Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thats the Brakes

Today was the Twisted Tire MTB race in Ashland Va and the conditions called for EPIC!
It poured all day! The 7 mile loop of singletrack was riddled with 3 inch thick muck, puddles that went from one inch to hub deep for long stretches, and lots of ups and downs to keep you on your toes, or elbows. Mike said it right when he said he now knows how salmon feel when they swim up river as we ascended the singletrack the the milky way chocolate river flowed down towards us. It was weird, but cool.
As I was riding with Roger Satler we were chatting about how we always end up riding together at poor farm, and how awesome the conditions were, and how people were dropping like flys all with brake problems. I mentioned that my brakes did not sound good at all, and that their performance was diminishing in a rather quick and untimely manner! Shortly after that, the rear brake locked up really bad. I flipped the bike over and searched my jersey pockets for a multi-tool to no avail... I was gonna take the caliper off and try to free them up but not today. My race along with many others was done! The good things were that I didn't crash once, and was riding really well, and what happened was beyond my control. I applaud all who finished!

Mike was also riding nicely and lasted a lap longer than me till his brake levers would be pulled all the way to the grips and no stoppage, so he too had to drop out.

Jerry had a nasty spill and got some nasty puncture wounds near the groinal region which required stitches.

Liz finished, Bill finished, Mark finished, Tim finished! Me, Crazy, and Jerr Bear did not!

In other racing news, BJ went down in the last turn of the last lap at the Casey Crit held today in Newport News Va. She has a slight concusion, broken collarbone, and stitched up knee! So sorry to hear that. Get well soon BJ! Everybody send her some love!!!!!!!


  • At 9:05 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Looks like there were more DNFs than finishers Sunday. Tough conditions. Seemed like there was a blotch of yellow and red over Ashland every time I looked at the weather radar on Sunday. Way to be hard.

  • At 9:09 PM EDT , Blogger angry buddhist said...

    so please get rid of that rain before i come out eh? i have not even felt a drop since tour of california.....not that i am complaining.

  • At 7:30 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How did the rest of your bike fair? Hope it didn't get trashed to much other than the brakes doinking on ya, Cool to hear of you and Roger wooping it up out there, Roger is an awesome dude, always good to see him out, catch up with you soon man, KJ


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