Thursday, March 06, 2008

King James Goes Privateer..





After many, many years of loyal racing duties for both CFR and BAC, "KING" James Cross is calling it quits. It has been a victorious, glorious, and sometimes tumultuos relationship over the past few years. Always eager to help, but never on time...always preparing his teammates but never prepared, James was always that guy who had a love/hate relationship with the team. When you needed him to build your bike the night before the race, he dutifully accepted the challenge. When you needed him to go to sleep in the team hotel/condo/trailer for the race, he would hammer away until 4:30am with a crescent wrench in a last-ditch attempt to slide a cassette on his freewheel, despite all who needed sleep and would murder if need be.





Such is the drama with the King. Last year we saw James rocket to the podium time and again in BIG RACES..pain patches flying and curses sailing at every female athlete in his way. Racing in R&D products that were completely untested and untried, he would beat his 15lb full-suspension bike into utter collapse every race. You probably don't know ANYONE who knows more about bikes or bike products, or how to build a bike than the King. His talents are wasted on Sport Chalet, and he should be a wrench for a big box team no doubt.







The King races everything. NMBS, Cal State, Keyesville, Nowheresville, your mom's house, it doesn't matter..he'll race it and die before he DNF's. You have to respect that on some level. He is dedicated more than anyone else I know to the sport..I just wish we could get him laid on a regular basis and mellow his ass out.








Everyone on the team, whether they like him or not, owes him a "thanks" at some point along the way. During last year's NMBS at Solvang, he drove halfway home just to catch Randy, who had inadvertently left with someone's car keys. He's built every bike for every rider on the team, past and present, except maybe Bert, Jim, Jay and I. Say what you like, he did sarifice a great deal.







So Mr. Cross, thanks for years of the nicest, most annoying, unselfish, pain in my ass, drama queen, always ready to help anyone guy I have ever met. I wish you luck as a privateer, and if I hear about anyone giving you free stuff I will cut off their nuts and feed them to wild boars. If you need a shady spot, water, or feed zone help though, we'll be there for ya ok?









I am posting this at work, because we are slow today and I will be busy doing taxes, so if I missed anything please feel free to ante up and post something. I would expect to hear from the likes of Christie Pleiss and Teri Strayer on how nice James was to them, even after they left. If they don't, expect a very unpleasant page from me by next week calling them out. Good luck James, see ya out at the races!
























































































































































9 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, Blogger rushman said...

KING,

I'm really bummed that this is your decision, but I do understand it.I would like to thank you for all the help and really taking me in as a new teammate this last year and if you need ANYTHING at all I have always had your back and will continue to do so, so please don't hesitste to ask you have been a great teammate and friend to me and hopefully that won't change because of your decision. I look forword to seeing you at the races my friend.

Randy

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Christie said...

A VERY nice tribute to James for sure. James still to this day loves to help everyone out (especially the female racers!). He definately helped me alot during my time on CFR, Backbone and since my departure. I can think of countless times he helped with bike component selection (even weighing them and putting a piece of tape with the WEIGHT on it!), helped me with feeds, advice, moral support, etc. In a nutshell, he is just an awesome friend and really does love bike and everything bike related as chris said! I know everyone will still see him around all the time! prob helping everyone as he always has...

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Cap'n said...

Geez, Randy...why don't ya gargle his BAG while your at it! HAHA..I'm totally joking, just wanted to break your balls for sending me 500 naked fat-chick photos on my cel phone... dork.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger JIMBO said...

I'll never forget the time James changed in our trailer and left his sweaty bike shorts full of Chamios butter on the floor for the wife and daughter to see... Classy!! Good luck to you James!!

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Cap'n said...

Holy shit! I never thought Jimbo would leave such a non-abusive comment! Man...I was prepared for some serious git-down, too. I like it when everyone plays nice, even when they are full of crap!

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger rushman said...

Just think Captn. if I would gargle James's bag for being a friend just think what i'd do for you as you are the team owner and put me on the team ???????

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Cap'n said...

Pucker up, Butter Cup!

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger rushman said...

I'm a ready but remember it's along way from ohio to cali and I don't think it's that long

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger Cap'n said...

Hell Randy, if we were trapped in a 6 inch by 6 inch cel, it wouldn't be long enough...by a LOT! :)

 

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