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Road Racing – Leland Style

The weather was wild, the winds were wicked, the gravel had us all worried…. and that was just our thoughts on the way to the race….

as the day began we thought we had a good idea of what we were gettin ourselves into. We had seen the 1 mile gravel pass on youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNA7zV0mhQk) and we thought it wouldn’t be that bad. We discussed racing and tactics on the way down and what some would call strategy. But then, it actually started!

the race began with a neutral start–which is great because it allows you to ride a few minutes before the hammer drops–but also nerve racking because you know this race is about to take off. You have to do everything you can to hang on to the pack.

Well, the race started and i was dropped soon after. Have you ever rode 27 miles by yourself? with headwind gusts of 30mph? 3 one mile passes over a gravel farm road???? I would highly recomend it!!

Although at the time all this was taking place i wanted to throw my bike a la David Millar it turned out to be an absolute blast…. to complete the brutal course was an accomplishment for the day, and i was okay with that for the moment.

Vernon hills next is week, i need to start finishing with the pack instead of a being a monkey off the back.

thanks to the town of leland and the flatlandia cycling team for the great race.

“shake and bake”
Andrew

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Leland Road Race 4/25

What do you get when you mix water with kool-aid mix? Kool-Aid, duh.

What do you get when you mix 40 mph gusts with open farm roads and packed gravel? The Leland Kermesse Race Report.

Mike Shea and Cali-John road the 4s and all of its 40 mile windy-mess. Shea earns the ‘He’s such a nice a guy award’ for his actions after an unfortunate event involving bumping, crossed wheels and asphalt. After a fellow rider kissed the pavement and didn’t get to his feet as the group rode away… Shea flipped a 180 and rode the rider back to his senses…. Sportsmanship, enough said.

Dave, Bryan, and Andy represented the new comment grabbing kits well for the Flemish-style 30 mile wind-fest. The mile stretch of packed gravel was brutal EVERY TIME (3 times for the 5s, 4 for the 4s) as flashbacks of George Hincapie’s latest mishaps were added to 25 mph headwinds…

At the end of the day, we kept the rubber side down and enjoyed some beers afterwards as we mumbled to ourselves about how much fun it actually kinda was…

Shake n Bake!
-Bryan

Thanks for the report, Bryan!
-Mike

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