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.
Following below are two days in two galleries.