Don’t forget your helmet

A swim cap ain’t gonna cut it, Skeezix.

C’mon. You knew it was coming.

USA Triathlon announces a gravel tri series.

Boy, the swim leg is gonna be a bitch.

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8 Responses to “Don’t forget your helmet”

  1. JD Says:

    I’m particularly fond of Education First’s (Alternative) Gone Racing series (Lachlan Morton et al) on Youtube. Totally different cultures and environments, and much more inclusive. Lachlan’s performances are INCREDIBLE!
    Bet and hope this gravel triathlon series will be a big success!

  2. Shawn Says:

    No, I didn’t even think of it but give me a few minutes and I might digress enough to think of a bunch of similar unoriginal ideas. But hey, if I was an investor in USA Tri I’d be happy that there was going to be more entry fee plucking going on. “Cha-chunk!”

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Who’s #1103 with the shaka? She one island wahine?

    Hey, the entry bar is low. How about a Team Old Guys for the Steamboat race? Bring your own bandages!

  4. Shawn Says:

    In the spirit of Khal’s comments, I was thinking earlier that it would only be appropriate if the first gravel tri were raced on the Big Island of Hawaii. The cycling would be over a little lava rock single track, then onto wet and gooey red soil roads that led through obstacle areas of rotting Lilikoi (Passion fruit) and papaya. The swim would need to be around the exciting waters of South Point or perhaps more daring, across Hilo Bay (don’t swallow the water!). The run would need to take place in the heat of the mid-afternoon sun across black lava beds that still radiate subterranean heat. At the finish, all competitors would be given a plate of Loco Moco.

    Dat da ticket bra!

    • khal spencer Says:

      One could do it on Oahu, too. The Old Pali Road was half collapsed and half covered with moss and at one point you had to dismount and carry the bike under the new road bed. I almost dumped the race motorcycle on the Old Pali one year when I rode moto escort for the Dick Evans. Then one could do the run down from Castle to Haunama Bay along the TT route and then swim the bay several times, as long as the tourists didn’t block the way.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I have to admit, thought, that my fake pidgin is pretty lame. My wife reminded me on several occasions that I could pass for Local Portagee until I opened my East Coast mouth. Even after living there 14 years.

  5. Dave Watts Says:

    Can they just admit that this new gravel series has been introduced to merely sell more tires, tubes, and some new type of running shoe, and most probably lots of bandages and pain killers? I hope the events aren’t too grueling — the hospitals are full as it is. And swimming through gravel? How’s that going to work? Hmmmmm. Gravel. Grovel. Gravel.

    But I’d like to watch one. Just for yuks.

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