There are apparently lots of Category 2 racers in the New England area who do nothing but ride bikes all winter long.
At least that is what it felt like at around mile 50 of the race on Sunday when the wheels came off the wagon and I began limping to feed zone 2 where I happily pulled the plug and accepted a ride to the finish from the "team car."
It was still a great weekend that involved nice weather and riding bikes...things could be much worse.
It is mind boggling how much planning and legwork must go into organizing a race that includes 35 separate fields, 2,500 racers, a 100K loop that goes through several municipalities, and racers on the course from 8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
I would invite the amateur racers who complain about Battenkill's payout to try to organize something similar themselves and see how much work it entails.
In fact, I can think of several less annoying ways to make a living than organizing bad ass events for unappreciative bike racers.