The Kansas Fat Tire Festival was yet again a wonderful weekend. After dodging Tornadoes last year, mother nature treated us to about as ideal conditions as you can ask for. Amber and I pitched in a hand at the GB Bike shop on Friday to help get everything in motion. The plan was to ride the river trails that evening but limb snapping wind deterred me from the trails. Saturday's events were the usual suffering fun. I attempted the hill climb 3 times trying to break the 2 minute barrier. No go, 2:07 was all I could muster even with a fatty tail wind blowing up my pipe. The short track race felt a lot easier than past years, all the criterium racing seems to be helping, and a longer descent gives you a lot more recovery time.
Amber and I stayed the night at the Midland hotel, a renovated old limestone Inn in Wilson, KS. It is always a unique experience, I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun weekend. Sunday we were upn' at em, I got charged up sitting in the old building sipping coffee and watching the trains charge through town. The weather was immaculate, a nice breeze cooled you down or pushed you uphill. I raced my Dad's bike. It is another Podium frame built by my Uncle. My Dad had a pretty Posh build kit on it and the bike just destroyed the trail. Top end steel, top end parts, and you are going to have some top end speed. Since the course is always changing it is hard to know how my times stacked up to previous years, I know I felt faster than ever, and had plenty of juice to turn on speed in the last 4 miles. Pretty good smiling was had by me.
Notable destroyers were Elizabeth Heal smoking nearly everyone there men and women. Danny Reimer charging a beginner W on a Surly Pugsley. Steve Dutton crushing all those who dared sign up for the Sport category, and Dodge Nily, although sidelined with a broken arm, would have smoked 3/4 of the racers at the age of 10. Remember you read that name here first.
Sorry no Pics, My camera gave up over the weekend. I will bring a few over when they get posted on my Dad's website.