|Team Mangs getting ready at the start line|
|Team Aling Veronica with her guards :)|
|Team Mangs at the Monroe stop (mile 55)|
The day was without incident for the team, although some controversy brewed up for the cycling community as a whole because of complaints from Carnation residents of rude and lawless behavior of a minority of riders, exacerbated by the fact that their local government also hosted the Survivor Mud Run on the same day. For the tiny town of Carnation, all this inconvenience from non-local folks on their roads delaying them from their local driving destinations was a bit too much. We'll be hearing more about this controversy soon as Cascade defends the rights of cyclists to be on the road against citizens who just want the road to themselves.
The ride itself was enjoyable. From the starting line, the atmosphere was festive as riders and teams from everywhere were represented. Team Mangs' cousin teams Grupetto, H2Velo, LAFBL and Trangko were all there. Everyone was on the starting line at 8 AM. After the first 2 hills, views of the Snoqualmie valley on a partly sunny day were perfect. Lots of shade on the climbs and when you were out on the open, the sun wasn't bearing down as hot as it could on typical summer days. The absence of any precipitation also contributed to a safe ride with so far, no reports of major crashes or injuries from the biggest Flying Wheels event to date (over 3,800 registered riders).
|Team Mangs taking a break at the Carnation stop (mile 74)|
|Some of the Mangs and Alings couldn't resist|
posing at the finish line
As usual, the ride never really ends at the finish line and this time around, AYCE restaurant Haiku at the Redmond Town Square hosted the Team Mang re-calorization activities. Seems like we gained back everything we lost that day. Oh well.
Ready for STP? Team Mang and Team Aling are raring to go! A few more weeks to the starting line.