Tour de Safford
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
On the 29th of October I competed in the Tour de Safford, the 66 mile race. The morning started off a little cool but it warmed up nicely by 9:15, when the 66 miler started.
I started well but 3 miles in to the race I had a flat. It was a relatively tough field of riders and I am not a great tire changer, but I got the tire changed and with the help of local law enforcement, I soon caught some riders. After passing several riders I was not as embarrassed but I was slightly depressed with the fact that I was no longer in the running to win. I smiled and decided that I would set out to finish faster than I did last year. No small feat as I was 32 minutes behind schedule (NO, all of that time was not spent changing a tire), I got caught up in vehicular traffic at a couple of intersections.
The wind was a steady 10 mph out of the East and the temperature never got over 72 while I was riding. This allowed me to really push and I ended up averaging 18.4 miles per hour for the ride. I was seventh among the female riders and felt that I did all right. I finished ten minutes faster than I did last year and crossed the finish line just a couple of minutes behind three other riders from Silver City that did the 100 miler. They started 2 hours before I did.
It was a great race and one that I will register to do again next year. The proceeds go towards buying new equipment for the local hospital in Safford. The volunteers for the race are numerous, supportive, friendly and very helpful. Tour de Safford is a real treat!