Craig, Steve, and I were signed up for a 3 man team this year. We pre-rode the course together and quickly came to 2 conclusions.
1) It was fun.
2) There absolutely nowhere to pass.
About 20 minutes before the start we all changed the registration to the solo class and set out to ride 4 hours of the 2.8 mile log infested course... in a paceline... wearing skinsuits... with no tools... and like no food. #YOLO.
|Things you never see: Craig taking a pull. aelandesphotography.com|
This ended up being way, way more fun then we suspected. The "moment of regret" never really came. We rode around talking (at tempo) for 4 hours. Stopped every 4 laps or so... graciously accepted cookie handups from "Big Show". Heckled those who passed sketchy... that deserved its own section actually:
To all of you that passed a little kid, female racer, or hell group of 3 UCI license holders without announcing, leaving enough space, or worse, heckling an 11 year old girl... What the hell? Were you in a rush to get home to beat your dog or something? Did you think the Cannondale team had scouts there to sign you up if you went all Strava on that shit? Maybe you just hate your life and this is your outlet? I don't know, I do know one demographic over all overs made the most ridiculous errors of etiquette above any other. It wasn't a scientific study, but being out there for 15 laps, it was obvious. Old dudes, comon you are better than this... chill. /rant
Back to the fun stuff. Abe (aelandesphotography.com) was there taking pictures. My wife was busy learning all about gravity (maybe sometimes falling down), and the other Ciclismo team was turning some fine laps.
I give to you a comparison of myself... Steve... and finally, Craig.
|Me leading a bit|
|This is Craig. Notice he's still drafting.|
The rest of the day was spent pulling very consistent laps (if you pull our rest stops out, our fastest lap and our slowest was only a 45 second difference. The only thing more persistent that our pace was our conversation. We never stopped
annoying the living shit talking the entire day.
|The start of the best section. Logs and bridges!|