Rides that I’m following:
Today has been involved with tracking the TOD: Ride for the Republic and the involved participants. Heavy thunder storms and a late afternoon appointment kept my Fuji safely ensconced at home so my “riding” as been of the vicarious nature today. That said, it has been interesting to say the least!
Team Bent Up Cycles is now in Missouri, remaining in 3rd place in their category and averaging 20.15 mph. Solo Women’s leader, Barbara Buatois, will have covered 2211 miles when she pulls into time station #38. Her closest competitor has yet to reach time station #34. (Time stations appear to be numbered incrementing higher as you move east.) Men’s Under 50 solo leader, Jure Robic should be just arriving at time station #42 having covered 2441 miles.kentsbikeblog.com). Reports indicate that the heavier than usual snow in the upper elevations has slowed many riders and is causing much bike-hiking. 10 riders are reported to have dropped from the race at this time. “Mountain Turtle” continues his time proven pace and is in good spirits and, apparently, rich in canned spam…
Tony Martin retained the overall lead in a rain soaked stage 5 of the Tour de Swisse today. Marcus Burghardt (BMC) took the stage as part of a breakaway that started early and was allowed to go the distance by the peloton. Team Radio Shack members Levi Leipheimer (13th overall) and Lance Armstrong (21st overall) finished in the main pack 47 seconds back. Leipheimer is listed at 19th in the stage and Armstrong at 29th. Joining Armstrong were George Hincapie (27th) and Andy Schleck (28th). Three friends out for a wet ride perhaps?
This has been an “up and down” day for the TOD: Ride for the Republic viewers as it first appeared that Cycling Experiences Jim Artis would be withdrawing from the TOD due to distance, weight, and lack of communication with his touring partner Raphael Giraldo. However, as the day progressed, communications were re-established between the two and an agreement to re-evaluate the situation this evening in a phone call was made. Additionally, Artis has been able to jettison his trailer (see post from earlier in day) and therefore, reduced his total weight, which should enable him to make better time assuming no more mechanicals. For most of the afternoon, Jim and Raphael have maintained about a 28 to 29 mile difference in location, which tells me that they are riding at pretty comparable speeds now. I anticipate posting by Jim this evening at Cycling Experiences. I am reminded of the old saying “It ain’t over ‘til the Fat Lady sings.” Well, she may have been warming up but I think she has returned to her seat for now!