photo: Bernard Papon
So anyway, my husband raced in this Cat 5 RR yesterday. Cat 5 basically means beginner in this neck of the woods. You have to start 10 races before you can move up to cat 4. They used to just start you at Cat 4, but I think too many idiots were getting injured in a larger field, so they added the Cat 5.
Real-life example of idiocy and dangerosity in amateur RR: The guys are riding on one lane of a 2 lane road and there is traffic in the other lane. They are in a bunch going down the hill at about 40 mph. This idiot on a Cervelo decides to take a drink from his water-bottle. He kinda does a little weaving- hits the sand at the side of the road and crashes hard. Bye Bye Cervelo (snapped the fork), Hello hospital. Honest to god. But I digress.
Well, my hubby isn't really a beginner, he's been racing since he was a junior, but he recently started doing it again kinda seriously. Road, Mountain, and psycho-cross. So, that's why he's there. So, he decided he was going to start at the front of the field and kick ass; which he did. He ended up coming in 3d. Gotta a bunch of chotchka and a rose for me :)
The point of this whole (silly) story: This dude who was also in the race came up to Jon after the race and said "Dude, (I don't know if he really said dude, but it sounds right) you were totally like that guy Andy Schreck or Andy Schleck, whatever his name is."
The Real Point of this Whole Post: Andy Schleck is Recognized for excellence throughout the known world. Even in 3d world countries like Connecticut.