To All interested,
Saturday was Stage 8 of the 2011 Tour De Mad Dog.
The Danville Century Plus. The second time we've had this stage over the years
Well this one was suppose to start early but incoming rain and people with fancy radar on their celluar telegraphs made this one hold off til about 7. Some storms coming at us and some moving to the south of us. Finally 11 of us said "why not lets get moving". This turned out to be a good decision. We had rain and some lightning for the first 2-3 hours but luckily nothing bad happened. The group stayed together the first 11 miles till a couple of riders decide to try out their stop, drop and roll skills then a couple of miles later another rider decided to stuff their self in a charity drop bag. Well our little group got back and decide to ride into Mt. Eden and wait out the lightnig a bit and see if different brakes might help a little more. The lighning show was fantastic and luckily it was all 3-11 miles away from us.
Well back on the road and I realize even with the rain and storms this is the best weather we have ever had for this ride and I just hope it stays that way. Finally around mile 40 the rain stops then about 10 miles later we end up in Salvisa. We are greated by the same friendly lady we see every September. I inform her we'll be back again this September and she informs me we are about 10 minute behind the pack. Knowing we have a difficult climb in just a few miles I take off my rain gear and back on the road we go.
Woops forgot about the delightful down hill before the uphill that had me shakin'. I've never been so happy to climb Oregon road in my life and we all get heated up pretty quick. We finally make it up that hill and the DQ urge begins. We begin to get rolling and in no time we are on the outskirts of Harrodsburg looking at a field of anorexic calfs. This is the spur I need to get me to DQ. As our small group pulls into the DQ we see the last two leaving.
After a quick meal we are on the road again. Thinking maybe we'll catch the other two. We roll through Harrodsburg past the concrete hobo lawn art, past the bears walking to the playhouse. I guess the bears ate the cowboy that use to lean againt the thin air. If you want to know a place you can buy cows or dogs just let me know, I know where you can get both of them at the same house. In no time we roll into the north side of Danville. KY 33 seems friendly this year only a few close calls. In no time we are heading out to Perryville into the usual bad headwind. This year is a little worse than usual but the cooler temperatures make it nice. When we arrive in Perryville we se Grizzly hanging out in the new rocking chairs. After an ale81 and a bag of Grippo's five of us take of for the second lunch stop in Willisburg (Home of the Willisburger).
Along the rolling hills beteween P'ville and Mackville the wind is slight the weather is comfotable the birds are singing the dogs are tied ups and all seems right in the world. But this was to good to be true. My back tire starts to go flat. Oh well flats happen. As I'm stopping to fix it I notice a bump while braking. While inspecting the cause of the flat we notice a broke rim. We boot the rim get it back together and I'm told by the bike mechanic that is present that, "It should be ok as long as you don't torque the rim to much or use the back brake." This is not comforting since we still have 45 miles to go but I decide to continue while staying in the saddle and spinnning low gears the rest of the day. I decided to make lemonade out of these lemons. Willisburg was 12 rolling miles away. I spent that time figuring out what toppings to put on that buger that I had been waiting for since early that morning. As we near Willisburg it actually feels hot for the first time. This makes the stop all the more a treat. We finish up and get back on the road.
As we take off for the last 30 or so miles we are informed there is an overturned tanker on 55. Knowing there is not an easy reroute back to the start we stay on course and hope they let us through. We continue through Chaplin, down Ashes Creek up to 1066 and to 55. We get there and notice the road is still blocked. After a short talk with the reflective clad KDOT chargee he decides to let us go through. We head up 55 thinking this will be great. No Traffifc then about a half mile down the road we see the tow trucks pulling the wreckage and shortly after that our private road is back to normal. Oh well, no matter, we continue to 2239 and go past Taylorville Lake. A left on 44 and we are back at the school lot. All in all a good day with extreme ups and downs. Maybe the best day ever for this long stage. Everyone finished up strong and happy and it seemed to show on the faces of the riders.
I have 11 riders listed as finishers.
The Stage Winner was Steve Maurer for his Second stage win of his rookie season the Bonus was for "Compact gearing" for 1 minute. That was awarded to Jason and Matt. If I am wrong let me know.
There is also a 2 minute difficulty bonus for this ride. If you meet the requirements for the bonus let me know and I will adjust your final time.
Here are the Results and finishing groups for the Stage:
Stage Winner at 6:50:06
Stage Winning Group at 6:51:06 "Achy Brak-ee Bike"
Team "Shelbyville" at 6:53:06
Matt Tinal *
Jason Willis *
Team "Solo Dog" at 7:00:06
"To Be Abandoned" list for stage 9
This Sunday Stage 9
Sunday, June 26
8:00 am – 100 mi. #3+. Pottershop Century [TMD Stage #9]. Floyds Fork Park.
Saturday, July 2
7:30 am – 60/100 mi. #3. Madison Century [TMD Stage #10]. Prospect Point Shopping Center.
Entry to this years challenge is closed. This does not mean we do not want new or old riders. Come out an play, See what its all about.
This is a separate competition that coincides with regular club rides.
Hope everybody had a good ride,
David R. King
2011 TMD Director