So I got a wild hair this weekend to head down to southern Wisconsin for the Dairy Roubaix when I got wind that the Mammoth Gravel Classic was going to be postponed due to snow. Drove 3 hours on Friday after work to get settled in. Awesome venue. Great people. We had a community cooler so every body got to try something new. Plus Kevin from Red Eye Brewing in Wausau brought down a beverage cylinder of a Rye Porter that was off the hook.
|Chow line in the morning. I am feeling highly caffeinated. Photo Cred Two Wheeled Maiden|
|Waiting to start on a beautiful WI morning.|
As we made the turn to come up out of the river, there were 2 guys that were already away, and up the road. After a bit, I went to the front since it seemed like Brian Fuhrmann was doing all the work in our group of 7. By mile 17 I realized that Brian and I were the only ones doing anything. I pulled off the the side, and some club roadie actually stayed right on my wheel as I went over the the yellow line.
"you marking me, brah?"
Then it dawned on my that this guy had someone up the road. This was the first indicator of my roadie ignorance. I don't have a problem with people sitting in, but at least feign a contribution to the group. This isn't a crit, and your not Jens.
The second indication of my ignorance of roadie culture is that you can never shame a roadie into doing anything that they do not want to do. This is a mentality that I have been aware of, but have so much contempt for, that I stay away from the road scene. In hind site, I should have just started attacking. We were in these valleys with these long climbs, where it would have been so easy to launch a flier, OVER and OVER and OVER again. It least then it would have been miserable for everyone, and we might have shed some dead weight. Once we hit the 27 mile mark there was a pee break stop, and guess who attacks? That ended the roadie hijinks for the day.
Average moving speed was 17.2 mph, and overall avg speed was 17.0mph. We had about 4700 feet of climbing. I finished 5th. It was a glorious time and many thanks go out to the folks at Wisconsin Bikes for Good. I met some great people, and finally got to see some ground that was not covered in snow.
The new bike worked awesome, and I am really impressed with what Cannondale is able to do with aluminum. The ride was never harsh, and the Ultegra worked great. I really did not notice the brakes being good or bad. The wheels are tanks. I bet you could knock 2 pounds off that bike with some Stans Crest wheels and some nice tires.