Monday, August 08, 2005

Giddy up!

So this past weekend was the Canada cup in Fernie and it was an all round adventure. I had a good week, went motor pacing one day then I took Marsh out Motor pacing later that day. I think driving the scooter is harder then riding my bike behind it, my gas wrist got so sore. We haven’t got rain in like 2weeks and the Fraser valley is so full of smog I cant see the mountains but its hot out and I am loving it. So to get to Fernie I had to drive like 1000km, but that was OK, I rented a Chevy caviler from Abbotsford then just pinned it to Fernie. I did the drive solo but did make some proper stops along the way. Jumped in the the lake in Osoyoos, then I did a bike ride at Christina lake, then I jumped in the lake. It was like 37c, hottest day ever, I got some wicked pit stains. Good thing I was driving solo.

Once I got to Fernie the gears posy was Kiara, Watson, and Shawn Marshall was our wrench. The rest of the gears team was off to the Canada summer games. The Course was a point to point “marathon” race I rode the course on Friday, but only like the first half. The total length of the course was 50km and was logging roads and flowing single track. With lots of full suspension loving, new cup riding. It went from Fernie to Sparwood. Watson rode the whole thing in parts during the week and figured race time would be like 3hrs. With that in mind I made a very good effort to strap on a mean feed bag of the usual Pasta pesto and chicken.

The race started in downtown Fernie and it was a mass start with juniors, women, everybody. There was a long gravel road section so people could have the option of crashing at high speed and getting wicked road rash and cut up elbows. But this time I kept the rubber side down and went into the single track in second place right behind last weeks Canada cup winner Matt Hadley. I rode behind him for a couple minutes then I passed him and never looked back. Well maybe a couple times and I could see that Watson and I were pulling off full on tag team action on everybody. Wicked. And that’s how it ended, Me, Watson, Hadley, and Raw de Lega was fourth. After the race I rode back to Fernie in a crazy head wind with Kiara and Hadley then we sat in the river and just chilled before the podium.

That night we hit up the DQ as per my rule, I did sample the Blizzard of the month which is the chocolate pie and man it was good. But I got the crispy crunch, it was OK but next week is going to be the pie blizzard. Then the next morning I packed up my rally caviler and pinned it. I stopped in rock creek and went riding then sat in the river and ate cold watermelon. Then I stopped again at this place called bromleys rock and there are these mental cliffs into the river, very proper. Then like 20 min away from home there was the 3 car pile up on the #1 and it cost me some time but the whole day was like 12hrs and I stopped and took my sweet time so it was not so bad. Next week is the Canada cup finals in sun peaks and I am just going to drive up in the morning its like a 3-4hr drive and we race at 2 so I will be fine. I am going to go in blind with no preride and the course is all new so this should be fun. Don’t ever sell clothing you are wearing when you don’t have any other clothing to change into. Later
Ricky

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