Not only do the riders spend hours suffering on the bike, they do it in all weathers: The Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery men got a serious dose this weekend at the epic Lake of Bays race near Huntsville, Ont., where the 170-km elite men’s road race turned into a struggle for survival — just 13 riders finished.
Here’s JS Perron’s take on a tough day in the saddle.
- Conor O’Brien: Almost made the split 90 km in.
- Braydon Bourne: Nice jamming from the start, but he had to quit after 70 km with frozen hands
- Steve Keeping: Was jamming with dish gloves and plastic bags on until the first feed zone.
- JS: Had to quit at 150 km when I realised that my body was shaking so much that I was not able to ride straight. I was with the front group with 15 riders at that time. The most difficult was to eat. After two hours of racing my hands were so cold that reaching into my pockets and unwrapping energy bars or gels was not possible. I think my body was not able to heat itself because of lack of nutrition: “the wood was all consumed in the stove.”