"Set yourself on fire. Seek those who fan your flames." ~ Rumi
No, there aren't any naked women in this post. Just want to see if using those words in the post heading increases the number of hits this post gets. Sorry if I disappointed anyone!
Since we, unfortunately, weren't in Ireland again this year, we hosted a couple of CAT 4 bike racers from Austin, TX, this year. Having riders that are taking part in this 5 day stage race in Silver City makes it more interesting and we like getting to meet the riders up close and personal. Don Bergman, Bryce Billing, and Carey Jung (forgot to ask him if he was related to that JUNG!). They all came over to Silver City in Carey's RV, which Carey stayed in while in Silver City while Don and Bryce stayed at our house.
|Carey warming up for the Tyrone Time Trials.|
|Bryce and Don getting ready for the Inner Loop Stage from Pinos Altos, NM. Brrrrrrr!|
Don managed to place 6th in his category, woohooo, which was great for him since it was his first time here in a stage race. I think he won $35. Enough to buy something for the bike, er, his wife, Jillian, I'm sure. Bryce and Carey, while they didn't place, had fun. Fun? Well, I use that term loosely. Not sure they'd have used that term at the end of the last race day, Sunday, but maybe now with a few days rest under their belts? They all got acquainted with "elevation" around here and probably won't forget what that means for a while.
Bryce managed, in just a few minutes, to give me the best, most concise description of how to adjust a rear derailleur that I've ever had in my lifetime of cycling. I actually think I know how to do it now, so a big thanks to Bryce from a derailleur dummy! And Carey was familiar with Michael Mosley and The Fast Diet that I did a recent post on. We had a good chat about fasting while he was waitin' on his turn at the Time Trials down in Tyrone, NM. Oh, and Don's wife, Jillian, is giving it a try to help her drop some post-pregnancy weight gain. Best wishes to Jillian from a fellow struggler!!!
Most days of the race, the weather was really pretty good with minimal winds. It was cold on Thursday at 7am-ish when I drove Don and Bryce to the start line up in Pinos Altos, NM, for their Inner Loop stage. A brisk morning and a descent right from the start made it even colder for them initially. Plus a headwind for about 60% of their race that day. Welcome to the mountains of New Mexico...
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the weather was really excellent. Couldn't ask for better considering this is Springtime in New Mexico and wind is the operative word every day. Lots of people downtown for the Saturday Crit race. Food, sun, beer jail (in New Mexico, people are required to stay in an enclosed area to drink any alcoholic beverages that are sold outside and we fondly refer to it as the "beer jail"), people watching, music, and fun. A great package all on one main street. Come to Silver City for the Criterion race some year and check it out for yourself.
|Eileen having too much fun in the Beer Jail...|
|Bryce, Don, and Eileen watched over by the 1zero6 Devil outfit!!|
|Bryce drinking up the best post-ride pain reliever known to mankind...|
Alright, now, despite the promise of NAKED WOMEN, I'm closing this post out with a couple of good tunes from Texas, for the riders from Austin... First, Guy Clark doing, "L.A. Freeway", one of my favs, followed by "London Homesick Blues" by Gary P. Nunn, accompanied by Jerry Jeff Walker, another fav.