When one thinks of track racing they usually picture a grand oval constructed of wood or concrete with big banking curves. Not so quick, back in the day people often raced in circles on someone’s piece of land, no wood, no concrete, not a bank to be seen, just a big flat grass covered oval. Fast forward and people are still kicking it old school, in a desolate hay field outside Lawrence KS, ladies and gentleman your 2011 Kansas track championships venue!
So, a year ago I won two state titles* I don’t live in Kansas (think god) so I’m technically not a state champion, stupid rules! Regardless, I refer to myself as state champion anyway. Don’t like it, too bad, come out and try to beat me.
Fast forward a year, and crap people came out to take my unofficial title away from me. How dare they, and how dare they live in Kansas, and how dare they refer to themselves as a legitimate state champion. The nerve!!
I was bested in both categories I had last year; the one kilo time trial (men’s 35-39) and the 8 K mass start scratch race. Why it’s called a scratch race I do not know. Anyhoo, I came home with two quasi titles. Kansas City Metro champion, basically first place for people who live in Missouri. KC Metro Champion has a nice sound to it, I got two blue ribbons and and armful of prize schwag, so suck it Kansas!
I feel beat up, bruises on both fore arms from riding in the drops most of the time, my hands are beat to shit from such a bumpy track and my ass is as sore as it’s ever been, again thanks to the bumpy track. I can’t imagine the pain without padded bike shorts.
The Cartel is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer who graciously gives us money, beer and other assorted stuff!! Knowing it will be a hot day I bring with me our big blue PBR tent, and a shit ton of beer, free beer. You would think people might be happy to see some free beer, but no. I get repeatedly shit on for bringing “low-brow, yard beer or worse, hipster beer”. You know who you are.
Now I understand not everyone enjoys every beer, for example I don’t like Boulevard Tank 7 or any other Smokestack Series beers. I personally think it’s pretentious and is trying too hard to be something it’s not, I don’t care for its flavor and it doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t sit around and bag on the people who brought a keg of Tank 7, I don’t call them pretentious beer snobs or anything like that. I simply pass on theirs and crack open one of mine thank you very much. I wouldn’t call it my all time favorite brew, but it’s good, cold and perfect for the occasion and it’s FUCKING FREE!!
“You always have that shitty hipster beer, it’s terrible…” You want to know why we always have it? It’s because we have a great sponsor who goes above and beyond to keep our little pink clad cycling family happy. News flash, it won’t turn you into a hipster if you drink it. You don’t like it, don’t drink it, and shut your pretentious beer hole!
You know what, next time I bring any, I’m keeping it for the Cartel and anyone who wants one. So fuck you beer snobs! Drink your expensive beer you had to pay for yourself, this shitz was free!
I’m just sayin’!