Sunday, June 12, 2011

Air Force Crystal Ride

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA

Not sure if I would have come back to the Air Force Cycling Classic had not Adam Lewandowski put out a call to The Bike Lane group to ride it together. So I decided I would come back even after not quite forgiving them for only crediting me with two laps last year instead of the eight that I had done.




Registration went smooth. This year the timing chip was on a comfortable Velcro strap worn around the ankle. Hopefully it worked as well as it fit.



Mass Start

The course wasn't quite the same as last year. This year it featured two turns of180 degrees which was a little hairy given the family nature of the cyclists.

On the first lap I stayed with my team and even was taking a pull at the beginning of the second lap. Then amidst all the "bottle" warnings of bottles on the road from being violently shaken loose from the bikes - the pavement was awful - my Garmin GPS flew off. The mount broke although the Garmin was OK. I had to stop, go back, and gather it. I was done riding in my group.

I put it in my back pocket and pulled it out each lap to reset the lap. It seemed to pick up mostly although there are some place where it looked like I went off course. Maybe my mileage should be a little higher. 




Gold Medal

At the end of the day I averaged 19.5 mph when moving, that is, when I'm not walking back to find my Garmin. And I got the "gold" medal for completing 8 laps within the 3.5 hour time window.




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