Thursday, April 16, 2009

THE BIG RACE: Tour of the Battenkill 2009

Tomorrow Candace and Greg, my wife, my daughter and I depart for our first attempt at the Tour of the Battenkill, America's Queen of the Classics. Battenkill attracts thousands of racers, so many there are four Cat4 fields alone. Candace and I are both taking on Cat2 for the first time, which will certainly prove painful. It always is. Greg will occupy the role of team manager, providing invaluable feeds and plenty of encouragement and moral support. He has twice played such a role in mixed 5-person 24hr races we've done, where we finished 3rd and 1st. Its incredible having someone dedicated to helping us perform to our limits. My wife and daughter will take up their roles of best fans ever, and cheer their heads off.

The weather report for Saturday calls for clouds, 15 degrees, and a 50% chance of showers. We've done our fair share of riding in far nastier weather than that this year, so that should not be a problem. The key is to try to turn nasty weather into an advantage by liking it, drawing strength from it. We'll see how that goes. Sunny would be nice. Either way, we'll deal with the cards we're dealt and leave it all on the road.

1 comment:

the original big ring said...

Good luck Matt! Looking forward to hearing all about it.