Touring noses

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday June 28, 2004.

On Saturday, we spent the afternoon dedicated to the Tour de Nez. It was opur first trip to the race, which takes place all of 1 mile from our house, and it was well worth the drive. For starters, they involve the hell out of the community. They have a kids race that goes along the final stretch of the course for about a lock and a half. The kids race is sweet. It’s free, the kids get a better freaking goodie bag than the ones I generally pay for, and they all get a medal at the end. The boy had a blast, and the girl was pissed at being near the back of the tricycle riders, but she was followed by the camera guy for the Outdoor Life Network and taped for a long time. Seriously, my kids have no idea how hard it is to get on TV, even when you really want to.

In addition to the kids race, there is some great food, and a major party going on at the race’s host restaurant parking lot. I spent a considerable amount of time in line for beer, which I’m totally cool with. But back to the serious stuff. The kids raced, then we all watched as the race went on. The pros actually do hella laps for an hour and a half, which is the particular style of race, so you get a good look, even if they happen to be moving really fast. But the view from the restaurant parking lot is the best, because that’s where the start-finish line is. Plus, if you’ve never been to a bike race, seeing the peloton up close is awesome. Those guys are cruising.

All in all, it was a fine time had by the Jerz family on Saturday. We’ll be back next year, and the kids will both be pumped for their respective races. Next weekend, the Jerz clan will be here, so if you want to get a glimpse of me, check it out. I might even sign an autograph or two.

Ryan JerzRyan Jerz is an all-around good guy who wants people to eventually refer to him as "that dude who climbs mountains."

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