The course and competitors must have appeared daunting but these two newcomers to the sport weren't fazed in the least.
"We were the only ones with less than $3000 between our legs. We were the only ones with less than $300 between our legs for that matter. We got many sideways looks. Jeremy rode his Trek 7200, with rack and all. "
(Notice the "pro" in the background with his number on upside down)
"I bought my first cycling jersey for the occasion. I felt a little uncomfortable, though. Most of the guys just stared at my tits. I was like, "my eyes are up here, asshole." I rode my Haro V3 mtb"
(Editors note:The yellow bike in the background is NOT the Haro V3 mountainbike)
This report skips all the BS of the race and cuts right to the meat and potatoes of the results first then backfills in the human element later. Finally A man of conviction behind the keyboard.
"We pulled a solid 18th and 19th place in the cat 5 category."
"There were 19 cat 5's. I was hoping to do the 20k in less than an hour and I finished at 44:54. 16.3 miles per hour. I'm going back on the 27th and I'm hoping to come in under 40 minutes."
"These people were nuts, man. Some of them spun for an hour before the TT and had to change clothes because they soaked through them. These people are serious. Some of the tri guys were one solid muscle...brick walls. I used the outhouse after one of them and it looked like a bear shit in there. Most of the people were cool but some were dicks"
" I asked Jeremy to take this picture as a record that I was not the fattest guy there. I wasn't going to post it but this guy was making fun of our bikes and sticking his nose in the air. "I think I've seen worse bikes...AT WALMART!" he exclaimed. Here's me mocking him for the camera."
"Disk wheels sound like toys rolling on asphalt. This sound has haunted my thoughts since the TT and is the audio memory I'll carry from this day. This, and the sound of whispers and tongue clucking as we lit up and drank some post-race beers at the car. The 70-year-old guy had 11 minutes on me. Three minutes quicker and I would have had that 13-year-old girl. There were three fixed gears there. Not hipsters, though. They looked like mail carriers or forklift operators"
I feel like i suffered right along with you my friends. Like I burned one in celebration with you and drank some post-race beers with you as well. Perhaps these two now understand what the term "Brotherhood of the bike" is all about. And perhaps now the reader does as well. I know i do. Heres to a sub 45 minute 20k my friend (toast) this one is for you...... and one for my homies.