We asked Bear Development Team Director Stu Bone to give us some thoughts on CX Nationals. MFS conducted an interview with Stu on his work with Bear Dev, to be published soon. What follows are his own words.

Welcome to Boulder, CO, where the men shave their legs and the women don’t. In your daily life, your family and co-workers likely enjoy pointing out all of your yuppie, masochistic, endurance sports insanity. Boulder however, will welcome you with open arms. Unless, of course, you’re trying to snake their parking spot at Whole Foods on Pearl Street.

Seriously though, one of my favorite things about USAC National Championship events is that they bring social media to life. I am always stoked to show up at an event like this and meet/connect with all kinds of really cool people that I’ve been interacting with on Instagram or Twitter.

Making new friends and connecting with distant ones brings real meaning to these events.

This year I was bummed that I wasn’t able to connect with @mwicross, @crusty_pov and @alyssasevern (plus dogs Mavis and Bullseye). But there were many others, like @yonderjournal, @castellicycling, @lasalaimages, @realwheelsbicyclestudio and @thek2 that I was stoked to meet up with in person.  We enjoyed a couple great meals together and some solid race-time heckling.  The community of people at USA CX Nationals is as good as it gets—it was really great to see everyone.  I look forward to watching @lancey_pants race for an @beardevteam national championship at the next 2015 CX Nationals in Austin, TX.