Monday, September 17, 2007

Chequamegon 40

Fun times in Wisconsin this past weekend. Rick and I headed over to Hayward on Friday night and met up with Brian and his secret weapon for the Chequamegon 40 on Saturday. We went and registered and had a few plates of spaghetti to tide us over until the morning. Rick found us a great little cabin to stay in at the KOA. It was chilly until the heater warmed us up. The nighttime low was 25F. We were up bright and early to witness the cold temps at 4:30am. We headed over to the start line and got some sweet starting positions on the second row. Then it was back to the cabin to thaw out until the race started at 10:00am. We all decided to wear the long sleeve insulated TBB jerseys as the temps weren't supposed to get over 55F. They worked out great. Plenty warm at the start and on the fast downhills. We all had great races. Brian did the Brown Bears proud with a 235th placing and a time of 2 hours 38 minutes. He even beat Greg Lemond and Gary Fisher. Way to go Brian! I came in at 731st place overall with a time of 3 hours 4 minutes. A half hour better than the last time I did this race in 2004. Rick was towards the back of the pack making sure everyone else made it to the end : ) A very respectable 1673rd place for the Mangan with a time of 4 hours and 39 minutes. Great job Rick on your first Cheq 40! I bet he shaves at least 45 minutes off next year. Now on to the pictures.

Our accomodations for the night.

This was the most comfortable swing ever.

Brian's secret weapon for the race : )

Brian on the internet and Rick reading it.

Our cozy beds in the heated portion of the cabin.

"The Mangan"

The doublemint Brown Bears : )

One last picture off of the Chequamegon race site. It is the best picture to date of "The Mangan". Click here for a full screen shot of terror : ) There's evidence of Rick's bushwhacking skills as well. Outstanding Rick!


Brian said...

Nice post Vino. Are you prepping for winter riding on the Pugs now?

I should have taken a pic of my legs to show how I managed to get full coverage using bib shorts, knee warmers, and high Oslo socks. :)

I haven't found any pics of us yet...

PaddyH said...

didgya race the pugs>>...last yr some crazy dude did, I past him at least twice, btwn my flats...seems he was smarter than me that day...

Simmons said...

Thanks Brian. It's Pugs time now for sure. I haven't found any pictures yet either.

Hey Paddy. No Pugs for me. I was passed by a guy on one though. He was flying. I know there was at least one more there also. Maybe next year :) The craziest bike I saw was a 32er. That thing was HUGE! So much for the 29er being so great :) I like your El Mar by the way.

Anonymous said...

Nice work TBB! Make room for one more next year!

Unknown said...

Cool write up!