I’m not the only one tired from a day out at the races. I actually finished! The official racing results at the Chapelle de Brain are pending. Regardless, I’m pretty happy I made it through. What a wild ride!
Great time. The weather was perfect, rode with old friends and made new ones. Only low point was getting a bug in my ear that wanted to chew its way out through my ear drums only minutes before the start. The security team did their job getting it out. Hat tip to them.
Telling myself to ride cool but still nervous as hell. Challenge Oust et Vilaine, Chapelle de Brain.
I broke up with clipless pedals years ago to go out with flats, but starting today I’m giving them another chance. Come race with me.
So after flubbing my mountain racing comeback attempt in 2012, I figure that two more years into middle age shouldn’t hurt my chances. So I’ve registered again for the Challenge Oust et Vilaine mountain bike series. The first race is this weekend, march 9, at the Chapelle de Brain. I love that town name.
The last time, I took my singlespeed to the race, much like bringing a knife to gunfight, I crashed once and dropped out on the last lap a hypoglycemic wreck. I didn’t get my revenge with the other three races in the series that year due to the flu, and then just giving up.
This time, I’m back, with the same bike, (the new one didn’t arrive in time) but armed with drastically lowered expectations. I plan on finishing… even if it’s last place. I’m taking this as training for an even bigger event…
It might be a bit perverse, but I love riding home on a fully loaded bike. The more groceries on the bike the better. Once I get rolling, the bike just keeps going. This bike likes being loaded up and weighed down.
I’ve never been short on space grocery shopping. Either I’m not ambitious enough, or I have to wait for Costco to arrive in France.