This year I will ride for Haymarket Development Team, despite being over 35 and totally wanting to be (but not actually being) a development project. Maybe the idea is that no matter how old we are, we should think of bike racing as a process of development. Name, shmame--the squad has a strong group of Masters racers such as Chip Hoover and Eli Hengst, and I'm looking forward to supporting them.
All Cat 1 and 2 teammates from my former squad, District Velocity Racing, are now on the Harley-Haymarket Synergistic Cycling Omni-team. In a way, my move to Haymarket is a way to continue riding with old friends, and some new ones.
I've enjoyed a long relationship with The Bike Rack, and with its owners, Wayne, Chuck and Richard. They've been good to me, and to the team, and I hope they continue to support local cycling and to bring new people into the sport.
As to DVR, well, they brought a lot of excitement to MABRA, once a group of complete novices trying to build a team from nothing, now respected juggernauts. I'm sorry to leave the team: they are maybe the best and most notable bunch of clowns/respectable dudes on bikes in the known world.
I say all this, not only to butter up the people and organizations that deserve it, but to explain the blog change: from "bikerackheads" to "Great Uncle Pappy's Cycling Almanac."
Anyhow, no big deal. This blog will continue to offer fake expert advice, race reports from the bloody heart of the peleton, and inside gossip on the twisted lives of Brownie Batter, Rugg, Big Tony, Coco, the Man-Machine Anderson, the Viking, Hulk, Zubaz-Pant Larue, Pete "Punisher" Warner, the Jawetzer, the Man-Dagger, the Matt "OK" Cupid, the Dutchman, and the rest of the chimps.
Go forth into the world with joy, and spread the gospel of Fred slayage to all peoples.