Tuesday, March 24, 2009

First race

This past weekend Dennen and I headed to Grand Junction, Colorado with the USU Cycling Team. Come to find out, races are quite expensive... If we had done all the races on Saturday it would have cost $100 between the two of us! Because of this, we decided to only do the hill climb.

We ended up camping at a super nice campground the night before the race. Surprisingly I wasn't too nervous for the race (I get much more nervous before I run a race). The hill climb was at Colorado State Monument. It was only about a 3 mile climb. I have never raced on a bike before and wasn't quite sure how to pace myself. Needless to say, it was a learning experience for both Dennen and I.

The rest of our team mates competed in a CRIT after the hill climb. Dennen and I were the photographers. While we were watching the men's CRIT, there was quite a bit of carnage... I was quickly relieved that we chose not to do that race. It was on a speedway track that had 6 tight curves. Many of the riders didn't make it around the curves. I have never seen such crazy bike crashes! As the riders gathered their body pieces and headed toward the crowd, you could see horrible bloody road rash all over their bodies (even on their faces). I don't think I'll be doing a CRIT any time soon.

All in all, we had a great time! We can't wait to compete in another race (now that we kind of know what we're doing).


4 comments:

THE KYNASTONS said...

Woohoo! Congrats on finishing your first race! You guys are pretty much amazing.

Trey said...

Go team go! Maybe Dennen should try his next race on a fixie...

marissa said...

Hey thats sweet you did a race, it sounds like you guys had fun.

Katie said...

YOU CAME ALL THE WAY TO GRAND JUNCTION AND DIDN'T EVEN CALL ME?!?!?!?!?!?

Rude.