Sunday September 20, Presque Isle in Erie PA, 12.5 mile Individual Time Trial. The day starts at sunny 48 degrees, no wind and improves from there. A beautiful day to race around the bay. Six riders from Ag3r competed. This ITT culminates the season as the final ITT. This year in April started at Presque Isle with a personal best on the course, July posted another best and Sunday I completed the 12.5 miles in 31:45 with an average speed of 23.84mph. Ten ITT's for the year and posted personal best's on all of them. I thank all those that offered support and advice, Skip, Henry and Steve. Oscar and his group at Washington Blvd. Most importantly my teammates from Ag3r of which 3 took home medals. Next the bike gets a rest as we turn our attention to cyclocross.
Many cyclist ride for the competition, self improvement or camaraderie. I just like to ride. There are times you can fulfill all you personal goals in one day. Last month Ag3r took me along to Mercer County for a little fun with the guys called "tour de la Tonka" or la te da for sure. Twenty five sprints, climbs and trials later, getting ripped off the back and punished in 90 degrees just for showing... What did I get?
A .99 cent candle with apple pie scent for not only just trying but for coming in last.
Well I tell you ,I train like an ass and still come in last.
I am bent on getting rid of this thing and vow to dump this honor on some other poor bastard that needs friends like I've got. Last week 185 miles in three days, Sewickly Hills and repeats the week before. I am going to knock down another PR itt this weekend. In the meantime you will find me in front of my Mark Cavendish Cadel Evans shrine making race preparations.
In support of the United Way 9.11 memorial program I rode in a group of 11 from Butler to Cranberry.
Ride director Henry Dimmick organized 11 riders to receive the ceremonial flag and deliver it to the flag raising ceremony in Cranberry. After a wonderful ceremony in Diamond Park we escorted the flag through a few stops and finally to our final destination. Witnessing along the way were many onlookers, and supporters including Diane and Stephanie from Mars.