The last time I did a big regional race was...drum roll please...1991. Ouch, that hurts. Nineteen years. Where does the time go. The pics are from the 1991 Moline Criterium, part of the Quad Cities weekend. It was that year that by about this time in the season that I called my days as a road racer quits. We (meaning team Kinko's) had been racing a ton. Lot's of 2 day stage races, Quad Cities weekend, one 5 day stage race, the Starved Rock Classic and more crits and road races than I care to remember (50 race days maybe). By July I had maxed out my credit card on travel expenses and the bike shop job was barely paying the bills. Season over. No Tour of KC, no Superweek, I spent my last few dollars on a mountain bike trip to CO.
That Colorado trip sparked what would ultimately become my next cycling love, mountain bike racing. After a few months of financial recovery I was back on it, this time on 26" wheels and fat tires. Suffering with bike handling skills and core strength, the transition from one to another was tough.
So here we go, 19 years wiser, still a Cat 2, and trying to find that road bike power which is so hard to find. Time to go, and go hard.
Quad Cities Moline criterium, 1991
Photo 1 & 2: Davey Norris
On my first Ibis at Quivira Scout Ranch, Tilford won, Surprise!