Saturday, October 21, 2006

Update from Andrew Barker

A little while back the team and I traveled to Massachusetts for the first two races of the national US Gran Prix cyclocross series in Gloucester. We were able to crash at Ben's aunt's house which turned out to be a very relaxing and cool place to stay (Thanks again Aunt Ricky!). The next two days for me consisted of breakfast, getting a few laps of the course in the morning, warming up on the trainer, racing, cooling down, lunch, watching the Clif Bar tent and informing people of how Clif Bars ROCK, cheering on the rest of my teammates in the U23 and Elite races, and finally disassembling our little camp. The trip became a great learning experience for me in how the team operates and how the local east coast 15-16 boys are pretty

Last night I read a little article about carbon dioxide emissions in a Scientific American magazine to educate myself a little more on exactly what environmental problems we as a team are trying to take steps to solve. The article was really startling in that we, the people of the world, need to start acting now in order to lower our carbon dioxide output in order to prevent radical and permanent climate changes in the nearing future. It also explained how the task of lowering carbon dioxide release into the atmosphere is entirely possible even with growing population and developing economies. The whole thing just made me think of how we live on such a delicate planet, but do not treat it like one. So…just by thinking about what we are doing to our world first, we can take care of this problem.

Lastly, I want to thank everybody for their support on making this trip happen, and please stay tuned for our adventures to come!


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