The race will be held June 1st on the usual course near Wolf Creek Montana. Rain or shine come ride this spectacular and challenging Classic.
With slightly warmer weather in the forecast for this week’s Hell ride :) I decided to indulge in the fun. I arrived and Robert Ray, Joe Hamilton, Jesus Salazar, Byron Deford, Randall Green, Buck Rea, and Drew Malany joined me to be the brave ones for a ride in some good old wind.
We headed out with a head wind. A little confusion insued with our inability to rotate in a paceline or understand what clockwise means. We got that figured out and started to rotate just in time to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a train. We waited for some cars to pass us and off we were again. Tempo was set up Birds Eye. Several riders took turns with pulls including a huge effort by Drew. Near the end Buck set down a good effort into the wind to nearly get the sprint. I came around him with 100m to go and nipped him on the line. It looked like Randall brought up the rear with third.
We regrouped at the top for the dash down the hill. We had some difficulty figuring out we did not own the road and nearly had an incident with a vehicle when someone did not hear car back. We all survived though. Pulls were shared between Robert, Jesus, Drew, and Joe. Drew made a great effort for the uphill sprint into the wind but I came around him with 100 to go to nip him on the line. I believe Joe came in for a very nice third on that one.?
We rolled out almost immediately for our third segment. I attacked soon after the railroad tracks and soloed off the front. I could not tell who brought me back in but it looked like a good group effort. They got me about a mile before the sprint where Randall immediately launched a counter attack. Good effort was put forth in chasing him down. I launched another counter attack at the base of the hill where I won the third sprint, Drew in second, and third to Buck I think. Help me out on that one.
We met at Libation station and put one more Hell ride in the books. Thanks for coming out.
Seven hardy souls kicked off the 2013 Hell Ride Tuesday on a cold and windy evening. Randall, Joe H., Robert, Mark S., Chris, John, and Josh set off from Green Meadow Lake promptly at 6:00 into a hardy headwind blowing in from the northwest. Temperature was something south of 38 degrees, and looking west, it appeared we were headed into a blizzard. The group developed a nice rotating paceline after the first tracks, which made the wind tolerable. After the second set of track, Josh decided the best way to warm up was to attack off the front. Apparently he was the only one who thought that was a good idea, and everyone else sat in and let him go. With the wind, it wasn’t long before the group was together again. At the base of the Birdseye climb, Josh and Joe decided to turn the screw a bit, and the group started to come apart. Joe, Josh, Randall, Mark, and John stuck together. At some point Randall popped off the back while Mark and John were happy to sit back and let Joe and Josh battle the wind. At the top, having done no work, John jumped and took the sprint, with Joe second, and Josh third.
After a short respite, the group headed out on the second leg. The wind seemed to be building. John, feeling guilty for having taken advantage on the first leg paced the group down to the Silver Creek crossing, where Joe, Josh, and Randall took off. From the distance, it looked like Josh took Joe on the sprint, with Randall third. Randall tried to explain what happened, but his cheeks were too frozen to talk.
After regrouping, it was time to head downwind for a change. After hammering into the wind for two legs, it was almost silent (and warm) do run with the wind. The group stayed together and sailed down the third leg with Robert doing most of the pace setting. At the finishing hill, Josh started his sprint a little too early, and John was able to come around him at the finish.
The group spun into town with snow squalls all around. While it was cold and windy, the snow stayed away for the entire ride. All in all, it was a pretty nice evening. Hopefully it will be a little warmer and calmer next week, and we will get more of the team out there.
The new race directors Carolyn Blasch and Kat Azurdia for the Spring Meadow Triathlon created a new website for the event. Check it out at http://springmeadowtri.webs.com for up-to-date information related to the race. Also, check out the Race Schedule page for links and results.
The Team Great Divide Winter party for 2013 will be held on January 25th from 6pm to 9pm at the Garage. Byron and the Social Committee are planning a fun get-together for the entire team and our sponsors. Music, drinks and space provided by the team, please plan to bring a dish to share. Look forward to seeing everyone!
Last Tuesday was the final Hell Ride of the season. I made it that close to not having to do a report all year, and for good reason given the quality of the reports sent out this year by Byron, Drew, and many others. Since I am without such creative writing skills, this writeup will be a little more on the minimalist side.
We had a remarkable turnout for the final ride, on what was probably one of the nicest days of the year. Winds were out of the east (yes, east), which made the ride a little different from the usual west winds we are used to.
Rebeca started out at a little before 6 for the B ride. Drew, Josh, Byron, Steve, Robbert, Randall, Jesus, Cory, Elizabeth, Rick and myself (I think I have everyone and I have the names right – sorry if I missed) were rolling out of Spring Meadow right at 6:00 when Mark rolled in. Being the ladies and gentlemen we all are, we patiently waited for Mark as he got ready to ride. We finally got on the road at about 6:15.
As noted, winds were out of the east, making the first leg faster than usual. Everyone stayed together (I think) until Josh started to push the pace on the Birdseye Hill, which caused a split in the group. I stayed with Josh, with Drew and Jesus trying to bridge the gap. Josh and I hit the final climb to the finish before the chasers could close it down. I was able to just get around Josh at the finish, with Drew and Jesus finishing just behind us.
On the second leg, everyone initially seemed content to sit in and take it easy. That is, until Mark and Steve tried a dig just before we crossed Silver Creek. That had the effect of kicking the hornets nest, and it was game-on. The group was able to shutdown the Mark and Steve attack, but then it became a game of wheel-catching, with Josh, Drew, Jesus, and Rick all making moves. Rick made the final move to the finish, but I was able to sneak around just before the line, with Josh just behind.
The third leg was unusual in that it was into the wind rather than being the super-fast down-wind leg it typically is. There was too much wind for anyone to get away, so everyone sat in. We tried to get a rotating pace line going, but it never took hold. As we approached the final sprint point, things started to amp up quite a bit. No one really made a move until Steve unleashed an attack around the group with an acceleration I have not seen from him all year. Unfortunately, Steve went a little too early, and as he faded at the top of the hill I was able to come around. Steve took second, and I believe Byron was third.
Afterword, Byron hosted the riders at his house for some frosty beverages and good eats.
Well, that’s it for Hell Ride 2012. I look forward to seeing everyone out again in 2013.