Bike Races And Other Natural Disasters

The other night a mighty wind did start to blow.  Our biggest Black Walnut tree could not take it and with a crack a snap and a pop it tumbled over.  Amazingly, it missed our recently expanded shed, and our house, and our neighbors power line.

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It is still hung up there.

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Not like we needed anything else to do this year, now we get to clean up our yard with a rake and a borrowed electric chainsaw.  (Insert audio file of revving chainsaw here)

I raced my bike today, in Williamsburg, IA.  I was calling it the Johnny Barnes Classic powered by Nordy’s Coffee.  We were going to ride a loop, but a bridge was out so the race became an out and back.  I rode to the race, we raced back the way I had come and then back to Williamsburg, again.  It was a beautiful morning.  Williamsburg is further away than I thought so I made it 5 minutes before go time, but I was already warmed up so that was a bonus.

It was a small race, a pie race if you will, and there were 14 contestants.  I played it cool on the way out, attacked once, covered some moves, enjoyed racing again.  After the turnaround it was kind of head-windy.  I tried to bust things up, as did some other folks, but it was nothing doing.  I had maybe a slight advantage as I had already ridden the finish even though I did not really pay attention to it.  My teammate Chad asked if I wanted a leadout, I demured, not sure of a proper plan as I was not sure of the lead in to the finish or, even, the finish location.

Riding near the back of the line, approaching a small riser, it occured to me that the mailbox I could just make out over the top of the hill looked an awful lot like the official’s (Mark’s) head.  So I drilled it.  Gave it everything I had, from a bad position and in a bad gear.  I did manage to catch the group off guard, as apparently no other racers were concerned with local postal regulations as they pertain to head shaped mailboxes, and as I crested the hill I could see that it was indeed Mark’s head and not a mailbox.  So the finish.  I got blown away quickly enough, durned fast twitch racer types, but I stuck it out for fifth.  I won a six pack of Millstream.  Nice to be racing again,  I think that was my first one since the great State cross debacle of aught-eight and it will likely be my last for a while.

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    doug bottorff said,

    Steve,

    Nice work on the race. I spied a decent looking trek mountain bike on the curb at the corner of bloomington and rider street this morning. I think your capable bike shop would be able to get this one up am moving again. Act fast!

    Doug


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