Bake McQuaide rips up the Mullet, now with 30 percent more bridges!
SONG: No One's Gonna Love You, Band of Horses
(Just added a second video at the bottom.)
Here's a quick v id shot today of the new Ski to Sea mountain bike course designed by Charlie Heggem and others whose names escape me right now. Pretty fun, pretty darn challenging. Lots of lumpy, bumpy fields, but thankfully many wide stretches on which to pass and be passed, and, if my calculations are correct, a fair amount of mud in certain spots. One fun bit not captured on the vid (my disk had filled up) includes the bumpity-bumpity railroad tracks down by Squalicum Parkway with about a mile to go to the finish. I expect the phrase "Are these really necessary at this point?" will play about more that one rider's mind.
NOTE: Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd and his lovely wife, EmJay, make an appearance about halfway through the video.
NOTE II (About three hours later): I just pulled three thorns from my front tire. Also, my bike reeks with a certain sewage-terpentiney funk, I believe picked up from riding through the giant goo puddle at the end of the RR track section.
Today, I raced the Indie Series (www.indieseries.com/) Whidbey Island Mudder race, two laps of a really fun 6-mile technical (for moi) course that had some BMX-ish pump tracks and these funky mounds that were like giant anthills. Sandy, dirty, kinda kooky lotsa fun. A couple fast descents--I got up to 29 mph at one point--and some steady sandy climbs that broke up the field pretty good.
Guess what--I winned the 45-plus Beginner Race again which was great fun. Haven't seen the results yet but I think Erik Evanson, riding a single-speed, finished second just like two weeks ago.
Above is a video of part of the course shot during a warm-up lap with my new helmet cam. (I'm hoping someday to get a monkey cam, just like the old funny David Letterman show.)