I’m still on a high from racing at Blaine last night. Ominous clouds overhead and occasional rain drops served as a constant reminder that our races could be shut down at an instant. It made for a dramatic mood… RIDE YOUR HEART OUT FOR THIS RACE MAY BE YOUR LAST!
Despite dark skies, our track’s resident Ray of Sunshine did not fail to brighten the evening.
Meet NSC Velodrome’s Track Director and Official Resident Ray of Sunshine: Bob “Beautiful Bob” Williams. Here he is accepting an expertly crafted award from the women of May’s introductory track class.
See, the women’s field has exploded over the past year thanks to Bob’s support. He’s given us clinics and has come out of retirement to personally instruct them. He’s worked with us to establish track time for women’s specific track practice. He drives the motor for us. He’s been a huge advocate for us. And last night, he gave us the first Women’s Cat 4 Only race on this track. Huge.
Bob does this because, well, Bob loves bike racing. Especially track bike racing. And the track community loves Bob.
These awesome pictures of Bob have been floating around. I thought I would share them on the blog because the pictures are amazing and the man needs to be celebrated.
See, Bob was racing track before there was a track to race on.
Then he got his track when the Shakopee Velodrome opened in 1977.
And here is Bob crushing it on the Shakopee Velodrome...
Flashing his "Beautiful Bob" Smile.
Thanks Bob, for everything you do for us. Our community would not be the gem that it is without you.
You're just the best.