Sunday, January 6, 2008
De Stad Series Single Speed Champion
Today's Grote Prijs was the final round of the De Stad Series. I needed a little help to win the series title. I had to finish 4th or better and I had to beat Cameron Chambers or have him not show up. Well, both happened today.
Course was about the same as it was two years ago when I promoted this event with Mark Thomas with the exception of the gravel road section through the 'Old Town Shawnee'. I expected really bad conditions given all the snow we had and recent warm weather, but what we got was a course that just muddy enough to cause your wheels to sink in about 2 inches. Not good conditions for a single speed.
Today there were only 6 other single speeds. I started off in third behind Jim Cogans and Bill Anderson. I soon passed Bill on a slick muddy corner and was by Cogans on the next straight. I lead for about a lap when Joshua Stamper came by like I was standing still. Cogan's and Anderson also came by and I thought I was getting a flat tire on my new Kona SS rig because I just could not turn the gears. Once I got back to the wheel pit I traded bikes for my Airborn SS mountain bike that I had been using all cross season. I was soon up to speed again and was closing in on Anderson and Cogan's when it happened again. Darn chain derailed. I could hear Carolynn in the back ground urging me to get going because 5th and 6th place were closing fast. I was soon away again and decided to get back on the Kona even if it did have a low tire. There was no way I was going to reel in Bill or Jim, as both were having very good rides. The rest of the race I kept in 4th just enough to win the series title. Free entry next year for me :-)