In April a member of staff came across the Oregon 24 and thought it sounded like a great idea! A number of us looked at it, got excited and vowed to put in lots of training and preparation to be ready for it months later in July. The days, weeks and months went by with lots happening at the store, including opening the new store front; Needless to say, the hours of training promised had not come to fruition.
A late night meeting, with beer, was held in the days leading up to the event to tackle the difficult question, to bow out or to get up there and give it all we had? Thanks to the enthusiasm of one of the riders the general conciseness was, “LET’S DO THIS THING!”
Preparations were made to the best of the abilities of those in question and the trucks were packed late the next day.
On Friday afternoon, late, we got our convoy in motion and set off for Bend, OR. Arrival was late, luckily a local supporter of the team had staked out a camp site close the the race start and we made camp. With overnight lows in the 40s on Friday night, sleep had not been comfortable or continuous however post coffee spirits were mid to high.
The course shown below was 10 1/2 miles featuring 1,000ft of climbing with a climb immediately out of the gate.
Lewis opted for the first lap to try and get a lap in before the temperatures came up, the race start was 11am. The organizers had decided le mans start was in order and so the racers lined up to take a jog.
Lewis was at the very back of the runners and thus one of the last to enter the course and eat the dust, literally, of the entire pack.