Following the SRAM Neutral Race Support (NRS) ace mechanics Jose Alcala and Chris Kreidl during the very cold third and final day of Jingle Cross Rock in Coralville, IA. The previous day had brought mud, lots and lots of wet mud followed by a very cold and very windy Sunday.
For Alcala, it all started when somebody didn’t show up. “I used to coach and manage a team of ladies outside of New York City and we needed to go to Altoona, PA and we couldn’t afford a mechanic so I was the one that was responsible for their stuff. We’d done all this training and we really didn’t want to let a mechanical be a reason that they didn’t finish well.” he explained. “That’s how I got started doing it. And then my friend Butch Balzano saw me at a different event and just asked me to drive a car because somebody didn’t show up. That’s how I got involved in it, somebody didn’t show up. It’s been going on 19, 20 years.”
If it wasn’t for Jose Alcala’s foot in the pit, there are many race days that I would have gone with no food, especially no warm food. Thank you Jose!
There are so many people that work hard at races the new series A Day In The Life Of … follows along with one (or two) of them during one day.