time to cheer on one of my good friends, Nicole Clark, as she runs the Philly Marathon. Then I am cruising back to the Mercer County Park to see the end of the women's pro race and the whole men's race. Monday afternoon I am flying out to Charlotte to meet the dudes with whom I'll be racing in 2008, and discuss calendars and stuff. Then Thanksgiving . . . SICK!!!