The Tucson Beat Goes On, By James Weekes
What a beautiful day, as we woke up and crawled out of bed and into the sunshine to face yet another fast pace road race all 60 miles of it.
Kathryn was the first one to go as her race started 6:45 am so she was up and out by the time we got out of bed. We did our bike check and made sure all was in good order and was soon on our way to a 9:30 race start. By the time we got to the start finish line Kathryn was on her last 2 laps before the finish so we hugged the finish line to cheer her on as she passed by.. Her race was 6 laps of a 9 mile loop. It was a nice loop well rounded hills flats and downhill so everyone had a slice of the cake.
Kathryn eventually finished to a loud set of cheers as she climbed the final hill to the finish, oh yes the race finished on a climb how interesting, She managed to pull off a 3rd spot, great job by Kathryn.
Next race was the cat 3 male which meant that we were up Reggie, George and me. The American anthem was sung followed by a prayer and then we were off, 22 cyclists battling supremacy on the same course just more laps, 7 to be precise. The pace immediately got hot and heavy as we held on for dear life. Unfortunately I got a flat tire in the first lap, changed it and continued to chase the pack with all my might, I caught them going up the hill but before I could take another breath after such a chase there was an attack, and then another and another, so I had no time to recover and I just fell off the back and was left up a creek without a paddle. Reggie and George fought on strong as the race got more and more exciting and were able to hold on for the entire race. In the final lap Reggie got to the front and tried to make a jump for it but failed as he went way to early, George however was able to pull off 7th place while Reggie fell back to 13th, fabulous job again by Reggie and George.
We just returned from Pima Community College with Kathryn, we were being interviewed by some of her students who are studying to be Journalists so we were asked a bunch of questions from when and how we started racing to our present quest. We were also questioned about our background, our country climate and so on. They also ask if we found there climate much different and how we were coping with it. It was a good session the students thanked us for coming and wished us well in our endeavors as class dismissed.