|The lead group gets in with about 15 minutes to spare at CP#1|
Well, all our volunteers were in place and we were wondering how much the weather would delay the riders when it began to become apparent that we may not have many riders actually get through at all before the cut off time. There was something like 15-20 minutes before the cut off when here they came! The lead group had been spotted.
The way the small group approached us was almost as if they had already finished the race. Arms were raised in "victory", and smiles and casual paces were the order of the moment there. You could tell the riders had been through a tough spot and were still trying to piece together what had just happened.
|The B Road that did a lot of folks in: Image by S. Fuller|
There was a friend of a rider in Trans Iowa that wanted to know where Checkpoint #2 was so he could go on ahead and sit there and wait to see his friend go by. Well, this was one of the things we were wise to from T.I.v5 and was the reason we were not giving away checkpoint locations anymore. In fact, the volunteers at CP#1 had no idea where CP#2 was, and this particular fellow had already exhausted that resource before asking me. I reiterated that we had announced at the Pre-Race Meat-Up and in blog postings beforehand that the locations were secret. Well, this guy got ticked off and told me he'd find out some way. I stated that if I or anyone else I knew reported him anywhere near the checkpoint his friend would be DQ'ed, which really set the guy off. He stormed away and David and I made our way up the course. That wouldn't be the last I'd hear about this guy, though I wouldn't hear about what he did until after T.I.v6 was over.
Apparently he found my home phone number and called it. He got a family friend who happened to be there watching my kids at the time. He badgered her about the location of CP#2, which she had no idea about, (and really, she had no idea about what he was talking about at all, since she only knew Trans Iowa was a bicycle race I put on), and finally the guy hung up on her. This didn't set well with me at all, and precipitated a stern response from me, but that can wait till later.......
|The leaders just past CP#1: The roads were a mess!|
The Sun actually came out for a bit during this stretch and I remember thinking we may recover from that crazy rain storm and lightning and have a decent event after all. This was tempered by the call from CP#1 which informed us that 30 out of the 58 that had started failed to pass through the checkpoint in time. David and I kind of figured that might be the case, but to have had the field decimated by so much so soon was a bit disheartening at first. Suddenly David piped up and said something to the effect that Trans Iowa was supposed to be tough and to have it any other way was not really in the spirit of the event. I agreed to that, but I still felt bad for those who were stymied by the events of the morning.
|That's not a trick image of a Hot Wheel! We really saw this past CP#1|
We decided that with some further DNF's since CP#1 that we were not far from seeing everyone left in the event! We thought along the lines that if we went backward to the Pella convenience store near the east end of the city, we could catch the riders going by and make them aware of what was going on with the reroute.
On the way there we saw Matt Braun and told him what was going on and then we caught a couple riders at the convenience store. There wasn't much time for anyone further back to actually make the cutoff in the town where CP#2 was, but David and I decided to hang out there anyway, since we had already covered the roads up to CP#2 and had come back on the course to the place we were then. We had some down time, so we spent it there.
Next: Decisions, decisions, decisions....