In the predawn darkness at Richardson Park on the Fern Ridge Reservoir you can hear the crunch of gravel beneath bicycle tires, and the speed-dial clicking of a free wheel.
As the sky begins to brighten, the transition area comes to light. Filled with bicycles, two Bike Fridays await their turn.
Kent Anderson, our newest hire, plans to ride a Pocket Rocket on the leg of his short course ride.
Meanwhile, Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj, a student at the University of Oregon, plans to ride his tikit in his first triathlon ever.
In no time, the 7 a.m. start has arrived.
After the swim, it was time for the transition to the bike. First for Kent Anderson.
Next, Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj came in for his transition.
“The bike worked well,” Anderson said as he embarked on a 25-mile ride. “It was fantastic. When I got on the flat section, I really took off. There was a lot of satisfaction passing others on my Bike Friday.”
Chaowaroj Wanotayaroj said he knows the tikit isn’t the best choice for a 50-mile ride, but for his first triathlon he wanted something he was familiar with.
“It was fine,” he said. “And a lot of fun passing others on a small bike.”
Congrats to Kent Anderson, who won his age group!