The scene early on into the 2014 edition of Odin’s Revenge. Image courtesy of Scott Redd
Mud: When it rained a couple of inches overnight before the 2014 edition of Odin’s Revenge, race director Chad Quigley gathered the riders before their 150 mile quest and offered them the chance to do an alternate route without several miles of “Minimum Maintenance” dirt roads which would have cut the distance down to 100 miles. The (nearly) unanimous decision was to go play in the mud.
It’s one of those strange, unspoken tenets of gravel races that the worse the conditions, the more riders relish the experience. Odin’s Revenge was no different in that regard. Although only a small handful of racers were able to complete the course behind winner Sarah Cooper, the overall feeling was that it was one of those unforgettable chances to do something crazy.
I’m pretty sure that some folks felt similarly in Austin, Texas yesterday, and to you all I say, “Come out and play in our mud if you want to.” It’s fun, and the “powers that be” rarely, if ever, postpone the fun to another day.
Today’s “Monday Motivation” is dedicated to mud lovers everywhere.