Tales of a Cat 4 Nothing

Last weekend was NOBC’s 43rd annual Tour de Louisiane. I did this race last year, and for all intents and purposes, it marks one year of bike racing (sanctioned, that is). Instead of a blow-by-blow of exciting Cat 4 action, I give you a list of things I’ve learned this past year:

  • Learn the difference between stage races and omniumns. Sometimes sprinting for 5th over 7th doesn’t really matter.
  • Read your race bible.
  • Even though people wear jerseys with pockets, they will still litter. Let’s be PRO like Ted King.
  • Never race on brand new equipment, test it out first.
  • If you are not grabbing a bidon in the feedzone, stay clear of the feed zone.
  • Don’t ride your road bike like a cross bike, at least while you’re paying money to race. Unless this is to avoid a more expensive crash.
  • Having a plan is better then no plan, even if said plan rarely gets put into action.
  • Aero gear works!
  • If the race is slack enough, you can carry on a full conversation with someone and it helps pass the time and is a good way to get to know your fellow cyclists.
  • More hydration.
  • Pit wheels.
  • It’s perfectly OK to get naked at churches, cemeteries, parks, schools and downtowns.
  • Have fun.

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Following below are two days in two galleries.

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