I almost didn't bother to check it as the busy mothers day weekend was kicking in. But, when I awoke Saturday morning, thinking about our 10am departure, I decided to stroll downstairs with my cup of tea and throw the bike in the stand. Glad I did. The broken link that I picked up on Wednesday would have made Saturdays ride a total bummer.
Luckily, I had all the goods at home to take care of the problem. A fresh Ultegra 6700 chain and more importantly a fresh bottle of DuMonde Tech citrus degreaser. With an hour in hand before qualifying started for the F1 Spanish gran prix I dug in for a full drivetrain cleaning. The DuMonde degreaser is the best I've ever used. It makes caked on chain grime fall off chainrings, cogs and pulleys with little effort. Finished up just in time to catch the last 10 minutes of the first round of quali.
Jeremy, Kevin, Lucas and I thought it would be a good day to torture ourselves and headed out for a massive hill route up to Blair. The hills did a great job of sheltering us from the biting north wind. If you'd told me I'd need (1) A long sleeve jersey (2) knee warmers (3) over socks and (4) embrocation on May 8th I'd tell you you're crazy. But that's what we needed. On the spin back from Blair Lucas and I lit it up a little bit. I thought I was going pretty well driving on the front at about 31mph, then Lucas came through, dropped it two cogs and upped it to 34! So stoked!
I'd mentioned to Kent on Thursday that we've got a great group of fast guys going right now. Each week a different guy is just a little bit faster than the rest. Which means if you're not drilling it to someone, someones drilling it to you. A constant cycle of improvement. I love the hamstring burn.
Fresh sauce for the Cronus