Good luck to RRR's Artur and Michelle who are finally competing in the even they've been training all spring and summer for. They'll be joined by Naomi, the brains behind the 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge solo winner.
After roughly 650 kms of riding over the past 7 days, it's finally time for me to sit down with a beer, a hot pizza, and a week's worth of Tour that been waiting for me to catch up on. It doesn't get much better than this.
Thanks to all of those who gave their support and encouragement to Team CMU as we raced across Western Canada, and thanks to all of those who spent their weekend out at the 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge. The past week will prove to be one of my most memorable from summer 2010; without you it wouldn't have been the same.
Team CMU leaves from White Rock, BC toay at 8:00 local time in a race across Western Canada vs. ultra-marathon stud Arvid Loewen. He has a 24 hour head start. Can we catch him? You can follow the action at both CMU's and Arvid's event sites. Both sites will feature real-time GPS tracking and rider updates from the road.
It all goes down in 1 week from today. All the details you need are here. It's going to be a lot of fun. The course is friendly, but will challenge. And the people will be friendly, too, (though some are challenged).
The early bird deadline is midnight on Tuesday the 20th. $60 gets you admission, insurance, your own keep-sake license plate, camping, and Sunday morning breakfast. On-site registration will cost you and additional $15 (that's a case of beer!) so why wait?
At least they're on the board this month on the strengh of g's Butter Belt performance. We'll figure out large (or short-lived) FGBC's margin is later this week when the results are posted for some upcoming races and the Back 40.
Giving up. Quitting. Packing it in. The first lap of Sunday's Back 40 had me seriously considering hanging up the race plate for good. It was bad. Real bad. Any type of incline had me off the bike walking. My head felt like it was going to explode. I considered backtracking along the race course and asking people if they'd seen any shreds of my shattered spirit littering the trail. It all came to an humiliating head when I emerged from the woods onto the windswept mile and a half of gravel road and a 14 year old wearing full jeans and his seat way low rolled past me, eyes filled with pity. I tried to hang on to his wheel. Really, I did. But the gap kept growing as he steadily pulled away. The sound of another rider coming behind me filled me with thoughts of drafting and gathering some form of energy into the west wind. To my dismay, I realized her 5"3' frame wasn't about to be any help. It was at this point that some hidden well of reserve strength rose to the fore and I determined to pull ahead and provide a draft, rather than poach one. It was the TSN turning point, and slowly but surely, as the effort needle settled back to the black, I managed to start enjoying myself again to the point where on the 2nd lap I didn't get off the bike for the climbs that demoralized me on lap 1. In fact, I actually started to think that racing was fun again. Thank the Lord for second chances. If that race had ended after lap one, I think I would have indeed hung up the racing cleats for good and reached for my fishing pole.
Disclaimer(excuse alert): as some of you may know, I only just returned to Canada last Saturday and raced the 32k version of the Back 40 with 3 rides under my belt, all my training having come this past week. My body was trying to cash a cheque, but there were no funds in the bank. Or, as I recall Mike G saying one time, "You got to put in the time, to get the grades", or something like that.
Anyhoo. When it was all said and done, it was a good time and I finally got a chance to sample the Morden trails I've heard so much about. Their reputation is well deserved. Thanks Tinker.
Things we have come to expect from the Tinker crew: Great trails Great volunteers Challenging course
They delivered all of that again Sunday. Every time I passed a course marshal, they had a smile or an encouraging word. Thanks Kevin, Tim, James and the rest of the crew. All of your hard work is very much appreciated.
I was pretty motivated for The Butter Belt Battle. Johnny and me, man to man. But I wasn't able to put up much of a fight. I had been home sick a few days last week and wasn't quite over it by race day. On my best day that race is hard enough. I put in two good laps and then ran out of gas on lap three. Ever had one of those days when you feel like selling your bike and taking up fishing? It was a lap of shame ending in a DNF.
Johnny toughed it out for six hours to take the Belt. Well done G.
Just wondering if there's anybody going to the Back 40 from Brandon who'd be interested in carpooling. I'm only doing the 32k option, so I won't need to arrive as early as the 80k hardmen. I've got a van and would be willing to drive. Anyhoo, just checking. - Chris D