I’ve ridden one hundred miles before, and I’m sure you have too. I’ve done a century on the road three times now, including the hilly Michigan Mountain Mayhem last year, where Wes ‘won’ with the official best time. We did the 100 mile, 7,800 feet of climbing in a grand total of five hours and forty-eight minutes, and, barring one shaky episode, did it without any real trouble. So why not, I thought quite stupidly, hop on some fat tires and go try it on the dirt.
Here is a quick video preview of the 35 mile course at Barry-Roubaix in Middleville, Michigan. March 26th, 2011 will mark the first race of the season for the Bohunk, the beginning of a ninth month expedition around the state, seeking cycling glory and free stuff.
Thanks to Rick Plite, the race promoter and the other guy in the video.
Northern Michigan has crazy weather. If you have travelled north of Cadillac, you know that it can be sunny when you look out the window and snowing when you bounce out the door. Yesterday, the Bohunk raved over forty degree weather and a healthy dose of peeking sun. Today, I arose to a snowstorm and three inches of snow. The bike, road or mountain, was out of the question. So, I jogged 6 miles in the snow and slush, eyes half-closed as the flakes slapped me like a chubby kid stealing from the Doritos bag. This shot is from the mouth of Boardman River where it empties into West Bay. The ice is thirty or forty yards out into the bay, and the beach itself is not very attractive.