The Great River Roll and Superweek

July 24, 2004
The weather came through with a beautiful morning for racing in Minneapolis. This year's Great River Roll had a slightly different course. Due to bridge construction, (my theory, not proven) there were none of those great scenic views and wild turns over the Mississippi River. However the additional long hill near the half way point added to the challenge and made Rainbo members once again thank the gods of sears for our training site.


Cale will officially leave my age category the day AFTER the race on Saturday, but on Friday night we sang Happy Birthday.
Cale will officially leave my age category the day AFTER the race on Saturday, but on Friday night we sang Happy Birthday.
Race morning and pre-race fidgeting is in high gear.
Race morning and pre-race fidgeting is in high gear.
Greg, not used to having trouble getting past Margo.
Greg, not used to having trouble getting past Margo.
Mary Ann, John and Herb, a typical skaters' tail gate party.
Mary Ann, John and Herb, a typical skaters' tail gate party.
Tom, showing off talented local photogrpaher and art teacher, his sister, Margaret. Shown with her husband Mike. Thank you Margaret for taking most of the photos here.
Tom, showing off talented local photogrpaher and art teacher, his sister, Margaret. Shown with her husband Mike. Thank you Margaret for taking most of the photos here.
What in the world is in my hand?
What in the world is in my hand?
Glenn Koshi, Bont rep, and Greg. Doesn't Greg look 4mm taller?
Glenn Koshi, Bont rep, and Greg. Doesn't Greg look 4mm taller?
At the start line.
At the start line.
See me back in there? You can almost hear Margo asking me, "Why are you standing in front of me?" "Visualizing winning," I think I told her.
See me back in there? You can almost hear Margo asking me, "Why are you standing in front of me?" "Visualizing winning," I think I told her.
Greg in the lead pack.
Greg in the lead pack.
That famous Margo weight shift.
That famous Margo weight shift.
Renee followed by the bobarazzi
Renee followed by the bobarazzi
Quick, get that timing wire down.
Quick, get that timing wire down.
I rarely see Cale sprinting for the finish from this angle; I normally have a view from the rear.
I rarely see Cale sprinting for the finish from this angle; I normally have a view from the rear.
Tom and Herb in the uphill sprint for the line.
Tom and Herb in the uphill sprint for the line.
Tom takes this one, but Herb will be back.
Tom takes this one, but Herb will be back.
Almost there
Almost there
Stick a fork in him.
Stick a fork in him.
Brian looking strong
Brian looking strong
No matter what, make it over the line anyway you know how! Chuck knows that if he had the camera, my moments later in the day where much more embarrassing.
No matter what, make it over the line anyway you know how! Chuck knows that if he had the camera, my moments later in the day where much more embarrassing.
Mary Ann not looking to follow Chuck's example, concentrates on the timing mat.
Mary Ann not looking to follow Chuck's example, concentrates on the timing mat.
Quick aid for the quick of foot
Quick aid for the quick of foot
The Magnificent Eleven...
The Magnificent Eleven...
And their photographer caught in the act.
And their photographer caught in the act.
Post race wrap up, yes this is as important as the race itself.
Post race wrap up, yes this is as important as the race itself.
Uh, looks like it still hurts.
Uh, looks like it still hurts.
"Not good enough! I'm taking the boots back if those times don't start coming down," says Glenn
"Not good enough! I'm taking the boots back if those times don't start coming down," says Glenn
All friends now that the race is over
All friends now that the race is over
Texas babe Renee and the bobarazzi on the rec skate
Texas babe Renee and the bobarazzi on the rec skate
Tom skating tall after a great finish
Tom skating tall after a great finish
Chuck and Brian demonstrating the Dillow hill climb
Chuck and Brian demonstrating the Dillow hill climb
Overkill for a rec skate?
Overkill for a rec skate?
Chuck showing us what makes Chuck Chuck
Chuck showing us what makes Chuck Chuck
I think someone lost a bolt (This picked up off the course just before the race.)
I think someone lost a bolt (This picked up off the course just before the race.)
Chuck reacting to yet another of my A2A stories.
Chuck reacting to yet another of my A2A stories.

 

A Nod to Superweek, Bensenville, IL July 18, 2004

All the racing photos you could ask for are posted on Judy's site. Here are a few social shots that you haven't seen.
Super organizers Jan and John
Super organizers Jan and John
Super shiny Dale(?) and Darryl
Super shiny Dale(?) and Darryl
Super couple Margo and Cale
Super couple Margo and Cale
Super card, from those Super gals
Super card, from those Super gals
Super friends
Super friends
Super team
Super team
 





Copyright 2004 Bob "bobarrazi" Ryan