Monday, July 21, 2008

Ridin Dirty

I have a good friend (let's call him Sam), who is racing Leadville for the first time this year. Sam is fast and in good form. He's one of those guys who has a solid chance at a sub 9 in his first attempt. But it's not his fitness or training that is going to get him the sub 9. It's not even his super light Scandium Niner that will get him the sub 9. Nope, he has a secret weapon that makes him faster. Something that requires weeks maybe even months of nurturing and care. Something that makes the rest of us wish we had the guts to attempt. Sam has grown himself a fine looking mustache to give him the extra attitude and edge needed to pull off a sub 9. I'm still trying to locate a picture of Sam's facial hair but it looks similar to this:
Sam, you make us all proud and full of envy. With only 3 weeks left until Leadville, It's too late for the rest of us to pull this off. Just do me a favor and stay away from my wife when we are out there. She has a weakness for dudes with a dirty upper lip.

10 comments:

dug said...

are you sure that's not sam? looks like sam to me.

i say the mustache will catch a bug or two during the race, and on the blvd one of those bugs will fly up his nose, choking him.

his time spent getting the heimlich will cost sam the buckle.

Sam said...

Love the post! My stache does look terrible. So bad in fact that my wife introduced me this weekend as "her husband Sam who WILL be shaving in 3 weeks." I am just hoping to summon some superhuman strength from it.

Adam said...

Just summon your eagle powers. Remember to watch out for the devils cavemen. Felicidades!

Rick Sunderlage said...

Dug- you bring up a good point. The bug caught in the stache could be a problem.

Sam- So you're not offended that I can't actually look you in the eyes when we talk?

sam said...

Intimidation is just an added bonus. Why do you think Chuck Norris was so tough?

Flyin' Ute said...

Sam,

I think you should shoot for a sub 8 hour time. You look fast to me. Try to hit that first aid station about an hour 45 min. good luck bro.

mark said...

So Sam's mustache looks like upside-down eyebrows growing on his upper lip? Freaky.

I've got a friend that has a handlebar 'stache that he waxes to make it stick out and everything. He's a roofer by trade and strong enough to tear your arms off, so it's not like he wasn't already intimidating without it.

KanyonKris said...

For some reason this came to mind:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-xEzGIuY7kw

fatguyonalittlebike said...

the mustache helped dave Z to go faster, right up until he crashed out of the Giro on the 2nd stage with cracked vertebra.

Rick Sunderlage said...

fatguyonalittlebike- The stache is a curse. The day after I posted this, Sam went down hard on his mtb and suffered 3 bruised ribs. Not a good thing with Leadville around the corner. The stache is now gone.