Today we awoke to the drumming of rain…and hail here and there.
But on race day, it is what it is so you dress for the weather, (then change your mind 10 times before the start of the race).
5 Founder’s team members decided to race today: Ralf chose to ride the Lowell 50, or 41, or 60…depending on which sign he followed. Rick, Danielle S., and Tenner & Marnie opted for the 27 miler. When the starter mumbled a few words at the line…something about 50 miles or 50-year-olds…a big group containing both 27 and 50- mile racers took off. A few minutes later we heard a “3-2-1-go” so apparently, the rest of the 27 milers were off: Over the covered bridge, past Flat River, then UP the muddy hill. We hit lots of wet gravel roads and true to Michigan weather, the sun came out! It was a beautiful ride through the country as the fall leaves were lit by the sun. Everyone was pretty mud-covered by the sprint finish up the hill. We put tags on a spindle, similar to KISSCROSS, then headed back down to the pavilion for soup, bread, apples, FOUNDER’S BREAKFAST ALE and hot apple cider.
As we waited for the results in the chilly breeze, Rick and Tenner foraged thru the Fallasburg Park looking for timber to build a fire. The confused 50 milers started rolling in saying they only logged 41 miles. Later, a few more came in saying they did 60. Apparently there were some sign bandits out that day causing havoc with the intended route.
By the time the entire posse finished, (2hours later) the results were announced. Tenner took 3rd in his age group and Marnie took 1st in hers. Being over 50, Rick probably could have had better placement if the other “50+ group” didn’t leave with the first group. Danielle rode her single speed and spent her time spinning on the flats, the only SS women in the 27 miler!
Overall, it was a great fall day for riding!
For the past few years, I have contemplated getting prescription sunglasses for riding. Part of me was being cheap, the other part simply didn’t believe that prescription lenses would make that much of an impact on my riding. After talking with several other team members, I decided to make the trip down old 28th street to visit Cascade Optical. They are one of very few optical retailers who carry Rudy Project sunglasses. It became clear to me after doing a lot of research, Rudy Project puts a lot of R & D into their sport specific glasses. As I walked into Cascade Optical, it was apparent Rob and Chris where all about the customer’s experience. They were not your usual pressure salesmen you typically find at most eye glass places. On top of that, they both knew what cyclist look for and need in prescription sunglasses. Their expertise directed me to the the right frame for my astigmatism. I ended up ordering the Zion model made by Rudy Project. Both Rob and Chris told me to test the tint and the lens wrap and come back if anything was off. After about a month, I can say with confidence it has improved my riding, especially in the trails. I actually cannot believe I rode for so many years without these. I’m already looking forward to adding some clear lenses for other riding conditions. If your in the market for a pair of glasses specifically for cycling on the road or trails, look no farther than Cascade Optical.
Do you remember the song, “If I could walk 5,ooo miles” from the 80’s? It was a fairly dumb song but it makes me think of how wonderful the VOLER BIKE SHORTS are! I have nearly ridden 5,000 miles this season and the shorts have the same amount of “cush” and stretch as they did on the first day I wore them! None of the Voler products have faded, stretched out, ripped-out at the seams, or snagged…even when ridden through raspberries! After wearing the Voler products, a quick soaking in suds and rinse is all it takes to keep the “stink” out! Have you ever had a jersey that traps that STINK and youcan’t get it out? ME TOO! Onl
y not the Voler products! I am telling you… they dry so quickly there is never any musty “after-stink.” I can’t wait to order more Voler products next year…I didn’t realize they were going to out-perform any other products that I had or I would have doubled my order this year. Thank you Voler! Your product ROCKS!