What this blog is about

Bicycle commuting, bicycle touring, bicycle racing; bicycle ADVENTURING.
To the grocery store, up a mountain, across the country or to the finish line--
it's all an adventure.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Track with the Boys

Last night, I raced the boys.

They didn't know I was coming.

There they sat, holding the rail, receiving instructions--

as I slinked up to the end of the line, like the whispering leap of a lemur

and made no announcement. 

6-lap, point-a-lap.

Every lap, the first to the line earns one point.

ZERO points for second place.

Finishing order on the final lap breaks a tie.

I wait.

I survey.

Lap one..


Lap two..


Lap three..


..the boys catch their breath after a furious sprint..


I leap.

"HEY!" one announces, startled.

"Who's that?" they think. 

Hesitation. Disorganization. Skepticism. 


ONE LAP. One point.

Now their fatal mistake..

TWO LAPS. Second point. 

The race is mine.

Let the finish sprint swarm around me,

I have what I need.

*The photo is (click to see source) from my third place finish in the 6-lap Scratch race. A basic, 6 lap race to the win.

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