Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Bikes: Jamis crosscountry single speed with slicks; Schwin Traveller fixed gear conversion
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Ah, the ValleyCat was awesome. 29 people showed up and everyone had a blast. There were at least 2 guys from the Twin Cities and one from Chicago. When you registered you got a water bottle and a sweet tee shirt designed by Midwest Tattoo. First 15 people got a little bottle of Ernesto Bike Lube, as well. I haven't tried it yet, but the guys said pretty good things about it as well.
As for the race itself, it was pretty nice. It covered about 25 miles and went all over town. I'm a wuss, so my route avoided all the big hills but was still fun. I got to hop fences and all that. My route ended with a nice ride down University Hill, the steepest hill in EC. I placed 21st, which isn't surprising, but no one was really that competitive. Great group of people and everyone had a great time. Everyone got prizes and it was well worth the $10 registration fee. After prizes were given out there were games of foot down, plus track stand and skid comps. And lots of free beer.
Everyone had a great time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the region next time. Make sure to come- it's worth it. There should be another one this summer.