Last night Bill, Kris and I rode the 35 miles over to Lawrence, on the River Road, to attend the much anticipated Sunflower Holiday Party. I didn’t have the best pre-race ride over, but maybe I got that out of my system. It was way colder down by the river than by my house, so we all froze a little.
The Sunflower party is a really great gathering of Northeastern Kansas outdoor enthusiasts. Dan Hughes, the owner and party mc, does a ton for cycling in the area. He and his crew at Sunflower have created an “old-time” outdoor shop. Bike shop plus camping, adventure, etc. It really is a destination. If you happen to be in the area, you should go through Lawrence and check it out. Plus, the rest of the city, it is unique for Kansas.
Right now, I’m just about ready to pack up the van, with all the equipment, and do the 350 mile drive to Jinglecross in Iowa City. There are 3 races there, 2 UCI C2’s and a C1 tomorrow. I think they have over 2000 entries for the entire weekend. Pretty great. The race tonight is at 8 pm and is “the hard” way up Mt. Krumpet. That means not on a bike. The run/slog will most likely cripple me for the rest of the weekend. It is rumored to be extremely muddy there, plus the forecasted temperature tonight is for the mid 30’s. I guess perfect for cross, other than racing in the dark, which I do enjoy.
Okay, a little behind schedule so I should just cut this short now. I’ll keep you updated with the weekend adventure.