January 29, 2020 - Less than the planned 200 miles, but chock full of gators, gravel and sun.
Left the cold of Boston and traveled to south Florida to compete in my 1st gravel bike race, the Sugarcane 200.
Not sure of my official time/place as final results have yet to be released, and the race was shortened to 150 miles due to issues with a disgruntled sugarcane farmer, but the race was an absolute blast. Judging by the general reaction of most everyone else as well I think Bert Lamour and the Everglades Gravel Riders are onto something special.
Roughly 100 riders toed the line in the pre-dawn darkness and fog, notable among us were Ted King, Amanda “Panda” Nauman, Selene Yeager, Jeremiah Bishop, young guns Dylan Johnson and Tim Mitchell, and uber-triathlete Angela Naeth.
Johnson won a 4-way sprint on the men’s side, edging out King and Mitchell, with Bishop taking 4th. Nauman won on the women’s side, ahead of Laura Lamour and Madeline Pearce.
Course was pancake flat – 300’ or so of net elevation change, and almost entirely on gravel/sand/dirt. Great way to grind out a start to 2020.