Team 'Over the Hill' (the 'over 40' team of Red Rider & La Canadienne)
That's right. It's Rockwell Relay Redux. Think back to the Roller City skate nights from your middle school years. The DJ just dimmed the lights, cued up the disco ball and called a "Ladies Only!" skate. All guys on wheels clear the floor and let the ladies ride solo. Rodzilla and I will actually be riding support crew for the event they like to call 'Rockwell Relay Pamperfest' a name which has had La Canadienne (and Red Rider, Swedish Liz & the Female version of Racer X ... on this occasion Melissa* she of the many triathlons and marathons and 32min 30 second Suncrest ascent) bristling. In fact La Canadienne tells me I'm not allowed to call it that.
*No Photo available, I'm sure that will change this weekend
She has a point:
For two-lady teams each team member is responsible for 80+ miles and more than 4000 feet of climb. The race starts at a ski resort in Ogden and ends 163 miles (about 270 km for our neighbours to the north) later in Provo. One rider in the saddle at all times. Hardly sound likes pampering to me. They do offer back rubs, pedicures and chocolate fountains at the rest stops but only one of those three sounds like a service that a rider in the middle of a bike race would care to engage in. Swedish Matt (support crew for Team 'What the Hill?') figures he'll take advantage of the back rubs and pedis while waiting for his wife to finish her leg. Watching him try to pull that off* may be the highlight of the day.
*See Rodzilla Rides the Goldilocks All Lady Ride (Training Ride with the Ladies blog entry) for a preview of what's in store for Swedish Matt
loaded the horses* in the Titan (official support vehicle of our portion of the Rockwell relay) and headed for higher ground. On this occasion the higher ground would be Emigration Canyon and points west.
New bike, same attitude. Not even a world class racing frame and deep dish carbon fiber wheels can change the fact that it's 6:30 in the AM and La Canadienne is not in bed. She'll warm up, eventually, just don't get too close for a little while. Also, meet our neighborhood plumber; Glenn (Hi Glenn!)Red Rider on the summit.