Again Velo Bella put together a top notch course and well run event. The day ran smooth with plenty of broadcasted announcements, and written postings of start times. Little things like that keep races on time and allow the momentum to build throughout the day. The course featured a good balance of flat land riding, Velcro grass, loose turns, tough ride ups, and challenging run ups.
I would consider the Velo Bella course to be hard. It’s not a flatlander paradise, but there are some good chances to really open it up, rev high, and feel the breeze blow through the helmet. Then there are those parts where your legs feel deadened with effort, and your not sure about if you can go fast on the next lap. Sprinkled throughout the course are some parts that are plain fun, and they occur when you need them. At the end of the day you feel whipped with a smile on your face. If it was stupid hard, then you would just feel whipped, and not have a smile. Even though my arms feel exhausted, my lower back is a little stiff, and my legs are a bit sore, I can truly say I had a great time.
All right, lets get on with what the team did. Dave Albut took his stab at the B’s race yesterday, and he was pleased with his race. As he progressed through his Coors light he became more pleased with the day in General. Eric and Audrey championed the costume race as a pair of midnight bandits, and I do believe their bags were full of beer. Agi committed to her first race in the Women’s C’s. Her effort earned her spot number 13, in a very full group. Devin hit up the Men’s A’s race at the same time Eric and I rounded the grounds on our Single Speeds.
I managed to get some bottom rung podium time at 4th place in the single speed race. When Sabine made the announcements for placing and teams, she did it perfect. “And in fourth place, racing for BEER, Jim Macdonald.” Perfect!!! Why? Because BEER was a prize.