Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Go West Young Man

Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country
-Horace Greeley
  • Washington, DC rent is too high.
  • I disagree about the food - it's pretty awesome.
  • Who doesn't develop allergies when they move here?
  • Tim Brown's morals are deplorable.  Cross-training is over!
  • Good luck in California Brownie. We'll all miss you.

From left to right (Marcus Floro, Tim Rugg, Tim Brown, Matt Ringer)

Well-known Mid-Atlantic cyclist and good friend Tim Brown is leaving us for the other side of the country.  Brown has been my teammate for as long as I've been racing and I've been his for as long as he's been racing.  We both started racing in June of 2008 for The Bike Rack as Category 5 Novice bike riders.  We both moved to the elite national team, Battley-Harley Davidson, as development riders in 2010.  In 2011 we had outstanding seasons making our mark as a couple of the most determined and rapidly developing riders in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.  With skills complementary to each others riding styles, I imagined we'd always be riding on the same squad and maybe going pro together one day and cleaning up as "Tim Squared", "The Tim Towers", "Ruggles and Brownie". 

Today was an often ignored reminder that cycling is secondary to a job and making a living.  Brown has got to go where the work is... and "where he can surf" (dumb).  I hope the Mid-Atlanctic Criterium Champion of 2011 will take his fast finishing speed to the next level on the Los Angeles velodromes.  I'm just sad I won't be there to be a part of it.

Tim Rugg and Tim Brown dominating Greenbelt.

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