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Seals

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Today is Sunday.  It’s chilly (all of 48º) here in La Jolla.  Since early morning is a good time to wander around without crowds of look-loos, it was time to walk along the beaches.  There are birds.

Beachmaster

There are also seals.  These are controversial seals.  They took over a popular La Jolla beach many years ago.  Now some people think the seals should go, others feel they should stay.  Go, stay, I care not.  I like pictures of sea life.  Seals count.  On this beach there are signs.  Some signs are Official.  They say plainly; only signs with the San Diego City Seal are official signs.  The local Seal Protection Forces also have a sign.  It says in not so many words, Seals scare easily.  Watch the seals from the sidewalk or the breakwater.  Small print: stay off the beach.  Farther down the stair is the Official Sign, it has a City Seal on it.  It says plainly; This beach is open to the public.  Please respect the seals.  Harassment of sea mammals is a federal crime.  No loud noises please.  In fact both sets of signs ask for quiet.  As I decided where to shoot the following picture, I read all the signs.  I walked down the stair to sand level.  Apparently the Seal Watcher assumed I had not read the signs, and wanted to make sure I would not disturb his charges.  “Sir, sir, They scare easily” he reminded me. Shouting from the top of the stair……

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I think this sums it up nicely.  Please note that no seals were harrassed, intimidated, or in any way disturbed by the making of these photos.  Not even by the yelling.  Telephoto lenses are a beautiful thing in these cases.  There are a couple more shots at Pbase.

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November 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

November Cross Round-Up (The Men’s Side)

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So here it is the end of November. The UTCX Series is winding up and winter may be arriving shortly. November brought us the Boulder Cup, Cutthroat Cross, and the Utah State Championship Races. The Boulder Cup introduced us to the joys of sand. Deep clinging sand.

Mike Kracht (Church Of The Big Ring) Mired In The Sands Of Boulder

During November we were shown that indeed bikes were in fact, made to be air-bourne.

Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) at The Boulder Cup

Bart Gilespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) at Wheeler Farm

In November we were introduced to a dominant force

Tim Johnson (CX World/Cannondale) NACT Series Leader at The Boulder Cup
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld) NACT Series Leader Wins The Boulder Cup

November also showed us some close fought titles….

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Looks Back To See A Determined Chase From Nick Anderson For The UTCX Men's B Title

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Checks On A Determined Nick Anderson In The UTCX Men's B Title Race

November brought many things.  Next, the ladies side.

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November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Barriers

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In  a previous episode of the Marx, we discussed barriers.  The proper technique was shown and we moved on to other subjects.  After the pilgrimage to The Peoples Republic of Boulder, we have decided to revisit this topic.  It’s  short and sweet.  I believe 4 or 5 pictures will convey our thoughts…….

Kelli Emmett (Giant) Boulder Cup

 

Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld) Boulder Cup

These should be sufficient to demonstrate a pattern…….  Simple you say.  What’s the point.  It’s really a beautiful thing to see.  Then along comes a maverick. His name? Adam Snyder and he rides for Jamis. He’s got another idea, he has a better approach……

Yes he landed it… The second time around he cleared both barriers much to the enjoyment of the large crowd.

More pictures of the Boulder Cup are at Pbase.

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November 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Mud…..

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This past weekend, we at Fred Marx, undertook to make the perilous journey to the Peoples Republic Of Boulder.  The reason for the trek, in the days that followed a record October storm on the Front Range you ask?  Two days of UCI cross action.  Saturday saw the running of the Blue Sky Velo Cup in soupy conditons at Longmont.

Bo Pitkin (Church Of The Big Ring)

The winter storm left the roads to Colorado layered with snow and ice.  The Utah contingent was stopped in various parts of Wyoming.  Two members of the new Utah congregation The Church Of The Big Ring, made the perilous journey.  Bo Pitkin and Mike Kracht took the start in cat 3.  Bo finished the Saturday slop fest while Mike suffered a mechanical.  The days Elite cat spoils went to Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld). Both motored to decisive, nay dominant victories.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike)
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld)

The real heros were in the pit.  A good change meant a clean bike and a brief respite from the drag of clogging mud.

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries) executes a smooth change
The Problem

The Solution......

More Dirty Pictures…..

At Fred Marx, we determined on day one, that mud is a very entertaining way to create havoc with a bike race.  On Day two we learned about sand.  More words are needed to further detail the trials of the 801 mission to Colorado.  These words will follow in due time.