That was fun. Thanks to Speed Theory for puttng on a great training ride. Nine Terrascapers register. Jeff in Cat A, the rest of the newbies (Jason, Cesar, Ray, J), females (Alana and Lisa) and out of shape old farts (Mark, Mike) in Cat C for beginners. After Jeff leaves the start for 5 laps , the rest of us have time to get nervous about our 3 laps. Off we go. Why are there always hills at the start? The peloton is fragmented by the top of the hill. I am with J, M, and L. Jason, C and R are in front of us, but we are not sure where A is. The J,M,M,L group ride as a team for the first lap, sharing the load and picking off riders. One lap done, and Alana latches back onto our group, with an amaxing show of intestinal fortitude. J,M,M,L,A continue to work together, taking turns and catching a few positions. Last lap of three and time to make a move. Heading west on Range Road 262, into the wind, the boys go hard, sort of. We are somehwat strewn along the shoulder of the road, and I finally catch back up to J when he dropped his chain. We pulled together up to Mark and then split up as we entered the gravel. J the diesel powered on through as Mark and I ate his dust and tried to keep up. We passed a few more in the gravel and it felt great when we hit the downhill pavement again with the finish near. Then at the 200 metre to go sign it went uphill again. Ouch, this hurts. But I am done now and feeling good about riding with THE team. J,C,R finished ahead of us and L and A came in just behind us. Coach Jeff finished high in Cat A with cross tires and totally dehydratred after loosing a water bottle. Pilsner apparently works wonders as a recovery drink.
Another weekend, another race, another smile after riding with the team.