|The classic start shot!|
We pull into Telemark Ski area around 2:30 and run into Mike Anderson. I am pumped as Mike is my favorite guy in the world to ride mountain bikes with. We head out for the standard pre-ride. Backwards on the course for 5 miles. Take the secret short cut to check out the Firetower climb and then finish out the course to plan the race strategy.
After the ride its mandatory to go say hi to Demo Ken at the Trek trailer and then hop in line at registration. The volunteer in line gives me a hard time about how many White Castle sliders are on the line if I win -vs- CVV. We get out of there in record time, rock some 90's on the Ipod on the drive to Hayward for the standard pre-race meal at Coops. Then we head over to the Northern Pine Inn, flip on the bad movie of the weekend(Fast and Furious) and settle in for a good nights sleep.
|Happy that I don't have to wake up at 5am for this tradition!|
At the finish my bags magically appear thanks to Woody! A slight change of tradition when I don't get to look for Andrea coming across the finish line :( . But a new tradition and possibly the new best part of Chequamegon race weekend. Post race Pizza from Rivers Eatery in Cable. If you haven't tried this place out you have to go there next year! It was delicious and we had great company!
Back to Hayward to pick up the car from the secret parking lot, showers, and more Karate Kid. The traditional phone call to the Sawmill Saloon for more pizza on the way to the Awards ceremony. The sharing of war stories, the slide show, and a late night drive while completely blown out watching for deer and bear back to the hotel in Hayward.