If I got any details wrong, please comment. I'm a bit rummy, so writing quality will be even worse than normal, if that's possible. And no pics! If you got any, send them my way and we'll get them on midnightcentury.com.
I got a flat about 3 miles in. As soon as I flatted, I saw this image of Rory, in a devil outfit with flames all around, and he's holding a pitch fork and laughing, "Hetres."
Anyway, flatting on the Cent Trail sucked because everyone is all amped up and hauling ass. So my 10 minute flat change totally put us at the back of the pack. Justin was nice enough to hang with me as I fixed the flat.
I really wanted to pull up with the rest of the pack, so I made a decision right there to just ride hard and hammer. I didn't want the stupid flat to define my night. So I got all amped up and hammered like crazy pretty much for the rest of the night.
I lost Justin on the Cent Trail (how's that for loyalty?), I passed Eric (Rawland rSogn) who was riding with someone else. Then I passed Hawkins (CX bike - Jake the Snake?), who was fussing with his seat on the side of the road. Then I passed a group that was Joe (Elephant 29er), Dan (double boinger), Joe (91 RB-T). Then I passed Pat Rick (Karate Monkey). I was hoping to catch the front. I was looking for Sully (CX) and Kyle Smith (CX single speed) -- I figured those dudes would be off the front -- not up there with Jake (29er SS) or Tom (Hard tail mnt bike 26" wheels), but around the front where I wanted to be.
I didn't stop at the water park. I hammered on. Right before the Liberty Lake climb, I passed a big group of cyclists. The Garretts, Greg Welton -- and Sully/Kyle, which I didn't realize at the time.
I climbed the Liberty Lake hill with DB (SS IBIS CX) and a couple road bike guys. Then I caught up to Roger Young (rigid 90's Nishiki Mt bike), who had ridden the 8 Legs Ache earlier in the day.
Roger hooked DB and me up with a water spot at the Liberty Lake golf club.
I climbed up Molter alone, hoping to catch the lead group and didn't see anyone until the end of Linke. A group of 4 guys: Cory Juddy, George Grable, and Joe Foote. The 4 guy (Matthew) was in bonk mode. Matthew ended up crashing on the Bruno descent and dislocating his shoulder. His wife came and picked him up.
That was the last I saw of anyone. I kept hoping to reach the lead group and I saw some flickering lights in the distance a couple times, but was never able to close the gap. I learned later that the flickering lights were Jake and Bill (Bronson).
My basic strategy was to hammer the hills, go moderate on the flats, and coast on descents. By the time I got to the Spangle Creek Hill climb I was pretty cooked, but getting to the top invigorated me for the final push.
My goal was to minimize stops by shooting for < 10 total minutes off the bike. My flat tire screwed that deal and I ended up with about 25 minutes of stoppedness.
Stuff I shouldn't forget next year:
- Don't bring so much food. Especially sweets. I should've gone with the Ruffles plan. I had 3 small burritos that were really hard to eat on the bike. And they had habanero hot sauce on them. Not sure what I was thinking there.
- Three water bottles is good.
- The Elephant rocked. I've got the fit dialed in. No fenders is good and simplifies tire changing.
- Consider going back to Fatty Rumpkin tires.
- My clothing was good: Ibex "Commuter" Shak was awesome with the full zip. It's all I had and it was perfect. I should wear bike shorts next year. The taint is a tad tender. But I liked the knick's.
We had 38 people start.
Here are the finishers:
- Tom -5:44 (course record -- and Tom also provided chaulk-spray smiley faces and direction indicators and the perfect spots)
- Pete Headamark - 6:21
- Jake McBurns - 6:27 (course record - single speed)
- Bill Bronson - 6:27
- John Speare - 6:43
- DB - 7:30
- Rheanne Garnett (first female finisher ever!) - 7:31
- Dan Garret - 7:31
- Greg Welton - 7:31
- Justin Becker - 7:31
- Joseph Yacker - 7:39
- Joe Latranio - 7:58
- Sully - 8:00
- Kyle Smith - 8:00
- Rick Cadwallader - 8:05
- Corey Judd - 8:10 (Corey's write-up)
- George Grable - 8:10
- Joe Foote - 8:12
- Jon Hawkins - 8:14
- Jon Eberly - 8:25
- Roger Young - 8:29
- Patrick Sullivan - 8:30
- Jace/Kevin (ND bike shop) - 8:41 (first tandem finishers ever!)
- Barry Fischer - 8:41
- Dan D - 8:42
- Daniel Addington - 9:20
- Brian Kelley - 9:20
- Stephen Morgan - 10:15
- Ben Bray - 10:21
- Coffee Joe Thomsen - 11:24
- Mike Southworth - 11:24
- Eric Erikson - 12:12
- Larry Bibb - 12:13
- Tom Carleton - Highway 27
- Matthew (dislocated his shoulder) - Bruna Road
- Tandem #2: man and woman team