Monday, October 05, 2009

The Return Of Don Myrah

Don Myrah is one of Northern California's all time great cycling legends. It is a pleasure for myself, and other Nor-Cal racers to compete against him in his come back to racing, and witness his return to glory on two wheels. Don Myrah has accomplished an amazing amount since he first won the California State Junior Road Race title in 1984. In 1989, Myrah won the inaugural MTB XC World Championships while riding for his sponsor Tom Ritchey. In 1996, Myrah was one of two riders who represented the U.S.A. in Mountain Biking at the Olympics. Myrah has won the Elite Cyclocross National Championships 4 times! And collected a total of 7 medals from the USA Cyclocross National Championships. This makes Myrah by far the most accomplished Cyclocross racer in Nor-Cal! Many years ago I can personally remember watching him compete locally when he was America's best Cross rider, and he basically won every single time he raced in Northern California. One year Myrah went virtually undefeated in Nor-Cal racing. It was quite the task to finish within 2 minutes of his winning time for the other fast men of Nor-Cal Cyclocross. After the Olympics Myrah took a break from cycling and started a family. Then he decided on a racing comeback & got off the couch and back on the bike. It has taken the past 2 seasons of racing to bring on his current form and re-develop his fitness, stamina, and power. Myrah is a World Class athlete who knows there is no short cuts to great performances like the one he threw down this past weekend in winning the Master 35+ 'A" & Elite divisions at B.A.S.P. #1. Myrah has worked very hard on his comeback after posting very strong results at the end of the last Cross season. He then continued racing during this past year, instead of getting back on the couch. Myrah did selected CCCX MTB races & Nor-Cal Road events to keep his legs sharp and his focus firmly set on success. Myrah now has his sights set one more Medal from the Cyclocross Nationals, in the Master 40-44 division. I take this chance to personally congratulate Don Myrah for his return to racing at a very high level! All the racers, and fans of great cycling in this area are fortunate to be able to view his style on the bike and have a chance to compete again against one of the best riders ever from the NCNCA region...


Don Myrah shown here finding his form & winning the Master Men 35+ "A" CCCX race one week prior to his big rides in San Francisco this past Sunday. Myrah is a proud father of 2, and a class act who lets his riding do his talking....
Don Myrah -circa 1991- on his way to winning the USA Cyclocross Elite National Title. Notice the Toe Clips and the big crowds in the back ground! Today's National Championships are full of spectators cheering on the racers and you will see no one using Toe Clips....
IBIS Cycles are no fools! They set Myrah up with their top of the line Cyclocross bike and backed his comeback fully. Today Myrah puts the 2009 IBIS Hakkalugi Cyclocross steed through demanding on course testing like here on the log hop section of CCCX #2.....
At the start line in the Master 35+ "A" division. This field is full of Nor-Cal racing legends and Don Myrah needed this type of super quality competition to regain his form to its highest level. Nor-Cal Masters racing is the best America has to offer by far & having an on form Myrah in the field makes it that much better....
Myrah's comeback has been great to watch and the utmost challenge to race against. Thanks Don for getting back on the bike and off the couch!....

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you name the Olympic rider that rode with Don in the first olympics?
Who won the race and who was found too have doped?

10/5/09, 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work on the report Dusty. Way to Go Don!! Keep up the great riding.

10/5/09, 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tinker Juarez went with Don to the first Olympics that included cross-country mountain biking. Can't remember the winner or the doper.

It is very cool to see Don back in great racing form again.

10/6/09, 9:27 AM  
Anonymous blackmarket said...

Bart Brentjens won the first mountain bike Olympic medal; and the rider(s) that doped? Hmm, probably a couple in the top 10 that day, like say, Miguel Martinez, who's own father admitted to a cycling publication, that a rider at the top level "cannot compete on just bread and water." Indeed...

10/6/09, 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me it is amazing and inspirational to see what the mind and body can do. I have a HUGE amount of respect for this guy. I feel fortunate to have witnessed his performance on sunday.

10/6/09, 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for writing such nice things about my daddy i love him very much and very happy for him. i love my daddy! -bella

10/6/09, 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! What can I say, that was a really nice article!! Someone get me a bigger helmet all this mushy stuff is starting to go to my head. You guys rock!!

Don

10/6/09, 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story Dusty. Well written and keep up the good work. Your doing a very good job... And You Da man Don! Helmet is on the way. But might now have to get a XXL though. But actually, I kinda like the retro lid your rocking now. What is that? A John Tomac signature model prehaps? Hahaha. Timmy C

10/6/09, 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Rich Maile said...

While living in Santa Cruz 'back in the day' I watched Don race and was inspired to someday do the things he did then. Watching Don race last Sun. I am even more inspired to do the things he does now. I look forward to when I can race with him.

10/7/09, 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about Myrah being, "by far the most accomplished Cyclocross racer in Nor-Cal!"

Clark Natwick, also a Nor Cal local, has 10 medals from USA Cycling National Championships.

10/7/09, 8:24 AM  
Blogger Jeff Patton said...

Great writeup! Was there that HOT day in 1996 in Atlanta, only went for 1 event - to see Tinker and Don race. We are pretty spoiled to now get to race against him!

10/7/09, 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 Elite Titles from Don! By Far the Best from Nor-Cal, it is plain and simple.

Clark is also one of the all time greats from the past.

But 4 Elite Titles tops the list!!!

10/7/09, 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Don & Clark are awesome guys.. and Dusty already wrote a great piece about Clark. I really liked the piece Dusty wrote on Clark earlier this year and I give Dusty his props for saying positive things about so many different riders.

look here

http://crossbabble.blogspot.com/2009/08/clark-natwick-coaching-services.html

Clark raced in a different era, as you can see from the photos. I wish Clark would get out there now and race.

For Don to win the Elite race and the Master 35+ A race at BASP #1 on the same day at 43 years of age puts Don on another level, just like his Olympic selection and his 4 Elite titles.

Nor-Cal is lucky to have both those guys, because both those guys won the Elite nationals which put Nor-Cal Cross racing on the map! Thanks Clark & Don! I love you guys!

Tami

10/7/09, 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started out with cyclocross racing when I was still in high school. I still remember Don's smooth dismounts from my first surf city race. It was fun to see Don attack in the M35+ race at San Ardo and some others...funny because now I fee like the old guy and Don is winning the A races!

10/12/09, 3:46 PM  
Blogger Matthew S. said...

Great article on Don Myrah. Keep us informed who are still on the couch, as it were. I noticed the hairy legs; all comebacks are not what we once were! Congratulations, Don.

Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki

10/25/09, 11:19 AM  

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