At the rate we're going with banks and home ownership, it won't be long before there'll be one bank, and it'll own everything. This won't exactly be fascism, but the end result will be the same: most of us will be victims of the bourgeousie and our laws will be subject to the whimsy of fat capitalist bastards.
Even if we are on our way toward peasanthood, as cyclists we can still enjoy the benefits of MABRA, which is thankfully far from the porcine reaches of Lord McQuaid and the UCI. True, the syndicate prevented Joe Dombrowski from racing in Utah and the US Pro Challenge in Colorado and they took Battenkill down a peg or two, but that's about it. In time trials I can still push my seat forward of my bottom bracket. I can wear Primal Wear if I wish.
And this gets to my point--maybe we'd be better off with a few more rules in MABRA.
I'm not quite suggesting we organize a junta to overthrow MABRA and institute a Pacific Northwest OBRA-style anarsynchronous commune thing. I'm suggesting a more gradual revolution. We do this by instituting a couple of proposals loosely based on Marx and Engels' Das Kapital.
Proposal One: Limit team size in races
Laboring against large squads is especially hard on courses with strict yellow line rules. This year at Coppi and Poolesville one large squad controlled proceedings; from the start, we found ourselves behind walls of riders from a particular team, arms linked like goose-stepping fascists, several of their black leather raincoated gestapo brethren already far up the road.
This is not at all to fault the teams that took advantage of their numbers. This is just to shake our worker's sickles and hammers at them passive aggressive-style, and to propose rules that properly handicap them.
I'm talking to you, fascists of Battley-Harley-XO Communications Haymarket Battly Harley Masters Omniteam.
Joking aside, one practical way to eliminate imbalance in numbers is by limiting numbers. We know all riders are not equal, but let's at least make things numerically somewhat equal--let's limit the number of workers a team can field in yellow-line rule races.
Proposal 2: Create a MABRA all-star team to race NRC events
This is a slightly more radical proposal, comrades. I propose we create a collective team that would only convene for NRC or other national-level races. Sort of an all star team of our best comrades.
Workers who perform well in 2011 would get a chance to demonstrate their harvesting skills at NRC-level races in 2012. Also, they wouldn't feel compelled to leave their local villages--NCVC, Coppi, Bike Doctor--for capitalist gain and the chance to race at the NRC level.
Having a composite squad would (1) improve the competitiveness of local elite races by spreading out talent; (2) improve the quality and number of MABRA NRC competitors; (3) increase the support of local clubs for elite racing and racers; (4) allow greater opportunities for sponsors seeking to direct their funds and energy to top-level NRC racing rather than local riders and events; and (5) offer increased MABRA solidarity, since as a club rider you might compete against a rider who'd be your teammate on the MABRA all star squad.
Conclusion: Hammer and Cycle
If we adapt these two proposals, comrades, I promise you a clean sweep of kulaks from the MABRA ranks and the institution of a new egalitarian state. We will take from each according to his ability, and to each we will give according to his needs. Long live free MABRA!