Sorry I am so long on the ride wrap up. To start with I would really like to thanks all of you for coming to ride and make it a great day. The weather was a wildcard and the day started with many slippery spills. The sun broke thru leading to improved conditions and more traction throughout the day. Novice class was 6 strong and would have been 7 if Lynn’s neck was better. The Novice class showed the biggest range of rider age and statistically scores proved this may be related to skill but who knows. Bob Allison finished the day with a perfect 60 and I think he is the most senior rider of the group. Tim flushed out a 55, while Jamison who was riding better and better as the day proceeded to finish 3rd with a respectable 43 (Jamison is a youngster). Then we get on to the sand baggers Kyle (youngster), and Scott (has young kids), we’ll see you two in sport next time. Kyle’s riding was also improving throughout the day and he took a hard won 2nd place after Scott made mincemeat of out of our novice sections. John had to bug out and could not finish, he would have likely been in the 30’s but it’s hard to tell, got to be in it to win it. We really tried to put a lot of thought into the novice sections to keep them fun and challenging.
In sport class we are all seniors in fact I might be the youngster at 53, but its close as I don’t know Warren or Mikes actual ages. Warren is to vain to reveal his years and we know Garry refers to himself as old. In this class results are statistically reversed age before beauty, Garry kicked all our asses on a fully suspended mountain bike and mad skills, many cleans and a first place with 10 points. I figured he and Jim were battling it out all day, but conditions changed and it turns out I was battling it out with Jim for second and Garry was just kicking our asses. Warren and mike were throwing it down to avoid the savage 60 both were successful.
There is a new division called “Rusty Expert” Johannes and Andrew, both very competent expert riders, for various reasons (mostly lame) have been off their bikes. So expert sections were set to accommodate the handicapped. Devin, who’s is not handicapped crushed it with an 18. Devin’s remade first place medal is in the mail. Johannes and Andrew have been tainted by the scourge of the perfect 40 as they only ran the loop of 4 sections twice, this group must have elected for a long lunch break.
Unfortunately we only had one pro rider, and generous sponsor of some place prizes, Mike Shred-ly. We set some very challenging sections and he rode them all, only sections 2 and 3 were unclean-able, I would have called them unridable and he finally got thru then with 1point and 2points respectively. I believe he was with the the expert crew as the sections were proximal and I’m pretty sure Mike rode most of the expert sections too.
Next year I may have to have a father son category as we had 3 pairs, it’s good to see. Kyle needs a bigger bike and a go-fund-me page to get it. Till our next ride stay warm.
Group ride November 23 at Colonial Ledyard Park, 1PM I am going to set up a new challenge “Trials Turkey Shoot” and if you can hang in Mystic that evening Dave (my painter at Forte) is performing at Friar Tucks.