Yesterday was the Paris to Ancaster race and for the third year in a row, Tony and I entered the half distance portion of the race, the 35km St. George to Ancaster leg.
Last year, if you may recall, I never finished the race due to a mechanical breakdown and Tony went on to finish with a time of 2:37:00.
This year all I wanted to do was finish.
Things started off well.
We loaded up my car, thats right, who needs roof racks when your seats go down,
made it to registration on time, got suited up, loaded our bikes onto the truck that would take them to the start line for the 35km distance and then sat down to wait for the bus that would take us to the start.
As we were waiting for the bus to arrive we discovered that our bikes had been put onto the wrong truck and were waiting for us at the other starting line, the 70km full distance, Paris to Ancaster leg.
And just like that our race was over before it even began.
My car was parked at the finish line as planned. We were supposed to be bused with our bikes to the start line 35kms away and both races end at the same finish line, where all the cars were parked.
We asked if maybe they could get hold of the truck driver to see if there was anything they could do on that end but that didn't pan out.
With no other options we hopped in my car and drove the 30 mins to the 70km start. Our bikes were there, but now we had a logistics problem.
We needed to be at the start of the 35km race with our bikes, but we also needed my car to be at the finish line as well. If we had driven to the start with the bikes and left the car there, then at the end of the race we would of had to wait in wet and muddy clothes to be bused back to the start to get the car with a fresh change of clothes and then drive back to the finish to get our bikes. There was also no time to drop the bikes off at the start, then drop the car off again at the finish and find a ride back to the start in time for the race.
We decided to pack it in and call it a day.
Will we be back next year?
At this point, its really hard to say...