It has been proposed that Mary Magdalene was in fact, the Holy Grail “Sang Real” (or mother of the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ) and that, pregnant with the child of Jesus, she moved from Egypt and settled in a province of France searching for a better & safer place to live. Fast forward a bit and so too did French explorers, pregnant with the seed of David & the culture of France, journey to Louisiana and up the Mississippi River to settle in what is now St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1790, the very first concept of a bicycle (aka the Immaculate Inception) was introduced to the world by Comte Mede de Sivrac of France, giving birth to what is now a worldwide religion. Unlike most religions, cycling is primarily an outdoor church that accepts and actually promotes a lot of sects; there are criteriums, cyclo-cross races, road races, velodrome (track) races, etc., and since the Gateway Cup is an omnium of criteriums, that is what we will focus on in this post.
Criteriums are typically categorized by short courses, closed circuits, high heart rates & a lot of grinding gears. The tempo of a criterium is constantly fluctuating up and down, as the participants jockey for a good position for the sudden climactic burst or “the sprint”. The peloton or “field” typically consists of anywhere between 50 to 125 cyclists, but only one lucky rider will be the first to penetrate the finish line and enter the promised land of 1st place. All of the spandex, sweat and competition can create a lot of sinnergy, so if you can’t keep your cool during a crit, we suggest you stay home and simply race yourself.
All negative emotions aside, we are brought together this weekend for a very special place in time and history, tis the season to be jolly in St. Louis and celebrate the most coveted of all of her races, the Holy Grail of the St. Louis cycling. Just as the story of St. Louis starts with French explorers (Laclede & Chouteau) seeding the city as an official French settlement in February 1764, the Gateway Cup begins precisely where those explorers initially settled, Lafayette Square. We’re not trying to SRAM any ideas between your ears, and quite frankly the only dogma we'll be peddling is dogma we can actually pedal, but if you live near or around St. Louis, come out and celebrate with us. For Christ’s sake.