Ted’s first bike only road race. How exciting!
The race was called “Check Your Legs” put on my CNYC (Central NY Cycling)
and is held in a very hilly area of upstate NY called Garrattsville. The starting point is at the New Lisbon Town Hall. 2 or 3 laps depending on the wave choice.
with limited parking but a nice little playground in the back, if it were a nice warm day which it wasn’t.
The temperature was low 40’s with about a 10 mph wind BUT, the sun was shining.
We arrived in plenty of time for check in and set up.
As it was our first experience with road racing, we had no clue that those tri-bike aero bars are NOT ALLOWED. Five minutes prior to the pre race announcement, Ted did a quick removal of illegal equipment. I guess if a cyclist gets in an accident, those bars could poke fellow cyclists.
After the pre race discussion, the cyclists were ready. They went out in waves with Cat. 1, 2, 3 cyclists first at 11 AM, then Cat. 4, followed by the women then finally Ted’s wave Cat. 5 and Juniors.
Rich took time to offer some good advice to Ted for his first bike race experience. Thanks Rich!
Lined up and ready to roll.
While Ted was out tackling the hills, I was trying to stay warm in the truck until it came time to rush up the road to catch the cyclists coming around the first lap.
That’s me spectating. When I wasn’t sitting in the car, I was either taking photos of the many streams in the area…
or getting my ears blown out by the fire station alarm (bad place to stand for photos or to watch your favorite cyclist come down the hill).
Here are the leaders coming in on lap one.
He sounded very happy as he passed by so I knew everything was ok and going well. He said he was sweating up a storm up those challenging hills then freezing his fingers off on the down side.
He’s finally riding up the hill to the finish. 1 mile up hill to the finish line.
Finished! Success! First bike race and no crashes, no bad experiences…I’m thinking there will be more.