The first metric falls for Jacob S.
“Last weekend I kind of hijacked the Gent’s Race up in Iowa. The group I normally ride with had a full team and I couldn’t find another spot. I didn’t want to feel left out so I showed up late, threw a $20 in the donation jar and grabbed a cue-sheet and off I went. Visiting from out of town I had a little more fun than I should have the night before so I was late and missed my buddies. I took off solo and headed straight into the wind and immediately remembered I left my inhaler in the truck. Normally not an issue but fighting wind from the start had me struggling a little and I debated turning back. Luckily after a few miles we turned north out of the wind and I settled into a good pace.
The course was relatively flat although quite sandy, it was a good steady grind.
At a stop sign about twenty miles in I was chatting with some folks from Nebraska who shared their flask of fireball with me. Helped take the edge off being solo! About ten miles later I found my group at the check point and enjoyed a tastey Busch Lt with them. I rode most of the way with them with the exception of dropping off to refill my bottle at a farmer’s hydrant.
While I wasn’t an official racer I did get to enjoy a few post race beverages with my crew and other quality folks.
I was supposed to have my first metric under my belt at the Big River Epic in March but broke a derailleur. I’ll settle for four weeks late. This weekend I hope to get my first two full’s at Tour of Hermann.”