Trans Iowa V7. That means that David and I need to start cranking down the screws on the finishing touches for the event.
Tomorrow it is supposed to do "something" in terms of the weather. Snow? Possibly. Cold? Yes- certainly. I wanted to ride a section of the T.I.V7 course tomorrow, but I may end up having to drive it, or perhaps, stay home!
The thing is, the dang weatherman doesn't know exactly where the storm will track, so it is a crap-shoot right now as to what is to be done about Saturday. I only know one thing: I am stoked that we got the recon done at the end of October last year! (Look for a Trans Iowa Update tomorrow and a course update, if I can get it, later)
Is It The Gas, Or What? Something sort of odd is happening around here. I can't speak for anywhere else, but around these parts, I am seeing more folks out on bicycles already. Even though it has been cold, and not that great out. This has been corroborated by folks coming into the shop and telling us that they are noticing more commuters as well.
Added to this, I am seeing more bicycles going out the door than I can recall in the past several years. Even more than last year, and last year was really good. Whatever is motivating folks: gas prices, or? I don't know, but it seems things have changed a bit. That's a good thing, I think.
I Didn't Plan This.....Really! All along late last year I was telling myself that I wasn't going to sign up, or commit to a bunch of events and then have those things drive me bonkers trying to prepare for them, and what not. Well, I already did CIRREM late in February, and now I have this event coming up next Saturday.
Something about gravel events and "gentleman", that I don't quite get. It is as if we ride in tweed outfits and smoke pipeweed in carved wooden smoking devices. (Well......actually some folks I know smoke that stuff.....you know.....uhhh.....yeah!) Anyway, I'll let you know if I see anything untoward going on at this deal.
Right now all I know is that it is a team event, and it will be self-supported, free, and 75 miles long. Hopefully it won't be cold and snowing, but you know what? I bet the weather will definitely suck. I just have a bad feeling about that. (Hope I didn't jinx things!)
I think I'll ride the Badger again. I won't have the gears on the BMC yet, and well, I don't want to be the slow guy holding up things with regards to the "team". We'll see, but I think that's going to be "the plan". (Better get those squeaky brakes un-squeaked!)
Hope you all have a great weekend! Ride yer bikes, and at least thing "spring-like" thoughts!
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