|Randy & Chris Hot Lapping|
|The race is On|
|Fatty Lumpkin's Wheels making the Rounds|
I like this bunch of people. They are about the friendliest bunch of folks around and any pretentiousness, that one might have to wade through in other racing, is not to be found here and in them. I raced for a long time, ski and mountain bike, and made many friendships along the way, but in the past year or so, attending Gnomefest and now the fat bike scene, has introduced me to a whole new group of people that aren't afraid to sit down and share a few beers and talk bikes (always have to do a little of that) and about anything else. And in this inaugural Sweaty, I got sucked in by them and switched from directors hat to pull on a helmet to give it a go. The years of racing were buried inside somewhere, and tired my best, but lack of fitness made the laps hurt! No matter, I rode within myself on the later laps, enjoyed the ride and knew the post race would be worth it.
In the end, the victors were crowned (with some sweet funky hats) and the "Most Fun Team" awarded, and prizes to just about everyone else, thanks to Sand Creek Brewery. The riders seemed to think the day went well, was fun and were appreciative. Some riders headed out while others stayed to hang out around the fire long into the night. The snow then kicked up a notch as to signal a good ending to the day with good people and I could only agree.