Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance: "There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris" (McGeorge Bundy).
I strongly feel that in bike racing and in life confidence and a strident approach to the challenges that arise are the best way to overcome them with panache. There are times that you can brim with confidence hop on your trusty steed and ride right into embarrassment, disappointment and failure, I managed to hit all three of those this past weekend. I placed a bet on a bike race (only cool in Belguim) and lost, badly. Probably some of the worst loosing I have done in a long time.
Thing is, I totally deserved to loose the bet I made. I was feeling physically, mentally and technically ready to race, however was not prepared. There are a million things that need to go right for a bike race to be successful for an individual. The operations of your whip should not be something you need to worry about. All of the effort that goes into this part of preperation occurs before the race. I feel very strongly about this and under normal circumstances would never dream of showing up without my equitment dialed in. I will admit readily that I was unpreparred for the weekend of racing and didn't adequetly test out my gear to make sure it was running rigth. Hubris.
My loosing was not solely do to my own misserable preformance Steve also appears to have raced well both days, and I congratulate him.
Enough about my hubris. Humility doesn't really suit me anyways. I know people love to heckle UVM. It is logical, they are way better at racing bikes than just about anybody else. (The eternal cold does wonders). Their is also the reputation that UVM riders are wild and crazy (they don't play by the rules of the bright and tight). It is cool, people heckle (I heckle everyone). As I mentioned UVM is a little crazy, we have this thing called a list serv. What appears below is public reccord, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (I guess)
It all started with a simple poster.
Well that poster ended up in this shot (above) on Podium Insight. What fallowed was a list serv torrent. Enjoy your look into the world of UVM cycling
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""Boys and Girls.
I'm being very serious. Look at this.
I THINK I know who that is. Can anyone confirm. We need to find him. I want his social security number, tax reports, school, address, facebook profile, email, Twitter, myspace, xanga page, blog, flikr account, history of past gfs, race license, drivers license, dental records, driving history, carfax report, credit history, employer, babysitter, everything on this turd nugget. I want to smite him into the earth with the power and force of a jackhammer. I want you to go buy the fireworks. This kid will, and must be destroyed. I vaguely remember him trying to hang out with us in collegiate last year. I want his food to be ex-laxed, his dog to be pet. I want his beer roofied with horse tranquilizers. I want to knock him unconcious, call him the monopoly guy, and do a waltz around a ballroom enjoying the finer comforts of life with him on my shoulders. I want all the ECCC to sleep with his ex. To quote mike tyson, I "wish I could meet his children and kick them in their heads, stomp on their testicles". I want this kid pantsed at the ECCC end of the year dinner, and I want his hand put in warm water while he is sleeping. This kid has officially replaced THE *&$%#(CENSORED) as the kid who sucks the most in the ENTIRE WORLD. This kid must NEVER EVER win a race.
Figure out who he is. This can not happen. I want the uvm cycling creativity that has created social demons like Pete Emerson, the Binis, and Colin to drive this kid headfirst into a pile of cow dung. Look at his face. He sucks. If he had any common sense he would have tattooed it on him. Its not worth dying over a sign.
Pat. Colin. Issac. Dugan. Ill Will. Pete. Cody. Driscoll. Vinny. The entire mtn bike team. Put differences aside and crush this gnome.
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More Senanagins ensued on List Serve
Yikes, Some harsh stuff. The churning, wrything sinister monster that is UVM Cycling still had a little more work to do. More photo shopping was in store of the immage.
A sad and twisted tail. A few of the emails that made it onto the list serve didn't make it into the blog. I decided they were too harsh for public consumption. I also want to point out none of these emails are private, they are on a public list serv with archived reccords that any one may access. As such no ones privacy was violated.
If there is anything to be learned from this it is, uvm cycling kids have a lot of 'creative' energy.