... with success. Recieved a call from my wife in South Calgary asking me how bad it was out on the course as it was hammering them there and I could say that it was actually pretty nice. A bit of rain, particularily on the north end of the course but it cleared up, the sun came out, and it was really quite a pleasant evening.
And the racing was good. At least from a spectators point of view there was no shortage of things going on. Challenging course too but one that offered a good balance of hard work climbing and straight fairly flat hammering. All in all a neat race.
The format was to split into 3 teams (denoted by flagging tape) and the goal was to bring your team home with the best average finish for the second, third, and fourth riders on your team. Line honours weren't in play so the goal was teamwork, communication, and tactics and that's what we had.
I mixed the As and Bs into three teams and let them at it. In a textbook read of the race and application of tactics, team orange stormed the race by taking 4th through 8th place for just 9 points. Team pink worked well trying to recover from the splits and edged yellow 18 to 23.
The Cs got a race all to their own with three teams again and although there were more splits it was a close race overall with some really nifty racing. Yellow edged Pink 13 to 15 with Orange creeping up in third with 18 points. All in all, nice job.
For interest, the line order was PYPOOOOOYYPPYOYP for the A/Bs and YYPYPPOOOOPPY for the Cs. Can't make too many words from that but it does look a bit like a DNA sequence. Anyway, good job all. Huge props to Allan Oicle for being my volunteer and hanging around at the four way stop on the far side of the course during a variety of weather. Thanks.