I’m excited. We are indeed racing bicycles starting June 8.

Since we have most of the supplies we need, We have lowered the entry fee to a mere $5. Holy cheap, hey. You get to race and you get snacks too. I’d suffer through a race just because it makes watermelon taste so much better. Especially if it’s waiting for me at the finish line. I’ll even swat the flies away from it. I mean for $5 you get a pro watermelon cutter, and a personal fly shoo-er-away-er. Not to mention chips and salsa. Also fly free. Sweet deal.

Same format, Mild, Medium, Hot classes. Mild lap is about two miles and omits a sketchy descent that did not make the Mild rating. Highland Park Mountain Bike Race Series believes in children with teeth and without a lot of contusions. 2 and 3 laps for the Medium and Hot classes, respectively. Those laps are about 3 miles or so. There will be some sort of prize situation I believe. HPMTBRS does not support adults losing teeth either, but we will let them make their own decisions.

I wanted to make this an Eastern Fat Tire Association sanctioned event. That would have involved a whole lot of paperwork and what not. The idea behind that was to provide insurance for the event and EFTA is a splendid organization to boot. However we have all these great local sponsors who have donated enough money to pay for the insurance. Now we don’t have to deal with licenses and the associated expense and paperwork. Simple is good.

I do have an event on a burner somewhere near the back of the stove that will be an EFTA event due to its size. So the dinner they bought me at the race director’s meeting shouldn’t be a total loss for them.

Also, Anita Phillips at the Greenfield Recorder is running an article and would like a quote from someone who raced last year. If you would like to speak with her please call her at (413)772-0261, EXT. 280. You will be blessed with good race karma and less rolling resistance. Mountain bike racing smiles upon those who pitch in. It just does.

Oh and I’m excited for you to meet my son, Ezra Thomas Healey, the little man Megan was growing last year. He’s awesome and I’m happy he will be around all the great people you find at a weekly bike race.

Alright, that pretty much brings you up to speed. At least I think it does. Ask my wife, I tend to omit important facts in communicating my plans. Usually in regard to mountain bike rides too. Can’t help it.


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