|Corporate Challenge 8k|
Scottsdale, AZ - March 3, 2001
The course heads out on a divided road, detours for a loop
around the Mayo Clinic, the race's primary sponsor, returns
out for a long stretch to road's end and back. The road was
completely closed to traffic and the pavement was very
Michael Harrington of Phoenix led us out nicely off the
starting line with his fast sprint. Quickly the lead pack
thinned out to just Jeff Neal (AIR), Chris Hansen (Predator),
and me. Completing the loop around the hospital, we took
turns taking pulls into the headwind until Chris dropped.
So it was Jeff and I coming out of the U-turn for the long
return stretch. Although we both looked strong, in reality we
were both very tired at this point. The psychology game at
work. A ways before the finish line Jeff took a chance and
was successfully able to break away from me for the win. I
finished by myself. Chris took 3rd by outsprinting the pack
that had caught him.
The lead women were in that pack and had spent most of the
race skating together. Until the end, of course, when Katie
Ellis (Hyper) took the race in front of Alison Sawyer
(Rennoc). Michelle Gaylor (Predator), having just returned
from her honeymoon, finished a strong third place.
Memorable highlights of this race include: an SUV which cut
in front of our motorcycle cop, the pace vehicle, followed
by the officer's 30 seconds of obnoxiously-loud continuous
horn-honking; and the guilt trip I gave Chris by yelling
"Cheater!" and "Course-cutter!" after he had cut inside a
cone on a tight left-hand turn.
As with most Raceplace Events productions, this race was fun,
well-organized, and on-time. Results were especially fast.
Overall, a great local race!