This next e-mail came to me from Cameron Chambers of Golden Belt Bicycles after a trip to the Cornhusker state.
After leaving a substantial amount of skin on a highway somewhere in New Mexico (that'll teach me to ride a road bike) I wasn't sure if I could muster up another race this weekend or not. I was feeling pretty good by Friday morning and started scanning the internet for a race. Closest thing seemed to be the Nebraska state championships in Omaha. I didn't race until Sunday so the course had ample time to dry out from the rain the day before. The pro/semi-pro/expert race was six 5 mile laps on a course that they told me had more climbing than the XC course in Big Bear, California.
Questions of the single speed weapon selection cropped up in my mind. I held 8th for the most part of the race but got stoked on the last lap and passed 2 more riders claiming 6th in the 25 man field. That finish was good for 45 bones ($), helping cut into some of that gas money. I was breathing down the neck of 5th place but cramps in the lats and some serious forearm pump kept me from putting out the power I needed. Ah the pleasures of a rigid single speed.
I would definitely suggest the Nebraska races to anyone; the courses are absolutely sweet, and really well organized. Two weeks till the Crowder Crank and Cruise. Hope you heal up by then Terry.
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