Its late and I’m exhausted, but I can tell you I had a great race and it was a fun course.
I will go into better detail and give the full skinny with video and pictures so stay tuned for tomorrow.
I will say that it was fast, there was about 1800 feet of climbing each fifteen mile lap, but of course what goes up must go down, so there was a crazy fast descent. All in all we did four laps which was 68 miles or so total in under two hours and thirty minutes.
Got to give Joe Schmalz a shout out for getting third today, what a super stud.
I hope you’ve been watching the tour because its been awesome.
Today was awesome. I went over to Lawrence Kansas where I met up with Garrick Valverde, Ben Stover, and Joe Schmalz. The order of the day was to go and recon the Velotek Grand Prix road race and prologue, to see what was to come on the cat two/three race next weekend.
Once we got out to the course it was pretty apparent that this was going to be a hard course for everyone, but that’s how I like it. With long climbs and windy false flats this course won’t disappoint. The best part is that it ends with a long uphill climb perfect for someone like me.
Great story to share: While we were riding we came up on an empty gallon jug were Joe decided he was going to try and flatten it or something like that. But what happened was that when he brought the wheel down on it the jug didn’t even dent it but instead sent Joe flying at a 45 degree angle. Joe literally went tabletop for a brief second and somehow and I mean somehow he pulled out of it. I’m still scratching my head how he pulled that off.
Watching this go down had us all cracking up and was probably one of the funniest things that I have ever seen happen on a bike and of course the reaction Joe had after this happened was priceless, after he collected himself., Joe looked at everyone and said; “I did not expect that!” No kidding, right?
So after a long laugh and finishing the road race course we decided we were going to check out the prologue and I must say I love uphill prologues! It’s certainly my opinion but an uphill prologue should be a standard for every stage race. As for this one though I really like it. It starts out with a little riser but rapidly starts to increase the gradient; really making you regret you ever dared to climb it.
All in all it was an outstanding day. I really enjoyed getting to hang out with the guys, plus the weather was perfect. Now it’s about preparing myself for the Velotek Grand Prix which will be my final tune up for Joe Martin. As for tomorrow, I have another four hours to ride and it should be pretty subdued.