Really, I ought to be packing right now. But I’m not worried. My list of things to bring to Leadville is thorough. Actually gathering and loading all the stuff is just a formality, really.
So, it’s time for us to make some wagers.
The Dug v. Fatty Saga: I Cannot Lose
Back in November, Dug and and I exchanged a little bit of trash talk. Specifically, I told him he was a feebleminded fool to do the Leadville 100 on his singlespeed. Dug responded by betting my bike against his in a fairly complex wager. Here’s how Dug’s challenge to me went, for those of you whose memories are as hazy as mine:
- If I finish Leadville next year in less than ten hours on my crappy, â€œBrad Keyes maintainedâ€ Surly Karate Monkey rigid singlespeed YOU will give ME whatever bike you ride in Leadville.
- If I finish in Leadville in more than 11 hours, I will give YOU the bike I ride in the race.
- If I finish between 10 and 11 hours, weâ€™ll call it a push. You keep your bike, I keep mine. But, in this case, since Iâ€™ll have finished (and you contend I wonâ€™t finish), youâ€™ll have to maintain my bike for me for the rest of calendar 2007.
So here’s the thing: As his challenge is written, it’s now impossible for me to lose. Why? Because Dug no longer rides a crappy, “Brad Keyes maintained” Surly Karate Monkey rigid singlespeed. Dug in fact now rides a beautiful Waltworks rigid singlespeed. Sure, this Waltworks is (yet another) Brad Keyes hand-me-down, but it’s still a beautiful, light bike. So Dug can’t satisfy the condition under which he would win my ultra-trick Weapon of Choice.
But what about the other two parts of the bet? Well, the second part is still in effect. If Dug finishes in more than 11 hours, he will give me the bike he rides in the race. Which is, as I’ve just noted, no longer an ancient Karate Monkey. Now it’s a bike that I would actually like to have. And I think there’s a pretty darn good chance Dug will finish in more than 11 hours. So far, consensus is he’ll finish in 11:15.
And as for the third condition, well, that remains in effect as well. I’m willing to maintain Dug’s bike for the rest of calendar 2007 if he finishes between 10 and 11 hours.
Which does not mean that I will necessarily maintain it well.
Contest: Place Your Own Bets
OK, so I’ve been pretty open about my weight, my training and my attitude about this race. I’ve also been pretty open about the fact that this will be the eleventh time I have done this race, and that the fastest I have ever done it is 9:13.
So, what time do you think I’ll finish with? I’ll give the person with the closest time an awesome Fat Cyclist logo-embossed Banjo Brothers Messenger Bag.
And while you’re at it, why don’t you guess Rick Sunderlage’s (not his real name), Dug’s, Kenny’s, Bob’s, and Brad’s finish times. I’ll give away prizes (I’ve got some Ergon grips, a Fat Cyclist T-Shirt, and some Banjo Brothers pocket messenger bags to give away), to the people who come closest to guessing their times.
In case of a tie for any of these guesses, the earliest entry wins. That’s fair.
Pics and Short Posts for the Next Few Days
The good folks at Apple have been kind enough to provide Dug, Susan and me with iPhones. I’ve set them up so we can easily post pictures and quick notes from these phones. Assuming we get a signal in Leadville (far from certain), we’ll post pictures and comments during the next couple days, and Susan will post pictures and updates during the actual race.
OK, time for me to go pack. Wish me luck (with the race, not with packing. I don’t need luck for packing).