NEBC Charlie Baker Time Trial Results
USCF Permit 2002 – 0518
Distance: 9.8 miles
Race Date: 08/29/2002
Temp: 57 degrees
Wind: NNE 7 mph
Peter Megdal started last and crossed the finish line first in Thursday’s
Of course he was the only rider crazy enough to ride a time trial in the
cold rain. On the positive side, he did have the luxury of three volunteers
to hold umbrellas over him as he warmed up on his trainer and a follow car
as we drove behind him around the course.
Rain wasn’t the only problem, though. After only a couple of miles, a truck
backing a trailer into a driveway blocked the road, forcing us all to brake.
We thought then Peter might call it quits, but instead he stood up to get up
to speed again. For the next 6 miles there were no cars at all on our side
of the road (Peter complained about missing the draft when they pass ;-).
In order to get to the finish ahead of him we passed him with 2 miles to go.
Shortly afterward, another car came up behind Peter and attempted to pass
him – on a blind curve as he rode 35mph downhill! Peter told us that the
passing car was fully in the opposite lane heading for two oncoming cars as
they rounded the corner. Peter braked and looked for a soft landing spot
off the road. Luckily, the oncoming cars braked and veered off the road
edge away from him avoiding both the passing car and Peter and he was able
to finish the ride. We take it as a reminder to be careful on the course.
It only takes one bad driver….
Maybe the adrenalin helped him make up the lost time in the last mile, but
in any case, it was a fast ride – one of Peter’s best this year (and only
Matt Svatek has ridden faster in the rain.)
Volunteers: John Hood, Carolina Casares, Meredith WardRider Cat Club/Team Age Time remarks———————————-—-—————————————-———-——————01 Peter Megdal M 3 Northeast Bicycle Club 42 22:25.4