Photo Courtesy of Captain Bob
I stumbled across this blurb on his site in the right hand column:
Evolving Short List of eccentrics, charismatics, etc. being considered for THE '08 LIST....
- A. It is every riders dream to make THE LIST...In an effort to give hope to some, the author of THE LIST has decided to keep a running working draft of those that are being considered for the 2008 List. Of course, there are absolutely no guarantees:
- B. Consideration of several 2008 Arrowhead racers including Dave Pramann (another record breaking performance); Greg Patterson, Don Gabielson, Dave Gray
- C. Although the Trans-Iowa Race was significantly shortened due to impassable roads, the performance of Joe[Edit-John] Gorilla certainly rasied a few eye brows!!!
- D. Joe Meiser tough rider with a propensity to blow out rear wheels...strong efforts in both Trans-Iowa and Almanzo 100 puts him on the short list...
I should add that yes in 2008 I did have a propensity to blow out rear wheels...Two of them to be exact. I'm willing to admit it, historically I have had a propensity to blow out rear wheels and wheels in general. To some extent that has subsided a bit as I've become a better cyclist, but in general light wheels and my 200+ pound frame don't exactly mix. I've made some changes to the gear list, specifically in the "Wheels" department in 2009 that should help this problem.
A couple of short weeks after TransIowa V4 we took the line together at the Almanzo 100 in Rochester, MN. Charlie's a character to share the least. I look forward to riding with him in 2009 at TransIowa and Almanzo and wish him the best of luck in the Arrowhead Ultra in February.