This past weekend the Chain Tri Team neared the end of our season with a strong team outing at the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon. The SRI TRI is an iconic southeast triathlon rich with history and tradition and is always on the Chain’s schedule. The team had a stellar day winning the team division Tiki and placing 6 in the top 10, and 10 in the top 20 of the sold out field.
Racers were blessed with near perfect conditions standing on the sugar white sand of Pensacola Beach Saturday morning. With the mass wave starts, the clear and calm gulf waters provided plenty of opportunity for racers to spread out and find their own rhythm and pace over the course of the 600 yard swim. Safety was evident as their were too many support kayaks and paddle boarders to count. As athletes finished the U-shaped swim and hit the beach they faced a challenging 50-100 yard run up through the sand to enter transition. The race directors had set up a nice running shower going into transition to help cut down on the salt and sand as athletes readied their bikes.
The 21k bike course was flat and fast. Despite the sell out field, the course was well designed and provided a safe and secure environment for all those racing. It was remarkably well designed and laid out with views of some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The out and back bike course helped fuel the competitive juices as well with a quick glance allowing you to know your position among racers. Having that checkpoint always helps provide the motivation needed to keep pushing to stay away or try and catch your competitors.
The 5k run course starts with the first few hundred yards lined with cheering spectators and amazing volunteers. After roughly a ½ mile you venture into a scenic beach neighborhood. Just as you seem to have ventured away from the majority of spectators, you’re hit with a bolt of momentum in the form of snares and bass of a high school band! The cheers from the balconies of beach homes and enthusiasm of the volunteers keeps you going until you make your way back by the band. At that point you realize you’ve got less than a mile left. As you make your way towards the finish your greeted with a long chute, lined with spectators and an announcer calling your name as you approach and cross the finish line.
The race is done, but the race environment keeps on giving with the “best post race party” in triathlon. Cold drinks and great food at the pavilion make you quickly forget about the pain of the race. The awards ceremony was festive and organized with the coveted SRI Tri Tiki for Overall categories and custom pottery for the age group awards.
Congratulations to new race director Mindi Straw (and Evan Malone) on a stellar event. The attention to detail and the care given to racers was evident from the marketing of the event to the post race breakdown. Awesome job and we will see you next year. Chain will be sure to sign up early as I’m sure it will be another sell out!
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon 2019 was a blast! I absolutely love a Gulf swim! Calm and clear water is hard to beat. I was a little nervous about a mass age group start but decided to get to the front of the pack and take it inside line on swim. Well the bike as everyone knows is my favorite part of a triathlon. I knew I needed to make up time from a slow swim so I really tried to hammer out there. Everyone followed the rules and made for a very fast course. Still had some gas in the ole tank for a decent run! At this point I saw some of my fellow teammates and friends on the course always makes for great motivation! A sprint finish at the end and called it a day!
I knew this was a race I had to do when Mindi and Evan took over as race directors, and they made sure every aspect of it was perfect. The race went off without a hitch and the swag was great!
I will definitely be back for 2020.
The Santa Rosa Island Triathlon is one of my favorite races. Every year I enjoy both the venue and the competition and this was no exception. The competition seemed to be way up again and even more importantly the event was perfectly organized with zero complaints about anything. The race kicked off on the pristine beaches, starting on sugar white sand and entering into calm Gulf waters. Even though swimming is not my strongest discipline I loved the mass wave start as so few races are doing that nowadays. The bike course was a well organized and laid out out and back that allowed you to keep an eye on your fellow competitors both in front and behind you. The run was filled with cheering specatators, awesome volunteers and a rocking high school band. The after party was top notch, with great food/drink and awesome awards. This weekend clearly showed why this race has been voted a top 10 destination event!
As always, many many thanks to the team sponsors who make this all possible!
The 2019 edition of the Cultivation Nation Triathlon marks my 3rd time racing this event and it just keeps getting better every year. This race is special to me because it was the first race that I ever placed in my age group at a triathlon. I remember how happy and surprised i was at the inaugural event and i also remember that i didn't know a single person in the tri community. Fast forward to this season I know almost everyone at every race and I'm part of this awesome team of stellar athletes. It's pretty crazy how much things can change in a short amount of time!
The race is held at Flint Creek Water Park in Wiggins Mississippi. If that sounds familiar it's because it also played host to our team training camp this past Spring. As I was walking towards transition the sun was slowly rising to reveal how beautiful this venue actually is. It's pretty much the perfect place for a triathlon!
Let's get down to business starting with the swim. It's a self-seeded swim with an athlete getting in the water about every 5 seconds so everything is pretty spread out and calm. My favorite! The water was calm and fairly clear. I felt like I had a great swim but when I got out of the water my watch said differently but it did say 600 yards which was impressive for it to be so close to the advertised distance. Kudos to whoever set up the buoys.
A fast transition and I'm off on the bike. It was definitely a hot August morning but it was a little overcast so that made it seem not so brutal. One of the most surprising things to me about Stone County is how nice the roads are. I mean it's a fairly rural place so I would just expect to have rough roads but we were lucky enough to have a few miles of brand new asphalt. It was an out-and-back course with some rolling hills and maybe a few that could be considered steeper than rolling but all in all a fun ride.
I dismounted off the bike and started the run feeling strong. It's a challenging out and back run course mostly on a dirt road. The rain the day before made the ground soft in some places but not so sloppy and muddy to be annoying. There isn't much scenery on the run but it was nice and shaded. The mens and womens team had an excellent showing and everyone was racing strong 💪
I look forward to putting this race on my calendar again next season. Thanks for all the hard work that the race staff and volunteers put in to make this such an enjoyable event! I was very impressed with the number of volunteers and they were friendlier than most!
Also, as always, a HUGE thanks to our team sponsors!
The team added Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon to the team event schedule for 2019, here’s to hoping it stays on the schedule for years to come.
2019 marked the 40th running of this truly classic multisport event. The leadership of the Philadelphia Sertoma Club coupled with a seemingly boundless amount of support from the community and it is no surprise this event serves as a pillar to the multisport community of the Southeast. Additionally, spend a couple hours in this part of Mississippi and one will quickly learn that for so very many this event marks the kick-off of the annual Neshoba County Fair dating back to 1889 - the fair itself is a huge houseparty hosted in a campground setting which also plays host to the finish line and awards presentation for the race.
Simply put, this event is an INSTITUTION. One which every multisport athlete should experience.
For those curious about the event, a quick Internet search will yield results containing such tidbits:
- longest running North American triathlon with essentially the same, unchanged course spanning the years, and decades
- a unique linear course layout - start and finish basically 35 miles apart and including two different transition areas
- a draft legal field from 1980 through 1989, though with some super fast times every single year even after the change to a non-draft format
- finish line featuring just over a half mile of red clay horse track and accompanying grandstand
- a large, energetic contingent in the Neshoba County Fair greeting and supporting the athletes as they near the finishline
- hot, hot, hot... even on an unseasonably cool day
- top 10 male and female finishers recognized with silver plates while called to stage for an en masse podium presentation
- the bike course features rolling hills, not too bad
- complimentary school bus transport from finish area and returning to swim start location
- the run course features rolling hills, challenging
- volunteers which make sure T2 necessities are perfectly delivered and organized for athlete arrival following the bike leg of the event
- post-event fare can include funnel cake, ice cream, and a multitude of deep fried items just stash a few bucks in your post-event gear bag and enjoy while enjoy an amble through the rows of ornate cabins
For this author, a similar list of results from an Internet search served as the impetus for slating this July event into the personal event calendar in 2011. Memories of a welcoming community, event staff, and volunteers in concert with a broad cross-section of the fellow triathletes including the very, very, very talented to the first-timer to those who have been racing here for 25+ years to those who were representing a literal family of athletes circled back again eight years later with this 2019 event. Refreshingly, not much has changed. And, here is to hoping that many of these same traditions and practices remain for years to come.
The time trial swim start which recognizes the prior year’s top finishers with lower seed numbers (beyond the bib numbers 1 - 20 it is a simple first-come, first-served layout) is utilized to meter the athletes into the water for a very navigable half-mile swim course arcing across the lake.
The bike course includes two turns - turn right onto Mississippi Highway 15 in Louisville; ride south through Noxapater and toward Philadelphia for 27 miles; turn right onto Mississippi Highway 21 and be ready to dismount almost immediately. Simple. Scenic. Rollers for hills. Well supported. Devoid of large drafting packs on account of the time trial swim start.
Onto the run. No turns until the arrival to the fair so the focus is on defeating the rolling hills and watching the mile markers painted on the road tick by. And, there is heat. And more hills. And more heat with the hills. But, all targeting the finishline situated in a truly one-of-a-kind setting. Lining the roughly 6 mile segment of run course along Mississippi Highway 21 athletes meet enthusiastic and well-stocked aide stations - an oasis of sorts in the heat and hills. An oasis with perhaps a refreshing popsicle or cold towel. With a left turn while approaching mile marker #6 it is time for the fun part - running THROUGH the campground fair. Yes, literally through a fair. A quick jaunt through a sampling of the themed, family-owned cabins and alongside the fair games and food vendors before spilling onto a runway entry leading to the horse track. Once on the track it is one and a quarter laps of the half-mile loop and two passes by the grandstand for each athlete. It is hard not to feel a quick snap of energy while running past the grandstand, the announcer on the loudspeaker, the markers denoting the 1/8th stretch segments of the track, and the horse stalls in the infield.
The support for the athletes does not stop once across the finish line - food, fruit, refreshments, ice towels, showers, and delivered post-event gear bags help to recover from the challenge of the day while enjoying a very moving and endearing performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” presented by a quintet of men from a local church. The heat of the final miles of the event quickly turned to chills down the spine with this honoring of America and in respect for all who have served.
Many thanks again to the race directorship and membership of the Philadelphia Sertoma Club, the many event volunteers, local law enforecement, and fair organizers for making this a fun, safe, competitive, and memorable outing for all! Additionally, congratulations to all those who finished the 2019 event with a special nod to those who set a personal best or earned a podium position along with a silver plate!
Ahh….the Publix Grandman Triathlon. One of my very favorite sprint triathlons. From jumping off a pier to start the swim, to the challenging hill to start the bike, rolling smooth roads for the rest of the bike in beautiful farm land, cheering crowds as you descend the hill off the bike and start the run, the live oak canopy on the run, and the final push on the run in the Park along the bay, Grandman has a truly unique and beautiful course.
But as beautiful and challenging as the course is, it is the people who make the race. Being centrally locate along the Gulf Coast, Grandman attracts the best triathletes from Biloxi to Panama City. It is always a blast to see friends and compete with the best.
I been fortunate to race the event for the last 19 years and Pelican Man (Grandman predecessor) was one of my first races. The course has evolved over the years, but one thing has remained constant – the race supports and enhances the Fairhope community and Grandman is an important part of the social fabric of the Fairhope community. The race organizers – Mobile Baykeeper – are our guardians of the water quality in the Mobile Bay and Eastern Shore area and they do a wonderful job of putting on the race. The enthusiasm and dedication of Casi Callaway – who heads up Mobile Baykeeper – always puts a smile on my face.
As far as the actual “Race” was concerned – it was a hotly contested event – with Erik Winfree and Allen Stanfield duking it out the entire race for first place. Allen had the fastest swim time of the race, Erik had the fastest bike split with a course record averaging 27.2 mph (holy moly batman!), and Allen countered with the fastest run time of the race. The race was not decided until the final 200 yards. Congrats to both Allen and Erik and everyone who completed The Grandman.
Grandman is located in the hometown of the Chain Tri Team sponsors – Pro Cycle and The Orthopaedic Group. The Chain team makes it a top priority to represent at The Grandman to thank our treasured sponsors. Katie and Joseph of Pro Cycle run the best bike shop in the southeast and we are very fortunate to have them in our community. Also huge shout out to Sports Medicine/The Orthopaedic Group and Dr. Jeff Conrad as it great to have Orthos who race and understand the triathlete lifestyle.
Next up is the team road trip to the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon followed by The Heart O' Dixie Triathlon. If you are looking for a great and unique triathlon in July – race The Heart O' Dixie!
Many, many thanks to Pro Cycle of Fairhope, The Orthopaedic Group, Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, and Infirmary Health for their continued support of Chain Tri Team in 2019!
Crawfishman Triathlon, the venue and the "backyard" feel of the event, reminds me of the Sylvania Bud Light Triathlon which was my second triathlon I participated in (1994), at the age of 18. Back then, the Sylvania event was hosted at Lake Olander in Northwest Ohio, a couple miles from the Ohio-Michigan state line and while it was not literally someone's back yard, it was situated in a residential area with large residential lots backing up to the park and also far enough from some of the more developed parts of town to make for a perfect egress and ingress when it came to the bike and run courses - safe, secure, and lined with some nice homes and properties. I appreciate this similar "feel" with the Crawfishman venue. One notable difference, though, would be that Lake Olander freezes in the Winter -- an 8" ice thickness means some Winter use of the Lake is possible with skating and ice fishing -- and probably doesn't cross that 78.1F threshold until sometime in July. Additionally, the prospect of “are there alligators in there?” doesn’t really extend to Ohio. Beyond these differences, there is the difference of 25 years. This was back before chip timing, immediate results with full splits turnaround, carbon everything for bikes, GPS watches with Strava uploads, mount/dismount lines (we used to be able to ride our bikes into and out of transition, basically directly to/from your own personal rack space), customized athlete garments, online results published before athletes arrived home from the event (a stack of paper stapled and folded into an envelope would arrive in your home mailbox 1-2 weeks after the event), among other things I am sure...
Learning of the rich history of Crawfishman and drawing some parallels with my own experience in 1994 makes it fun to imagine what it was like to be a Crawfishman participant in the mid-80's or early-90's. For this reason, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to head to Bush, Louisiana for the last three editions of the event -- to be a part of an event which has endured as well as spanned for longer than my own time in the sport.
The 2019 edition of the event would line up with my 43rd birthday. It sounds cheesy I am sure, but birthday races are a great way to celebrate another year while doing what you enjoy and spending time with some fellow athletes and friends. And if you think about it, not many chances to enjoy a triathlon ON your birthday if you consider the calendar rotation and that the majority of events are held on either Saturday or Sunday. My last birthday race was Ironman Texas 2012 and my next opportunity will be 2024... I will now formally start lobbying for Crawfishman 2024 to be held on Sunday, May 19th. If you have a birthday which falls on a weekend day during triathlon season I encourage you to get out and find an event as a way to celebrate! Many thanks to race management for working with my wife, Mindi, on her delivering a HUGE sheet cake the day before the event to share at the post-event party - hope you had the chance to grab a piece despite the weather, more on that later.
OK, now on to the swim-bike-run of it all.
Pulling up to the race site I can hear the familiar voice of Crawfishman - Mike Wattigny. Mike does a great job with keeping everyone informed, making all athletes and spectators feel welcome, and providing some calm direction to an otherwise busy (ok, maybe a bit hectic for some) morning.
The swim at Crawfishman is a great swim. Ideal water temperature, at least for this author who prefers NO wetsuits as it is just more for me to haul on raceday and more mess to clean up afterwards. To hear the official 78.2F announcement was quite welcome. In concert with the water temperature, glass-flat conditions with a simple course layout awaited the athletes - follow the buoy line and swim as hard as you can for just under 500y, make an acute angle right turn, and swim just over 500y to shore. A couple short steps to get your footing while navigating the threshold between the Lake bottom (ok, candidly, it IS a bit slippery) and the sand beach before shifting gears while splash dancing through the kiddie pools which line the segment between the water and the transition area.
The bike course is awesome. Simple in layout, very good road surface conditions for the majority of the track, and secure intersections (law enforcement had those locked down). The out-and-back format allows one to give a nod or wave to fellow athletes who are already heading back toward transition and to also check on the status of any competition one may have going on. Add to this, the sun had not yet broken through the cloud cover which perhaps meant the run course would not be a sufferfest in the sun and hills...
...however, pulling into transition, those dark skies portended something else - some nasty weather was on the way. As they rolled into T2, athletes received word - again, from that familiar voice on the loudspeaker - as Mike was making it clear to every single participant that the run course would not be the prescribed four mile affair. Rather, athletes would be covering a two mile track (one mile out, one mile back) as race management had made the call (the ABSOLUTE RIGHT CALL as it would turn out) in an effort to get all participants back to the race venue before the strongest part of the approaching frontline covered the race site. For some it was a relief - “great, my legs are shelled and the run is my least favorite of the disciplines" - and for others it was daunting - "ok, my four mile tempo run just turned into a two mile sprint." This did not dampen the spirit of the event one bit, in fact it added some excitement to the run segment of the event - get back before the weather and cheer for those other athletes still on course.
The rains did come. It dumped. Race management, the staff, and the volunteers did right by the event and by every single person in attendance by working to relocate the post-event food and festivities to the large barn on site. Everyone had the chance to stay dry and safe while enjoying the awards presentation and food. Sure, the "perfect" day would have included hundreds of athletes and spectators lounging on the large grass field while sharing in some fellowship and enjoying a relaxed awards presentation all compliments of the hospitality extended by the land owners who are so gracious to allow an event as such to take place in their back yard, literally. That is one of my favorite parts of this event -- basically like being invited to a backyard cookout after a race -- and I cannot wait to get back to Crawfishman to do that again!
Again, thank you to everyone involved in producing and coordinating this event - race directorship, volunteers, vendors, event sponsors, law enforcement, etc…
And, as always, HUGE thanks to Pro Cycle of Fairhope, The Orthopaedic Group, and Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon for their continued support of Chain Tri Team in 2019!
The team has participated in a handful of Team Magic events over the years, but never made it up to Montgomery, AL as a team for this event. A group of nine team members toed the line for the competitive and fun event. One of those team members was Erik who shares his thoughts on the day:
"This was my second year racing the Capital Of Dreams Triathlon so I kind of knew what to expect. There are a couple things that make this race unique to me. The old train station transition area and the river boat swim start. Race day weather was cool, light wind, and overcast. After the sprint racers took off it was our turn to start the Olymic-distance swim. The swim is downriver with good sighting. The bike course is flat and fast. I passed the lead cyclist around the mile 20 mark so I had a police escort for the last 4 miles. I felt good coming out of T2, but remembered how hilly the run course was from the year before. I knew it was going to be a tough run. Overall this is a fun race and I look forward to racing it in the future!"
Many thanks to the race directorship and staff, volunteers, event sponsors, City of Montgomery, and law enforcement for making this a good outing for all participants. Chain Tri Team looks forward a couple other upcoming Team Magic events this season: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon (06/23/19) and Alabama Coastal Triathlon (09/07/19)!
And, as always, many thanks to the team sponsors for their continued support: Pro Cycle, The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., Heart O' Dixie Triathlon
New kits in hand... the start of a new season for many of the team members... some fantastic competition...
Reflections on the team's day per Coach Allen Stanfield:
"Chain Tri Team showed up this past weekend at the Pensacola Olympic Triathlon. The weather cooperated providing a great day to race and the team members took advantage with 11 members racing and all 11 finishing in the top 15, including the Overall and Masters wins! Three athletes finished in the top 5, with less than a 1:20 between them. The team has started this season with a bang. Three team races, three overall wins!"
Many thanks to the team sponsors for their continued support: Pro Cycle, The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., Heart O' Dixie Triathlon
A duo of Chain team members headed to Tallahassee for the 19th Annual Red Hills Triathlon, below are the dispatches to their fellow team members following the event. Sounds like a fantastic day for both Logan and Spence with many thanks to a great venue, tough competition, and organized and supportive race staff and volunteers.
"Red Hills Triathlon wouldn't be the same race without the cold start, for 2019 that tradition continued on. After 14 years I've returned again to the triathlon that started my journey in the sport, albeit a slow one, getting second to last in my first 'race.' The event hasn't changed from the one I love... An alligator warning sign that is also used for a starting line for the swim, the canopy-covered roads that resemble Florida mountains, and the shaded half-trail & half-pavement run through Maclay Gardens State Park. Put all those together with an excellent race director and support team and you get a phenomenal event. This race is special to me and I'm certain I'll be back for future participation!"
"Red Hills Triathlon is one of my favorite races and I try to do it every year. Pretty cold at the start and everyone was wearing 3-4 layers to keep warm. Water temp was warmer than the air so made for a pleasant swim. Bike was freezing until I got dried off and got the blood moving staying up with the Tallahassee crew. Went back and forth on the bike with the same guy, Wayne the president of Gulf Winds Triathletes. Came into T2 fast and despite numb hands and feet went out hard. Felt good on the run and finally saw Logan - me at the one mile point, him at the two mile point. Run was road and trail which always makes it more interesting. All in all a great race with fantastic awards and beverages!"
Sometimes you expect lemons and life gives you lemonade.
I think I paid around $30 during early registration to race the Infirmary Health Duathlon in Mobile, AL. I had never before done this race, let alone a duathlon, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised that this was one of “those” races. By that I mean a race that knows what counts. How to check ALL the important boxes while not making things overly complicated...
Good venue, check.
Well-organized logistics, check.
Plenty of parking and restrooms, check.
Informed volunteers, police, event staff, check.
Well-marked and safe course, check.
After party and awards, check.
And, you get the picture....
I was amazed at the VALUE of the race. The arriving, racing, and after party went seamless while giving my wife and son easy access for spectating and food choices after. I can truly say I am glad we added this race to our team schedule and, sometimes when you don’t expect much... life gives you lemonade!
Many thanks to all those who very likely poured countless amounts of energy, finance, attention to detail, and time into this event. The support of the Infirmary staff and the local community are top notch. The members of Chain Tri Team appreciate all that went into presenting this safe, competitive, and fun event!
And, as always, the continued support of team sponsors make this all possible - Pro Cycle of Fairhope, The Orthopaedic Group, and Heart O' Dixie Triathlon - check them all out when you get a chance!
My first triathlon was Traditions Triathlon in 2015 and I noticed that the awards ceremony was dominated by people wearing these really cool looking kits covered with the team name and sponsors logos. It didn't take me long to realize that these guys did this at every local race and that they weren't playing around, they come to win! I remember Dom being the first person I got to know in the racing community so I was really happy for him when he made the team a year or two later. It was a huge accomplishment for him, so when I got an email asking if I wanted to join the team for the 2019 season I was beyond thrilled! By this time I had been racing with everyone for several years so most of us already knew one another and were friends so when the schedule came out with a Team Training Camp in March I was looking forward to spending the weekend with my buddies and meeting a few new teammates.
Camp took place at Flint Creek Water Park in Wiggins, MS - the venue of one of the 2019 team events, Cultivation Nation Triathlon. Team Captain and Team MPI's Coach Allen Stanfield had everything set up and planned out so it felt like a vacation that was stress free (except the physical stress that we were about to endure). It was nice having Sister Chain Tri Team join us and Jayme summed it up pretty good by dubbing it "Camp Kill Me Now."
Friday started off a little chilly so we opted for a long run before we biked. Allen and Evan are great cooks and made a bunch of eggs and sweet potatoes that we devoured that before we headed out for the run. We got in about 10 hilly miles then ate some lunch and headed out on the bike. This was a great location for biking because the roads were in good shape and there was minimal traffic. It was pretty much the same course as Cultivation Nation Triathlon but we made a couple extra turns and did an out and back for about 55 miles. Some of the group (including me) got broken up due to the tough pace and hills but we all met back at the cabins and ate again and reluctantly grabbed our wetsuits and headed for the water. It was pretty funny how everyone was struggling so hard getting in our wetsuits. I think I burned more calories getting mine on and off than I did actually swimming 😂 We all got cleaned up and met in one of the cabins for dinner and just hung out for a few hours socializing talking about how sore we were.
The next day was about the same, great weather and we started off the day with an awesome breakfast. Evan and Allen made this avocado toast with swiss cheese, fried eggs, smoked salmon. I can't stress enough how good the food was on this trip! We biked first and ran a few miles straight off the bike for a good brick on Jell-O legs. We were supposed to go swim but after the wetsuit ordeal the day before we decided to go get ice cream from Snow Boogers instead. I'm not sure how we were still hungry having went through so much food and ice cream but we met back at the cabin and cooked dinner and talked for a few more hours.
We wanted to do a race-type workout Sunday but a cold front came through Saturday night and brought a little rain and a lot of cold wind so we decided on a long run to wrap up our weekend instead.
I'm not sure I could pick a favorite part of the weekend because it was all so much fun. It was nice getting some intense workouts with my friends but it was also nice just to hang out and talk triathlon with cool people who share the same love for the sport as you do. I appreciate everyone's hard work putting this together and I vote we do this more than once a year because this was one of my favorite mini vacations ever. I hate some of the team couldn't make it and i wish everyone a strong season of racing!
See ya'll at the finish line.