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In Memory Of Guy Nethery

joeyTWOwheels —  October 20, 2014 — 23 Comments
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.

It's time... let's get to it.

It’s time… let’s get to it.

#CrossIsComing

Everyone keeps talking about it. ‘graming it.

You can feel the excitement building as racers acquire new frames and gear and review all the latest road and mountain bike results to see where their archenemy is placing.

Cross is heating up in Texas, y’all. You best be busy.

Here’s your schedule to date. Some things might change (as you can see by the TBDs), but at least you know where you’ll be spending 14 (potential) weekends this fall and winter.

OCT
4 – Bicycle Sport Shop Six Shooter – Austin
5 – Bicycle Sport Shop Six Shooter
11 – San Antonio CX – It’s a Bexar – San Antonio
12 – San Antonio CX – It’s a Bexar
18 – Webberville Cross – Austin
19 – Cyclocross Scuffle – Austin
25 – Cross Houston – Houston
26 – Cross Houston Continue Reading…

Join Tim Johnson and Pete Webber for a ride to COTA and fun at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. All two wheels, all day. Photos ripped off from PeteWebber.com.

Join Tim Johnson and Pete Webber for a ride to COTA and fun at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. All two wheels, all day. Photos ripped off from PeteWebber.com.

 

UPDATE – Pete Webber just told the crew that there will be private indoor parking at COTA exclusively for the group. Plus they have a limited number of FREE tickets. Get on it if you want one. Email Pete at petewebbercx@gmail.com. Also, bring your lock for extra security measures at the indoor spot.

Are you on the list for the CX Clinic this Saturday? The one with Tim Johnson and Pete Webber?

Well, unless you were on social media the day of the announcement, you might not have had the chance to sign up before it was sold out.

Fear not, friends, now you can ride on Sunday with the national and world-class stars of cyclocross.

Ride to the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

This Sunday, April 13, you are all invited to come ride bikes, watch the world’s best moto racers, and enjoy the fantastic world of two wheels!

Some details:

Who: Open to all and designed for intermediate to advanced riders comfortable riding at a brisk pace and in uncertain traffic. Ride participants include cyclocross stars Tim Johnson and Pete Webber, along with friends from Bicycle Sport Shop and the cycling community.

Where: Ride starts and finishes at Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar, Austin.

When: Sunday, April 13, 8:30 am sharp. Please arrive a few minutes early. The group arrives at COTA around 11:00 am. Main event finishes at 2:45 pm, and the group will meet at the bike racks at 3:30 pm sharp for the 1-hr ride home.

The Ride: The scenic route – about 35 miles and 2.5 hrs. After the GP is finished, the ride back is more direct – about 15 miles. Some sections of the ride will probably have very heavy traffic and congestion. Continue Reading…

It’s here!

The promoters were very accommodating this year and the schedule has been finalized kind of quickly. If you see a promoter, give em a hug. Go ahead, reach out…give a promoter a hug.

OK, here is is.

Your 2013-2014 TXCX Schedule:

10.05.13 Six Shooter CX – Austin
10.06.13 Six Shooter CX
10.12.13 Bexar CX – San Antonio
10.13.13 Bexar CX – San Antonio
10.19.13 OPEN
10.20.13 OPEN
10.26.13 Sppoky CX – Dallas
10.27.13 Spooky CX
11.02.13 Houston CX
11.03.13 Bayou Cycling Race – Houston
11.09.13 Georgetown CX – Austin
11.10.13 Georgetown CX
11.16.13 Cedar Hill CX – Dallas
11.17.13 Colonel’s SHO-Air – Fort Worth
11.23.13 Waco CX
11.24.13 Waco CX
11.30.13 OPEN
12.01.13 OPEN
12.07.13 Bikesport Challenge – Houston
12.08.13 Terra X
12.14.13 Tough CX – Fredericksburg
12.15.13 Tough CX
12.20.13 OPEN
12.21.13 OPEN
12.28.13 Garland CX – Dallas
12.28.13 Garland CX
01.04.13 Skills-Based States in Webberville – Austin
01.05.13 CX Scuffle – Age-Based States in Moya – Austin

We are still tracking for Cyclocross Nationals in Zilker Park in Austin in 2015. Also, States will go from one city to the next and rotate in alpha order: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio. Last, we voted last year to have at least one open weekend each month and we were able to accommodate that.

22 races (just like last year)
Dallas – 4 races
Ft Worth – 4
Houston – 4
Austin – 6
San Antonio – 4

Those tallies are a bit off, when you consider places like Waco. It’s technically closer to Ft Worth, but in reality it’s half way between there and Austin. Same with Morovia – closer to San Antonio, but only slightly closer than Houston.

Look forward to seeing everyone on the tracks.

Hup! Hup!

Editor’s Note – guests posts are always welcome, even video or photography-based stories. Thanks to local favorite #Cat3Elite, Minor Baker, for contributing this quality write up. And to his worthy TXCX adversary (and friend), Scott King, for the quality images. Hup!

Three years ago, when UCI decided to award the Cyclocross World Championship to Louisville, KY many Europeans (both racers and fans) scoffed at the idea of the World Championships being held outside of Europe.  To make matters more interesting was the fact it was going to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, instead of more developed US cyclocross hot spots such as New England or the Pacific Northwest.  Louisville had done an outstanding job hosting a USGP race for the last couple of years, but if we were being honest, Louisville doesn’t even crack the top ten of CX destinations (i.e. Koksijde, Tabor, Lille, Zolder), heck it may not even be in the top three of US cyclocross destinations (Providence, Portland, or Boulder).  I think in both cases, that perception has changed. Continue Reading…

On-time race starts.
Sand. Technical features. Demanding terrain.

Quick results. Toilet paper.

Heckling. Beer!

Quality experiences bring racers to the battle, and unless you were living in a cave, you likely read the whole story in the Texas CX 2011 Rider Survey. Racers have serious expectations, and it’s time to get it on.

"Promoter gets to be a TSA member for the day." Glamor shot jacked from Bikesport Challenge Facebook (click image to like the race page).

Submit your cyclocross race proposal before June 15th, 2012

The promoters in Texas deserve a solid high-five for all they do. Super slim margins (if not losses) and municipal headaches rank up near the top. So does pressure from racers, TXBRA and the occasional race day and forum complainer. It’s hard work and rarely glamorous (look right). But if you’re into it… Continue Reading…

They say a tie is like kissing your sister, still a win but not 100% the greatest. We'll take it.

Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!

In a brilliant decision that spreads the wealth, USA Cycling told cross enthusiasts in Austin, Boulder and Asheville that their town is the best. Or something like that.

But it matters for naught, the circus that is national-caliber cyclocross racing will make it’s way to The Capital City in 2015, and likely with a national calendar event the year before.

There’s a lot of work ahead for the Austin Sports Commission and Cadence Sports, and our humble TXCX offering will certainly help shape the proposed course layout and experience. We’ve already helped promote the possibility via social media, and several Austin racers were on hand for the site visit with USAC. But that was just a tip of the iceberg of what’s to come.

Course features can't be disclosed just yet, but know the hilly terrain could be utilized (and it was quite fun to ride).

Danny Curtin is already counting back the days. Right now we’re at 1,040, which is plenty of time to start convincing your friends that the best form of cycling involves dismounting their bike and carrying it.

Special thanks to the two groups mentioned above – without them there is no bid and Austin isn’t even on the radar. Behind the scenes was also long-time Texas cycling advocate, Hill Abell. He knows Austin, and all the groups with interests in the park. We’re lucky to have all these folks on our side.

Please keep up with the blog for updates and we’ll spread information as it becomes available.

Hup! Hup! Hup! Y’all!