Written By George Kapitz
Photos By Kari Lewis Scheppman
I ran a new set of race wheels on the Beargrease at the Red Eye Rondezvous in Wausau. Friday night I went through the routine of setting up the new Northpaw rims and Knard tires tubeless. With the help of Dave Powell, Jimmy K, and “Busch Diets” I got my new wheels set up and race ready. Or so I thought… Come, Saturday morning the tires were flat… Frustrated.. I began to set them up again without the help of my buddies. I seated the tire to the rim and began to add air. Too much air… Boom! My face and shop were covered with Stan’s fluid. Not cool. I only had a few hours now to get them setup and get to Wausau for the pre-ride. Dave came in and we managed to get them setup again. On the way there the front wheel went flat, but the rear held. I said ‘screw-it’ and tubed the front one. Good enough… Lets race!
Come race day I stuck to my plan on racing smart. I warmed up, hydrated, and kept a good pace. The most exciting part of the race was the fight for the finish between myself, Dwight Ingalls and Ken Naef. Not being an experienced racer I didn’t understand this slow cat mouse game they were playing ahead of me.
I charged in front of them saying ‘let’s go’ and entered the last stretch of single track. I didn’t shake them and coming out of the single track, I was gassed, with only a short double track sprint to the finish. It was a dog-fight and I didn’t have enough to capture that 4th place spot. Major shout out to Butch, Shane, Nathan, Marcus, Dwight, and Ken. You dudes are fast and I’m looking forward to racing more fat WORS with you.