A Ripp down ye ol' Gallop'n Goose at 6am and Chumbawumba jogged the morning memory of a KHS Kilshaw & Son Rebuild.
That bike was awesome. Rebuilt from the Cro-Mo up, she had a blue frame & yellow rat trap. True to the core, she was 100% Deore, LX that is, rapid fire shifters and all. Good memories of the bike & even better of the build.
"Wanna throw on head lamps & rip our bikes off the GC sand pits tomorrow morning?"
Night rides have always been hi pri through the off season and this weekend it was a wicked way to match the awesomeness of a classic XC run, the Thetis 20K Relay.
Lap one with the lead pack was fun, but the legs need to last a little.
Lap two found a groove & made it 1/2 way to the hobble.
Lap three was actually pretty fun.
Lap four was a gut fest up & down those final two climbs.
Shouts out to Phil, the "Island Runner," & Mr Bob Reid for putting on the event.
3 years? Really three years since Juan de Fuca cross? You betcha.
Man oh man this stuff is fun. Here are a few thoughts by play.
First, the Cross the Rock series is wicked fun. It has the grass roots feel all over, and is run by a wicked awesome bunch. So chill, yet so let's-get-out-there-and-just-giv'er. How many series are there where the race director hops into the final race of the day? Norm does. Wicked cool.
Pre-ride was groov-tastic. An attempt to stick the tracks of super rock star T Trace for a loop proved handy for figuring a few corners. Honestly, riding behind a guy like that is like putting your learning curve into over drive. It's amazing. Just watch. Then do. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Throw yourself in race mode and it's a must do situation. Must keep up. Must ride that line. Must hop that ditch. Must ride that sand pit. Must round all seven hundred eighty nine corners with minimal breaking. Ahhh the key.
There are of course a few situations where the skills are just a little to far spread. Who do we call? Mr. Engine.
Come on. When are we going to be at that massive climb, followed by the other massive climb? That's were we catch 'em. BUILD THE BEAST.
On 4/6 loops, just post stair climb, the hi was a little too high before landing low.
Hiiiiii-Ho Silver . . . Thbthbthtb.
Lap 4 - 5 was a running lap & I think I was faster overall on the windey bits.
The Vegan Dove himself caught me & offered a wheel. Wicked cool.