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 :-)


Anonymous said...

What's up with the all back jersey?

Carolynn said...

He wasn't allowed to wear his cowtown jersey. I wasn't in the mood to spend the rest of the day trying to get it clean! I just hate those mud stains on that white jersey. I think he looked pretty darn sexy with that all black jersey :)

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

Congratulations! Perseverance is the name of the game to be the champion. Ya gotta have consistency and it doesn't hurt to have a little luck some times too!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you're starting to come around with some good form. Now if you good do that at anytime during the other 11 months of the year, you'll start winning stuff:-)