Monday, June 15, 2015

Thank you - for 14 years of suffering.

I wanted to post a thank you to all of the racers, officials, and volunteers who helped to make the Cone-Azalia Classic what it is.  The cold winds and relentless rain made 2015 one of the most memorable and difficult races in memory.  Early in the week, it seemed like we might actually have a nice day - Sunny and 75F - something that almost seemed unusual for the Cone-Azalia Classic.  But then, on Saturday night, the weather turned and we got dumped on in a way much more fitting with the 14 year prior history of the race. During my 8 laps - the chalky white mud of the road plastered my eves shut, the rain wasted no time in soaking through my jersey, and the wind cut through my numb fingers. Still, at least I had my bike and the heat associated with the 300+ Watts I was pumping into the pedals. Our officials and volunteers are the real heroes of the day. The men and women manning the corners and intersections - standing still in that cold horizontal rain. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you all for coming out and sharing the glory and the misery of this day. I hope to see you all again next year and we'll have to wait see what year 15 has in store for us.