Monday, June 4, 2012 - Race ReportsRoman, Andy, Jim and I all drove up from Greenville early in the week. We then did Basking Ridge and the Philadelphia International yesterday.
In between we stayed with Frank in Drexel Hill. He owns a little, one man, bike shop in town and was very excited to be a part of the race again this year. It was also kind of funny riding through greater Philadelphia with a guy that kind of looks like Danny Devito.
I'd never done Philly so was excited to experience this legendary race. However, this year they shortened it (from 158 miles to 115) and it rained, two new things in its 28 year history. The course ran through town with tight corners, a crazy climb and big crowds. I also like the dynamics of one day road races. Something we don't do that much off.
Everyone talks about the Manayunk Wall, a super steep 2-3 minute climb that hurts the field. I didn't think it was that bad. I'm guessing that was because I did it 3 less times and it wasn't super hot and humid like it's been in years past. This probably means I didn't get the true Philly experience. But I think I did, just with less suffering.
Currently I'm hanging out in the hotel until my flight later this afternoon. It's rough, half the channels don't work, others stop working after 5 minutes and my wifi connects to the hotel's down the street even though I paid for it here. Ah, first world problems.