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"I pulled a Craig Hill."

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 2, 2008 at 9:21 pm with No Comments »
August 2, 2008 9:21 pm

Twenty-two miles into today’s ride my tire made a sound like a .357 going off. Not good, I had my first flat tire on the ride and only my second for the year. Craig Hill has the record for four flats on one fifty mile ride, and he literally blew through five tubes. Russ Meyers comment "You pulled a Craig Hill." The day started a bit dicey with rain at the start of the ride. As the good boy scout that I am, I came prepared with a long sleeve cycling jersey and my long cycling pants. My body was warm and toasty. The rain came and went as we road through day on and off on I – 90.

As I near the start of the largest hill, the tire blew. The Courage Classic has about seven sag wagons which drive the course helping people with flats, water, and bike problems. The helpful sag driver was Eric Quist. After trying to fix the tire, we tried two tubes then the tire blew again. Eric loaded the bike onto the car and took me up the hill to a waiting mechanic. Old Towne Bike Shop supplies the bike mechanics. The mechanics are outstanding in their service. The mechanic told me to go have lunch, and my bike would be ready when I returned. The bike was ready to go, and when I didn’t have enough money they allowed me to come by later to pay. The Courage Classic treats their riders like no other ride.

Courage Classic '08
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