Sunday, May 20, 2007
Dirty Kanza 2007
Lincoln Chapter of the Machocistic Brotherhood starring...
Fixed Soulcraft Holy Roller custom 29er
SS Inpendent Fabrication custom 29er
One by nine Salsa El Mariachi
Single Speed Independent Fabrication Ti Planet Cross custom
Off we went into the Kansas countryside searching for the meaning of life.
BLUE RIBBON: Turn here.
Temperatures were mild with projected winds 15 - 20 mph from the South for most of the day. The wind was in our favor for a majority of the first three hours.
Many fields of wheat along the way.
Quick stop in Madison and then off on the next 50 to the next checkpoint in Cottonwood Falls.
The hills began around mile 60.
Cameron Chambers pushin' up a long slow steep loose punishing climb. <---new record for number of adjectives prefacing one word
Skip and I met up with him around mile 70. Always a pleasure to see the guy.
Stunningly fantastic views that went on for miles on crest of the hills.
Ran into The Cattle Gauntlet for a couple of miles.
Method of attack: make some noise and keep on pedalin'.
Mission accomplish with no causalities.
After a 20 - 25 minute break, we take off on the 55 mile loop back to Cottonwood Falls.
Yeah, there were some hills......and of course, the steady resounding headwind from the South.
Skip and I link up with the another fast and strong Cameron from Kansas. He went on to finish shortly ahead of Skip and I. Great guy.
Skip and I enter the town of Cedar Point with Cameron. Don't blink.
There were many colorful species of wild flowers along the 200 miles.
Drumstick for Skip, Pizza and energy drinks for Matt, Ritz bitz, Red Bull and a Slim Jim for me.
Refuel and back on the bike. Quick and efficient stop.
Skip and I take off for Emporia with Matt right behind.
Found a beautiful quiet little lake North West of Emporia in the final 30 miles of the ride.
Also found one mutha of a hill on the southeast side of the lake. Ugh.
Suns goes down and the lights go on.
Finished around 10 pm. Sprinted past a guy that passed Skip and I on the edge of town. I'll let Skip elaborate. Skip was 10th overall and 2nd SS behind Cameron Chambers. I finish 8th overall and 7th in the open category. MG was shortly behind. Matt and Jeff finished together soon after MG.
Thanks for your help Skip. Couldn't have done it without ya.
Thanks Jeff, Matt and MG. That was a lot of fun. Glad to be there with ya. Really lookin' forward to the next one.
Final distance above. Took a few wrong turns in Cottonwood Falls on the loop back into town.
Awesome race. Course was clearly marked and had a plethora of gravel, rocks, small quaint towns, free roaming cattle, empty Busch Light cans, and stream crossings. My hat goes off to the race organizers at Heartland Racing. They always do an outstanding job. I'll be back next year.