27-28 June 2009
After scuba class today another one of my crazy ideas has us driving back to the black forest for a mountain bike race. We headed back to our usual room at the Black Forest Hostel and then tried to find the race registration. We parked the car in the lot with all the other cars with bikes on and followed the crowd to pick up our race packet and finishers vest. Included in the registration was a spaghetti dinner.
The dinner was like a huge beer garden of bikers eating huge plates of spaghetti. Strangely enough we never seem to have trouble finding someone who speaks English but this is not the case here. We are pretty much on our own which causes trouble when we try to find the car again. This time there is no huge crowd to follow so we get horribly lost and spend atleast 30 minutes trying to find the car.
After a good rest in the hostel we get some breakfast down the street and hope we can find where we need to go to start the race. Once again we wonder around trying to find people to follow and eventually end up at the train station. Our bikes are thrown on a truck and we run to get on the train before it leaves for our start position.
At the start the bikes have been taken off the trucks and are laying everywhere. We finally find ours and take up our position last in the line to start. I’m not quite used to my bike or shoes yet so I don’t want to be crowded.
The race was about 5K of flat followed by 40 K uphill. Some parts were so steep we just got off and pushed our bikes up the hill. The views at the top of the mountains were gorgeous and the “race” was really fun. The end was also great because they had all kinds of bike gear. We had a radler and brat before heading back home. I accomplished my goal of finishing without falling over