The official unofficial smart-ass of 2012 masters ‘cross Worlds

A quick quiz. Who has two thumbs, used to write a blog, and is now the official unofficial smart-ass and John Gadret worshiper of 2012 masters ‘cross Worlds?


I was seeking some clarification about the seeding heats which several age groups at the now-in-progress UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships (the first EVER ‘cross world championship of any kind held outside of Europe, hosted by Louisville, Kentucky) had to contest prior to their actual world title race, which brought me to the event’s technical guide.

And there it is on page 2’s “Dear Racer” introduction, for all of the masters ‘cross universe to peruse, a link to my very own ode to America’s only ‘cross world champion: Matt Kelly-Low Budget Superstar, cited as “a fun read” by masters ‘cross Worlds organisers Joan Hanscom and Bruce Fina.

Page 2 from the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships tech guide

I don’t know if some lowly staffer has punked the tech guide, or if the Matt Kelly-Low Budget Superstar decision indeed came down from on high, but it was, to say the least, a surprise of epic proportion.

I had no earthly idea this would be included, and if I had I’d be in Louisville right now, in a booth, autographing tech guides and prepping all within earshot for the 2013 arrival of his freakiness, John Gadret, to Eva Bandman Park for the full-on elite ‘cross Worlds next year, where I can assure you he won’t again be abandoned by his chain-smoking pit crew on the last lap if he’s got a medal in his sights.

And I’d also be laughing, because a certain former employer of mine, with a flying P logo, gets some not-so-nice PR about its total ineptitude when it came to supplying US team edition kits for the Poprad, Slovakia world championships. D’oh!

One way or another I’ll be in Louisville next year for ‘cross worlds, and maybe there will indeed be a Matt Kelly-Low Budget Superstar booth containing me, living legend Matt Kelly, his rusty LeMond, and his rainbow jersey to inspire our compatriots to bring home the gold in what will likely be the only ‘cross world championships hosted in the United States for some time.

Comments (46) to “The official unofficial smart-ass of 2012 masters ‘cross Worlds”

  1. Please don’t make this the only post of this year. We miss you.

    A fan

  2. Keep writing!! I still check this blog regularly looking for a glimmer of hope!

  3. I’ve been hanging out with Matt Kelly for a couple of years now. I am just starting to find out he was a killer cyclist. He doesn’t talk about it too much. So I’ve been looking him up on the net. It’s funny I was just at his parents farm and there’s a barn with about 7 Lemonds in it–all of them incomplete. Matt rides trails on their property using a fucking no name hybrid that he got for $40 bucks at a thrift store. I think the brand is a Ridge Rider. Anyways, when I saw this thread I thought I would respond and say MK is doing well. He’s pretty into music. We had a band called Los Zombies going for a bit. He also runs his parents CSA organic farm.

  4. Longtime gone,and now 13 worlds coming up.
    I let my blog go fallow too. But planning a new post now. Come back to us Pietro!

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