Only one race left on the schedule for the year -
The second best excuse for racing 24's is the big pre-taper ride binge required for a proper peak. Dave and I polished that one off last week in the Moab area and it was tasty. Friday was a few laps on the race course following Dave's secret lines, Saturday was a clockwise lap on the White Rim (about 110 miles) and just to peg it off the charts Sunday was a counter clockwise lap on the White Rim (about another 110 miles).
Here is a poor picture of the view from Murphy's Hogback. That has gotta be one of the finest views on the planet.
Here is a much better pic poached from Dave. This is the top of the Mineral switchbacks.
After this picture Dave drilled it up the rest of the road and I sucked on air in his draft. I was just about to get dropped when Metallica came on the mp3. A little Metallica in the right places does wonders. Dave pimped my new mp3 full of tunes and two days of White Rim rocked by in a flash. Riding through the sandy sections after Hard Scrabble Hill will be forever imprinted with Duran Duran's Rio - "her name is Rio and she dances on the sand". At the time I was flying and feeling like I was dancing instead of riding. It is not going to help my hearing any that's fer sure.
Nothing's stopping me now. Today about 30 minutes into a 4 hour ride I squeezed my front brake and nothing.
Brake pads, bolt and spring all missing! How weird. I backtracked a little up the trail but they were nowhere to be seen. I was burning up babysitter time and was too amped to go home for a new set so finished off the next 3.5 hours with rear brakes only - that worked.
So now I have work on my mp3 playlist for Moab. Any suggestions for rockin' tunes to crank into my ear drums during the race? Send 'em over. I'm all ears :-)