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Blizzard bikers riding high to start season

Results from the May 22 Baldonnel time trial
Dan Webster, during the second race of the 2020 season in early March, right before the pandemic cancelled the rest of the season's races.

The Blizzard Bicycle Club is enjoying higher interest than normal to start its 2021 season.

Thanks to the warm spring weather (besides the blip of snow) and the 2020 season not getting past the starting gate, the club's weekly time trial rides at Baldonnel are averaging 15 riders a night.

"We're off to a much better start than last year. We still can't do races, but we are doing self-timed time trials, following all the procedures that we need to," said club president Dan Webster. 

While the traditional Blizzard Spring Stage race is unlikely to happen, bikers are enjoying the chance to have a semblance of normalcy riding their bikes, testing their lap times against themselves week to week. However, riders have to leave the start at one minute intervals, as to remain spaced out during the ride, meaning a bit of the camaraderie riders expect is missing. 

"There's not a lot of socializing, which is kind of hard as cyclists, that's why we go, but we hope as we head into May we'll be able to start doing group races, while remaining spaced out," said Webster. 

The club was never really able to get its wheels moving last season, Webster said. But, due to the nature of cycling as a way to get both exercise and fresh air, he's noticing a lot of people, especially kids and families, eager to get their feet wet in the sport. 

"It's a low risk year. There's not a bunch of crazy racing, we're just having fun and learning more about the sport," Webster said. 

Here are the results from last week's Baldonnel time trial, on April 22:

16 km
1. Sandy McDonald  28:11
2. Melvin Jarnagin  29:50
3. Mason Floriant  30:30
4. Matt Jarnagin  33:07
5. Sam Keats  34:47
6. Trev McDonell  35:37

8 km
1. Lucas Wuthrich  14:15
2. LT McDonell 14:39
3. Benaiah Jarnagin 14:55
4. Elsa Wuthrich  15:10
5. Stella Jarnagin  15:55
6. Esza Jarnagin 16:29
7. Layna Wuthrich 16:39
8. Abby Wuthrich  18:39

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