Late February is that shoulder season where some are still thinking about sunburned noses and carving turns through soft spring snow while others are getting itchy to pin a number on and head for the starting line. A strong Recycled Cycles Racing contingent made the trip to Snohomish to kick off their season with the Frostbite Time Trial.
A February TT is an excellent way to gauge your fitness relative to years past, and relative to others.
Despite calls for intermittent rain and threatening skies, the first race of the year was a warm and dry affair, with plenty of riders greeting the sun with bare knees. After a long winter under with legs in tights, sunglasses were definitely advised!
The big talk in the parking lot was whether the amount of coffee you consumed before the race would help or hurt you. Some posited that a rider needed to drink one cup of coffee per inch of exposed brake or shifter housing to offset the drag from said housing. Others thought the extra weight you would carry from that liter of coffee would hinder your acceleration from the start line and delay your arrival at cruising speed, ultimately adding precious seconds to your time.
New to the Frostbite this year was the “Retro” category, to be raced on a road bike with no aero equipment: No aero bars, no fancy wheels, no goofy helmet. The Retro category is the ultimate BS detector. Especially if you’re Adam Jablonski and you race it with fenders.
Recycled Cycles Racing has recovered from winter and can’t wait for the road season to begin! The results will start pouring in soon. Keep an eye on this page for updates, race reports, and more.
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