Tomorrow kicks off the race with, if not the most, prize money in the US for a bike race. The Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove is a 3 day race taking part all in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove.
I think this is the only race I do where I think about the amount of prize money before the race begins. Other then when I figure if going to a local race will be worth the expendatures. 99% of the time I just want to win and the prize money is an after thought after the results have come in. But it's hard to ignore the $120,000 that is available to win.
Tomorrow evening is a short 8km time trial, Saturday is a 155km circuit race through the burbs, and Sunday is the longest criterium I do at 115kms.
Kenda Pro Cycling PB GearGrinder is bringing an 8 rider hit squad including Weiss, Hartley, Sundt, Stemper, Birdman, Bush, Luca (who just flew back from his mother land), and myself. We are out for victory and our piece of the pie. Things won't be easy and never are. There will be plenty of competition with a solid mix of time trialers and strong men for the overall and sprinters for the circuit race and criterium.
Other then that training has been going good. Other then Saturday when I was lucky I found a bathroom when I did. That's a story in itself. On Tuesday I got to meet up with a few of my old pals and did a ride with them. That was fun and I'm looking forward to be able to do that a few more times coming up.
After having just a weekend off of racing I'm really ready to get back at it.