Friday night we rode to the course in the heat, did 10 minutes of spinning in the sun, and then all of a sudden it was thunder and lightning out. Our race was delayed by 15 minutes, since apparently the chance of being hit by lightning in your life is 1/10000, and probably greatly increased by bicycles. So we waited under tents while it rained harder than I have ever seen, but only for 10 minutes. Then we raced. And it was crazy. Literally crashes every lap. I suffered some horrible cramps roughly 30 minutes in, likely attributed to the fact that I hadn't been able to drink anything due to pure terror for the first half of the race, and with that, my race was done. Perhaps that was the best thing that could've happened to me- both Kennett and Spencer were involved in crashes later in the race. Unfortunately for Kennett, his was pretty serious and I ended up spending several hours at the ER with him Friday night while his collarbone was Xrayed and his address was questioned. Turns out he did indeed break his collarbone, even though "it didn't look broken", and his race weekend was over.
|Kennett at the ER|
Spencer and I headed off for Saturday nights start, and about 45 minutes before the race the thunder, rain, and lightning rolled in again. Luckily, it stopped and cleared up before we raced. This was my favorite race of the weekend, a super fast, 6 corner, with a small climb and a wicked fast final corner made for a fun night of racing. It was hot, I sweated alot, drank 2 bottles, was in good position with <10 laps to go, and then lost roughly 30 spots in a corner when I went to the inside and shoulda went outside! Then I rode in my 53x11 doing absolutely no passing for the rest of the race.
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- 95 degree heat + humidity
- "Crybaby hill"
- last day of racing + most money offered
- 95 degree heat
|An example of some of the crowd!|
Benny and I in our various stages of suffer
|The entrance into the climb, me too far back to make the climb easy|