|Most of the Team Mangs rode in to the start line from |
Capilano - crossing the Lion's Gate Bridge at 5AM for a
|Team Mangs at the start of the Forte line|
|The event entourage waiting on our flat tire repair so they can|
reopen Cypress Boulevard, an hour and a half behind schedule
|At the top of Cypress Mountain|
Racing by ourselves on Highway 1 was a unique experience - as the empty freeway felt eerie and we were a bit embarrassed by the fact that by then, even the fondo (74 mile) riders who had rolled out of the start line 45 minutes after us, had already gone past on the same freeway. It felt a bit better, though, on the Sea-to-Sky Highway as we slowly started catching up with the tail end of the Fondo group.
|Mang Jay cruising along the sealed |
off sections of the Sea-to-Sky
So we soldiered on so as not to get swept up. The lead rider of our group, Cris, finished maybe a half hour before the others, just past 3PM. Mid pack of the tail end, Mang Jay, Raf and Dondi finished around 3:30 while Mang Harry literally closed the event - leading the sweeper car behind him about 20 minutes later.
|Mangs at the Whistler Village after the "race"- From left to right:|
Raf, Jojie, Jay, Cris, Alex, Boni, Dondi and Harry
Scratch that off the bucket list...and you can be sure we'll be back next year to do better...or not.