Well that was a contrast from last year.
I knew I was in trouble last year when Devin told me he is racing the real race this year. Figuring I had to ride with him he was given the option of 70km on a tandem or the family ride with his Mum. I know I got a definite yes to the tandem even if he denies it.
We got to the start and once he saw his CX friends he decided we were getting to the start way earlier than required. I left him with the bike and he proceeded to tell everyone that would listen he hadn’t agreed to sign up for the 70 and his Dad made him do it. One the race started I had to remind him repeatedly that I knew how to draft and going mach 10 isn’t the solution for a longer race. But apparently I’m an idiot and not to be listened too. He quickly made us force the pace and ride from the middle of W3 to the front of it. Within 15 minutes we could see a significant number of W2, once he recognized some KW kids he made us jump across, at one point I was doing 500watts and I could feel him push through the pedals.
I knew things would go wrong, it was just a matter of time. Once we hit the hard climb on Glen Morris Rd we went backwards, tandems aren’t for going uphill. We found more wheels got stuck in the usual congestion but weas generally moving really well.
Then we hit the field of nightmares. The tandem is far too heavy to carry, the mud was stopping the wheels from turning. Devin lost his shoes countless times, and got distracted helping a LCW rider unclog her wheels. I got to the sbend in the field and then had to go back retrieve a shoe and give him a piggy back to the bike. Decided it was easiest to push him down the hill as he rode the bike, then forced him to dismount as the bike got stuck. This resulted in more stuck shoes and me having to lift the soles of his shoes as he pulled. But we could see the end and made it out. Devin was laughing and complaining at the same time.
Thankfully I was still and idiot and my recommendation to eat and drink was ignored. And now the how long left questions were coming, I was always constructive with the distance, but made sure it was getting smaller each time. But within 20 minutes Devin was pretty much done as he got colder and colder.
On the plus side the traffic started picking up as we were getting caught, so lots of positive reactions to the Tandem. Although by this point Devin didn’t care and was lecturing me about never riding his bike again, and that he never agreed to this… By the time we hit the long rail trail I was on my own so an hour of lugging a dead weight, I managed to get a couple of short burst from Devin on the climbs with a lot of whimpering. The final climb was a mixture of walking riding and pain, until we hit the final crowds.
We finished went inside to warm up, was repeatedly told about never riding a bike again. Within 20 minutes Devin had found ski friends and was on the bike trainers. In a very Igor fashion he reminded me he wasn’t riding a bike as the trainer doesn’t move, but accepted he was at least pedaling something. The last part was fitting after thinking about how all the rides with Igor prepared me for those conditions.
Devin has since told me we are doing the 100 next year, I’m a lot less certain about that one.