KK is a 13 year old girl. A cyclist for Red Zone. I do not know her well, but she seems happy, friendly and really into the cross thing. I know her family a bit better. They are “good peoples.” So far, a pretty common scenario.
All you masters of the obvious, take a look at the 2 pictures below.
This from Saturday’s race…
This from Sunday…
What is different?
Notice the bikes. On Saturday, KK was riding her brother’s really old, tank-like mountain bike. Lugging that think up the green monster and through the mud must have been terrible. This is the problem.
The KK solution:
Remember, the USGP is a professional bike race. The pros all had their respective trailers, team mechanics and spare bikes set up alongside the course.
So what does this very young and quiet appearing 13 year old girl do?
She saunters up to the bright green Cannondale CyclocrossWorld semi-trailer
and says to the chief mechanic something like…”Excuse me sir, I love cross, but I am riding this old mountain bike. Might you have a real cx bike I could borrow?”
Shazam, next thing you know (see Sunday’s pic), KK is on a 4000 dollar high-zuit Cannondale cross bike with SRAM red and carbon this and carbon that. A friend tells me she thinks the bike made a difference. You think?
Amazing! This is impressive stuff. No one can predict the future, but I would say things look good for KK. As I tell Will and Cat, asking good questions is a sure way of getting ahead.
KK’s enterprising adventure gets top billing, but a side story is the brilliance of the Cannondale mechanic. He invests a little wear and tear on a spare bike and garners buckets of good will for letting a 13 year old borrow a Cannondale bike for just 30 minutes. Letting her borrow a bike for free. Free!!! Good thinking. I suspect KK, her family and her team may be partial to Cannondale in the future?
Congratulations to KK and to the Cannondale mechanic.