Peter Oyler and I rode in the Saratoga 12 Hour race this past weekend. Saratoga is just north of Albany New York and is a very picturesque part of the world.
There was a serious downpour before the start but tapered off to a drizzle at start time and as it turned out there was no need for rain gear for the balance of the day. The conditions were overcast for about the first half then the sun came out but it never reached toasty proportions and we really had ideal conditions. The race was a 32.5 mile loop with checkpoints at each end with a general rolling terrain although there were at least two sharp climbs and one dreadful area of false flat.
Peter stayed with me for the first 2 miles after which he morphed into something animal and I only saw him when the course back tracked onto itself and, of course, when he lapped me! The first two laps went well and I "banked" some time but lap three was one of those "I may not reach my goal" ones. It was a no drafting event so being not able to chew the fat with anyone I started talking to myself a bit but the conversation was boring so I stopped doing that. The last three laps saw me gradually use up my banked time and ended up having to push hard for the last 10 miles to complete my 6th lap (my goal) with all of 5 minutes to spare. I was once again denied a double century but 195 miles later with only the occasional visit to the pain cave I was satisfied.
Peter, on the other hand, not only won the event (this was really just a training ride for him) but he set a new record. At the finish he was as fresh as ever while I looked much more like someone who had cycled all day.
All in all a great ride and road trip.
Also, I wore WattsUp's new kit. It'
s great getting these nice and early for events.