Kirk Morrison was the only one of us MAN enough to take on this West Virginia Race!
Saturday’s Hilly Billy Roubaix ended up being quite a challenge. As expected, J.R. put on another phenomenal race.
72 very challenging miles with over 6,800 ft of climbing and 92 degree temps. The roads consisted of mud, water, and many steep climbs/descents on hairy gravel roads. This pic is courtesy of J.R. Petsko at about mile 11.
Lots of flats during the race (even including mountain bikes ) due to the road conditions. I lost about 10 mins at the first rest stop when I helped Chrissie with a stubborn flat tire removal. Fortunately, my Kenda Small Block 700x35’s got me through with no problems and my C’dale Cx9-3 cross bike was solid.
The last pic is courtesy of Ben Stephens on the final climb to the finish.
9th place in the 40+ age group... with a finish time of 6:27:41.
NOTE the almost 20% DNF rate!!!
I enjoyed watching the men’s podium sharing gulps from their champagne bottles while the women’s podium skipped the champagne to share swigs from Betsy’s 1st Prize bottle of WV Moonshine! … only in WV !
Overall had a great time. Highly recommended !