You read that right. I'm retiring from the world of competitive bike racing after the Captial Cross race on December 7. This doesn't mean that I won't be riding anymore, just that I won't be racing. Now you're probably asking why after such a great year I would be doing this. For some of you reading this the dream is to become a professional rider, getting paid to race. While I love racing my bike that just isn't my dream.
The reason is I want to pursue my real dream job. I'm currently involved in a volunteer work in the U.S. and I am beginning to make plans to move to third world country (where I'm not quiet sure yet) to be more fully involved with this work sometime late next year.
When I go to race I go to win. With the preparation and planning that is going to go into a move of this magnitude I just won't have the time to train to be competitive. I still plan on riding, but am going to focus more on high speed long distance touring.
It was a great year, I met some awesome people and I learned a lot about myself in the process too. While the Adventures of Captain Crunch blog will continue past December, there will be a shift in the focus. Starting in 2010 it will be chronicling my preparation for moving.
I want to thank my sponsers that helped out so much this year - the RGM Watch Co. and Thome Insurance Agency. Also, thank you to everyone for reading the last two years and I hope that you will continue to do so in the future as my new adventure begins!