For 4 weeks each spring, New Belgium and Your Group Ride host what may well be the most enjoyable races I do each year: Short track races behind the Brewery. This year, the course is tight, twisty, and crazy fun. Entry fees are $5 a pop, so last night I figured I might as well sign up for 2 races and race the Advanced category as a warm up to the Pro/Open category. Double races equal double fun right?
I had about 5 minutes between races so I waited for Sarah to finish, flagged her down, stole her front wheel, put in on my bike and rolled to the start of the Open race. I actually felt better for the 2nd race and felt as if I was riding well. After things sorted out I made a few passes, closed a few gaps, and got into as much of a groove as is possible in a 30 min race. My gearing was spot on and I felt made me a bit faster than a few of the geared riders as they were searching for the right gear in a few spots. Half way through the last lap I once again hit something with a tad too much gusto and flatted Sarah's wheel. So, just like that I had DNF numero dos for the evening. I walked back to the start/finish and called it a day. Afterall, with an entry fee of $5 who can complain anyway. Two partial races equal a full race right?
When racing bikes behind a brewery, post ride recovery drinks are key.