This past week some of us from the Mill headed out to Bend, Oregon to serve up some of our Steel Cut Oats at the 2010 Cyclo-cross National Championships. People from all around the country came out to both compete and cheer on their favorite riders as they raced through snow, mud and icy puddles. Over the 5 day scheduled races the course varied from icy and dangerous at the beginning of the event, to muddy and slow (and dangerous) for the final few elite races.
We couldn’t be prouder of all our Bob’s Red Mill riders as they battled the strong field of contenders in every race. But we were especially amazed by the tenacity and determination of Maureen Bruno Roy who made an amazing comeback from a brutal fall at the very beginning of the race.
After crashing onto her face during a massive pileup right off of the starting line, Mo was the very last rider to get up as the entire pack of racers passed over and around her. After the first lap she was in 98th place and 15 seconds behind the rider in front of her. But through pure determination and skill in the next few laps, she was able to pass 77 riders to finish in 21st place before heading off to the emergency room for stitches.
Of course, not only was it inspirational to watch the races in person, it was also great to have the chance to introduce many new fans to our delicious oatmeal at this last big event of the 2010 cyclocross season. Biking fans and riders alike enjoyed trying out our porridge as there is something about being outdoors in the wintery high desert weather all day that makes a hot bowl of Steel Cut Oats really taste extra delicious.