Friday, March 11, 2011

Natural High

I heard that stars like Lindsay Lohan and Winona Ryder commit crimes for the thrill. The first thought that came to my mind was if adrenaline was what they were seeking, why not try downhill mountain biking or road bike racing? Of course these hobbies take time, dedication, and lots of work training. I suppose all of the effort involved in taking up such sport would make stars like Charlie Sheen turn to drugs or the high that competitive sports can bring naturally.
I know my adrenaline was pumping from the sidelines watching the Callville Bay Classic stage races. I can only imagine how the riders in the event must have been feeling--especially after the rush of endorphins upon crossing the finish line. If I wanted to know first-hand what it was like to be in that race, I need only ask a hot cyclist who took 2nd place overall in the Men 4 category--John.
He placed 3rd in the time trial on the first day, won the road race the second day (but was relegated to 19th when we crashed after the finish line and took out another rider), and took 7th in the criterium the third day. His overall time put him in 2nd in the general category.

I did not compete in this race but I have a lot of respect for my peers who did. They braved one of the most severe racing conditions I have seen from a windy day to rain and temperatures so cold, it was nearly impossible to shift gears--some riders had hypothermia. They all very well :-)

Here are photos from the road race and criterium:



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2 comments:

JoeinVegas said...

Congrats to him!

When are you going to start racing too? You mentioned some races before.

Daly said...

Thank you Joe :-)

I finished my first race in the Poor College Kids Road race at the end of January.

It's highly likely I will race in a criterium tomorrow...and it will be my first so I'm REALLY nervous about it.