Cindy and I arrived shortly before noon on Saturday to find riders already gearing up for the start. After a bit of unpacking we witnessed the Le Mans start to therace (riders walked their bikes up a ski hill before hand and at the start had to run up the hill, retrieve their bikes and then start the race).
|The Le Mans start|
Cheryl took the first lap for Team Abes and Babes. Our lap times ranged from around 40 to 50 minutes throughout the race.
|Cheryl logging in a lap at the big board|
Each lap consisted of a fairly rocky, hilly and technical course of apx. 6.25 Km's. Challenging, especially during the midday heat. Each rider checked in at a checkstop midway through the course to have their race card punched and then logged their completed lap at the main board. Between laps people relaxed, swam in the lake, ate, drank and generally hung out and had fun.
Team Abes and Babes did laps throughout the day until we all stopped for a dogfest hosted at the welcome centre. Dogs, pitas, chips and beer. A feast. Food was hardly an issue at this event since eveerywhere you turned people were feeding you something. It was awesome.
After a few more evening laps Cindy attempted our first night lap. Unfortunately our borrowed lighting system didn't do so well and she had to abort. Jonny then borrowed another light (thanks Unger!) and completed our only team night lap.
Morning brough more laps, coffee, and general relaxing in the lesser heat. The race concluded at Noon and prizes were handed out. We managed a first place finish in the Co-ed category! $25 gift certs. to Olympia Cycle for us all!
A great event and one I'm sure we'll be back at next year. Put it on your calendar Abes, its not to be missed.
|Thomas...too sexy for this rcae|
|DNB...knocked out early but still smiling|
|...leads to sweet downhill|
|Thomas, Marcus and Jonah|
|The High Lake checkstop|
|Tomas...the author of our jerseys!|
|This hill was hard...to walk every time|
|The big board sign-in|