This is what happened when I lined up for the Clydesdale race at the Big Ring Rumpus. I was amongst giants. One rider, a recent expatriate from Down Under (who's name I forget), was riding a custom "Megabike" built by Lennard Zinn who specializes in bikes for tall people. Another rider, at 6'7", was riding a 23" Trek, which is larger than any of my XL bikes (they usually measure 21"). And there were more tall people as well. It was bizarre indeed.
A guy named Brett, the aforementioned rider on the 23" Trek took his turn on the front, and for the next 15 miles, he and I rotated positions, while we pulled farther ahead of the other riders in our class, and worked our way up through everyone else that had started in front of us.
As the course was entirely non-technical, it was simply a matter of pacing and planning the attack for the last lap. With each lap, I mentally marked where I'd make my break, but when we were on the last loop, Brett attacked first and I was left chasing.
|Jamie: "Where's Glen?"|
The race was a total blast. I would have liked SOME technical sections, but overall it was super fun, and great to work with someone for almost the whole race. Throw in some perfect weather, and a well-run event and what more could you ask for? I'll be back next year!