While at the state championship road race this weekend, a few people inquired about the course conditions. As many of you know, it is chip seal season in Iowa. That's when mostly "paved " roads get a fresh dump of tar then small gravel dumped on the surface. Then car traffic beats it down into the tar. lo and behold, it eventually becomes pavement.
Chip seal was placed in a few sections of the course. All areas are on a straightaway. It is not fresh chip seal and has had some traffic on it. Chris and i did drive the course yesterday and found it acceptable for racing.
So what the hell does that mean, you might be thinking. "Do they find it "acceptable" to race a tt bike on gravel?" Not exactly.
1. the chip seal is not in any corners. Remember a couple years back when we shortened the course because it was?
2. we will sweep the corners as we always do, as best we can.
3. you can change tire size if this makes you nervous. No one is asking you to race 700x23c's
4. you can change categories and race breakaway and bring a cross bike...I don't care.
I do care that everyone knows its out there. Chris & I will race our tandem with regular race tires. Seriously, if it is on a straightaway and you are in control, just keep pedaling. :)
I am still looking for a few helpers as well...
I hope to get a great showing of racers since this is the final tt. I will NOT forget my shoes this time!