Wow, it's over. The biggest single point of focus of my life for the past 39 days is over and done with. I'm still working on a few small odd's and ends, but for all intents and purposes I'm finding that I have a lot more free time in my day right now.
If 40 days ago you had told me "you will be organizing the first cross event of the season", I probably would have laughed at you. Scratch that... I know I would have laughed at you. But for some strange reason that is exactly what ended up happening after speaking with Roger over at Sunset Cycles after his criterium.
But mark my words, the event only happened due to a lot of folks, especially my teammates, stepping up and saying "what do you need me to do" then executing on it.
To my Volunteers (and if I missed any of you, I'm sorry!):
Alex Gonzalez - I'm sorry you got stuck down in no-man's land most of the morning. Thanks for being a trooper and helping set the tone for those coming into the venue.
Sasha “Give me something I can throw at my mom” Lacey – I’m glad you were able to make it out despite the family being in town!
Site admins Carlo Delumpa and Martin Obando - Thank you for dealing with my "I need it done NOW" attitude late at night. I owe you big time.
Greg "Dr Tooth" Hartman - One of the first to jump onboard the sponsorship wagon. Thank you so so much for your support and work with the neighbors of Whitmore. You are the total team player!
Heidipants - You said it best.. I'm f'ing nuts. I'll get you next time my pretty, and your little bike too! I’m so glad your schedule worked so you could attend the event and race!
Javad "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay" Simenson - Course engineer extraordinaire! The sound of the chainsaw struck fear into the hearts and minds of the competitors, and a few OBRA staff. ;)
Matt “The Human Bean” James – You were with us in spirit. Thank you so much for your sponsorship.
B-Rat - Crashing doesn't hurt as much in CX! You were there for all the work details, and on board from day one. Thank you for taking the time to learn how to score at Krugers so we had more manpower at the start / finish. Please let Sokhemry know the snacks she provided for us were TO DIE FOR. :)
Dave "I'm a ninja" Leahy - AMAZING photography down in the woods. I seriously didn't know you were around until Ty told me. Big thanks for offering your services!
Jason and Jody - Dawn to dusk you guys where on top of things! Jody, thank you so much for working the reg both all day long. Jason, you had the brutal job of being out at the corner in the afternoon after being out in the field all morning… ouch. Thanks for being a trooper!
Jeff “Only You Can Prevent Venue Fires” Henderson - thank you for owning probably the most worrisome job we had listed and taking it to heart. Fire was truly a huge danger up there and I'm glad we didn't any issues.
David Elder - I had no clue you were going to be here until you showed up. Thank you for coming when Traci called. Your sign run made a huge difference in the morning when we found people were heading the wrong way.
Todd “Stiffarm” Rosier – I appreciate all of your advice and feedback about the course in the days leading up to it.. even if you did shove me into the bushes (we have it on film!)
Sherry “I AM NOT A STALKER” Schwenderlauf - The ray of sunshine in the bowl of dust. My morning venue greeter with the cheerful attitude setting the tone for the day. Thank you so much for all of your help. Next year you race foo-sho!
Dan "Straight-Bar" Dittmer - Dominating performance in the first cross race this year! Big thanks for spelling the folks at the venue entrance in the afternoon and pitching in where ever we needed help!
Brion Barnett- I'm glad you were able to make it out! Hope you didn't get too much sun over the course of the day as we had you out in the field. Turns out you were parked on top of a yellow jackets nest originally ;)
Chris "WTF did I get myself into" Johnston - How's that for an introduction as to how PV does things? You haven't even worn the PV colors in anger yet, but jumped right in and helped out with learning how to score at Krugers, and ran with the clipboard most of the day at PotP. Welcome to the team!
John "Mr. Diplomat" Ohnstad - Thank you so much for talking with the neighbors on the road and being great ambassador for PV and Cycling. I could have used two of you!
Steve “Doombringer” Brown - I’m only going to call you that now because you are going to wreck the competition this year. As always, you bring the support in ways I couldn’t even consider asking for. Thank you for being such a supporter of Portland Velo.
Jeff “Please shoot me” Ballantine - We had you running everywhere over the course of the day, and you decided to race. How's that for cross training? :p
Ron “Mr Coffee” Babcock – Ron, I bet the folks at Krugers were wishing you had raced on Saturday rather than busting Fire Duty all day. Thank you for working with Matt J to pick up the coffee in the morning. I seriously needed it!
Linda "Queen of the Clipboard" Jellison - My
Slave Driver.. er I mean Volunteer Coordinator. Another who has yet to turn the pedals in anger for PV, but willing to dedicate so much time and effort into the event making it the success that it was. The press release got us a lot of hits and publicity, and was a brilliant idea.
Mike “Anyone have some sunscreen” Snelson - How long did you spend out in that parking field? Another person with fairly unglamorous jobs that did them without complaint. Thank you!
Russ Sperin – I’m surprised you came back for more after doing the pre-ride on Wednesday, but I’m so glad you did. Thank you for all your help with course setup and your willingness to come out whenever we had a work day.
Amit "The Zohan" Kobrowski - I hate you for talking to Roger about this.... okay I don't hate you. I appreciate you coming to me through out the day asking "anything need done?" I don't think there was a single time that I had nothing for you.
Sean Thielen – More people with boring jobs! I hope you didn’t regret making the decision to race last minute. Thank you for coming out!
Matt "Give me that, it belongs to OBRA" Couzens - My equipment monkey! Very rarely does a first time race happen w/o something being lost. Everything we signed out was brought back and checked in. Thank you for your diligence and help with course setup / teardown.
Course Guru Greg Magnus.. I could *not* have done this without you. Thank you for all your help on the Friday prior to the event. Would have been a lonely and unproductive morning. I hope you finally got Mason clean. ;)
Bob Bigwood – Quietly helping behind the scenes. Thanks again for the help with the PVC piping and an ear that I could vent to.
Paul “King of all things Registration” Formiller - You planned and smooth lined something that could have been a total clusterf*ck. Thank you for running the show with that and getting all of the registration type stuff owned and printed out.
Jeremy Schultz - I don't know how many times I came by saying "10 more minutes till we can get you a sub". Thanks for holding down the registration / money duties for almost the entire day.
Mitch Lee - Quick changes from Mr. "I feel bad I can't make it" to "Dude, I'm here for you what do you need?" to "I'm going to go pwn the Master B's field." You seemed to be everywhere at once filling in where we needed people. I'm starting to think the key to your success is that you are actually identical quadruplets.
Ty “DS” Lambert – Ty, you put this group of amazing, dynamic, and helpful people together, and let them become complete lunatics. Thank you for putting faith in me and the team to get this done, and running with your photography idea.
Mike “Breaker Breaker” Kender – Your humorous nature knows no bounds. Don't. Ever. Change.
Doc Johnson - I'm sorry your race didn't go well.. You probably wore yourself out on Friday making that sweet course change. "BIG JOHNSON'S BEND" will forever be part of PotP lore, as will the fact that your equipment and work tools are spread out over 10 PV members houses. :p
Marc Altman - Out of the box thinking leads to an out of this world trophy. Thank you for owning this and running with it!
Alex Kroman - Hopefully you weren't on the receiving end of the fury generated by my non-stop requests to Kristin. I appreciate your willingness to help out with the web stuff when we were struggling to get traction on it!
Rob “Dude I’m Here” King – Like an ace closer from the bullpen, the fresh body near the end of day were super helpful to have.
Print and Graphic Mastah Sal Bondi – Layout and design of our publicity, investigating and scheduling printing, course design, course setup, course teardown, promotions, and raced… you had your fingers in everything. Thank you for your very valuable time!
Graphic Goddess and Webmistress Kristin Wille - You had sketches and strawmen and mockups done in a blink of an eye. Your logo design captured the heart and soul of the event and we received so many comments about how professional our web site looked. You were the person who was the unfortunate recipient of the most "hey, I thought of one more thing" emails. Holy crap I can't believe you are still talking to me.
Traci- my partner in crime for life and queen of all things I wasn't working on. You made this race the success it was.
To all the racers, and spectators. Thank you so much for coming and making the event a truly epic way to kick of the 2008 CX season.
Time for me to actually get on the bike and ride....