Sunday, March 11, 2012

2012 Racing Has Begun!

The 2012 race season has officially begun!  Well, technically, it began in January when Brian, Darin and Lito all took part in 4th Dimension Racing's winter duathalon series at nearby Ft. Steilacoom, where along with pedaling, they had to run.  Twice.  Those guys are resilient!

Henry on his way to 2nd Place!
Because of Snowpocalypse 2012 and the ensuing trail damage, the Tapeworm Time Trial, which was such a blast last year despite the undercooked sausages was cancelled, so the first Budu race at Dash Point marked the season opener for Henry, Nancy, Mike, Lito, and myself.  Like last year, the course was fast, with some twisty sections which provided some nice flow.  Unfortunately for spectators, the slick bridge section over a mud bog was not part of this years course, so there was no entertainment to be had watching people slide off the bridge into the bog, crashing on the roots leading up to the bride, or losing shoes as they tried to hoof it through the mud.  Since I was dealing with a back injury and should have even raced that day, that course change was fine with me!  Despite my back pain, Henry and I both walked away with second place finishes.  Henry was out of first place by only twenty seconds!

Bernie represented GL6 on the podium two weeks later at Soaring Eagle Park in Issaquah, earning 3rd place in Expert Men 40-49!

Henry Gertje: 2nd Place, Sport Men 50+
Erin Roe: 2nd Place, Sport Women 30-39
Lito Alamazora: 22nd, Sport Men 40-49
Nancy Gilbert: 8th place, Beginner Women 40-49
Mike Scholl: 8th, Clydesdale

Bernie Miller: 3rd, Expert Men 40-49 (Soaring Eagle)