26 January 2008 - 13:05Jay Winter Challenge
Friday February 8th will mark the beginning of the 2nd annual Jay Winter Challenge. I attended the first race lace year, and it was a lot of fun. You have to have a certain amount of crazy in you to find stuff like this fun, but there you have it. I like it because it proves that with the right attitude, the human spirit can prevail in any conditions. It’s in this spirit that Dan Des Rosiers created this race.
This year, the event is slightly different.
There has been the addition of n “ice criterium” on Friday night. Sounds fun, but the word “ice” makes me think that some of these will be absolutely necessary. I must admit, I’m tempted to join in the madness. We’ll have to see when we get closer to the event. It consists of 20 laps around a 1/2 mile course in the dark. These are the sort of shenanigans I truck with.
Saturday the 9th features the main event as held last year, a 30 miler on groomed snowmobile trails over rolling hills, or a shorter 10 mile race that follows the final 10 miles of the course.
An important note to keep in mind, is that the course is on private land, and it is asked that no one pre-rides the course, or rides it after the event. There is a special arrangement with the local snowmobile club and local land owners that make this event possible. I don’t even need to say that anyone disrespecting this arrangement could jeopardize the future of this event.
Bike 29 will be there for the crit and the race the following day, offering tech support to anyone that needs it. I’ll follow up with a full report on the event itself. I expect that turn out will be pretty good. Last year drew 50 or so riders, I imagine that number to double this year. Everyone had a blast, myself included.
Up next, Spider update!