Garage Riders Get Dirty

Cooler weather, falling leaves, and the smell of embrocation can only mean one thing: it's cyclocross time. Seattle is very fortunate to have a vibrant CX scene with two separate race series resulting in races every weekend from early September to the end of November. An unseasonably warm and dry early fall lured record number of racers out to the local race scene making for fast and competitive races across the board. And Garage racers have been getting dirty and representing in many of the categories including scoring some top results in many races. In particular, the team of Matt, Michael, and Nikos has been bringing the pain in the ever-competitive Masters 1/2 35+ category. Other cross stalwarts include John Meehan, Chad Marion, Patrick, and Dean who have been flying the Garage colors with honor throughout the season in their respective categories.

Some highlights of the season (so far):
  • Cross-newcomer Alex was seen with an ear-to-ear grin during the early season races.
  • New mama Kele Murdin made a return to racing--often in the Mens Cat3 race (much to the guys' chagrin).
  • Steve Zeliadt decided to start his off-season early by taking a digger and breaking a collarbone at Beverly Park.
  • Nikos 'Mechanical' Mills was seen at various times with a front flat, a broken pedal, or holding a crankarm wondering how the heck it came off.
  • Introduction of the revolutionary Papa Murdin warm-up technique: walk Jett around while Kele races, then hop into your skinsuit and race.
  • Matt 'Jiujitsu' Hill coming on strong towards the end of the season with a win and several top 3 placings.

Cross is a great spectator sport. Come on out with your cowbells, hip-waders, and refreshments of choice to cheer on Garage in the last few races of the season.

(thanks Nikos for the writeup!)

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