Bend, OR- Half Acre Cycling's own Julie Popper thundered through the Cyclocross Nationals course on Saturday night to win the <a href="http://cxmagazine.com/clydesdale-cyclocross-championships-details-released-bend-oregon">2009 Cyclocross Athena Champion of the Universe.</a>
"I'd describe the course as murderous," commented Popper. "I think the key to the race was the heavy drinking I did before and during the race. I doubt I would have even started had I been sober enough to realize the dicey skating rink I was about to ride through."
Though the course was treacherously icy and rutted, Popper endured the 4-lap race without crashing her borrowed <a href="http://rocklobstercycles.com/">Rock Lobster</a>, though she went down three times in her two lap warmup. She bested a field of talented racers, including some of the Clydesdale men, and Santa Claus.
Her prize for winning this heralded title is free frites at the 2010 Cross Crusade races.
(photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19091172@N02/4180492949/">Amy Dykema</a>)