Annnnnnnnnnnnd, we’re off! Cherry Pie kicked off the 2012 racing season this past Sunday outside of lovely Albany, OR.
The standard opening race for the season did not disappoint as good temps and dry weather greeted our squads fighting their way around the skinny rectangular course.
Crawford brought us home a fine top ten in the Masters race, while Willis avoided the Human Ping Pong Ball and brought us a fine one as well in the 1/2 (assisted by the Fuzz, TSpahr, and “Bones” McCoy). Killer Koller dug around the 4s field for a solid finish, and our ladies brought home the sole podium for the day with Cristina Mihaescu scoring 3rd (after a 250 mile training week) and Stephanie Croy slotting in 5th, to put two in the top 5 (assisted by Lana Pressey) so that means 2 of 3 in the top quintet. Hey, we can’t win it every year! Our large men’s 3 team and our women’s 4′s were not lined up at start time due to a conflagration of weirdness in life, pocketbooks, and illness.
Lots of big fields and solid racing all around. While numbers were down, it was a clear indicator there’s a lot of teams looking to lock horns this year and again….everything….just….seems…..faster.
Afterward, we decided to adjourn to a nearby Mexican restaurant and enjoy shitty food, but very good Margaritas. A team that drinks together in February (and January, and December before that) wins together throughout the year!
tequila cures all