18, October 2006


This past weekend the Richard Sachs 'Cross Team was split on both
sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. I am happy to write that prisoners were
taken in the South as well as in the North.

Racing in the Cross and Chase Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina, the
Coolest Couple in 'Cross -
Jon and Alicia Hamblen, from this point on to
be known as C-Cubed, each won their respective events in the Elite Men's
and Elite Women's field. A big Union shout out to our Southern team mates
who keep our spirits alive in the Mid Atlantic States.

Up in New Gloucester, Maine at the Downeast Cyclocross 1 and 2, both
days were UCI C2 events and drew large fields and deep talent. On the
Justin Spinelli and Brian Hayes were 8th and 16th respectively,
Noah Taylor was 29th. Since races are run concurrently, Brian's result
also netted him a 6th in the U23 category.
On Sunday, Justin was 12th and Noah was again 29th (kismet?). Brian double
flatted, so his race ended early. Day two in Maine also marked the return to
racing of
Amy Wallace who has been on the injured reserve for the recent
2-3 race days. Amy rode well and finished 7th in the Elite Women's event.
Both days of racing were underwritten by RS 'Cross Team Sponsor,
VergeSport, who puts on two separate series of events, one being throughout
New England and the other all through the Mid Atlantic States. It'd be hard to
measure, and certainly unfair to just guess, but few firms do as much to keep
cyclocross alive and in the public eye as does VergeSport. Thanks, guys!

This coming weekend, we have a three day road trip planned to the Mid
Atlantic region where we will race in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday.
Grenogue Cross is a UCI C1 event that promises to pull in most of the
best racers in North America. On Sunday, we travel 27 minutes north to
Ludwig's Corner, Pennsylvania for the
Wissihikon Cross, a UCI C2 event.
Both days of racing mark the Mid Atlantic VergeSport series' inaugural
race weekend for 2006.

Also newsworthy atmo* is that Jacob Fetty, the redoubtable online publisher
of The Bike Game Dot Com has, with the help of pal Jon Hamblen, just
completed an web interview with me.
Click here to read that text. I told
Jacob that we'd get enough traffic there to bust his server wide open, so
please pass the link around to 1,300 of your closest MySpace buds.

The team picture page that I keep on Yahoo Pics is growing fast and weekly.
I just loaded at least twenty new images from the past two weekends of racing.
I'll make it easy for you and put a face with a name:

Lastly, I am happy to report that pal Jonathan Page had successful surgery
to repair a torn rotator cuff. I got an email from his wife, Cori, and she metioned

that I should pass along some text with regard to the condition:
JP is home now after a really hard day and night. He's doing ok. In the surgery,
they found that not just 1 but 2 tendons were completely severed and off the
bone. He now has 8 holes in his bone to reattach them. It was a horrible

experience but he has a really good doctor and the doctor said he will
recover well...but it will take some time. I read your email to him and he
really appreciates it and asked me to write back to you. Let everyone know
what it was. Many people were writing to tell him not to get the surgery
because torn rotator heal. But his tendons were severed. They don't heal.
Yuck. Again, thanks.

Well there ya' have it. Best wishes to JP for a swift return to complete health
and to the best cycling sport there is - CYCLOCROSS.

Thanks for reading!
*according to my opinion
Thank you for your interest and support.
The Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team is sponsored by RGM Watches,
Rex Chiu, Radix Group LLC, as well as by Cane Creek, Crank Brothers,
Rudy Project, Oval Concepts, Challenge Tires, VergeSport, Selle San Marco,
JB Custom Paint, Pacenti Cycle Design, The Wheatmarket, and Nelly's Deli.

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