Race Report From "Old Man Winter"
Before beginning the story, we would like to introduce one of our pro team members, Pete Kalmes. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 2014 he finished 12th at the GoPro games in Vail, 3rd at the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, and 2nd at the Breck 68. For riders who live in a Ski Town, early season racing can be a little rough, since they spend several months in the winter either off the bike or cross country skiing. So our story begins with our hero spending his time on the trainer in his home watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.
If he's not slogging out the miles on his trainer, he's climbing to the top of the ski hill for a change of pace. Nothing like a view of the sunrise from up there.
So, when Pete was on one of his first road rides for the winter wearing three thermal layers and a ski coat, he got a call from one of his friends who was riding the "Old Man Winter Bike Rally" course in shorts and a short sleeved jersey. Pete had enough of the trainer and the cold, so he and his wife decided to make the quick trip to Boulder so he could toe the line. The race stated with a reported 650 riders, and with a race purse of $3000, some of Colorado's big guns turned out. Touted as a gravel grinder of sorts, Pete described it as part mountain bike race, part road race, and part cross race.
You can see Pete on the right in the S