It is a non-race shrouded in secrecy that did not really happen that is put on by a slightly non-conventional mountain biking team named after everyone’s favorite action actor Stephen Seagal. Team Seagal, as you may guess, is the name of the team. PBR is their primary sponsor.
10:30 rolled around and my fellow Grand Cru members Lo and Alice arrived at my house to begin our mecca to CXMas. Lo was suffering from APAitis that she had contracted at the Hub party and was uncharateristically cranky. Even though I pointed out that it was a pretty chilly 34 degrees outside, she was insistent that we ice the beer. We iced the beer and headed out.
When we arrived at the sacred starting grounds, we were greeted by fellow Revers Dessa, Jackie, Kube, Jackie,Jean, Soli, Suzanner, and token Revers Bob Beaury and Tom Fleming. Entry fee was a few canned goods for charity. PBR was complimentary and cases of it were stacked at the check in table. All of the aforementioned Revers were decked out in some rather impressive Christmas attire.
The start of the race was Le Mans style. We laid our bikes down at the top of a hill. About a hundred yards down the hill, we lined up for the start. Those in costume were allowed to line up in front. The first person to register for the race was allowed to line up at the top of the hill by the bikes. He chugged a beer. When his empty beer can hit the ground, the race was officially started with a mad dash for our bikes. For the record, the dude that started the race was wearing a tt helmet and had aero bars on his cx bike. Classic.
The first leg of the race took us over a partially snow covered Page bridge. The partial snow added some real excitement. Pavement gave way to tall grass which gave way to gravel which eventually ended at the first zip tie checkpoint. After affixing the first of five mandatory zip ties it was back on paved trail that was snowy in places and eventually led to the second zip tie check point which was on the beach of Creve Couer Lake. Fun times on the sand on your bike.
This second zip tie station was followed by some more paved trail until you hit the egg nog station. Drinkng the egg nog was mandatory. Unfortunately, this egg nog station was at the base of the infamous “Creve Couer Steps”. It felt like there was about a thousand or so of them. The egg nog crept it’s way back up my esophagus. Pig felt like she weighed 250 pounds.
What an adventure. What a great time. Hats off to Team Seagal for putting on this event and only asking canned goods for charity in return. Wow. What a group.
A big thank you from Team Rev to Team Seagal. You are a team that certainly shares our karma and love of a good time.
Yours in the Study of Fun,