Every group ride turns into a race at some point or another. If its the city limit, or county sign, top of the hill, who can pull the most etc. Well why not have a group ride that has a structured race in it? Awesome. Just ride along and talk to your friends about everything going on with them now that the race season has been over for 3 months or whatever. Every once in awhile you kill yourself to get up a hill. Awesome.
10 Minutes into the ride, at least half of the people there had the cold weather raspy voice cough that you get turning yourself inside out in 28 degrees. Not fun. The dude at the CTR gave me "room for cream" in my Americano, not cool. Mike Stubna crushed it up the first 2 hills and worried me until experience reigned supreme! Peter whiner Cully had "family stuff" to do so he couldnt crush everybody with a 2 month old femur (and try to redeem himself to john minturn to whom he lost a hill the previous week, forcing him to create a myspace profile!!!). Joe Valise (sorry spelling) was just a monster, stronger this year than last for sure.
THe after party had 0 pizzas and 0 break offs. There was a headstand contest, there was flip cup. Danny Chew talked about the breakaway he was in at UsPro with: Chris Charmichael, Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Ron Kiefel and a few other no names.It was the second group coming into the finish. Totally nuts.
Mark Nicoll was totally on fire. He is down in weight, hasnt ridden in 2 months and big ringed 2 hills. He got 3rd on logan which is totally NOT a sprinters hill.
Johnturn totally won 2 hills, Sycamor and Flowers, I really wanted sycamore, but its cool he got it. That is all I remember for now