I’ll preface this with – out of 41 competing riders, I came in 34th. HA. I’m so slow.
Turn out was good. Approx 40 riders all told. After yesterdays unseasonable snows, it was surprisingly sunny and pleasant today.
Upon registering we were given the list of checkpoints. We then spent the better part of 45 minutes mapping it.
We were required to ride the Conference Bike as part of our registration. How hilarious. 7 jerks pedaling their little legs off. It totally ruled.
Chunter summed it up pretty good in his LJ post… I’m shamelessly editing it to fit my perspective.
The Taco Truck Time Trial was a lot of fun. and by fun, I mean it was ludicrously difficult at times and downright malicious at others. here’s how it went:
1st checkpoint: do a shot of Brazilian Liquor
2nd: ride a zipline, acquire a barf bag
3rd: eat a taco, ride up a big hill
4th: eat another taco, ride up a big hill
5th: eat another taco, ride up a stupid big, really steep hill
This wasn’t the biggest hill.
Those things were brutal. Yes, thats a veteran cyclist walking his bike to the top there, to remain unnamed.
Then meander along Lake Washington, hit a last checkpoint, and ride up a reasonably graded, but long hill. There were lots of other random smaller hills liberally interspersed throughout the course as well. If you threw up in your bag, and presented it at the end, you got your entry fee refunded.
for my trouble, I got:
a trip down the block on the Conference Bike
a commemorative shot glass
a barf bag
a couple pieces of candy
a homemade power bar
a cunt cap*
3 small tacos, which weren’t bad at all.
my first spoke card
The guy who got 1st place beat me by more than 50 minutes, and was riding a fixed gear (I was not, because that would have sucked more than I could have imagined)
Pictures compliments of Laura: Me and Eliot chillin at our 3rd taco truck.
I CAN HAZ TACO?
NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM
Alas it was a good ride. Professor Dave did a fine job. Much fun was had. Everyone walked out with a prize, and everyone had a great time.
The one weird thing was the Madrona Ale House, and I GOTTA comment on it.
It was like freaking Chucky Cheese in there. For the life of me I’ve never seen so many kids at a bar before. It wasn’t bothersome, but it was a little strange. Definately risky piling a crew of exhausted alcoholic cyclists into what was apparently a family joint.
So we distracted them with the Conference Bike. HA.
Alas we all minded our manners and got out intact.
Now,how I managed to not take a picture of a single taco truck station baffles the mind. Alas heres a couple we hit, pictures compliments of lostacotrucks.com.
The closest I got was Kat mowing down a taco at the first Taco Bus station.
Anyhow, thanks again Professor Dave for a most excellent ride. I think its fair to say we all look forward to next years ride. I’m sure there will be more updates on his blog 327 words as time goes on.
One last picture to leave you with. These kids showed up on a tandem taco bike. Huzzah!
You can see my whole photo gallery HERE.
Tomorrow, Slo Sunday.