Huge kudos to the team that ran the logistics for Madera. It was an incredible improvement.
Yeah, that stuff was weird. But I know I was hallucinating watching the gals come through in the afternoon. The "fairer" sex suffering in 100 degree temps, laying skin on the pavement in one case, and looking stronger than a lot of the guys out there?
I coulda swore I heard two gals who got OTB'd because of mechanicals go for another lap so they didn't have to, and I quote:
"Sit in the F*****ng car for an hour".
If I thought THAT was real I'd give one of those Colbert "Tip of the Hat's"
1.)When I saw BL drive by in the VP van I could have swore he had a mutli colored mohawk going. Thought it went nice with his light blue leisure suit and white loafers.
2.)You silly boy, those lines seperated the bowling lanes! I even had a gutter ball about 15 meters from the finish. Had to walk the bike down the rest of the alley to knock down all the pins.
3.)Before the railroad tracks, Beluschi told me to go straight but Beyonce whispered "turn right." Who would you have listened too?
And thanks to MH for telling me there goatheads (12) in my sew ups when I stopped to chat before the crit.
1) Heat. I blame Robert. I think he has that kind of pull.
2) It makes no sense to me to have a race where you have a TT with six lanes and three double yellow lines veering off in different directions.
3) What's with the talking trees? And the white robe corner workers asking me to "come to the light?"
Other than that it was a really well run, nasty, vicious, and fun race.
The Jesster wrote:Okay, 3 .... 2 .... 1 .....
LET THE B-TCHFEST BEGIN!!!
Since Jess wants complaints, I'll give a few
2. goatheads in parking median at crit course
3. not having more teammates
Obviously none of these were within the control of the promoter, and the event itself was exceptionally well run. The crit was fast and safe, the TT was... well hot and brutal, but VP's time matched mine to the second, and the road course, that's a heck of a race.
Having dabbled a bit in no frills twilight race promotion, I've got a little insight into the logistics that go on to keep a race like this rolling. It was a HUGE task, and it was run very well. Shoot, for the morning flights, we even had final results and were on our way home before 12:15 p.m. Awesome!
I brought seven of my team mates to this event. This is a great race! Thanks to Velo Promo and Co. for putting this one on! Whenever I had a question for the promotors or the officials I got a very good, quick answer. This will be a main focus for TEAM CS next season. Except for the EXTREME HEAT!!! All of us had big-time headaches on Saturday night!
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Quote:I actually liked not having results posted Saturday night - it would have been depressing if I'd known the pain that lay ahead for us worker bees.
now that's seeing the silver lining. right on, pp.
Madera is what it is. I did this race a couple years ago and ... apparently ... had forgotten just what a sufferfest it is. For EVERYONE involved. Officials, promoters, supporters all working and burning away in 95+ degree heat ... all weekend long.
And what racing! Each category was so competitive, racing so frickin' hard.
I love this event. It's grassroots racing in its most essential form. If you can survive and thrive in these conditions ... you can race anywhere.
please join my thanks to all that make it happen.
I'll jump on the kudos bandwagon. This was my first stage race and, despite having to suffer like a donkey to protect Eastside's 1-2 on GC in the E3's, it really made me thirsty for more. Or maybe just thirsty.
I actually liked not having results posted Saturday night - it would have been depressing if I'd known the pain that lay ahead for us worker bees.
Fun stuff - big thanks to the VP crew!
Great job Bob and crew. Had a great time and what a way to welcome the beginning of the summer valley temps. I left some skin on the TT course. I was my way of saying "thanks" for a job well done!
Uh-oh. Now you've done it.
Now we'll have to hear every little thing that didn't go perfectly this weekend.
As long as you've opened that Pandora's Box, I'll jump in and say GREATEST THANKS TO BOB LIEBOLD AND HIS GROUP for giving us such a tremendous event each year.
We're really lucky to have you guys.
Okay, 3 .... 2 .... 1 .....
LET THE B-TCHFEST BEGIN!!!