Yep - that it be. The King of the Burlingame looks to be a relatively newer race in these parts. I found some prior race results browsing the EFTA website - and they go back to 2007. The race itself winds it's way nearly 7 miles around Watchaug Pond in Charlestown, RI - none too far from the ocean. And it's a damn good thing too -lots of New England is still covered in snow.
For example - this was the scene leaving my house - (38 miles north) two days before the event:
Here I was that same Friday at work downing some chocolate caked laced with cherries.. perhaps... resigning myself to the idea the race might get cancelled??
As one expects around here - the weather flicked a booger at us on April Fools day. The following Saturday: Snow melted, birds singing, flowers blooming & seriously overcrowded garden sections at the Home Depot. I even got inspired enough to start tidying up around the house. Later that afternoon I endeavoured to flex my newfound expert muscles on the trails about a mile from the house with my $300 mail-order single speed. This bike rules me.
After a good night of sleep I woke up Sunday around 6 am. Temps at the house were about 35º when I left at 7:00, but within a half hour driving south check out what my superior car display had to say:
Then a shot of Ellen -She's just 16 years old- Noble (sorry Ellen)- who was crowned Queen of the Burlingame. Ellen's got a future with this bike racing thing:
Then finally a picture of the King himself - caught in the parking lot:
Side note: He has like zero body fat - not that I was spying.
It was then I happily realized: I already own some King Bling:
Maybe I can get Lucy to knit up a crown for me..
At a minimum I'll be back for the race. I want that silly crown.
Update: The official results are in. http://www.efta.com/PDF/results/2011/2011%20KOB%20Results.pdf Talk about bittersweet. 2 seconds between me and 2nd / 3rd place.
Time to figure out a solid way to keep the chain on.