|Racers prepare for a great day of racing.|
|Bill Mashburn get ready for the 6 Hour Solo Beginner Race|
The start was a perfect example of why it's important to pre-ride the first few miles. And it's the reason I always get with Kenny on how the start will be. The trick about the start was that it drops you onto a gravel road that you can't see from up on the field. What happens is the start is so wide with riders and when they top the hill and see where they have to squeeze into it becomes a problem for those on the outskirts as they try to figure out what to do. Unfortunately for Bill a rider lost his mind and plowed into him from the side. He consequently started his race in last place. You can see the aftermath in the video.
During all of this Bill Mashburn was putting forth a great solo effort and we did our best to support him. His knee was bloody and he was dehydrating but kept plugging away.
Sanders Drugs helped too. I love these races. They test you in so many ways. Just ask Dustin Mealor...
|The Crash Master, Dustin Mealor|
|David Shabat rubbing out cramps...and smiling.|
Because of our great spot at the finish line we randomly picked people to cheer for when they came through. I had the cow bell for full effect.
|Bill Mashburn finishes 7th 6Hr Solo Beginner|
|Rob Butler brings it home.|
As the time came close Dustin and I stood at the finish line watching to see how it would unfold. Riders came flying out of the woods and down by the fence. We examined each one to see if we could tell who it was. Then Rob came tearing out onto the field. We started screaming and yelling at him. The other rider was nowhere. He was going to win it for them! As he rounded the last corner and ran through the finish line he looked exhausted. He was done. But what a great finish!
|Taking in some well deserved oxygen.|
|Rob Butler and Dustin Mealor, 2 Person Male 6 Hr|
|Clint Sanders, Chad Hayes, David Shabat - 3 Person 6 Hr Podium|
Star Bridges and Robert Loomis raced in the Upstate Cycling Classic this weekend in South Carolina. Star was kind enough to share the tale of Woe with me...and now you. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading! Enjoy the pollen!