Well – The Downieville Classic took place this weekend and I was not there. I decided that since I’ve forgotten how to descend on a mt. bike I’d skip it. Instead I represented the Retrotec Team at the Markleeville Death Ride: http://www.deathride.com/. Being the elite cat 5 road racer that I am I figured I could handle the death ride – and I did, although I was kicking myself for not bringing my basket!
Here’s a quick recap of the ride:
Total time on the bike: 9:40
Total ride time: 8:15
Average speed: 15mph
Max speed: Too fast
Total Shot Bloks eaten: 18
V8s consumed: 4
Number of times a rider scolded me for passing on the right: 1
Total ‘Death Ride’ Jerseys spotted on the ride: 1,454, http://cgi.ebay.com/Castelli-Squadra-Short-Slv-Cycling-Jersey-Death-Ride-05_W0QQitemZ290140145111QQihZ019QQcategoryZ137007QQcmdZViewItem
(Bidding ends next week)
Number of Advil taken to get rid of raging headache (due to dehydration): 3
Number of times I thought to myself, ‘This is like pedaling into a blow dryer.’ 6
Total time at work the day I left spent swapping handlebars and re-cabling bike: 1.5 hours
It’s finally dawned on me why Curtis and I make such a great tandem team: He’s got the skills when it comes to descending, and I can crush just about any climb. Between the two of us we almost make one solid bike racer.