It has been a fantastic day of racing today at the Cross Worlds in Tabor. First Simon Andreassen killed it in the Juniors, to quote the American commentator, ‘it was almost a human rights violation’. Then came the most heavily contended women’s race I have ever seen. The crowd was good, not as crazy as I have seen, but maybe they are saving themselves for tomorrow. Then there was the commentator. He was in Hoogerheide last year too. That time I just appreciated being able to understand what was being said during the race and even be able to follow some of the action at the front. But today because I was watching I got to enjoy the barrage of cliches, similes, and metaphors that just streamed out of his mouth. Here are just a few:
‘Her face is looking like the bank just rang’
‘She’s keeping her powder dry’ – in response to a rider shouldering her bike a little earlier
‘He’s sliding all over the place like Jerry Lee Lewis’
‘This is almost a human rights violation’
‘She had a 5lb hammer and now she has gone in the shed for a 7lb hammer’
It was golden! I wish we had more of it in Europe.
Tomorrow bids a track with about 1cm of mud covering frozen ground. This means it will be very slidey with frozen ruts telling you where to go all the time. The forecast is for lots of crashes, with me trying to avoid having to change bikes cause I only have one set of mud tyres. If it snows it won’t be enough to change the game, just enough to be really annoying and make you wish you had glasses. If you are looking for predictions of who will win, my money is on someone in light blue or orange kit. The guy wearing black and white will be busy focussing on keeping the two in white with green and yellow stripes behind him 😉