|Small crowd at the starting line.|
There were upsides, though: made it through 100 miles in what is probably my fastest non-drafting effort for that distance and rode most of that first century swapping leads with eventual 24-hour winner John Nobile. (The 24-hour race is run concurrently with the 12, with the same 8 am start. While my own pace slacked off, and considerably, Nobile kept nearly the same pace through the heat of the day -- and then not appreciably slower through the night -- to ride 468 miles in two turns of the little hand. For those that are concerned about their age, Nobile is a youthful 51.) As she has several times prior, M__ came and provided extraordinary support. While suffering from the heat, she enjoyed the camaraderie that crews share in ultra events.
|Still happy-ish before the start.|