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In case anyone wondered, this is what we racer types actually *do* at bike races...(8 posts)

In case anyone wondered, this is what we racer types actually *do* at bike races...lonefrontranger
Jun 10, 2003 6:58 PM
From this year's Snake Alley Criterium in Davenport, Iowa. This crit has to be seen to be believed. A cobbled, twisty 12-18% "stunt" climb that gains 60' in 2 blocks; I seem to recall the beginner men get to go 10 times up this horror show. A whole bunch of lunatics actually pay good money to race this thing, I have no idea why. Hell, *I've* raced it 3x. I want to go back next year. I think I need my head examined.

The "Devil" (U.S. version, not Didi Senft) has become an institution there. Word is he's some LBS owner. Where else but at a bike race can you be rewarded with cold brews for quitting! We started our very own version of this "devilry" at the Koppenberg Circuit Race run here in Superior, CO. The race is in the dead of August, with nary a tree to be found anywhere on the 5.5 mile course, and the feature is a tough, 12-15% rutted dirt climb. Because the circuit is so short, you get to do it a bunch of times. Therefore, we hauled some shade, some tunes, and a big cooler of cold beer out to the mid-point of the climb. Then we posted some "Burma Shave" type signs, tarted up one of my boyfriend's teammates in the requisite horns-and-cape costume, and let nature take its course. Last year we ran out of beer (the Masters / Vets raced first and I think most of the buggers wound up in our tent!). This year, we're bringing a bigger cooler!

The cowboy theme is so five-minutes-ago. Last year's edition of the Saturn Classic boasted a large, hairy and (dare I say it) exceedingly unattractive male individual standing at the top of Guanella Pass, sporting a very large cowboy hat and boots, a very small red sequined G-string, and very little else. It's over 10,000 feet up there. It's COLD!! There's lightning, hail and it's been known to snow in August. I can only imagine there was a copious amount of alcohol involved in that case as well.
Hurray! An LFR post and an MB! ride report below! nmContinental
Jun 11, 2003 3:20 AM
Busch and Blue Ribbon beer?...Need to send you some Shiner Bock!Tower
Jun 11, 2003 3:51 AM
That is Awesome!.....I want to come next year ! "nm"CARBON110
Jun 11, 2003 4:02 AM
Snake Alley is in Burlington, IA not Davenport.slide13
Jun 11, 2003 5:24 AM
The Snake Alley crit is in Burlington Iowa, not Davenport. I'm from Muscatine which is right between the two, though I now live in Ames while I go to school. Just wanted to make that correction.
That's one of my teamatesgreg n
Jun 11, 2003 5:56 AM
Although he's not in the Project 5 Racing kit there. Dave did all 4 days in the Quad cities. He's a mad man. He's not a guy to pass up a great Kodak moment. He couldn't resist stopping to have a beer with the devil while wearing his Evil kit.
That's one of my teamatesnoveread
Jun 11, 2003 6:19 AM
Sounds like Dave had a rough go of it this year at Snake! Too many conventions and not enough riding! Ha-ha!

That weekend of racing is high on my list one of these years...

Noveread
Great Story (nm)DCP
Jun 11, 2003 6:23 AM