|N.Y. Roll helps a rider get signed on the morning of the C.O.G. 100|
That was the last time I was warm all day. the winds were in the 20+ mph range already, with higher gusts, and the air temperature was in the lower 30's at the start. N.Y. Roll and I set up on-site registration on the tailgate of my truck. We had 24 more show up and that brought the total number of riders to 76. I gave a bit of a pre-race meeting talk, and then it was just a wait for what seemed like forever to get to 8:00am and the roll out began.
Before we took off I had made arrangements with Tony, who showed up that morning in his gleaming new Ford 4X4, to ride along with him. My thoughts being that the roads were going to be just too much for my wounded truck. The check engine light was on by this time and I had no idea if the thing would even get me home afterward at this point. But Tony was amenable to driving me around, so that made life a little easier.
So there was a good roll-out, then I peeled off and doubled back to park the truck and hop in with Tony for a long day out in the country. N.Y. Roll went on ahead to watch the front end of the event unfold. After I was in Tony's truck, we drove up through the field slowly from the back. It was a completely different view for me, as generally speaking I ran the front end of Trans Iowa and never did get to see much of the back half of any of those events.
|Riders milling about just before the start. It was very blustery and cold!|
|And they are off.....|
|It was clear from early on that this was going to be a very tough day.|
|Early miles in the C.O.G. 100. Image by Jon Duke.|
|Josh Magie, eventually finishing in 4th, rolls past those who hike-a-biked on his Ice Cream Truck fat bike. Image by Jon Duke|
|Then there were hills. Constant hills.|
|N.Y. Roll and Jon Duke getting the images of riders near the halfway mark of the C.O.G. 100|
We didn't leave this point until Trans Iowa winner Luke Wilson rolled up and he actually stopped to chat a minute. This was odd, because Luke generally is a diesel and keeps motoring. We found out later why he may have not been in such a hurry later when he called in and said he was done. The math wasn't in his favor, or he just wasn't feeling it, maybe both. At any rate, we knew it was another mark of a tough, tough day. Whoever finished this one within the time limitations was going to have really earned it.
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