The blog posts have yet again been a little scarce so here’s an update on the past week or so.
Last Sunday was a team time trial run by local team Cambiamento d’ Andaturo. The day included a lot more negativity that I’d care to deal with so I chose to not write up any blog post about it. The short story is that my team (Kevin Kawainui and Jason Smith from Tradewinds, Gary Shields from the Big Island, and yours truly) were on the start sheet as first team off. We’re all riding well and put in quite a bit of TTT specific practice, and on paper had a damn good chance to take the win. It’s never a done deal, but the potential was there!
Fast forward to about 1/3 of the way into the outward leg from Kualoa ranch to Laie and we encounter severely backed up traffic. In this situation, if I was riding a solo race, I’d just wing it, find a hole, and try and get past without losing time. Having three friends racing with me, a little common sense comes into play as I don’t want to have them follow me into a very dangerous situation. Anyway, we dice with death, try out best to navigate through the traffic as safely as possible. I had one Honolulu Fire Dept guy in uniform driving his truck within a couple inches of me barking shit out of his window… Nice.. We’ll put out your fire and save cats from trees, but fuck cyclists! Not what I’d call a positive experience. So, we make it out of the traffic only to see 3 riders holding up the traffic. For the sake of being nice, I’ll leave names out. First question – Why the fuck are there people on the course? Whatever, we get past those guys and get back to business north of 30mph, make it to the turnaround in pretty good shape with all 4 of us together. The ride back into the wind was fairly uneventful. We lost Kevin along the way, but he wasn’t at 100% health so I’m happy that he did everything that he could do. Jason was potentially the weakest link based on the past few TT’s on O’ahu. I don’t mean he’s a bad rider, just that if anyone might struggle it was going to be him, and he knew it… The pressure was on. I’m happy to report that he rode out of his skin and laid it all on the road. Impressive!
So, we make it the finish in 54mins and some change… Easily a good 2mins slower than we could have done without the earlier delays. At the end of the day we lost by 1 second to the team from the race organiser’s team (who we later found out didn’t even start on their original start time). Any other time trial I have done would have seen that team given a time based on their original start time. Those are just the facts… Make what you want of those. All said and done, my team know what the outcome should have been, but hey, when you’re the race organiser, setting the rules, and the team that you rode on has the win to lose, you’re going to look after your guys before handing the win to someone else. Quite sad that this is the second time I’ve had a very negative experience with this race, and the same organizer. I’m sure this post won’t please anyone, but I feel that the truth should be known.
I spent the past week just riding my TT bike and having a good time. Tonight I took a break from the bike and paddled out in some pretty cold (by Hawaii standards) weather… Outside of the water it was about 60-65F. When you’re accustomed to tropical 85F most days of the year, 60-65 will have you vibrating like a nervous dog to stay warm. It was easily the coldest surf I’ve had to date, but I caught a couple really good waves and had less than 10 people to contend with in the water. Chilled out conditions in more ways that one.
This week my friend Sunny Garcia is competing in the Oneill Coldwater Classic surf competition that’s taking place at Thurso in the north of Scotland. They have about a 12hr time difference… Check out the competition live at http://www.oneill.com/cwc/scotland/live and scream at the TV when Sunny is on so that he gets some good vibes and hopefully some big waves to get the job done!