Wow, what a great turn out from Team Reel! I had a blast riding with my daughters Reagan and Kaitlynn as well as Kate and Kerry Elder. I was so proud of those girls! On a very hilly course the intense wind made for a very difficult ride, but they rode super tough. Jacqueline rode the 10 mile option with the Hamilton clan and big thanks to them for letting her ride with them, she is hooked for next year. J.J., like so many others (especially on the longer rides) was absolutely waisted by the wind. That was one windy day in the saddle!!
Well, this event was probably my hardest day on a bike. I figured the six stagesand 90 miles total I did included approx 35 miles of consistant steady climbing. As difficult, painful, and dlirium inducing as it was, I loved it! I must say that our set up, especially the way Jaimie takes care of us is top notch! Thanks to Ladd, Nate, Eric, and Jamie for and awesome day!!!
What a nice day for a ride. I was less tired after 100 miles today than after the 60 miles I rode of the Bob Lebow. I ran into Nate hiding in the shade of a tree at the Kuna rest stop, but didn't see any other Team Reel riders. Team Invent won first place in the team contest and Lactic Acid was second if anyone was curious.
Well, the weather started off nice at 7:00 until the wind started picking up around 7:30. Our lead car didnt' know where they were going and took us straight through the Deer Flat intersection where we were supposed to turn left. The ensuing chaos caused one lady to crash. Unfortunately I tried to keep up with the lead pack that rolled out at about 21-22 miles per hour. That plus the wind wiped me out by Homedale. I limped to the Adrian, OR rest stop (60 miles in) before having my wife pick me up due to cramping (I know, I must be the biggest whimp in the club).
Windy! Saw the Denning clan and others, we had at least 10 folks start off for the 62 mile course. Fun ride, but the wind took it's toll. This seemed a log longer than a metric usually does, but cool all the same. My only complaint, at the 2nd rest stop, they had watery Gatorade, peanuts, and graham crackers. Nothing that's really "quick" energy. No bananas or oranges. No fig bars. So Jenny was pretty tired by this point and about 1 mile afterwards was asking when the next rest stop was! :) The lunch was great because there was NO LINE.
Another beautiful year. Due to some family constraints, Jenny and I didn't think we had time for the metric, but we brought along Elsie for her longest ride to date - 26 miles! It was cold at the start and we had to improvise some extra layers to keep Elsie's hands warm, but otherwise we had a great ride. She kept her spirits up and had a great time, and she even found a school mate at the finish to have lunch with.
We caught up with the full Denning crew at lunchtime. I'll try to pull a picture from my video to show that good looking crew!
Wow, what a ride!!! There was a very large turnout (I am guessing 75 riders showed up). I actually only did 2/3 of the climbs....it was exausting. Tons of fun though. I will definitely do it again if they have it next year.
First XC race at the velopark today. I was the 25th sport to sign up, I'm not sure what the final count was.
As some of you know, teach at BSU full-time and am a doc student. One of the affordances of taking a full load is that I am eligible to race collegiate, even at 39. So, I have been traveling the last couple weeks with a few more to go.
The weather turned out to be great for the Chicken Dinner race, which made it a good experience for my first time out. My results weren't spectacular (finished 23rd out of 31 finishers) but it was a lot of fun. I would have done better if I hadn't cracked about 4 miles from the finish, but I still managed to average 20.04 miles an hour which is high for me.