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!
Tuesday crits at the fairgrounds!
2010 SouthWest Idaho Cycling Association
Criterium Training Series At Expo-Idaho
(Glenwood Street south of Hawks Stadium)
Presented in Cooperation with
Team FCA (5/4-5/11-5/18)
Team ICO (5/25-6/1-6/8)
Team Bob's (6/15-7/6-7/13)
$8 a race, $5 for the second race on any given night
(You must be in one of the categories in a flight to race in that flight)
Unlimited season pass for all races for which the racer is eligible is $50 and
available at Sportsbaseonline ONLY until 5/17/10. ($3.50 service fee added)
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.
Fun day today at Barking Spider. The course is new this year. They moved the shorter climb to the mesa and removed "Terry's Tumble" or "Death Drop" or whatever you want to call it. Now there's a longer, harder climb with a fairly long hike, and then a bunch of riding around the big hill.
Hello, all. It feels a little odd writing a blog I'm not sure anyone will take the time to read. :-) but I might as well keep record of my season somewhere. My name is Chris Haskell, this is my second full year of competitive road cycling, and I'm 39 years old. At the beginning of this season I am a CAT 4. Since I reached this level by starts alone (not points), I don't anticipate making the move anytime soon. I think it's more likely they'll move from a Masters 35+B to a Masters 45+B first.