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Please start by watching this video from Amanda 1.0, then proceed to the race report. Congrats to all the Naked ladies who represented in Louisville 2013 for Cyclocross Masters World Championships!
There were many unforgettable quotes this weekend. The one that stands out most was by Susan’s coach, Jon Tarkington, “The race is not the most memorable part of the experience. It is everything else.” I have to agree. The race was a 63 minute grueling experience. The training, rides, nerves and spending time with others before and after was much more memorable.
We arrived Monday and got up bright-and-early on Tuesday to pre-ride the course. Not so bad, warm weather, cloudy, did not need leg or arm-warmers. The course itself had some off-camber turns, some easy barriers as they were on a flat area of the course, sand that would easily pack down from the humidity. The most challenging area was a run up, then an off-camber s-turn, another run up and a steep descent before heading back to the finish. Did it take some practice? Yes. Was it very technically challenging? No, but that is all about to change.
Middle of the night, we were awoken by tornado warnings, we looked out the window to see high winds and pouring rain (what else would you do during a tornado?). The course was flooded by the morning and the race sign had been blown over. Races were all delayed that morning. We decided to do leg-openers in the heated tent that was provided by the amazing crew at Pro Bike Express but would forego riding the course for fear of injuring ourselves or our bikes. There was a heat that Joan had to race in and they pronounced her last name wrong but said they would get it right when she won the championship. We picked up our race numbers and Susan found out that her new lucky number was actually 18.
Thursday–race day. Joan raced first. It was a muddy mess and cold so the ground was a bit more firm than later in the day. She did very well with few mistakes and took 5th place in the World (women, non-elite, age group).
I then raced and had the fortunate pleasure of a very muddy, grueling course. I had to pit my bike every half lap. At one point my wheels locked up from the mud and I ran my bike into the pit, it was estimated that my bike weighed 45 pounds. My pit crew was absolutely amazing. An announcer said that “Pit crews don’t win a race but they can lose one.” This is absolutely true but luckily my pit crew was flawless. Each time I came through my bike was a mangled mess but when I left it was clean, in the correct gear, pedals in the proper spot, chain back on and ready (although let me also add that they probably had 10 minutes to get it right as I was going that slow). I ran approximately half of each lap with an increase of weight from mud on the cleats, shoes and calves. I kept thinking that I am a cyclist, not a runner, and would try to get back on my bike but could not move. This is also the moment that Michael Hanna’s running intervals came through for me. The downhills were slick and the flats were slow. Two laps done and my legs were burning like never before, I pointed to the time as I could not speak from over-exertion trying to indicate that my race was over as I was pass the time limit. The official looks and me and calmly states that the “Race isn’t over until I say it is over. One more lap…” It takes everything in me to not DNF. According to the officials, I passed two more people that lap and rode exhausted but with few errors. I remember thinking at the end that I would take the final decent as fast as possible as my racing season was over and if I broke an ankle, I could hobble in and then have time to recover. Cyclocross is all about pre-riding and figuring out how to ride the course, but each lap was so different that it was like a new course each time. I finished in 8th place.
Susan then raced and had a wonderful race, she was so strong and watching her race reminds me that I have a long way to go. She had the largest women’s field that day and raced against very strong women. We finished the races proud of our accomplishments and ready to get some well-deserved rest.
Then the unthinkable happened, we started talking about planning to race the Cyclocross World Championships in 2015 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Watch out World, Naked Women’s Racing is coming back for a podium…
Special shout out to City of Louisville for being so friendly, welcoming and hosting a great week of racing. To Pro Bike Express for ensuring that our bikes were working perfectly, for keeping everything running smooth and for remembering all the things that we forgot. To Naked Juice for giving me the strength to train, to Michael Hanna for always being a wonderfully supportive coach, to Bike Source for keeping my bike in working condition (it is coming in soon), Rudy Project for the flashy helmet and Colorado Women’s Cycling Project for being a super supportive women’s cycling team. To Emily Zinn for my good luck socks and magazines, Katie Macarelli for my mix CD, Nicole Mack for the personalized cowbell and for all the well wishes from everyone. You all rock.
Joan took the 35+ victory at Schoolyard Cross this past weekend. She and many other Naked racers have been competing every weekend since CX season started! View all pics from the event at sportifimages.com. Cover photo by Dejan Smaic.
For those of you who missed the Schoolyard Cross race this year, you really missed out. The promoters mapped out a new course and it was ten times better than last year’s course. Everyone who raced was very excited with the new course design. Thank you to Clint Bickmore and his crew for all your hard work on this race.
Cross racing is an interesting hobby, you ride around in the dirt/grass on skinny tires, going as hard as you can for 45 min, tongue hanging out and potentially drool running down your chin. I’m not quite sure which of these aspects appeals to me, but it’s a hoot. There is an awesome group of people out there doing it and they are all having fun (for the most part)!
The cross atmosphere is great. You can go watch and maybe even try it out for those of you who are considering racing, but haven’t done it yet. The people are friendly and out to have a good time. Now don’t get me wrong, these people aren’t out there sipping tea, remember the part I mentioned about the drool running down your chin.
This past weekend my main goal was to not be the last one off the start line. At the last couple of races I’ve done, I’ve used that approach but it certainly wasn’t working well for me. Yes you have the advantage of getting to see all of the lovely ladies you are racing with, but after the race is a better time for this. So after a good warm-up, we were off and I was up in the front with a handful of the other ladies.
The course was fun, even better at race speed than in the warm up. After the first lap we had a bit of a gap starting to form. I just wanted to stay as far in the front as I could and keep the top girls within a bike’s length distance. The fly up was a bit exhilarating as I had never ridden over one on my cross bike before, but basically harmless. There were a couple of corners out in the grassy section that caught me off guard, but I put some markers up in my mind so that wouldn’t happen again. Going into the last couple of laps I was riding in 2nd position behind Tracy Yates who has once again been riding really strong this year and has a number of wins under her belt already. At some point, I felt like I could give a little more so I made the pass around Tracy and take the lead of the race. Then the thoughts started racing through my head: what was I doing in the lead? What if I crash? Am I going to slow, too fast? I was more nervous being out there and tried to make sure I didn’t panic, go all out and crash which I have managed to avoid this weekend for a change. I focused on trying to catch as many of the women from the SW open group as I could, while maintaining my composure (picture that with snot/drool all over your face). Tracy was hot on my wheel and I knew one little slip up would cost me the race.
I managed to hold it together during the last lap and rode through the finish line in 1st place!!!! It felt great to win. Although I have to admit, it feels good to finish any of these races.
Joan, one of our incredibly dedicated team leaders (you’ll see why if you don’t know Joan), can do it all and DOES it all. She races with her heart and amazing strength on the road and in the dirt. She’s an inspiration to her son and our teammates. She’s a leader and a hard worker. And when it comes time to contribute, she gives it all and inspires others to do the same. Here’s an example, and we’re sure there are many, of racers doing more than racing to make the cycling community an excellent one to be a part of.
This past Sunday (August 5th) was the Bannock Criterium. My team was lucky to partner with the Front Rangers Cycling Club to help organize and put on this race. Unlike last year there were only a couple of meetings with the FRCC prior to the race. We had limited involvement with a lot of the pre-race work other than passing out flyers the week prior to the race to all the businesses and condos, etc in the Golden Triangle area, which is actually a lot of fun. The big job for our team this year was to be there in numbers on race day and be prepared to work all day doing whatever needed to be done.
At 6:00 am on Sunday morning, I got up and headed done to Bannock. I arrived at 6:30am coffee in hand to see that the course was ready to go, fencing setup, haystacks laid out in dangerous corners/areas, streets swept, finish/start area ready to go, potholes and pavement cracks were marked, timing truck set up with all officials present, registration tables/chairs with boxes of supplies, folders, markers, signs, etc., volunteer tent with water, food, whatever else you could imagine needing but that you would have most likely forgotten – they had it there, everything. Jim Levy and his gang along with members of the Tribella Racing team were already busy and had been there since 4am!
I spent most of my day working on registering riders both pre-registered and walk-ups. I was amazed, when I sorted through the folders of the pre-registered riders. Cherie (one of Jim’s colleagues) had printed out each individual racers waiver form, then attached it to the number they would be assigned in the appropriate racing group folder, then alphabetized all the racers in that group and then the folders were sorted based on the starting letter of their last name. This had all been entered into the timing system and had only taken her until 2am that morning!!!Jim’s crew had spent Saturday evening working on the course and then most of the night getting all of the final details worked out so the race would run smoothly.
It was actually a lot of fun to meet and talk to all the riders and get them registered. Some of them in a hurry as they were late for their start, others willing to hang out and tell us how much they love the Bannock crit. Shortly before the start of the citizen’s race, a group of 14 people walked up to register. It was the Mike Nields family, all ages, who come and ride in the event every year. How cool is that!!
Besides working registration, I had the opportunity to distribute race primes and prize money, walk the course to feed all the other volunteers who had showed up to help, assist with obtaining the results and posting them and running errands to help out with anything else that needed to be done. I also was able to watch all my teammates race during the different races throughout the day in the Cat 4, SW45+ and Cat 1/2/3 races. By the end of the day, I truly had a greater appreciation of what it takes to put on a outstanding event and feel that the FRCC club does it well. The day started out with 350 pre-registered riders and ended up with 598 racers starting!!! How great is that for a race at the beginning of August.
Our only hiccup was the early racing results and primes lists being posted-but it was beyond the control of us or our race promoter so not really ‘our ‘hiccup but we did have to deal with it. This really hit home with me when I had to tell racers that I could not give them prize money or primes until the results were posted when they had been patiently waiting a while. Next time, I will certainly be more understanding and think that there is really a reason why all race teams should be involved with putting on at least one event per year.
I left at 6:30pm exhausted, but excited that everything had gone so well. Thanks to working with a wonderful group Front Rangers Cycling Club, all the great ladies on my team who came out and worked hard, all the other volunteers who volunteer just to make it happen and especially to all the racers who came out and supported our event.
Sometimes racing does go according to plan! Roberta shares her experience during the Dead Dog Classic Criterium.
I was going to blog about my own race experience at Dead Dog since Dead Dog is a race that has a lot of personal meaning to me and my cycling goals. Unfortunately, the road race was not one of most stellar cycling performances and it ended getting to know the volunteer EMTs in the emergency tent. I do think those EMTs worked just a little bit of magic for me since the story I am about to tell involves the race that happened in the heat of the next day. As criteriums go, the Laramie course is super fun. Fast turns, chicanes, trains roaring through town, and great volunteers. After watching the 4s race, Joan and I decided to spin our legs in the heat of the later morning sun. After the heat exhaustion that plagued me the day before I was really tired of sunshine and heat. I did partake in an icebath and the team standing in the pond on Saturday after the road race. Joan also had us eat two dinners after the road race and that didn’t necessarily hurt my recovery either. Anyway, there we 7 of us in the 1-2 category and I was 7th in the GC. I was thinking before the crit that when you are in last place, 20 minutes back, there is really nothing to lose if you lay it all on the line to secure a win for your teammates.
Joan and I discussed strategy for the race and we both decided we would do most of the work until we could go no longer and hopefully one of us would hang on for the entire race. It is rare when a strategy that is verbalized before a race actually happens and what happens is even better! The Cliffs Notes version of the 40 minute race was this, Joan was in front, then I would get in front, someone else not on our team would get in front, PRIME LAP- Sprint hard and lead out a teammate for the prime- Joan was in front, I was in front, TIME BONUS SPRINT- lead out teammate for the sprint win. I had the biggest smile the entire race because magically everything fell into place. Naked Women’s racing was dominating and in control! We were blocking others from going for the sprint and Rachel and Kimberly were getting enough rest in between sprints. We had lead outs that looked like they could have been choreographed in a ballet. The energy was so exciting. When it came down to the final sprint, Joan and I both lead out Rachel and Kimberly for the 1-2 win and an overall GC win. Did I mention this was a fun race?
There are times in bike racing when things don’t go as planned. Teammates can feel let down because a plan didn’t execute or someone was having a bad day. Not this day in Laramie. We were a well oiled machine and we worked as a team and we pulled in the win. We were all ear to ear with grins. This is the reason I race my bike- not to win- but to be part of a team of strong, dedicated women. Thank you!
I wish I could have my dog write this race report like he writes our holiday letters. I do not enjoy writing but here goes.
Who talked me into this?
Am I glad I was talked into this?
Yes, now that it is all over. On the last 11 miles of the RR I was cussing both girls out.
RR-54 miles of non-stop wind. Stayed with the lead pack until the start of the climb and then after a few minutes they blew me up. It was hard having those pro 1-2 racers who did age group in our category. The climbing was actually easier then I thought. Was by myself for awhile then caught up with Kendra and worked with her then Megan caught up to me. We all worked together for a few minutes then Kendra fell off. Megan and I stayed together. It was so nice having a teammate to work with.
We’re at the top of the climb. I love descending and I know Megan does not love it as much. I told her she had to stay on my wheel. I did go close to 50 so she did fall behind but I kept hearing her words and Kathy’s (my coach) do not do the last 11 miles alone. I knew the best thing to do was to wait for Megan to catch up so we could continue to work together.
Last 11 miles. Highway to hell. 45+ mile an hour head winds. No fun. Megan and I passed the 2nd place position girl then she caught up with us again but did not want to work with us. We kept trying to rotate and push on but you never felt like you got a break from the wind. Megan ran out of water and I was giving her some of mine. She was getting fixated on no water, which I was down to almost zero. I told her we couldn’t fixate on the fact that we had no water and that we were going to die on that Highway to Hell from dehydration. We caught up with the 2nd place girl again with about a ½ mile left and I just hit the wall. The wind became a head case for me. I told Megan to take off and go get second place which she did. I trudged in and got caught on the line thinking no one was behind me so I got 5th. Lesson learned. Always look behind you. DUH!!!!
Who’s idea was this?
Yes, it will help with muscle recovery.
Ok an ice bath. This was a new one to me. Joan runs my water, throws in 1½ bags of ice. No, not 1 she had to add another ½ bag. No they weren’t 5# bags they were 7# bags.
Sharon, get in the water now. I slowly lower myself in screaming I can’t do this. She appears before my tubs. Points her finger at me. Gives me that mother look and tells me to sit down now. Yikes! I obeyed. She throws her coat on me makes me some hot tea and sets the timer for 12 min. I decided the only thing that would keep my mind off this is to text. My Pen Pal (Amanda C) was 2 doors down and she was in her ice bath so we sat there the whole time texting back and forth killing time. Mama Joan finally comes in and told me I was in there for 14 minutes and my time was up. Thank G-D.
Day 2: Crit
The plan was to have THE AMANDAS worked for Megan and I. We told Megan her goal was to sit on my wheel and I was going to sit on the Amandas wheels and whoever was fresh enough and in the right position was to go for it.
The whole race Amanda C is leading the pack, I’m staying behind her and Amanda B was usually on my left protecting me. These girls amaze me with their skills and giving it their all at these crits. They were work horses the whole race. Leading the pack. In that crit every girl wanted to be on their wheels. Now, now, I get one of them so don’t get in my way. They are loved by all the Cat 4 girls but they belong to me so stay away:)
I didn’t hear the announcer say last lap but the pace did pick up. We turned the corner and I was close to the front but I should have jumped up to the age group girls for the sprint in. I took off past the couple of girls in front of me but 2 other girls came past me so I got a 4th. Lesson learned: Make sure you are right where you need to be before the last corner not after the corner.
FYI: My legs did thank Joan from that painful ice bath and told me it was worth it.
Thank you Joan and Roberta for all the cheering you did at our crit. It was awesome and kept us going just having you there.
TT: Last race of the weekend.
Today was the maiden voyage for my new Focus bike to get out there and do its first race. It’s time to break her in. Amanda C felt we needed to say the Jewish blessing over her. She started saying it perfectly in Hebrew with everyone watching and laughing then this Jewish guy comes over and helps her out with the prayer and adds his version. It was very funny. The Jewish guy and I rode off to warm up and Amanda C looked at me like that is my boyfriend fix me up. Sorry Amanda, next time. I was more focused on my TT and wasn’t thinking about a boy for you.
I knew going into the TT I was 6th overall and I didn’t have that many seconds between the girls in front of me. I told myself not to become a head case with the wind and give it my all. It would be less than 30 min. in the pain cave. I gave it my all and felt great. I did it with no TT gear because I don’t own any. Next purchase. Helmet and skin suit. Came in 8th but ended the weekend in 5th place overall. I’ll take that for my first Stage Race.
Joan, I am still wondering where that downhill is on the TT course that you kept telling us about. The Amandas and I never had it on our TT course.
I’d like to thank all my teammates (Amanda C , Amanda B, Megan, Joan, Roberta, Kimberley and Rachel for a fun weekend. I would like to give an extra thank you to the Amandas for all the entertainment, laughs and encouragement. I couldn’t ask for a better fan club. FYI: Amanda C is president of my fan club if any of you would like to join. There is an initiation fee so she can get a new bike.
Thanks for reading,
One might say time trials are time trials, but I think some would agree that a team trial can be even harder than an individual time trial while at the same time a lot more fun! There is something about racing with teammates that allows you to dig a little deeper, push a little harder and go a little longer. The Haystack TTT was definitely one of those races for me.
The weather couldn’t have been better and I was very excited to be racing with my team. I was, however, pretty nervous as I had just arrived back in Denver on Thursday morning on the red-eye flight from Maui after ~10 days of vacation. The Denver altitude always makes me suffer after a sea level vacation, but I didn’t want to miss the only team time trial of the season!
I parked in Boulder and rode to the race with Susan. We ran into our other teammates who had already raced the individual time trial earlier in the day and they felt that the conditions were great. Once together, we talked a little strategy (go as fast as you can and don’t drop each other!). I was a ball of nerves as I really didn’t want to disappoint my teammates but really didn’t know how I would feel.
We had a good 45 minutes to warm up, dropped our things off at our beautiful Audi team car and headed to the start. 3-2-1 and we were off – I took the lead at the start to try and set a manageable yet good pace up the first hill. It was going well, Susan pulled through, Berta followed and Rachel got us through the corner and onto Nelson Road. We kept rotating and at the first descent Susan charged ahead and we had to jump to stay on. I pulled up one of the longer hills, with my teammates behind me cheering me on. On Nelson Road we got passed by the Primal ladies team and I could feel all of us accelerate in an attempt to keep them from getting away. We turned onto 75th, passed some riders and could still see the carrots ahead. On 73rd, I could feel my legs start talking to me and they weren’t saying especially nice things, but I pushed on hoping I could maintain our current pace. On Niwot Road, I skipped a rotation hoping it would allow me to recover and still do a little more work, but my time was limited. With about 3 miles to go, our speed had deteriorated and I told the others we were too slow. Rachel pulled through while at the same time picking up the pace and had Susan on her wheel. There was nothing I could do, I was done and they were going!
While I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to cross the finish with my team, I was happy that I had done it and was even happier that the others left me when they did. We ended up in 2nd place in the SW1-2 category and a big part of it was because we rode well together and were able to make smart decisions.
Thanks to GS Boulder for putting on a great race!! It was an awesome day! We had a great turnout for our team with Berta, Susan, Rachel, Ingrid, Kimberley, Amanda Cyr, Barb, Megan, Anna and Elizabeth all racing in one or both of the events!
Race Report from Joan Orgeldinger. We had a few brave bellas go out and race in the snow and near-single digit temps! Don’t want to spoil it but Joan had a podium finish. Go Joan! Great pictures from Chad Edwards too!
I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was look out the window. It was snowing again on top of the 4-5 inches already in the backyard. I actually like the snow, but today I was planning on racing cross and have been spoiled by racing in beautiful weather.
Just a few minutes later, the phone rings and it is my faithful teammate Susan (probably trying to make sure that I got out of bed so that I can make it to the race on time). After a couple of minutes I could tell that we were both thinking the same thing but neither of us mentioned not racing. We knew that our teammate CB had pre-registered and would be there no matter what (you could say she was guilting us into it without even knowing it). Our conversation drifted from the freezing temperatures, warming-up, potential course conditions to which bike we should ride. We assured each other that we were going and then it was time for me to start gathering my stuff. My mountain bike still had 2 flat tires and was covered in mud from the last time I rode it (Tipperary Creek race in Winter Park), but a little bike maintenance was all it took and off I went.
After getting past an almost jack-knifed 18-wheeler on I-270, I finally made it to the Louisville Rec Center, albeit a bit late (as usual). Scott Beam and Chad Edwards were there helping get CB and Susan set up and were so kind to set up my Cross bike on the trainer and help me get everything ready. During a brief 15-min warm up, Susan reminded me that I might want to wear my timing chip. Back to the car I ran and started searching through my entire bag of extra socks, arm-warmers, leg-warmers, gloves, hats, jerseys, jackets, etc. in search of a timing chip on a piece of Velcro that had most likely attached itself secretly to some piece of obscure clothing. After a bit of a frantic search, I found it and ran back to the tent area to pick up a bike and get to the start line.
I did not pre-ride the course but decided from the looks of it, it would be best for me to ride my full-suspension mountain bike with fat tires. Although I love my Felt CX bike, I am still more confident on those fat tires, especially in these conditions.
I rode down the somewhat off-camber hill and through part of the course on the way to the start line and immediately knew that I had made the right bike choice. We got to the line-up and everyone was happy to see the sun coming out. The whistle blew and off we went. I was actually able to get into my pedals and get going (unlike last weekend). I didn’t have a great placing but was 4th or 5th wheel and had good riders ahead. The snow was pretty deep on the sides of the track and there were not a lot of opportunities to pass on the course. The first run-up was actually getting muddy and was very slick, carrying a mountain bike was not an advantage. I slid out and was on my knees, but everyone was struggling. I finally got to the top and was off again. The corners were slick, but with tubeless tires at < 25 pounds of pressure, I felt ok. I was able to make up time on the corners and caught up to some of the other women. The next barriers were on the other side of the course and were a nightmare for me, but figured everyone had the same problem and just kept pushing. I was getting passed on the run ups, but could catch back up on other sections of the course. It was getting warmer and although the course was icy and slick in some areas, it was getting sloppier and muddier in others.
I kept forgetting to look to see how many laps we had to go, but figured that we would end up doing 4 or 5. I just kept going, the off-camber descent kept getting wetter and muddier and more people were sliding out and falling down. I felt pretty comfortable on it and didn’t have too many problems although just about every time I would get my cleats cleared just enough to get back into my pedals, something would happen and I would have to put my foot down and once again clogged up my cleats. I had caught a few more people, but was passed by a couple again.
The sun was shining by now and the whole scene was beautiful, the mud was challenging, but getting dirty is part of it. In the last 2 laps, I was able to catch and pass a few more women (not sure if they were in the SW35+ or SW open category). In the final lap, I was behind Sara Wisner. I was on her wheel and attempted to pass in a corner which was not a great idea as I slid out and had to pick myself up off of the ground. Why is it we make such crazy decisions when we are maxxed out and can barely hang on anymore?? But hey, I gave it a try and that’s all anyone can do. I lost some ground but finished just behind her. Turns out she won, which meant I was in 2nd place. My best finish all season!!!!
Race Report from Joan Orgeldinger
Sonic Boom Criterium
SW 1/2/3- 17th place
After a full day of gardening, play dates and other errands, I carpooled to Louisville with my neighbor Berta who races on the Rocky Mounts~Izze team. We arrived with plenty of time to register and find a nice shady spot for our warm up prior to our 5:40pm race start. The registration sheet for the Cat 1-2-3 women was full !
We lined up at 5:35, I proceeded to get really nervous about the somewhat sketchy pavement, fast corners and not to mention – the stacked field!
Five minutes into the race I was sure that I had read the title wrong and it was actually the Sonic “BOMB” race. I exploded and was off the back from the get go. I wasn’t alone, I had 3 women from Pro Design with me and we worked our hearts out trying to get back into the race. However, the front of the field was moving so fast that our goal had now shifted from getting back into the main field to avoiding the imminent threat of being lapped.
Sure enough at some point, we were lapped. The lead moto came by and warned us to stay to the side. It would seem easy to try and jump back in after they came by, but because we slow to a low speed and they pass us at full speed, it was impossible. I decided to chase just to see if I could get close. After making sure I didn’t take anyone with me, I did my best to attempt to bridge up to my teammate Rachel who was still in the front group to see if there was anything I could do to help her. After 15-20 minutes of my solo effort (during which time I got to within 10 feet of her rear wheel on 3 occasions), I had to give up. I sat up and was quickly swallowed up by a group of 8-12 women.
Two of the girls in my group started to attack at the bottom of the little climb and I went as hard as I could, but they both beat me to the line. I ended up in 17th place with my teammate Vera in 18th right behind me. Rachel had a fantastic ride with an 11th place finish! Great job to all the women who raced today – it was a fast, fun course with a field of over 30 starters!!!