Bike racing is a gear intensive sport. Once I started racing I also started wanting multiple wheelsets, tubular tires, cassettes, saddles, and new kit every year. I end up getting a whole lot of stuff all at once before the season begins, so that everything is ready when needed. Once when I was at my sponsoring LBS picking up the pre-season big box of parts and tires, a customer looked over at my haul and said it looked like Christmas morning. Getting spiffy new gear is a bit like being a kid on Christmas. But when I get my road or mtb parts, I usually have to wait a few months to enjoy them; I don't get to play with all the new toys right away. So its just not as exciting as Christmas
Cyclocross season is different. I get parts and clothes specifically for cyclocross in September. Its a second round of new gear excitement for the year. Plus, the cyclocross season is right on top of us, so close I can almost smell it. Its like getting gifts on Christmas Eve!
I know I am not alone;
I read the excited FB and twitter posts from my 'cross racing buddies about their new gear.
Whether it's just stocking stuffers like new pedals, brakepads, or hoods.
or if you've been pretty good, fancy tires and new team kit
or if you've been really good St. Niklaas brings you zippy new wheels or a whole new bike!
even the best masters and pro racers get excited for their pre-season presents;
So I'm calling this season of new toys and childlike excitement CX-Mas
or as Maestro Myerson suggested, 'Cross Chanukah
regardless of which you prefer, I hope you get all you wished for. See you at the big race.