Posted by: Double-Dee | October 19, 2008

Gloucester 08- One for the Record Books

Treestump-  making monkeys jealous with her massive beer

So Last weekend was what has become known as “New England Worlds” The Erdinger Grand Prix of Cyclocross in Gloucester MA.  It is said that if you can win here-  you can win anywhere.  Gloucester can be likened to a spring classic.  The course changes little from year to year-  the competition is deep and often the best of the best come to test their merit here in New Belgium.  The weather can be anything from snow and sleet to 70 and sunny and because this is New England and the course sits on the ocean, it can change in the blink of an eye.

For me this was my 10th trip to Gstar and I have experienced the full spectrum.  I have podiumed here and I have been lapped, I have suffered catastrophicbike failure, thrown up breakfast sandwiches on course, I have watched reigning World Champions “play” with local champions and I have seen  friends once juniors grow up and achieve greatness at the Elite level right before my very eyes-  and I have seen it all here, at Gloucester.

This year at Glahsta I was there to “race” and to work for Amy Dombroski and the VeloBella girls.  My race Saturday went on without me-  a Gloucester first-  I missed my start, but was I there in plenty of time to meet up with Amy D., Anna Milkowski and Kathy Sherwin and get them ready for their day.  As you all know by now-  Amy destroyed them.  She not only won the Elite race on Saturday but on Sunday as well.  On October 12th  Amy Dombroski wrote her name in the storied history book of the Gloucester classic.  At 21 she is the youngest Elite woman to ever win at Gstar and one of only two Women to win back to back races here.  Amy also became the NACT leader as well as the leader in the Verge New England Series and as of October 13 she became the highest ranked Female CX racer in the USA ahead of Katie Compton and Sue Butler.  

 I have been working with Amy all season as her mechanic on the Webcor Builders Pro cycling team and it has been awesome to watch her grow and progress as an Athlete and a person.  It was fantastic to watch her crush the souls of the best riders in New England making it look easy-  and as far as my race on Sunday went, well… I raced and I finished 83rd and I could not have been happier.  I survived.  I witnessed history in the making, I made a couple of new friends and I drank a wicked pissah of a beer.   Another new chapter in my Glahsta story.

Rock Star

Heavy D.  out.

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  1. Dave,

    Thanks for your very kind and deserving words and pictures of Amy. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with you and share in her two win trophy beers! A very proud father……..Ed


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