20, August 2007

Greetings -

The Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team starts it 2007 season in about three weeks.
I'm freaking psyched like you absolutely cannot believe. Soon the emails will
change from catching you all up on preseason activities and news about new riders
and sponsors, and I'll be sending out race results and links to pics of our group at
every weekend venue. I'll pepper some of the notes with news from our road trips
and I may even ask some of the team if they might give you first person accounts of
the races. But today I will add more texts written by two of them,
Amy Wallace and
Brian Hayes. Without question I would consider these two to be the heartbeat of the
team. They each bring a bundle of enthusiasm and a willingness to help with whatever
needs to be done. Amy and Brian are each Elite level 'crossers in their own right, and
it's a pleasure for me that both take such a keen interest in the team, its history, and
show a desire for it all to continue for many seasons to come.

From Amy -
By this time of year, I can't help myself… I've been on the lookout for the first leaves
to turn red every day for weeks now. I've "accidentally" found myself exploring dirt trails
on my road bike lately. My affinity for playing in the mud wherever possible is growing
stronger by the day. I've got the fall race calendar nearly memorized by now and I'm
already planning weekend road trips with the team/family in my head. I guess you could
say I'm excited for this year's cyclocross season.
The 2006 cross season was my first year with the Richard Sachs crew, and the team was
everything I could have hoped for. The weather last year was beautiful (hence, awful!), so
I'm hoping for better in that department this year. Bring on the rain But really, the road trips,
the races, the overnights, the coffee drinking and all the laughs really are what it's all about.
Of course, I'm even more excited this year with a few friends joining up as new teammates.
This team really is a family unlike any other.
As I finish up my seventh season of road racing, I'm looking back and realizing that I don't
have much to show for it this year! As I became busier with my job as an environmental
engineer in recent months, road racing became a little less important. But, never fear –
I've saved all my vacation days for the fall. The Amy Wallace Training Plan 2007©™®
is now underway… or something like that. Me and my "issimo" are ready and raring to go,
and I can't wait to live every minute of the upcoming season.

From Brian -
Amy wrote, "By this time of year, I can't help myself", and it's true. Our whole team just
can't help be more and more excited about every upcoming season. Perhaps it the fact that
we have two great new teammates in both Alie, and Matt, or maybe it's the fact that we are
looking forward to spending time with everyone that is returning from last season. The
true reason, I'm sure, is somewhere in-between. I know that that no one else waits around
for cyclocross season as much as myself and the rest of my family*, and I know it because
no one else is sending me pictures of the the first fallen leaves that they've found, or emailing
me about wheels and tires in July! If there is a group of people that live for cyclocross season
this team is it.

As for me, you could have probably guess that I couldn't be more happy to be back for another
season of racing in red and black, (or black and red...or just black, I'm not sure, all I know is
it's cool). I've recently graduated from the University of Connecticut and have taken a job in
Northampton, Mass. with a web design firm. The new job will be a welcome change for this
cyclocross season as there will be no more writing papers in the cars, or missing Monday
morning class because we never wanted the weekend to end. For me this fall it will be purely
just cyclocross racing with the family, and I really couldn't ask for anything more.
*If you haven't realized it by now, team and family are completely synonymous for us.

And he is absolutely right atmo.*
Many 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, Ozell, Stankus Architects Associates, as
well as by Cane Creek, Crank Brothers, Rudy Project, Oval Concepts,
Challenge, VergeSport, Selle San Marco, JB Custom Paint, Nelly's Deli,
and The Wheatmarket
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