I'd never been before so I had no idea where the start/finish line was. So instead we found a little rise on the grass next to the course, broke out our sandwiches and waited for the first riders.
They must start the race with a neutral lap because when the first group came by us, they where not moving very fast. Ditto on the next two groups. But on the second lap, the Pro/Elites came screaming by with a 4 man break away about 20 seconds ahead of the peleton.
For the next 5 or 6 laps I kept Ian engaged by helping him count the number of riders in each break and then timing the gap between them and the rest of the riders. Then on the next lap we'd figure out how many more (or less) riders where in the break and then figure out the change in the time difference between the break and the peleton. Who knew a bike race could be used to practice developing math skills?
The Pro/Elites ran a pretty tight race by pulling all the breaks back - they were rarely the same lap to lap, and I'm sure they finished with a field sprint. The other divisions were riding fast, but I certainly saw a lot of suffering out there on the final laps.
I shot some video on my phone to upload with this post, but when I got home I managed to press a few wrong keys on my computer and iTunes reset my phone. So I lost it all.
But not to worry. I'll be going back and will get some more video. TRI714 will be racing one of these weeks and I plan on going down and cheering him on. Ian will bring the cowbell. And who knows, maybe I'll give it a try myself before May. An hour's worth of high intensity riding will make for a good session even if (or rather when) I get dropped.