Sunday, June 19th was the second of the 3 part EOTT series. We’ve been plagued with crazy weather here in the Mahoning Valley for the past month or so. Race opener workouts on Saturday came with many comments of, “I hope the 30mph winds die down before start time at EOTT.” But it was not to be!
The Deerfield course is one of our favourite spots to test ourselves against the clock. The 20k rolling course runs NW-SE through mostly farms & fields.
For the most part if there’s a steady breeze in this part of Ohio, it’s due west, so EOTT usually ends up having a light cross breeze on both the outward and return legs. Unfortunately, on Sunday the wind was railing down at us from the northwest. Dead headwind all the way out – mega bummer!
I can only speak for myself, but the noise of the wind is worse on me than the actual force of it. It took me more than 1/4 mile to get my cadence under control and find my pace, which was greatly diminished compared to my usual speeds… my outbound leg took 23:03, which is more than 2 1/2 minutes slower than my average speed on this course. The return trip was just as noisy with the wind, but at least gave ma a push and kept my time within 45 seconds of my fastest time at EOTT.
So my overall time for Sunday was 41:46, which is was 2 seconds slower than my result at EOTT 1. I guess things averaged out in the end?!
We had a full podium with both Mike and Jeff in attendance this week. Our fine organisers put us 1-2-3 in line, too, so we could all see eachother. Fixed gear has become something of a circus since Team Mandalore started racing in the category. Jeff railed it, despite the tricky conditions, passing Mike about 2/3s of the way through the course to finish just about 1 minute ahead.
The weather even had Ryan, our happiest happy warrior, a little down. He gave his team spot with Joe to fellow Cycwarder Amanda and just did solo standard. He finished 2:22 off of Joe’s time for second place overall in a field of 6 for standard. Not too bad Ry Guy!!!
There won’t be an EOTT next month in Deerfield, instead we will be racing the Masters State Championship TT out in West Salem, if you wanna chance to go head to head with the madlads of Mandalore!