Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roadies are uptight

The Ohio Spring Race Series event hosted by Team Athens at Lake Hope was this past Sunday.  As is typical for volunteer based events, there were not enough volunteers.  I skipped racing to drive lead out for the morning and the afternoon sessions.  I was up early and to the lake by 8:45 to get instructions for the races to start at 10.  However, snow had different plans.  At 9:30, they delayed the start an hour to give some snow a chance to melt off the road.  In the morning I lead out the men's masters class, a 2 lap (40 mile) race.  After the climb and down hill on Mine Hollow Road, the pack was down to 2 riders.  Before we could get back to 278, it was down to 1.  And that was my view for the remaining 30 miles, a single rider out in front, flat cranking it.  It was at this moment that I realized I would be old enough to race masters next year.  So much for old and slow!  In the afternoon session I lead out the women's 1/2/3 race for 3 laps.  Started with a total of 7 riders, 3 of them sticking it out to the end with a 2 women sprint for the finish.  I stuck around to watch the end of the men's 1/2/3 group.  At the finish sprint, with a full two lane wide road, one of the riders was complaining to another about "his line" then yelled at the officials that the rider should be disqualified.  Honestly, it just looked like riders sprinting, as the officials thought so too.  Roadies are so uptight.

All in, I drove 100 miles in my truck at about a 20 mph average speed.  I am sure that I was more sore from driving for 5 hours than I would have been if I had raced.

A view of the lake from the registration shelter.

Snow sliding off the roof of my truck, curling on the cab lights.

It was at least pretty!

My view for 5 hours.
On the home front, I finished building the counter for Shelly's office.  Turned out pretty decent and Shelly and very happy to have the space.  I also ordered some "specials" from Revelate Designs.  Specifically, a used Tangle frame bag and a demo bar harness for my upcoming (soon to be planned) bike packing trip.  I will say that the Tangle was described as having "heavy use".  I cleaned it in some hot water and fitted it to my d440.  If this has seen heavy use, they must last forever!  Very impressed with the quality of the pack.



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