23, January 2007

This is a continuation of the email sent 4-5 days ago...

Greetings -

As the season ends and the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team updates
are now fewer and far between, it's a good time to share some thoughts
with all of you that follow us all year long. Recently, I asked all the riders
to pen some words regarding the 2006 season. There were no limits,
and nothing special need(ed) to be covered in the texts. I simply wanted
some random musings about the experience regarding the team, or the
racing, or the sponsors, or the expectations, or all or none of the above.
Today Iwill share two of those texts with you.

Brian Hayes:
I'm writing this much later than I had planned. It is only a few days
before the start of 2007 and at this point Nationals seem as though
they were months ago. This past cross season has been a whirlwind
of experiences. Starting with the two new teammates, Jon Hamblen
and Amy Wallace, to the brand new kit which I was still getting comments
on at Nationals. At the very first race of the season I could have never
envisioned how much I would personally enjoy this season and how
huge of a success it would be for us as team. We like to joke about
how the rest of the year is spent waiting for cross season, and I think
that this season I came to the realization that it's not a joke. The other
months of the year are spent waiting for these four months were we
spend Friday through Sunday as a family and team, laughing, crying,
driving, and racing together. The culmination of effort put forth by
everyone from Richard, to our sponsors, to my teammates in the months
leading up to cross season is so huge that it makes the season all the more
rewarding. I would say that if I had the choice I would go back and do it
again, but I know that I don't have to. The fact that I have taken so long
to write this and that we're now on the dawn of 2007 means that next
cross season is just around the corner. Just as quickly as the time from
Nationals till now has passed, the time until the start of the next cross
season will soon pass and it will be September before I know it. Up to
then I'll be waiting anxiously.

Jon Hamblen:
This past cyclocross season was fantastic! Not only did I have a lot of
fun hanging out with my team, I got a few good results too. Sometimes
those two things don't mix, the fun and the results, but on this team it
happens withoutfail. We have a great time at events and goof off together
but we still know howto get down to business in the races. It's a perfect mix,
just the right chemistry.For Alicia and I, the 'cross season just ended this
past weekend down here in North Carolina, with the conclusion of the
Winter Cup Series. I wish the racing would go on straight through the
spring and summer, so I could race and ride my Richard Sachs bike all
year. But, the UCI seems to think it's time for street racing. What do they
know. It's only been two days and I can't wait to get back to my cross bike.
I have a new motivation for racing,
a new target, and new goals, but have
to wait until next season to open the throttle. Though... this fall really isn't
that far off, just eight months or so.

More to come in a day or so -
Thanks for reading!?
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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