Back in 2011 our friends on the Diablo Cycling Team were putting on a race when at the 11th hour, their announcer cancelled. Sometime shortly after that, someone got the bright idea to have us do the announcing for the race. They asked and obviously we accepted without giving any thought as to whether we could do it. It may not seem warranted now, but back then there was skepticism abound. You see, friends, in the past (and present) we have been known to lack basic social filters in public settings. In other words, some people have found us to be loud, obnoxious, vulgar, and at various times, physically offensive. (Two words: pelvic, thrusting.) But that’s only half the story!
Actually, it's mostly all of it, but let's carry on anyway!
One or two people had faith in us, but there was nervous chatter among some Diablos -- who count among their ranks several of their own charmingly offensive characters -- that we would not be able to contain our, let’s call it, “enthusiasm”, with the mics in our hands. There were fears of vulgarities, both verbal and physical. There were fears that it would have to be the last Diablo race. There were fears of fines to pay. But it turns out, that we are quite capable of filtering! Who knew?? Certainly we didn’t, but then again not knowing whether we’re capable of doing something has never stopped us before.
In addition to miraculously finding our filters, it just so happened that we actually did a really good job announcing the bike race! We actually have years of experience racing and riding bikes, so we knew what was happening during the races. We provided commentary with something that sounded somewhat like actual bicycle racing knowledge! And we did it all with a voice and a rapport that has developed over 20 years of friendship and shenanigans.
Over those years, our shame sensors have eroded beyond repair and we've developed a certain level of obliviousness to our surroundings. This enables us to vigorously and humorously entertain the crowd during the boring parts of the race. And let’s face it, if you’re watching a crit, there are some pretty boring parts! Just kidding, everyone! We love crits! (But seriously, it can get boring sometimes.) We’ve found that one of the best ways to liven up a bike race is to tease Masters racers for being old. Keep pedaling, you guys! Father Time is hot on your trail!
Everybody loves that.
So here we are, five years later, and this announcing bike races thing has opened a lot of doors for us and allowed us to meet some amazing people we otherwise wouldn’t have. We’ve made a lot of new friends, reconnected with old ones, and realized that Wisconsin is home to a lot of people who are doing a lot of awesome work to make Wisco’ a totally radical place to ride your bike.
We’ll have more super relevant material in this space as time goes on. (No, really! It’s going to be so cool, everybody. So. Dang. Cool!) In the meantime, we’ll see you at the races! Come say hi!