It all started the day before when I did what is commonly known as one of the big mistakes in cycling. Working on your bike the day before a big event. As much of you know, I have ridden this bike through the winter and really putting it through its paces. The bike is amazing. It just keeps on getting it. I put the Alfine IGH on the bike at Christmas time and have not had nearly an issue with it since. I have learned a few things and like most of the time, the best way to do this is with experience.
But, I digress. Friday, the day before, I planned on changing out my shift cable and my drivetrain. A simple task turned extensive. The STI type shifter for the IGH has a shift cable like the old Shimano 105 where the cable does not route back under the bar tape. It comes off the side of the hood and just heads to the downtube to get to where its going. I though how pleasant it would be to change this cable without messing with bar tape. Boy was I wrong! I cut the shift cable near the bottom of the head tube and slid the housing off, took pressure off the rear brake cable and tried slide the shift cable out of its seat and the ball end would not move for anything. Nothing helped get it out. Frustrated, I decided to cut the rear cable and unwrap the bar to take the lever off. I had to find a way to get the cable out. I ended up taking the shifter nearly all the way apart and found a spot to lever the cable out. At which point it comes out with relative ease.
Put it all back together and remount it on the bars. Now I have to go to the LBS and get another cable for the rear brake and some more bar tape. Small job turns into a big job. Sound familiar? Needless to say, I am now down some time and still have other planning to do. I wisely decide to not dive into the drivetrain. The last thing I need is more trouble the night before the ride. I just ran the chain and gears that got my through the winter. A little noisy and slightly crunchy but trustworthy.
Which brings me to the morning of... I awoke at 3am to get myself ready to head out a little after 4. I rode to the start at Old Spokes Home where I met up with everyone signing in and getting their brevet cards. MikeB organized the ride and had to spend the day before rerouting because of our record lake level and flooding everywhere. We essentially did an out and back. We took off at 5am and Mike had decided not to ride because of his lack of sleep making sure that we had a great event. I rode out and got to the sandbar and saw some of this:
Once the sun rose, I knew that it was going to be a beautiful day.
|One of many majestic scenes that I encountered|
|good coffee and a apple crumb cake set me off right|
|That's regular gas for over $4/gal. I later saw $4.11|
Just before the second control the road turned up with some pretty long ascents. This is where I ended up alone again. Not a great climber but I can hold my ground. I got to the second control which was the turn around point of the course. It was a pleasant stop and the hospitality was over the top.
|good hogie for lunch! mmmm!|
|We will call this pedal tan!|
Stay tuned. I still have to do a write up on my plans for the Tour Divide.