Darrell Bratton Repeats!!! The Beast Reborn

Darrell Bratton repeats as 40+ Master’s Champion at the Jeff City Twighlight Crit!! Robo cleans up the podium in 3rd with Uncle Gary taking 5th. Wow!!! Clark Priebe finished 3rd in the 1-2 race!!! Wow. Talk about exposure. That’s some Mack moments in front of throngs of people turning up for the Tour of Missouri finish. I was bummed not to be there, but I’ll be in St. Gen this weekend.

As expected, the old beast, my 1978 Schwinn Le Tour De Luxe, didn’t handle the stoker (and extra 40 miles a week) too well. The old Wobler rear wheel disintegrated. I took the opportunity to upgrade to modern gear size, which required having Choak at Carbondale Cycles put the bend in the frame to take in a 9/10 cassette. Now, she’s up and running with an Ultegra Triple, shiny new 105 Bottom Bracket, a set of Mavic Cosmos I had hanging, and a SRAM 11-34 cassette and chain I won in a cross race. Choak did a great job with the frame and friction set up! Friction shifting…If it’s good enough for Clark Priebe….

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