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Bruce Lodge

Bruce Lodge
Bruce is fairly new to cross, as well as bike racing in general. Starting his athletic career in high school in both track and cross country running, Bruce was a top 440/880 MVP, as well as earning an All League selection in both high school and college. Disenchanted in the drone of one-too-many footsteps on pavement, Bruce retired from competitive running and began a career in the California Department of Forestry. His new assignment took him to San Luis Obispo County, where he discovered mountain biking in the rolling, golden hills of Central California. It is there that Bruce spent many years perfecting his technique in what would become his next-greatest passion in athletics. Flash forward over a decade. Bruce had been since transferred to Santa Cruz County, and was now living fairly close to his sister Janel. Through Janel's urging, Bruce takes his first newborn steps into the NorCal cross scene- a cauldron of talent and competitiveness that ranks it among the top cyclocross arenas in the country. Although this initial foray into cross appeared lack-luster at first, it instilled a sense of drive, born of the requisite challenge of the sport. After dabbling in a few more cross races in 2000, and 2002, Bruce took his cross to the next level by mapping out a full schedule of races in 2003. Guided by the steady hand of BMR Director Mark Howland, his official new brother-in-law, Bruce showed steady improvement that garnered him a spot on the '04 BMR line-up. This proved to be a break-out year for Bruce, netting him 1st overall in the Bay Area Super Prestige series, and 2nd overall in the Central Coast Cyclocross series (45+B div.). Although Bruce's '05 season was marred by both injury and mechanicals, he nonetheless scored the biggest win of his burgeoning cross career with a spectacular win in the FIAC National Championships, here in Santa Cruz county." I am grateful to Howie for the opportunity to join such a great team and for all the technical help he's provided. I enjoy the camaraderie of the BMR team, and sincerely respect their racing ability and experience. To be racing in the same jersey as the likes of my BMR teammates is really an honor for a novice like me. I also want to express my sincere thanks to my partner Christina Bonetti for her support. The best cross racing for me is when Christina and Sierra The Dog are at the tape cheering me on. I also appreciate the support of the many team sponsors It's cool that these people are willing to help make BMR successful; I know I sure appreciate their interest and support.
Remember: Cyclo Cross is Life... the rest is just diggin' mud outta' your ears" (BL)

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