Saturday, June 19, 2010

A day in the life...

Here's a brief summary of a day in my life (while with the racing team).


Up at 5:30 since last nights race ended late and it was an hour away in Minneapolis. The bikes were loaded into the trailer for storage but there was work to do.

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Open the trailer, set up a work stand, a table for the tool box, grab a cup of coffee, and get to work. Ten bikes needed cleaning, gearing changed for the hills the riders will deal with, different wheels, and a general inspection.
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By 8 AM I was mostly done, just little things left. Eight racing bikes and two spares, plus three sets of spare wheels.
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Time to load the van and drive it and the riders to the race. The race director drives the team car.

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Unload the bikes, inflate the tires, put the spare wheels and spare bikes on the team car, stand by for the start.

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During the race, I ride in the back seat with spare parts, ready to jump out if a rider needs a repair or wheel change. Here the team director gives some tactical advice to one of the races on the road.

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A picture of the front of the main field. I don't usually get this view. We were car #12 of 20, so mostly today I just watched the cars in front of us.
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After the race, the bikes get loaded back on the van, the riders get back in the van, and I drive back to the host housing. No hotels this trip, we're guests of some wonderful people (and amateur wine makers!!) in the town of Stillwater, MN. Back at the house, the bikes get loaded back into the trailer for the night. Tomorrow it starts again, though there is a little more to do since there was some bike-damage by the road conditions during the race.  One rider crashed, two bikes suffered race-related damage.  All the wheels need checking...
 
Early starts, late finsishes, low pay... it still beats my old job!  :)

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