Oh Wow!!! What a Ground Hog!!! The Bill Jensen Memorial Tour de Ground Hog was another classic! The best in a long, long time!
Results are here:
Chief Reimbold and I made the trip up, and the forecast for rain and sleet and temps in the 30s kept the rest of the Heckawee tribe safe at home with their squaws. The trip up was a bit uncomfortable, what with the rain and 33 degrees pegged on my dashboard thermometer. We were prepared for an awful mudfest, worse than last year….
But, the rain had only just begun up in Springfield, and the course was mostly old snow–which trenched out into ruts and routes. It ran clockwise again this year (like last year), and the hill section was rideable, and there were three barriers (two sets and a single–like last year with the single thrown in on the flat part of the woods). In the end, most of the course was still frozen on the bottom. So, while many stretches were muddy or slushy, if you could find a hard line you were ok.
Chief was 3rd in the 50+, which produced the winner of a 16 strong masters field (30-50+), I think he was 6th overall. He was really rocking!! Robo took the 40+ race and did the ironman to do all three events! Steve Driscoll got up on the podium in the 30+!
I was 8th, right behind Robo and Darrell Bratton and Greg Springborn. I had fifth place in my sight, which felt good in the end…I kept passing Robo and sometimes Darrell on the hill, which they had to run, but then they’d nail me back and dump me in the mud and running section. At one point I was leading Robo and Springborn into the first set of barriers. Robo was riding the mud and I was running, and when he came along side me he fell over and flattened me into the mud before the barriers….Springborn almost fell over laughing at us. Jeff Williams also cracked the top 10! Ron Bridal was 2nd and had a great race, which was won by Ben Popper from Chi-area (I guess).
Again, huge thanks to Uncle Gary and the Springfield crew. No Mark Shea sightings and Justin Armstead was cheerleading…..But Marilyn Powell was working the desk (she should have been racing, too….).