- I last did this race in 2007. We took second in the coed class. Course is hard. Terrain is tough there, steep quick climbs. No place to rest.
- A couple of folks commented that they thought the course was easier then back in '07. They are wrong.
- the heat was a big story, after my first lap, my I pretty much felt light headed all day. Not a good thing. Luckily, the legs felt good.
- We raced in the 3 man open class, falling just one year short of qualifying for the 105+ masters group. Class was DEEP with talent, really good riders. Congrats to DCMTB teams , who dominated taking 1st and 2nd both with 13 laps. Evan Ellicot posted the fastest lap, on a single speed, at 47 and some change... A team from Newark (go Rich Willey!) took 3rd, and the USMC team took fourth, crushing my hopes and dreams on my final lap. Welcome to our house. we are going to kick your ass now...
- 25ish teams in our class, we battled between 7th and 4th all day long. On the final lap I took off just 15 seconds from fourth. I attacked hard and at mile 3 had made contact. I tried a not really smart pass involving some slower lapped traffic, and placed my nuts on the stem at high velocity. I didn't hit the deck, but kinda blew it. 4th would end up taking 3 minutes out of me in the final 6 miles. That one will sting in the morning. I just didn't have it in me. Don't worry my nuts are fine, my ego a little more bruised.
- We set up a sweet compound with Blakey and Travis. Travis was badder than Arnold Swartzenagger in the terminator. Blasting out 9 laps, and having time for a 10th , but not needing to do it to, Travis won the 35+ solo class. Blake meanwhile steadily drove home a 10th place finish.
- Did I mention it was really hot out there?
- This is Dan's wife and daughter. Dan is teaching her the ways of the force. She told me what Jawas say. She also enjoyed her first gummy worm ever, courtesy of me... Another youth turned to the darkside...
- according to the Garmin my laps were 51:34;54:02;58:25; 57:05... I like the negative split for the 4th lap. That's always a good sign; either that or I really blew it on the 3rd lap...
- Monkey of course was there and laid down the law at the compound, telling us what and when to eat, when to get to transition, and in general being the benevolent dictator that all endurance relay teams need to be successful in these events.
- At the end of the day, I was pleased with our ride, I felt good, but the heat hurt me. No excuses because frankly everyone had to deal with it. We got to walk up to the box and get a sweet pint glass for our efforts. Who else makes manpris and a long sleeve jersey look this good on the hottest day of the year?
- Thanks to my great teammates Chris Mayhew and Dan Tille, who both rode like bawlers. Mayhew had the hot laps for the team, and locked up our trip the the box with a smoking 4th lap. I was lucky to get to race with them, and would look forward to doing it again.
- Thanks to Monkey for the support, thanks to Travis and Blake for being such solid compound mates. Travis pictured here:
- Thanks to NCVC lead by Erik Lever for heckling the crap out me all day.
- As she has been know to do, Diane kinda adopted the dog next door: cash was his name .
- Diane and I got home a little after midnight Saturday night. After greeting Riley and Layla, my first move was to apply a couple layers of Boudreuax's butt paste. It was getting a little raw in the deep darkness that is my under carriage; don't worry everything is cool now.