The 2014 edition of the Dirty Lemming was a great success this year. Huge kudos and thanks are in order once again for Jim Smith and his devoted volunteer corps. The Dirty Lemming is a one of a kind event and the race that really got me into this genre of racing. Probably because it feels more like a ride with friends than it does a race. So anyways - thanks Jim, and see you again next year!
As for a recap - the course was pretty flat with only a few stretches of deep gravel. The first few miles on the Luce Line were calm & a good size group formed to ride with. Coming out of the Luce Line the tempo quickened and another smaller group of about 12-15 riders got together and pulled away a bit. This smaller group got split even further coming out of a 1/2 mile stretch of deep grass. The trail demanded a single file line and sure enough, the first guys out of the grass decided not to hold up for the group & they pulled away - leaving a few of us stranded. I had to stop (along with others) to pull grass out of my drive train - which really did the trick. So I was isolated out on the course with no real hope of pulling myself back up to any of the lead groups.
Luckily for me I hooked up with a guy named Tim from Excelsior coming out of the 33 mile check point and we stuck together for the duration. We were pulling each other along at a pretty good pace for about 40 or 50 more miles, but the truth is that Tim pulled me through from about mile 80 through to the finish - thanks Tim, I owe you one.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the even for me was being awarded the "Most Improved Lemming" award. Of course last year I finished dead last . . . but still, I had a pretty good day this year and am very happy with the ride. And as for the trophy, well it is one of my newly prized possessions.