2 August 2012 - 8:30Single Speed USA 2012 Pt.2 (Electric Boogaloo)
…now where was I..?
Oh yeah, the DC aid station, where those that did not stop were heckled to “come back and get their aids!”
Well, with the front of the pack making such ludicrous time on the course, I didn’t have a lot of time to hang out. It was time to get myself and the kegs to the finish line and get set up before they got there. With my army of volunteers in tow, we hauled our butts to the end of the line, with a small pitstop to grab a sandwich. A good thing I did too, because it was pretty much all I would have had to eat, with the exception of the 2 doughnuts I was able to yoink from Dough before finally making it to dinner.
It seemed that no sooner did I get the banners up at the finish line, that the first guy blazed through with an improbable gap between 2nd place. I was at first questioning wether or not he had cut the course in some fashion, but T-hom assured me (also comng in at a scorching pace), that this dude was no joke, and his time was legit, although he probably did not stop and get his aids. Shortly thereafter it was a steady stream of riders for the next few hours.
At first people didn’t know they had finished, they were expecting another evil rooty climb, and didn’t stop until they were chased and yelled at. We, the course organizers decided that a nice easy finish was a just reward for all the ridiculous climbing. But after a while, enough had finished and it made it that much easier to corral the riders, where the race turned into a keg party in the woods.
In a spur of the moment decision, Mandy and I decided that we would give out the awards and have the derby for the belt, lest we be stuck out there after dark As there are only 3 awards in singlespeeding, first man, first woman and DFL, this didn’t take long. First place male was Paul Simoes, and first place female was VT’s own Kim O’Connell, who had raced an old converted Fat Chance Yo Eddy! How awesome.
The derby for the belt was held, and although there were a good amount of people hanging out, not many of them seemed to want the belt. The rules are simple: ride any bike but your own, hands on the bars, and keep your feet on the pedals. Foot comes down, and you are out. There was a little pushing and dirty derby happening, but it came down to Dejay Birch winning the mens belt for the second time, and Kerry Montgomery taking the ladies. As the host for this year’s event, I was not allowed to participate, but I can tell you that I will be hopping on the bike for some derby next year.
After some prizes were dispersed, it was time for the hosting shenanigans. Of course it was a good old fashioned VT syrup chug! Seven toed the line, but it was a neutral party, or actually an anti AZ party, that put down a pint of Grade B in an alarmingly quick manner. So fast in fact, that I didn’t even register, as I was watching a very close race between AZ and PA. Ultimately, it was the fastest chugger’s choice, and he chose Minnesota. There was a bit of protesting from the PA crew, but it was decided.
There were a few more folks to come through, including the DFL. I had a call from our sweeper, Scott, who said that he was close by, and that everyone was accounted for. We started to break down the party, many folks had left to take naps or get some grub. And lo and behold, VTer Wil Blanchard finally crossed the line to win DFL. According to ScotT who escorted him across the line, he had the best attitude the entire time, which is always great to hear. The course was rugged, and it was nice to have someone earn DLF for a change, instead of “winning” by taking naps or slacking off.
Sadly, my camera ran out of batteries right after the belt derby, but there are more than enough images and even some video on the FB page. Go “like” it if you are so inclined.
My summary, and the credits, will follow tomorrow.