24 hour races, at least the ones around here, have a Le Mans start to spread everyone out. In the case of Snowshoe, everyone lines their bikes up in racks. At the sound of the gun we take off running uphill, for about 100 yards before we turn around, come back down the hill, grab the bikes and then ride back up the same damn hill we just ran. It helps spread the crowd out, but let me tell you, running uphill in bike shoes sucks. Actually, let me modified that a bit: running just plain sucks. And lucky me, I get nominated for lead off duty. I'll admit though, it does make for a cool spectator scene and it's great to have the crowd cheering you on as you start the race
Snowshoe Prerace //
Tuesday - June 29, 2004
Word on the internet from a local was it had been raining a lot lately; 12 hours straight on Wednesday alone. We pass through scattered showers as we near Snowshoe Friday afternoon. When we finally arrive we pop some beers and get the tents up as the rain starts. This time it doesn't let up. We hold out hope it will pass like the earlier showers, but it only gets heavier and continues through the night. We bag pre-riding the course, it doesn't seem like it's worth the effort, we'll have enough of that misery tomorrow. Nothing to do but settle in by the campfire and work on some brews. Chad of Team Dad has brought a keg of homebrewed Hefe Weizen. Mmmm, mmmm good. We play this game until the wee hours, hit the hay and wake to a thick fog.
Ready to race boys and girls? You better be, you've got some long hours ahead of you. Drink your coffee, warm your bones by the fire and eat some of that home cooked breakfast the support crew has whipped up.
TDF Viewing in Washington DC //
Tuesday - June 29, 2004
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The 2004 24 Hours of Snowshoe is done. Race details will follow when I'm finished unpacking, cleaning the mud out of everything and catching up. Team Sweet Cheeks managed to reach the podium with a 3rd place finish in the Single/Rigid category. Those interested in the geek-like details of lap times and such can click here for the Granny Gear real-time results.
I had no plans to do the race initially, so I've got to thank Ricky, Joe and DT for asking me to join up with them. Extra props go to Ricky for showing up and racing on the tail end of a week-long illness.