Monday, November 24, 2008

Road Trippin' Take Two

Last weekend saw the inaugural running of Cyclismo in Bendigo. In similar fashion to Adelaide a couple of weeks back I played follow the Jayco windbreak. The black and orange of Torq turned white and red of SRAM though. The base station certainly suits the mtb scene.

Empty roads were due to leaving at 6am! Aparently we got out just before the deluge however arriving in Bendigo the grey skies and brutal winds weren't too welcoming.

Not to mention it was 5 degrees!

Camp SRAM was setup which included some Eva mods to the urban mtb crit course to dial it in.

We did get some rain which made things a bit hairy, visualise 4 riders gunning for the holeshot onto wet steel scaffolding.

Wet scaffolding that played host to a left turn to line up for this.

Robbie took the W and a fine pay day, leading most of his races start... finish.

Special mention to fireman Sam who in the words of the commentator 'probably isn't the strongest but is definitely the best bike handler' and used those skills to round out the podium in third.

Mr Bach talked me into riding that lovely scaffolding, threatening me with 'a fireman Sam up my clacker' if I got off and walked it in front of him. I was quite happy to make it through to the semi's myself, missing the final by a bike length in a two up sprint after having a mischief in one of the four water crossings.

The rest of my weekend consisted of flying the SRAM flag as neutral spares for the pro road crit on Saturday night, where Mr D Braunsteins showed his form is coming along nicely to take a win from a two man break. The SRAM support continued to Sunday for the the mass participation Gran Fondo.

Not quite as quick as the boys on Saturday night, but a huge effort for everyone who completed it buffeted by head winds the whole way. A bit more variance in work than the pro crit wheel changes aswell, the most random being a pedal falling off just as I drove past. Right time, right place and a very grateful rider.

Breakfast had been an $8.50 bacon and egg...

...half sandwich? Yep, I felt ripped, and rather hungry come the end of the ride so the mandatory post cycling event MickyDee's stop was in order.

Where we noticed McCafe seem to have borrowed a logo we're all familiar with, perhaps encouraging people to 'make the leap' to a healthier menu.

Home, to blue skies. 100mm rain and hail, we missed it all.

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