In Memory Of Guy Nethery

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Guy on his 47th birthday this year, hamming it up with the ones he loved most.

Guy on his 47th birthday this year, hamming it up with the ones he loved most.3

Anyone who toe’d the line with Guy Nethery knew he was a kind person. He would ask how you were doing and wish you luck on your race. He was always talking to someone, with a big, bright smile on his face. You’d bump elbows with him in a crit, cross race or on a ride and knew you were leaning into a stable man – the type of seasoned racer and rider you want by your side.

Much of that transferred to his daily life.

Guy was – first and foremost – a husband and father. He was proud of his three girls and he loved his wife with all his heart. Often on team rides we’d talk about our twins, what they were learning and how different they were from each another. In fact, we always talked about family and life, because that’s what interested Guy the most.

Guy wrote on his family blog in January 2013: "This motley group are my cycling teammates.  I feel lucky to be part of the group!  We all spent a long weekend in Leakey, TX enjoying some Texas Hill Country riding and good company. "

Guy wrote on his family blog in January 2013: “This motley group are my cycling teammates. I feel lucky to be part of the group! We all spent a long weekend in Leakey, TX enjoying some Texas Hill Country riding and good company. “

Last Saturday, after completing his race in Webberville, Guy succumbed to a medical episode and crashed his bike. He was in immediate care from an amazing group of racers and spectators who were highly trained in emergency response and saving lives. Unfortunately, Guy never recovered of breathed on his own through the care in the field, in the air and or at the hospital. People worked diligently for two hours, but it was not enough.

Saturday afternoon we lost Guy. He was 47. Mourning ensued and remains steady today. The feel of the crowd at Cyclocross Scuffle the next day was somber. Racers were hugging and some of us were crying, but all of us knew that we needed to race, because Guy would.

Guy putting in the moves to make up places at Six Shooter CX. He won an award for being courageous that day.

Guy putting in the moves to make up places at Six Shooter CX. He won an award for being courageous that day.

Two weeks previous he was awarded the embros BC Spirit Award for crashing twice on the first lap and being minutes behind the main group. In fact, I ran with him through the sand and heckled him by asking if he missed his start time. “Hell no,” he said, “I crashed, twice.” After the race he was very proud that he gained back several places, finished and was not DFL.

The cycling community has lost a great friend. His family lost a great source of inspiration and constant love. As we move forward, we will start to celebrate his life and try to live like him.

Details for the service:

Visitation, Wednesday October 22nd, 6-8p.
Weed-Corley-Fish
3125 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

Service, Thursday October 23rd, 2p
Same place
Gathering at La Mancha 3p
Post-gathering ride for a couple hours to follow

Donations for the Nethery Girls:

If you are so inclined, please consider giving a donation to Guy’s daughters. All fund will be transferred to their education 529 accounts when the campaign is complete.

One of the members of the #TXCX community, Chris Chou, posted this on Saturday night and it couldn’t be more true:
“The next time you line up, take a moment and shake the hand of the racer next to you. Wish them a safe race and good legs.”

Guy would have.

Rest in peace, my brother. We love and miss you.

Back to the Velodrome!

2014CrossHouston FlyerVery excited to have this course on the #TXCX schedule. It’s straight out of Paris Roubaix, or in cross circles, Alpenrose in Portland.

If you’re looking for some past previews of the course, you know where to go. But for 2014, here’s what Race Director Frank Karbarz has to say about Cross Houston.

Tell me about the venue – what’s the best feature?

The velodrome has a lot of terrain change and is a hidden gem and you would not expect it to deliver a cross course. But Portland and Seattle run cross races every year at their velodromes. There’s even a Wednesday night series in Seattle. Those who rode is last year remember the epic mud in the flats surrounding the velodrome. We were flooded out of some segments last year so we compensated by making use of as much hillside as we could. It was a tough course, but it was tough for everyone. This year the weather is good and we will be mellower on the climbs. Continue Reading…

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Look for a flyer contest (best and worst) at the end of the year.

Cyclocross Scuffle.
Cyclocross Scuffle.
Cyclocross Scuffle. 

Say that ten times fast.

Sunday finds us in Elgin  the sausage capital of Texas – for day two of weekend three. Y’all are familiar with the Bat City Cycling offering, and past write-ups can be found here. The old course at Moya was a pure gem amongst those large pecan trees and subtle ravines – long dragstrip with flow.

Bat City is a legacy event (images from the race in 2012) and the team re-used Webberville for the Age-Based Championships in a pinch last year.

Here’s some input from long-time race director, James Sides: Continue Reading…

WebbervilleCX_Flyer2014

The Webberville Flyer is simple and to the point, choke full of the info you need.

Weekend three!
How is your season going?
Are you doing as well as you thought?
Do you wish you rowed sculls instead?

Wherever you are in the spectrum, you should be sure to find yourself just outside of Austin this weekend. Webberville Cyclocross is a legacy event that we’ve written about many times before. It’s a tried and true course, with new mods that have been very well thought out.

We asked John Bartle, promoter of Webberville Cyclocross (and one of the only people we know who was at the first #CXnats in Austin back in ’78) about his race this year.

How long has this race been in the TXBRA calendar?
The Violet Crown ‘cross race  has been at Webberville for eight years now.

Jamie Mitchell of host team, Violet Crown, runs the sand like a pro.

Wow. Thanks a long tenure. What are your favorite memories of the races in Webberville?
One of the early years we had about three inches of rain the day before the race and water was standing in the drainage swales. Some of the course was tape to tape mud two inches deep but tires got washed off in the water crossings. Recently we have have been blessed with some good quality heckling at the sand pit.

Continue Reading…

SACX_Oct11-122014San Antonio CX : It’s a Bexar (pronounced “bear” – as in the county – for all the non-Texans) is up second on the 2014 #TXCX schedule. Drew Akin of Kickstand Racing has been promoting this race for some time, and you can read the previous previews for a taste of what the weekend is sure to hold.

Last year was quite an enjoyable track with easy access for travelers. This year there is an all women’s wave! Dig that, ladies. Come support those who support you.

Here’s some more from the promoter: Continue Reading…

cxnatsguideWelcome to the unofficial #cxnats guide

The very first day USA Cyclocross Nationals were announced, the emails started to fly in – “where should we stay?” After dibs on the spare rooms were declared, we started pointing people in the various directions. So we decided to lay it down for everyone and create a local’s view on #cxnats, starting with general course location and the best places to rent around it.

A little about Zilker Park

The slightly opaque section shows you the general location of the race and festivities.

The slightly opaque section shows you the general location of the race and festivities.

Nicknamed the “Crown Jewel” of Austin Parks, Zilker is our Central Park. It has amazing views of the skyline and is situated IN the city. No need to shuttle or find yourself a ride – everything is walkable or rideable.

Zilker hosts numerous festivals – like Austin City Limits – and the part of the park we’ll use is steps away from Barton Springs Pool (more on the park in a later post).

The biggest thing for you to know for now is that we’ll be racing in the south and east parts of the park. The map on the right highlights the approximate location. Continue Reading…

If you were to give Six Shooter an age, you might say this bad boy is still in elementary school. Smoking in the john. Learning curse words. It’s not the oldest race on the calendar, but it’s not one to miss, either.

Enter, Voytilla:

2014BSSSixShooter We’ve had some fun on this season-opener track, and you should start your exploration by looking over the preview from 2012 and the writeup from 2013. Plenty of videos and images to wet your whistle in the race previews tab.

We asked Capital City Racing, the promoters of this event, to give us some words of inspiration. Continue Reading…