Just a shout out to the youngest racers on the full XC course Sunday morning. I was the last Cat 2 SS racer off the tarmac early Sunday morning (by at least 30sec), and despite a 5min lead start time, I knew for sure those kids would be on my back wheel before long. Sure enough, just as I dipped into the first single track, the herd was right there on my tail. I can recount several similar situations in years gone by when racing XC Sport class, the leaders of other adult categories found there way on my back at inopportune times, and not all were pleasant exchanges.
I know what their coaches preach, and what they preach to preach if you get my drift. But what did they demonstrate? They were fast, and they were courteous: I've never been so politely addressed by a faster racer on the course - not once but perhaps a dozen times. It was so great to see these kids working hard and competing, and so refreshing to be greeted by this group in such a way during a competitive situation. I was so impressed that after about the first dozen had gone by, all courteous as heck, that I just decided to dismount to let them all through.
Coaches & parents: You all should be proud as heck of these kids, from the top of the field to the bottom. Great work.
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