||08-05-13 02:01 PM
My oldest son is in his first year of racing road. He is 17 and has had a bit of a challenging season with flats, getting pulled for being dropped in a crit and then a bike crash that totalled his new bike frame. Last weekend I took him to the Raph NW Juniors Stage Race near Elma, WA. Where he got to compete against Logan Owen (World junior Cyclocross champ) and a handfull of other riders nearly as good. Richard took last in the timetrial, second to last in the crit being pulled after just 8 minutes and then in the road race he was doing fine for a while. The course was one he raced earlier this year so he knew it, a 12 mile nice road course with just one cat 5 climb, with the finish at the top, a nice long descent and a meandering narrow winding single lane farm road. Richard flatted at about mile 11 losing a little over a minute. None of this was disappointing to him, flatting sucks but it does happen..... He ended the race losing time each lap but he was happy with his effort despite the flat.
At registration each rider was given a Rapha feed bag and there was a table with luggage tags courtesy USA Cycling, he took one as did I. He brought along a borrowed feed bag as well. Since the feed zone was open on lap two and three Richard wanted to take full advantage of it. we put luggage tags on each bag and thought nothing more about it. After I handed him the second bag I jumped on my bike and headed to the finish line picking up his first dropped bag on the way, never seeing his second bag. After the race we went to retrieve the second dropped bag. I dropped him along the road, drove a couple hundred yards parked at the start of the feed zone and started walking towards where i dropped him off. I get to where I had dropped him off and turned around. After a few yards I found not the bag but the card from inside the luggage tag. Some loser picked up the bag, removed the card from inside the luggage tag and tossed the card. I was saddened beyond words. What kind of ****** would do such a thing to a junior rider. In no way does this reflect poorly on the organizers but one single person sure soured an otherwise great experience for my son.