Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tokeneke 2015

Tokeneke Road Race. Py opted this year again to drive to the race same morning, leaving 4:50 getting there driving all around the LI Sound by comfortable 8am with 1h30 time to start -- should be plenty you would think.


But a hard to understand inefficient sign in process was even delaying the race start by 10 minutes... better not commenting any more on this record setting process.

However, finally in possession of the race number with 15min to start, quickly getting the bike out of the car, changing grabbing a bite, a banana, water and rushing with still the number stuffed into the jersey pocket to the start about 1/4 mile up the road... pinning the number at the staging area as usual. A little rolling around with others in the parking lot.

Then staging and getting the number re-pinned by some (timing??) staff claiming -- the as many do and Py always does -- the slightly folded over corners to get better support for the pins are causing trouble for the camera picking up the number (and eventually not been rule book conform?!?!?). However, don't really cared about this first ever complaint, he adjusted it, fine.

Then a intense race started with two climbs per lap. Guessing or hoping every one was more or less with little to non warm up. Wasn't funny. The 2nd climb caused a minute gap Py and a a few others incl. Rob managed to close towards the last descent and climb. Needed some warp speed descending and good work to catch up -- almost lost hope -- but we did it.

Finishing 21st out of 53 in CAT4 35+.

BaseTwelvePhoto: Tokeneke Road Race 2015 &emdash;

Beyond the inconvenience before starting -- great race, great riders lot's of fun.

PS: And just once more to all my friends, the future is here and is OK to be used out there -- I can not stand any stupid comments any more: citing :
   "With this rule in mind, do I care what kind of brake your bike uses? Not really - it could be cantilevers, calipers, and yes even disc brakes. As long as the brake is functional, that's what we want to see. So in this case - yes, disc brakes are allowed. So the end result: YES, disc brakes are allowed in road events as long as the event is not a UCI race or a race where UCI regulations are being enforced (such as National Championships, NRC races, etc.) unless an exemption is made for that specific event."

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