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Race day - unexpected rain!
From past experience if the rain was to continue, the first half of a hill climb event will have warmer temps and the second half will be survival temps. It was 18C and humid at the base.
I decided to go with unusual extras for a summer race - an undershirt, knee warmers, cold weather arm warmers, a goofy hat underneath my helmet to prevent rain from hitting my eyewear, bootie covers, with my lightweight rain jacket in my rear pocket. Not ideal setup for racing though I was taking the chance for a gnarly day as we were going up to 1800m.
|all photos courtesy BigWhite.com|
Legs were a little rigid from doing the Thursday night crit 36 hours ago. Jeff Innes from ERTC was hanging with me for awhile, though we wondered where Terra Manca, a fellow ERTC-er was.
At the top near Goudie road, I said to my riding buddy that we either bridge to the group of 3 riders ahead or he was stuck with me for the flat section, as the next group was abit further back.
The roads were rough when I noticed my rear tire was flat. New tire, so bummer. As I stopped to change it, a truck immediately stopped and two guys, Shaun and Caleb, helped me. I assumed they were with the race. I quickly shifted the rear derailleur to the small cog, and attempted to ignore the extra click that did not sound like a clean shift.
I put the rear wheel back on and was dismayed when I could not shift the rear cable to larger cogs. Doh, it was true the shifter had broken in the front. The gear choice of a 50/34 with an 11 cog would not be fun for long. I had to bail.
With my warm clothes bag already at the top, the guys suggested I jump in with them to get a ride. They were watching friends of theirs in the race.
As we drove past the racers, it was cool to see the little groups and the odd singled out person. This was a great race course!
|Roger Sherwood who solo-ed the whole race into 2nd place, an ERTC rider favourite!|
|Volunteers at Big White were excited to put on this 1st time event. The support at the top was great with warm blankets and hot packs, and food.|
|kids raced up the hardest last 2 km of the course!|
I'd like to give it another go!
Later in the week, Jeff & Terra joined me on my favourite route up to Crystal Mountain and back through Boucherie.
|Marg & Terra on Boucherie Road|
|Jeff, Marg & Terra about to descend Gellatly road|
|Wildfires within 5 km where I stay at Mike's chalet circled in green - abit scary especially when we went through an evacuation one night|