2012 Powderhorn 24

With the coming of the solstice, Lemberger and I trekked to Minneapolis to join Gollnik and Bikes and Pieces owner Mike to race the second edition of the Powderhorn 24.

We set up base camp near a bridge.

Basecamp (by Lemberger)

I rode.

Me, sucking wheel (Photo by ibikempls)

And rode some more.

Going solo (photo by ?????)

And a bit more after that.

Powering up an alley (photo by Meredith Westin)

And stood around a bit with Bob.

Bob girds his loins, I watch the start/finish action (photo by Meredith Westin)

And then it was over, so we drank some (more) beer.

All done but the celebrating (photo by Lemberger)

As you can see, I rode the Soma ES. With a single exception, it was perfect for this sort of thing — the exception being the 25mm tires. The course is rough enough that I could have maintained more speed with 28-32mm rubber.

Team Bikes and Pieces: Bob, Me, Michael, Mike (photo by Mike’s wife)

But how did we do? Well — we either did 76 laps or 66 laps. We’re not sure yet, because there seems to have been a glitch in the scoring. By our count, it was 76.

We’re still awaiting the final results. ┬áDepending on how things fall out, we’re either ninth in our division and tied for something like 20th overall — or somewhat better.

No matter. We had a great time and we’re already scheming about next year.

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