Giving instructions -- we had 43 riders and 8 volunteers beside Chris and I. We had near-perfect numbers and near-perfect weather, with the only complaint being a stiff SE wind.
The LeMans start is underway. That's Eric Brunt out to a lead he never relinquished. And he was on a single-speed.
Brady Murphy, left, checking in. Mike Munson is in the background. Munson had an advantage of sorts -- he went with me on a pre-race test about a month ago. He must have soaked up a few secrets.
The SS men's winners -- Eric Brunt in gold, Rafal Doloto in silver and Dale Rabideau in bronze.
Women's geared winners -- we had no SS riders -- Suzanne Wilson in gold (she was third overall), Stephanie Vandermeulen in silver and Julie Harris in bronze.
Men's geared -- Marco Vasquez in gold, Kevin Murray in silver and Mike Munson in bronze.
This is either Andres or Camilo Torres. He got a new Crumpler backpack to replace the flimsy little drawstring bag he used. Let me know which one of you it is, guys.
Bob Brindamour pulled his son Ben in a Burley. Each had their own bags of stuff. Bob got a Snickers cheesecake made by my mom for having the heaviest load.
Joe Savoie had a 25-pound bag of flour on his bars. It broke. He -- and his bike -- were covered.
Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Volunteers loading up the food. We had a LOT of it -- more than 700 pounds' worth.
Nicol Woody giving the high-wheeler a shot. It was a bit too big for her, though.
Thanks to everybody who helped out or rode or even sent a note of encouragement. Cranksgiving was a big success because of your contributions. The Omaha Food Bank will be getting a sizable donation on Monday, and a lot of people will benefit from your generousity.
Thanks to our sponsors: Bike Masters, Trek Store, Highgear, Olympia Cycle, Dave's Decks, Monster Energy Drink, Ergon USA, Twin Six and Bad Lasses. Everybody left with a prize because of their generousity. We look forward to having them back next year.