Yesterday was the rest day in the Tour of America’s Dairlyand. So, as most P-R-O’s would rest there legs and be boring, we drank beer. After an early morning recovery ride to the beach of lake Michigan, we decided to tour a brewery, paying homage to the great Wisconsin tradition of drinking.
The original plan was to tour the Miller factory, but after some debate and fact finding we discovered that the Miller tour was not quite as cool as it used to be, mainly because they have out less free beer. Instead we decided to follow a recommendation of one of our host families and tour the Lakefront Brewery. This turned out to be a great tour, and the best $6 I’ve ever spent. For my $6 I received the tour, a nice Lakefront Brewery Pint Glass, and Unlimited sampling of the beers offered from the brewery. Not only was our tour guide awesome, and really happy if you know what I mean, but he also knew the drink was the main reason we were all on the tour and encouraged us to sample the many brews.
Unfortunately we did have to get back to the racing action. Tuesday was the Fond du Lac Road Race. The course was fairly easy, but because of the heat, which was around 100 degrees during race time, and lack of shade, the race played out more like an extremely mountainous stage. We got Greg into an early move of eight, which was the game plan. However by the halfway point of the race any game plan went out the window. People were dropping out of the race like it was the cool thing to do. I got into, and was really struggling to stay in, a move with series leader Frank Pipp and Adam Bergman which stayed away for half a lap, but those guys were too marked and the field caught us after the feed zone. The next lap we passed Greg who had blew sky high from the breakaway. I was starting to get chills and blurry vision, so I decided to drop out, but before I got to the feed zone I tried to drill it for about a mile so Dan could get across to the leaders, I ended up dropping most the field except for a few including Dan, the blew up myself, my heart rate not leaving the 210’s. I finished the race early and sat in the shade delirious for about 10 minutes before I could muster up enough strength to get up and get changed.
Today’s our last day at TOAD so hopefully we can finally crack the top five, which has seemed to elude us the entire series. After that it’s back to Purdue, the back home to Michigan for my brother’s graduation party, then maybe Grandview?
Anyway here are some pictures I’ve snapped, and am finally able to upload now that we have the Internet figured out here at the host housing. Most of the pictures are from Thrusday’s Road Race that I sat out for the most part.
This is the Leaders coming up the big climb with two laps to go.
Dan also dropped out but was sure to recover right while returning his neutral wheel.
Greg with 300 meters to go.
For whatever weird reason the town was really into Trolls.
Derek giving Greg some motivation on the final climb to the finish, the grade here is over 12%.
The results of my crash.
Finally some pics of our recovery days in downtown Milwaukee.