Duluth 2007

The New Windy City

Sept 15, 2007
A new record of participation for Team Rainbo was reached this year as 46 pro, advanced and fitness skaters braved the speed traps of Wisconsin for a weekend of racing and partying in Duluth. The weather proved dry, a welcome relief from last year. Last year when it rained throughout the race for the first time in event history. However the weather had two more tricks up its proverbial sleeve; 28 degrees at start time and 12 to 15 mile an hour head winds. Ladies and gentlemen, this one hurt. Times suffered as did legs and mustaches. I needed to cut my power gels with a blow torch and I learned to skate low, lower at all times then the fella in front of me. Oh did I mention I worked to keep someone in front of me at almost all times. That wind was wicked. Here's a small sample of what it was like before and after the race.


Herman, saying a word or two to the Lord of the Asphalt
Herman, saying a word or two to the Lord of the Asphalt
The cold march to the start
The cold march to the start
Smiles and sweatshirts and chattering teeth
Smiles and sweatshirts and chattering teeth
Not quite dressed to race
Not quite dressed to race
Next time I order a team jacket make it an extra large; to go over the one I'm already wearing.
Next time I order a team jacket make it an extra large; to go over the one I'm already wearing.
Bill & Doris picking up a bit of warmth from the, uh... from each other
Bill & Doris picking up a bit of warmth from the, uh... from each other
At least I'm warm on top
At least I'm warm on top
Time to get down to racing gear
Time to get down to racing gear
John in his own personal sweat lodge
John in his own personal sweat lodge
What's this?
What's this?
Ah, official Team Rainbo cold weather gear
Ah, official Team Rainbo cold weather gear
Getting a hug from the sweetheart
Getting a hug from the sweetheart
The official Kris & Norb portrait
The official Kris & Norb portrait
Bill & Doris after warming up
Bill & Doris after warming up
New Rainbo member & Sweetie (send me your name and I'll add it in)
New Rainbo member & Sweetie (send me your name and I'll add it in)
Lance & Kyle
Lance & Kyle
Roommates
Roommates
Tom & Jan, post race smiles
Tom & Jan, post race smiles
Brian & New Chris
Brian & New Chris
Herman showing that his is a vengeful god
Herman showing that his is a vengeful god
George and a chippy
George and a chippy
Kevin already donning his pack and his tongue
Kevin already donning his pack and his tongue
Griff all smiles as well after finishing the full marathon
Griff all smiles as well after finishing the full marathon
No race report is complete without a shot of Herb
No race report is complete without a shot of Herb
John, Jan & I. Hey, I like being the youngest one in the shot
John, Jan & I. Hey, I like being the youngest one in the shot
Lot's of post race talk
Lot's of post race talk
Call for photos
Call for photos
Gather round folks
Gather round folks
Faster now, let's get it together
Faster now, let's get it together
Ladies and gentlemen, Team Rainbo for 2007 (minus of course those missing)
Ladies and gentlemen, Team Rainbo for 2007 (minus of course those missing)
One cheer for us
One cheer for us
The Road Scholars finally off the road
The Road Scholars finally off the road
Connie and her future skater
Connie and her future skater
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Copyright 2007 Bob "bobarazzi" Ryan