I have been banned from racing in Italy, well at least from races that are run under the UDACE rules and regs. Why? Well. as far as I can tell, it is because I have the wrong license. I choose to get the FCI license because the 24 hour races are put on by them but had been assured that it was valid for every other race in Italy, except cross racing in November in the Veneto in a small town which has a name I don’t remember right now. Turns out the race director either hated me because I was an Ami (american) or just because I am a bearded grizzly looking guy or, and I believe most likely, because at the last race in the series I was not serious enough in respect of racing in Italy. God forbid you have fun on your bike. I know he was at the first race in series and I know I didn’t do as badly as everyone expected and I know I beat a bunch of people who were looking to school me, and I had a bit of fun too boot. So I think he banned me because I wasn’t as bad as he had hoped. Next year maybe I will get an UDACE license and show up and race, maybe not, the guy and his organization left me pretty ticked at them. but if I want to race cross, I have to join the club. I don’t want to though, it feels like bribery, pay or you can’t race. I don’t like it, at all.
And because I can’t race I rode Saturday and then again on Sunday with a group. It was a fun ride and I felt pretty bad. My legs wouldn’t turn over and I had no power. Then again, who cares? I rode all over the foothills of the Pre-Alps here and saw some great views and rode some nice trails. My local club 111bikes and some folks from the KROM club in Bassano Del Grappa met up and and they showed us some of their local trails. All I can say is steep.
I had a great time and hope to ride with them again, oh and the weather was unbelievably great Sunday, sunny, clear and 65 degrees. Good day and maybe it was good I didn’t race. No, really it wasn’t, I love racing cross.
Off to the Canaries this weekend for two weeks of riding in the sun. Tough life…. not really.