|Hard to go up hill on a sheet of ice|
Fast forward a couple hours. Word came down during the day through various channels that the UCI was "unimpressed" with the many lakes found on the course. When they surveyed the course they were confused, they had heard of Minnesota and the land of 10,000 lakes, but their plane tickets said Oregon on them. Once that was behind them they asked them to be "lowered" some. The Best Bike Blog Ever broke that news to twitter early in the day and later we saw pumps in action, lowering those lakes for the rough and tough UCI level competition to take their crack at the course.
|Before (and during the boys 13-14 race)|
Back to the racing for some recaps.
The juniors racing was awesome and scary at the same moment. These kids are very, very fast. So fast that they make me want to retire to prevent myself from getting lapped by these kids. In the spirit of the Best Bike Blog Ever, I thought I might reassure Joe and show him that fast juniors have pain faces too. In some cases I am almost certain there have been training classes held without my knowledge, working these kids in to this level of Pain Face form.
|Cate showing the mud mustache and goatee|
|Karch Miller finished second, but gave to the pain bank|
|Gavin "clearing his lungs"|
|Spencer pretending to be a large mouth bass|
This race was the beginning of the big races. Now that Friday afternoon hit the crowds will grow to "mob" level very quickly. In the dad's race it was very obvious and will only get thicker as we creep to Sunday. The good news with large crowds? Lots of "sight-seeing". The crowd has been tame thus far, but starting tomorrow that all changes. With the weekend will come more beer, which means more hilarity. We may not be in Belgium, but from the pictures you won't be able to tell for the next couple of days.