The Reno Wheelmen is one of the oldest cycling clubs in the US. With tireless work from club officials and race organizers like Rich Paul, they host an amazing race calendar each summer. They kicked off the road season with a FREE time trial just north of Reno. Almost 40 racers showed up to this great event.
It was at this event where I opted to make my inaugural race appearance of the season after completing only marginal base training, and also try out my new time trial bike that I finished building the night before. We’ve had a good ski season, which translates into low motivation for bike training, so what I needed was a humbling experience to motivate me into fitness. I was at the right place.
After completing the course’s single 7 mile lap around the lake, I just barely squeaked into the top 10. It was fun, the bike looked fast and felt ok (not great). I would obviously be well served to actually ride it before I race it.
It was fun to get out and race on my bike and especially great to hang out with my teammate Nick, who’s starting to get back on the bike himself. This last picture is one of Nick throwing down his final effort before the very official finish line marked by “Rich sitting in a folding chair with his stopwatch and clipboard”. Nick had a great finish, and it was awesome to see him back in the saddle.
Afterward, Nick, Nova, LT and I had a nice ride through Reno to Geiger grade and back. Always fun to ride with the girls after a race! Lisa then dropped me off at the airport for a flight to Savannah, GA for a sourcing/outsourcing conference. I think I’ll try to race Copperopolis next weekend, ‘cause what better way to train tan to race?