Tuesday, December 4, 2007

USGP Portland Cup




Photo courtesy: Chris Milliman

8 comments:

pvb said...

TJ's teeth in that first picture rival Boogerd's for being the whitest in cycling!

While the weather made pre-race prep and post-race surviving difficult, from start to finish, the conditions in Portland this weekend were sublime.

Freepotato said...

Great photos. Black and white always seems to capture the pain and suffering in a way that color just can't... Forgive my Cross ignorance, but why don't they ever seem to be wearing glasses or goggles during these races? An eye full of mud would seem to be unavoidable looking at those shots. Certainly glasses would get really dirty, but it would be one hell of a lot easier to wipe off your glasses than would be to get your eyes washed out every lap...

bikesgonewild said...

...i'll leave freespuds question to be answered by somebody who races in those circumstances, but i wonder how the euro-PROs would have fared under those conditions...

...obviously, we've heard from the weather reports that it was an exceptional weekend, & that certainly seems to be born out by the photos...

...whadja say, pvb ?...was it just a good weekend for cross, or would it have given the euros a go ???...

pvb said...

When conditions deteriorate, I personally find glasses to be more of a liability, largely due to issues of fogging. I bought a pair of nice new Smiths in 2005 and remember haphazardly chucking them in the early parts of some epic snow/mud races as though they were a pair of convenient store faux-kleys.

In the elite race, I noticed riders wearing glasses but having them perched down on their nose so that they could look over them. I think the ticket was a cap or, dare I say it, a visor.

But I don't know, it looks like Danny Summerhill may have benefitted from glasses. Look at this.

The euros would have dominated. The conditions never got into the realm of being ultimately unridable or silly. And they would have been especially fine if they had somehow gotten their trailers and mobile homes over to warm up in.

Anonymous said...

TJ is a hard man. 'nuff said

MtMann said...

I raced the B race Saturday and came out and watched Sunday. Epic - but different - conditions both days. I wear glasses (prescription) and haven't had any fogging issues, but they're small and lightweight Silhouetes; less prone to being knocked off my face and room around the edges to breathe so they don't fog.

bikesgonewild said...

...good input...looked like a fun weekend in the rose city...

chip said...

I raced b's both days. Started Saturday with glasses and threw them to my girlfriend on lap 3. Sunday, no glasses and a face full of mud. Blinking and eyelashes are marvelous things.