Saturday, March 18, 2006
Let the racing begin, and Kari Mello ROCKS!
Yeah, that's me and Tyler. Thanks for the picture Kari.
Today was the first race of my 2006 season, and it went 100 times better than I thought it would. I had bad memories of this course, since I got absolutely throttled there last year. I managed not to get lapped this year, and pulled off a 2nd place finish in the process. That's a new collegiate high for me, and I think UNC as far as the men's side of things. I chased down a couple breaks, put in a few good hard efforts, and managed to recover in time to put in one last hard effort with half a lap to go, and ended up riding off the front with about 250m to go. One CU kid got my wheel as I went by and I gave him a perfect leadout. I guess he pulled something funny before he got my wheel or something, and a bunch of people were mad at him? Oh well. My good buddy Pat Kennedy happened to be in Boulder and made it by to watch my race. I think he's my new good luck charm. Pat, I'll be mailing you a plane ticket to come back out every weekend until June. Hope that's OK?
The other exciting event of my day is the picture above. I stuck around to watch my friend/teamate/training partner/coach? Scott Wenzel do his thing in the Men's Pro 1,2,3 race. Tyler Hamilton happened to stop by halfway through the race, and when I saw someone else get a picture with him, I decided I would do it too. Tyler has been my favorite rider, probably since I first started riding. even throughout everything he's gone through in the past couple years, I still like him a lot. I finally got to meet him today, although I was so nervous that I really didn't get to say much to him. I think I got out, "Hey Tyler, I'm Corey, can I get a picture?" I stood there, and Kari snapped a quick photo. Bottom line, I met him, and maybe I'll see him again and won't be so nervous.
Overall it was a pretty sweet day! I hope every weekend starts off like this one did.
P.S. The scruff will be gone soon, VERY soon. Also if you look closely you can see my favorite person in cycling, Mr. Dave Towle himself in the very lower right corner of the picture. I'm not sure, but I think I may have heard him say my name today?
P.P.S. Thank you so much for taking the picture Kari. You're awesome!