...the hills of West Ver-ginny-ya, that is, to do sum climin' there!
10 toughest one day races in the USA. This is due in part to the final climb which covers about 2,000 ft of vertical in the last 4-5 miles of the race. There is one other major climb (about 7 miles long) as well as lots of potholes and gravel sections (the total vertical climb is almost 4,500 ft over the 33 mile course).
Of course, at the top of every hill, every where, is either a cemetary or a windmill!
There were a number of crashes with some serious road rash and even stitches being administered at the finish area. As a new twist, there were also reports of horses on a section of the course.
Dan Schar and I were in the same starting group where he was competing in the Masters 40+ field while I was in the Masters 50+ field. This race starts with a 4 mile neutral roll as we descend to the bottom of the finishing hill climb for the official staging and starts. As with last year, I saw over 6 riders flatting due to hot-rim issues on this neutral descent (!?).
After seeing the numerous crashes during the race I decided to take it easy on the descents since I had taken a spill earlier this week and was still carrying 7 stitches in my lip and a bit of road rash.
Thanks to our sponsor
for the excellent medical care!
In spite of my face, I was able improve my finish time by 2-1/2 minutes over last year!
In the 2011 Tour of Tucker County:
Kirk finished in 8th Place (50+)
Kirk is in 5th Place (50+), while
Dan is in 6th place (40+)
All photos courtesy of Fred Jordan