Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Racing with Class (or without)
As a fellow videographer I feel the need to post this. Hell I'm a bit pissed off too.
If my Mom reads this she'll call and tell me I shouldn't publicize my anger but this is so weak, so absurd it's worth disappointing... sorry Mum.
The guy who shoots video for "In the Crosshairs" website raced this past weekend but left his temper at home. I'm calling him out for his exceptionally poor and UNSPORTSMANLIKE behavior this past weekend at the 2009 Capital Cross Classic and his own video proves it. Mr. Arrow Video guy - this is for you.
A. It was a muddy, icy, wet cyclocross race
B. The start of all bike races have many racers fighting to get in front
C. I came up on Mr. Arrow racer video man and passed him on the inside line around a tight corner
D. I did not touch Mr. Arrow Video man, my bike did not touch him nor his bike
E. He ran into the tape (2nd time in the first minute) and had to dismount to start again
This is when Mr. Arrow Video man unleashed a tantrum - screaming aggressive obscenities at me (I wasn't even sure it was me he was mad at thinking my pass was so good). Yes there were spectators, yes there were small children, yes there were dogs. As I rode away I tried to yell back to see if it was me, "Dude it's a bike race" then back, "F_YOU!" I said "Dude just go home" and back again, "F_YOU, F_YOU!!!!"
wow. Really? Then he covers it up in his video? That's ridiculously weak. He should let everyone hear his meltdown, see the kids right beside him and take responsibility for his horrible sportsmanship.
A. I had hoped such conditions would keep the overly aggro, underly skilled roadies at home cowering
B. If faster guys are passing you on lap one, let them. You have the whole race to pass them back. If you can't deal with it don't race bikes (especially in muddy, slippery conditions). I hear pottery is nice and mellow....
C. I was quite proud of my intentional drift on this corner since I came in with speed, it looked like I was gonna spill but I dropped the left foot, caught the slide and when the tires attached I was back on the gas not having touched anyone or slowed down much at all. I can see how another rider might have thought I was going to go wide but I did not. You can't ride based on what you think might happen, you have to go on what does happen then react accordingly.
D. When I get passed by someone, even if it's close, I try to give props to that rider then chase and pass them back - swearing at someone who passes you only shows you're weaker regardless of your result. Eddy Merckx, just 2 weeks ago told me that winning is great but racing with CLASS is more important.
E. Maybe Mr. Arrow Video guy should come to the race and film from outside the tape, he seems to spend a lot of time there anyway.
I welcome any and all replies.
Posted by Jason Berry at 6:59 AM