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    Clydes FTW! (Literally)

    Last Thursday I raced for the first time in 18 years at the Raleigh Midsummer Night's CX race in Roslyn, WA. Since the last bike racing I did was 18 years ago, and I warmed up with a swim and cooled down with a run, I plopped myself into the Beginner's race. It turns out that I'm not as slow as I thought, and I was in solid running for second place after a half lap was down... and about a half lap left the first place rider got a flat tire and I managed to catch and pass him when he ran his tire full flat and had to start running.
    The "official" team write-up is here on the Soft Like Kitten website.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Last Thursday I raced for the first time in 18 years at the Raleigh Midsummer Night's CX race in Roslyn, WA. Since the last bike racing I did was 18 years ago, and I warmed up with a swim and cooled down with a run, I plopped myself into the Beginner's race. It turns out that I'm not as slow as I thought, and I was in solid running for second place after a half lap was down... and about a half lap left the first place rider got a flat tire and I managed to catch and pass him when he ran his tire full flat and had to start running.
    The "official" team write-up is here on the Soft Like Kitten website.
    Bravo!


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    That's awesome. Congrats!

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    Awesome, grats

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    Woo hoo! Congratulations!
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    Some video clips and pix of the rest of my teammates tearing it up.

    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

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    I'm just loving the team name.

    Please do tell the story...

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    Awesome job! Your team name is awesome too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    I'm just loving the team name.

    Please do tell the story...
    From what I've heard, last year after one of the Cross Club races a bunch of people were having a few beers and decided to form an actual team. The idea was to come up with the least menacing team name possible because there's always going to be a "Team Death Star" or "Team Demon Speed" with black and red kit or black and neon green trying to look as mean as possible.
    Who's going to feel threatened by "Soft Like Kitten" in a pink kit?

    Plus it's the ultimate win-win kit: If you pass someone, they got beat by someone in the pink kitten kit. If you get passed, so what? They beat a guy in a pink kitten kit. Big deal.
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    Fantastic! Do you have to do so many beginner races?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I warmed up with a swim and cooled down with a run
    You're a triathlete?

    Congratulations, by the way!
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I've been wanting to get into cross racing for a long time. Having a hard time convincing my wife that I need another bike though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    You're a triathlete?

    Congratulations, by the way!
    I used to do tri's. Not any more. The only running I do is the barriers and run-ups in CX.

    Thank you! We'll see how I do next time against the Cat-4s.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
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    Yesterday, I biked up to Magnusson Park, swam for a while, then paddled my kayak from my old apartment to my new one. Does that make me a trialist?
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    Fantastic! Do you have to do so many beginner races?
    Nope. I just did the one because it was so many years since any racing at all. I could have plunked myself in the Cat-3 if I wanted to get blown off the course after 3 laps.
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    Awesome, Congrats!

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    Congrats on the win!! The team kit is fantastic. Excellent!!


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