Yeah, that's right, as you can tell from the title I'm going to do a write up on 2009 and my personal highlights both on and off the bike.
So, where to begin? Oh, I know! Internet accomplishments:
I really did a lot this year on the interwebs, quite a bit in fact. Well, I helped a lot with the ECCC, where I was a webmaster, but mostly just updated calendars, results, etc... I also started the ECCC Blogosphere which turned out to be amazing! The blogosphere got a huge response, garnering over 600 hits on mondays following race weekends during the ECCC road season, that's nearly 2/3 of the conference. As a result of this effort I was also a featured speaker at the Echelon Collegiate Leadership Conference at Collegiate Road Nats this past spring. Also, (with some help from Sully) did my 2nd ECCC Road Survey, which is as usual was ridiculous. I wrapped up the year by launching the New England Cyclocross Blogosphere, which also got a good response and I eventually caved in and got my self a twitter.
This year I also had a major lifetime accomplishment by graduating "on time" from Union College with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Which, needless to say is a fantastic feeling and I was then unfortunately in the position of graduating into the worst job market in twenty years, but I ended up having two jobs for about 5 months. Oh and I also finalized my senior project of designing a full suspension linkage system for a mountain bike, I didn't get to build it, but it was a fun academic task.
Well, as they say on Marketplace, "lets do the numbers:"
- I raced for 4 different teams (Union College, North Atlantic Velo, Green Line Velo and Wheelworks)
- I had 30 mass starts on the road, between training races, collegiate races and USCF events.
- I had 25 starts in cyclocross
- I raced in 12 different states (CO, CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
- I had TWO top tens (both in Cyclocross)
- I qualified for Collegiate Road Nationals with a 19th place finish at the Dartmouth Road Race
- I was the first person in the history of Union College to go to Collegiate Road Nationals, and I was featured in an article which can be found here.
- I finished MRC cross despite the worst conditions ever
- 12th at the Saratoga Crit, despite late flat.
- 6th at New England Velo Cross Challenge.
- 10th at the Ice Weasels Cometh
- Really solid races each day at Cycle-Smart International
- Leading out Steve-O (GLV) for the win and GLV winning every prime at Wells Ave one day.
Photos of the Year
(Supa-Fast at the Cycle Smart International)
I guess the last part of the year has been great too, as previously mentioned, life is pretty awesome. I currently live in Colorado, I'm heading to Israel next year for 5 months and I'll be back stateside in August, when I actually have to start my life, but who knows.
Lastly, I just want to thank all my friends, at school, at work, in racing, from home for making this such a great year and hopefully I'll keep it up in 2010.