Although I have not yet put the story on the blog, last Tuesday I was riding up Mt. Lemmon along with well over 100 other cyclists, including at least 5 pro teams. They were in town for the TBC and curious, I got on their web site, so they needed volunteers and so, volunteered for registration duty. I don't follow the domestic scene much but there were many teams represented. The Pro/Cat 1 division had 89 participants and a good turnout in all the other divisions too.
I worked the afternoon shift at the "A-C" place. It was 74 and sunny and I looked forward to my 1-5pm slot.
Arriving at the registration area, at which I would ask dozens of cyclists for their race license, give them their numbers, ask if they knew to sign in each day, to wear all 3 numbers, yes they had to wear a number on their TT bike, results would be posted on the web site, etc... Immediately I recognized the above jersey and discovered it was Morgan, who manages Team Novo Nordisk's junior team and knows Nick V very well. Nick has got himself in to a very good situation as it appears the team is well funded, partly I think this because while in Santa Barbara for a team training camp, Nick and team stayed at the "Fess Parker Resort & Hotel" a very nice property.
Hey, Gord Fraser who set the TT record on this course a few years ago and entertained Marty Sedluk while he was in Tucson last November. Seems like a good guy. Soon, rain and high winds moved in unexpectedly and I was glad I was under the shelter of the tent. Out on the TT course, it poured for awhile. the rain hung around for an hour or two but the show went on. This must be a big deal on the racing scene as I heard one team drove 16 hours from Boulder, CO to make it here. My selfish takeaway from this event? I need to lose weight. Geesh, these people are skinny and damn fit.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.