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Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 01-21-06, 05:45 PM   #1
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It's almost as fun as cyclocross...

...Hobbling around on crutches with a broken fifth metatarsil in my right foot that is, suffered ironically, from a stumble off of a handicap ramp in my office.

So the next six weeks will be spent hobbling around on crutches as a titanium screw in the bone aids in healing the fracture. I was supplied with rather crude aluminum crutches of the pharmecy and surgical supply variety by the foot doctor, and I subsequenly argued for a pair of lightweight carbon fiber ones with aerodynamic profiling and shock absorbers at the base. Sadly my request was denied, and I will be paying a visit to my LBS for some cycling stickers for the crutches and some corkribbon for the hand and elbow rests. Then I plan to go to the punk rock store a few doors down and get some crutch decorations from there as well (picture Campagnolo meets the Misfits). Either way, hobbling around on crutches is not to dissimilar from cyclocross. I had to take the crutches from the pavement through a grassy area to reach a more crutch-accessable entrance to my building. Facing a flight of stairs gave new meaning to the term "run-up", even if I wasn't exactly running.

So alas, my Cannondale cyclocross will be sitting idle for the next two months (I'm sure Sven Nys can breathe a sigh of relief!). I will be closely following the upcoming Cyclocross World Championships January 28th-29th. Otherwise, don't expect many postings from me dealing with actual tales of my psuedo-cross riding here in DC for the next two months. To the rest of you until then, enjoy a little 'cross for me and be careful walking down those handicap ramps.
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Old 01-21-06, 07:03 PM   #2
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Best of luck, Bro. Heal up good.

Been on crutches, the trick to making any speed is the skip step, you can skip ahead one full step while swinging the arms and crutches forward. It does build upper body, core, and one-leg strength too.

Get better and we'll do some riding for ya.

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Old 01-25-06, 03:53 PM   #3
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with a little ingenuity you can mount a bicycle water bottle (or other refreshing frothy beverage) cage on those crutches....don't ask me how I know
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