I went into last night's Mad Dashes unsure of what to expect. We only had nine people on Facebook saying they were going to show up. I hadn't been able to coordinate putting up posters around town. I hadn't gotten the event pushed out to the usual community calendars and online venues I like to use. To top it off, a local retailer across town was hosting a shop party with free food to announce the beginning of their bike enterprise the same night and at the exact same time as Dashes.
Our loyal crowd did not disappoint. We had over 20 racers, some very close matches, and a full evening of qualifiers, grudge matches, and finals. Most importantly, by my count, we had about 25% brand new racers who had never done it before:
When it came down to the finals, Dan and Bjorn duked it out for the men, while Leelou and Ida competed for the women's title. In the end, Dan and Bjorn finished with the exact same time, but the clock face display showed Bjorn ahead by a nose. Ida (another first-timer) took home the title and a sweet Lazer Helmet and Budnitz T-shirt to boot!
I'm really enjoying being a part of Mad Dashes. We'll have one more event in April to (hopefully) ring in Spring, then it's onward to other Vermont Goldsprints projects until next winter!