Wednesday was the first Blackhawk Time Trial for 2007. It wasn't the perfect night as the afternoon was rainy but 14 riders turned out to race including our own MaryAnn Knoke who was looking strong and fit.
Hopefully next week will provide a nicer night for racing as it will be the Mad FORCs sponsored Family Night with regular time trial racing, some racing for the kids and a cookout to follow. Make your plans now to attend.
A little Time Trial history - I moved to Madison in the fall of 1989 and discovered the Blackhawk Time Trials in the summer of 1990. It was being run by Erewhon back then and you had to have proof of health insurance to race. That was a problem for Dave and I so we weren't able to participate regularly. A few years later we got health insurance (and that requirement went away eventually) and the event was run by Blackhawk itself. Eventually that ended and WORBA took over. I was the vice president of WORBA back in the day and I had the pleasure of setting a lot of the courses for awhile (a bit of a challenge for someone as spatially challenged as me!). Back then mountain bike was in its hey day and attendance was capped at 60 riders and we actually got them many on a regular basis. Eventually WORBA decided they didn't want to run them and now the Chainsmokers are keeping the tradition alive. Now the racing is free but you have to be a member to race.
It's great to see this fun event continue on and I hope to see lots of you there next week!