Monday, August 18, 2008

Moustache Madness

After watching Erik and Craig cross the finish line in Fernie (to complete a spectacular performance at TransRockies), I hustled up to Hinton for the final race in the Alberta XC Cup Series. The drive from Fernie to Hinton goes through some of the most spectacular scenery that Canada has to offer. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to compel anyone to make the journey with me for a 'measly' sub-two hour race. On the plus side, this allowed DJ Tori to play an uninterrupted seven hour gig for a very captive audience. She's so awesome.

The course was fast and hilly. Long, soft, twisty single track descents through the shady forest and steady double track climbs in the blistering sun. My front brake was worn through, causing me to be cautious on the descents - not sure of how much braking power I really had. I lost a few positions on account of this during the first lap. But, I made up for it on the hills. I don't exactly have a climbers physique, but I seem to be willing to punish myself more on the inclines than others. It was a good solid effort.

I was surprised to see the number of riders sporting real moustaches for the occassion (plus a few that apparently celebrate the race year-round). Even Andre Sutton had a moustache! I wanted to take a picture, but I was too shy (he's so intimidating). My faux moustache lasted all of a half hour before sliding over to the middle of my cheek. I would love attribute this shift to the intense wind resistance generated by my speedy cycling, but I must concede that it was more likely a function of my profuse perspiration.
I think I might have been the only one from Calgary that made it up to Hinton for the race. It was definitely worth the drive, even if it meant taking off before results were posted so that I could get back to Calgary at a reasonable time. I found out this morning that I won my category!


Blogger BikingBakke said...

You should wear your "not while you're driving with me" glasses with your new moustache... just not when I'm around.

Good job at the race, I'm glad you're having fun.

August 18, 2008 at 8:38:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Mical Dyck said...

That's awesome rock!!!! Love it, we need more people like you at events :)

August 20, 2008 at 10:16:00 AM MDT  

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