This report is brought to you by the letter C, the word Crash begins with the letter C. So, I took a week off the race report to lick my wounds and try to heal up. Sadly, we all crash. I don’t know many cyclist that haven’t injured themselves. But, I have to say it was the worse one that I have had since I started riding in 2010. Lots of skin left on pavement in Columbia MO, and that is where our race took us to on July 15th. This particular race was called the Froze toes race and was the Missouri state championship road race. It was over 90 degrees and maybe the name should have been slightly adjusted. The race was a fairly flat 31 miles and suited guys like me really well. except for the last 500 meters. The slight rise in elevation is not good for guys and gals that are 20 or 30 lbs heavier than their competition. My race took me out at mile 11 and finished 25th out 27. KCBC had one athlete in the masters field, Mr. Dan Shaffer. Dan finished 12th out of 20. Not to shabby.
Kurt and Lynn Wilson made the trip and so did Shelly Milner in her first race since her surgery. Kurt landed 26th out of 30 in the cat3, Lynn 2nd place and a little spending money for the ride home, and just missed 1st by inches (why do I not have a pic of her on the podium?), Shelly had her first road race and she finished 5th, if she didn’t miss a turn, she could have been on the podium. Next time!! The Froze toes is put together by a great group of folks that is headed up by Aaro Froese (race director). This is a man that cares about the sport and all the folks involved in the sport. Thank you Aaro!
The Truman Cup was this last weekend and due to injuries, I was out. But, we had a ton of KCBC orange in the mix. So, the Truman Cup is 3 days of racing. A time trial on Friday eve, a road/circuit race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. It is a points series, you can win an individual race and not win the overall omnium. For all the results of the Truman Cup click here. I will, however, mention the teams podium winners. The women of KCBC did pretty darn good. Michelle Lingenfelser took 3rd in the TT and 1st overall in womans Cat 4. Lynn shows up Sunday, doubles down and takes 1st in the 40+ and Cat 123. Great job ladies! As for the men? A very respectable showing. Kurt Wilson took 1st in the circuit race, Shawn Knight knocked out a 2nd place spot in the crtit as a 40+ and Mr. Kyle Guinn took 3rd in the TT on Friday evening.
I would normally write about who I had that chance to hang out with or get to know better during the races. But, the only race I went to was the crit on Sunday and did not feel 100% because of the thrashing I took the week before. Although I did get to hang out with Michelle’s son Nash. What a great kiddo. I am glad he let me be his shadow for most of the day. I have a feeling we will be seeing him at the local cross or bmx races in the near future. I do want to give a huge thank you to Shelly Milner. Shelly came out and showed her support and helped out the entire weekend. It is nice to have teammates that are not racing, come out and show their support. Whether it is help setting up or handing out water and snacks after a race or just to cheer everyone on as they finish. Thank you Shelly! As always, every friend you have today was once a stranger. Go out and meet a stranger this weekend and do something nice for someone you don’t know.
This weekend we also had Kenny Carlson at a mountain bike race. Kenny took on a tree during the race and did not win that battle. But he did win the race in cat 3. So, even after a nasty crash and splitting his chin, Kenny gets the top podium spot. Great work Kenny.
For a ton more photos visit Jennifer Pikos FB page
And speaking of Jen. She decided to take a little drive up to Ft. Dodge Iowa for the rockNrail 1850 crit to take 3rd place in her category. Nice job Piko! I’m certain there are several photos on you FB page.
Thank you for reading.