Dishwater hands

Tuesdays race in Lancaster was raining all day long but today it was dry. Nonetheless, it was bike wash followed by bike wash followed by yet another bike wash yesterday and this morning. The Lancaster race ended really late Tuesday so we put the dirty bikes away for the night and set off to a late dinner.
Wednesday morning Julien (head mechanic) Allen Buttler and I pulled them out and gave them all a quick wash to get most of the road grime off the frames but had to scrubb hard to get the grease we applied to the chains for the rain in Lancaster. After their mid afternoon training ride, we proceeded to washed them good. Then we did the major prep work on the race bikes. We checked over the wheels we raced in Lancaster, changed what ever was needed and gave the bikes a thorough once over. Lancaster
This morning the riders did yet another training ride before this afternoons race. After the ride we did another wash and loaded the bikes and we were soon off to Trenton.
The Trenton race was nothing to write home about. Typically a field sprint, I was lucky to have only one flat. I did not get to change it though as Mavic got to Stephen Kjaargaard before I did. As we caught up to him he asked me to check his brakes. Her felt they were not centered. But it was the wheel in slightly crooked and rubbing the frame. He stopped to re-center it and was off again. Man did he chase back hard. Few riders who flatted today ended up regaining the field.
Again the race ended late so we just packed the bikes away and headed to another late dinner. Julien calls us the men of the dirty hands club. Normally I’d have to agree. But after three sets of bike washing in about 24 hours, I feel like I have dishwater hands from all the soapy water I had immersed my hands into.


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