The Caveman Returns- Halloween Weekend Day 2

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Erik letting his hair down at Barton Park

Erik letting his hair down at Barton Park

 “Are you wearing yours inside or out?” asks Kim. “Inside, with the hair pulled through the helmet vents” I say as Kim comments that she is zip tying hers. After many unsuccessful emails about a team Halloween costume for the Bend Cross Crusade race, we all agreed on one fabulous and unexpected idea. We would go as our friend, coach, mentor and super star pro racer , Erik Tonkin, also known as “The Caveman” in European races for his over abundance of body hair. The plan fell into place when I found the perfect combo on a costume website and sent it to the team. Wig and Beard for ALL!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
From there, we all chose our “Erik” persona, from Kona pro racer, to the many looks on display daily at Sellwood Cycle Repair. This would be the perfect homage- Team Tonkin.

Alpenrose CX Clinics

Alpenrose CX Clinics

"Shop Erik"

“Shop Erik”

Costume day is very well attended and we had an amazing turn out. Erik however, was unable to attend and did not get to enjoy watching the Caveman Army race in his honor.  Lisa came down, with her own “cut and paste” wig beard, and raced the 45+ and the single speed race, bringing home 3rd in the 45+.  Jill made it for Sunday’s race only, having some bad luck, hitting a deer and destroying her car on the way to Bend Friday night. Audrey, Kim, Beth F and Remy  also raced day two.  Margi made it for the Sunday race too, doing the one day drive, down and back.
Tonkin to-go!

Tonkin to-go!

Race MC Splinter Wren was quick to figure out Team Tonkin and made good use of it while we were racing. Along the sidelines, long time friends and fans of Erik yelled, “WHAT WOULD TONKIN DO?” and “GO CAVEMAN”. And one of my favorites, “ERIK WOULD TAKE A BEER HAND-UP.”
Team Tonkin-Lisa,Margi,Mielle,Kim,Audrey, Laurie

Team Tonkin-Lisa,Margi,Mielle,Kim,Audrey, Laurie

The course changed only slightly from the previous day, turning us right onto the grass and directly to the fly-over ramp after the pavement start. On the far side of the Deschutes Brewery building, we now had to run a short but steep hill to pavement, then down a sketchy off-camber hill, leading to gravel turns at the bottom and back to the stair run -up after the grass. For the women’s race at 2:20pm, we had a lot of lapped traffic that caused quite a few crashes including me, Margi and Beth F.  Remy had her own situation in the A’s, having to bow out of the race with a broken helmet strap and failed attempt to borrow a helmet.
Cyclocross and Rainbows.What more could you want?

Cyclocross and Rainbows.What more could you want?

Highlights of the day were many other than the fact that we looked spectacular. Both Beth F and Laurie move up the scoreboard from the previous day and Kim showed her legs were still fresh day two taking 7th in the A’s. I took 3rd in the master A’s, again behind the Lazy Tarantula and WCWC riders I had been chasing all season.
Tonkinish or Amish? Kim and Beth F

Tonkinish or Amish? Kim and Beth F

This from Beth F:
Sunday- the story is no better. I did awesome on the first two laps and was out in front. Then dropped my chain on a crash where a girl went down in front if me. Then smashed my brake levers trying to get around another girl on one of the steeps. Ended up loosing my Mo Jo when I hit the ground a third time – bending my wrists too far back. Started to feel super drunk ( i wasn’t at all) and tired and then noticed my back brakes were rubbing. The wheel I borrowed was thicker than the one that got destroyed the day before. Arg!!!!! Not a great race weekend for me. Came in 17 I think(yes she did).
Team Initiation for Matt Wilkin

Team Initiation for Matt Wilkin

The last bit of publicity for Les Femmes came in a newspaper article about the costume race and photo of me that posted a few days after the race in the
Bend SOURCE WEEKLY newspaper.
They quoted me as I “encouraged” early morning riders Sunday, dressed as the Team S&M mascot dominatrix. Not sure how we can up the game for next year. Better start planning now.
Special thanks to photographers Dave Adams, Matthew Lasala and Otmar Bochard II
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