Heading out to Green Acres brought back some sweet memories. Perhaps the most exciting one was the time I kissed my first girl in 6th grade on top of the tubing hill after getting into a little fight with another kid over pancakes, but I will save that story for another edition of the infamous “Super Rookie’s Twin Cities Tours By Bicycle.” Although the course didn’t utilize the section of the facility that allowed me to stand on first base like a true champion, it did have a bunch of cool features.
If the weather was a bit nicer I would have had a ton more fun riding my bicycle and I wouldn’t have quit in such a glorious fashion, but I wasn’t feeling it and soon decided that watching the racing was a lot more fun. The cool thing about the course was that you could see a lot of the action from on top of the hill. It also meant that you could yell a lot of things at riders that are way better than you. It is a badge of courage to race in the A race, mostly because you are racing in it and lesser racers get to yell obnoxious things. Since my best friend, Dan Swanson, wasn’t there I had to cheer Dewey, Doug and everyone else on during the race. I made Doug laugh at the start line which almost made him blow the entire first 100m, but by the time he made it back down the hill he had a 30min lead on the rest of the field.
Dewey looked really strong and was a real “maverick” when he rode the entire hill on the “right” side of the road. It was like he was driving the “straight talk express.” My teammates also put on quite a show. In fact, they were man enough to all crash in exactly the same spot during the same lap of the race! It was quite the site as they got their uniforms dirty, but in the end they all finished and coupled with Linzilla made up for the day.
What a fun day.
The course was nice. Those that didn’t make it out sure did miss a nice race. The weather made it less fun for myself, but others seem to eat it up. The beer was cold and the hot dogs were ’skin-on weiners’ which was a little weird, but some people swing that way. The only thing that I didn’t like about the course was the use of wooden stakes that were about knee high on the switchback decents. Some others mentioned this to me and the common thought was, “if you are going to slip watch your head from being impaled by a stake.” I figured this was meant to be since it is Halloween and all and vampires are lurking around (Steven Rivers is quite pale).
The race also, once again, proved the need for a four race day. Races with big attendance that only have three races (Theo, Lake Rebecca, Ham Lake and PorkChop) need to try out this type of schedule. It doesn’t mean that much longer of a day and it allows for easier score keeping and better racing! I highly recommend that promoters of metro-area races go to this method if it is possible.
I didn’t notice the chip timing because I didn’t finish the race. I also noticed that (dis) didn’t wear his chip because he forgot to put it on. Therefore, he had to rely on the USAC officials to place him. It is probably a good thing that (dis’s) daddy was there to make up for his son’s stupidity.