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Bear Lodge WY Road Race

Old 05-20-07, 02:05 PM
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Bear Lodge WY Road Race

Here is the team(Brooking South Dakota Cycling Team) pre-race. There's more members but we had six guys ride this one. I'm in the orange jersey. We'll get our team jerseys this week. It's a college town so many of the members are younger guys, I'm the youngest at 19 years old. The team Pres owns a local construction company and is sponsoring us.

Dustin (team Vice Pres) Marty, Steve, Me, Jerry, Dan

Here's the course, 26 miles down with a turn around and 26 miles back to the finish. Overall there was 5300 feet of climbing. That climb over Bear Lodge Pass is 800 feet going going out. Going up was horrible but on the way down the backside I topped out at 48.6mph. It was steeper on the way back and there was a headwind so that took a bit longer.

Here's a picture of myself I took with my phone after the race to send to my girlfriend. Those are two of my teammates in the background. The one in the green placed 4th and the man in white would have done much better but his seatpost was lose so he had to fix that twice and he missed a turn.

Very nice land out there (SD/WY Boarder) Excessively hilly

Here's us post race
Up front is a friend and Dustin's wife Jillian.

( Yes I'm wearing a 400watt t-shirt )

Overall I'm happy with my first race. Everyone said I did great for only being on the bike for 2-3 months. There was a Cat 1 racer who ended up 1st, he was originally from the area and was home for the weekend. I come from eastern South Dakota so it's all flat land, going to race in high elevation (3500+ft) was horrible. I had trouble breathing for about 10 minutes but after that I did not notice anything. There was 30-40 people there. I ended finishing before 5-7 other people. I road with one man (not on our team) for the entire race taking turns pulling. On the return trip after the decent down Bear Lodge Pass we caught someone else and us three took turns pulling for 20 miles.

Here's some more pictures

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