Friday, March 19, 2010
Phoenix Tour de Cure 2010
Here I am at the Phoenix Tour de Cure last Saturday. I know how badly the outfit clashes, but I wanted to represent both the Red Riders (with the jersey) and Triabetes (with the shorts).
It was a beautiful, sunny day on a course on the outskirts of Phoenix running up past Anthem and New River. I took it easy and stopped at all five aid stations and one Burger King on the 64 mile course. No I didn't go in for a burger, I just figured it would be quicker to make a pit stop there than to wait in line for a port-a-john at an aid station, and I was right.
My new 2009 Kestrel Evoke performed great. I had never ridden it before, never used the integrated brakes/shifters before, but it all worked fine. I figured out the shifters within the first thirty miles, none the worse for the wear.
I had worried that my Kestrel Evoke would seem tediously slow compared to the Kestrel Airfoil I had been riding last year. (This was my first ride since November 2009.) The Airfoil costs about four times as much as the Evoke. But it seemed great to me. I was surprised how easy it was to crank it up over 20 mph on a flat stretch.
I look forward to riding it again tomorrow.