2021 Speed of Light: Varsity Blues

Or was it Team Orange?

Anyway, Speed of Light is back and, in spite of a small turnout at 6pm on Thursday, we had a number of strong performances to kick off spring.

Drew Cummins, Jim Jackovatz, and Christ Johnston stormed away early from the group, but they were doggedly chased by kolo t.c.’s own Jaden Drews, with David Bucholtz and Bridgett Widrig clamped to his wheel through the Power Section. The trio ahead showed some organization and steadily expanded the lead, compounding seconds into minutes by the time they hit the Boonenberg.

Earlier in the day, Dan Ellis and Jeff Owens led the Norte Varisty squad into action, and it’s easy to see that these kids haven’t been slacking. After a long season of skiing, Carter DeBruyn has racked his skis and put in some strong rides, and his fitness shows; he posted a 42:19, the fastest of the youngest and topping a slew of SOL regulars.

Brody Day and Remy Bozung both broke the 15mph average speed mark, with Charlie Black and Alex Schwartz also in the hunt to be there throughout the season.

Jason Barnes was solo, and perhaps could have used the cooperation of his long-time, tag-team pal Trent G., who has become a CrossFitter. (Yeah, we saw that, Trent)

Friday morning, the Sovis Brothers put in a lap, with Wes Sovis serving as a one-minute mark ahead of Cody. That helped push Cody to a faster time, coming in at 38:38 and taking top points for the week. Still, there are a lot of fast riders who rode the couch instead of the course, and we’re hoping more folks test themselves over the hills and through the sandpits over the next couple of week.

For now, the plan is to take times and points from SOL every other week, but if there’s a groundswell of support for weekly rides, we can make that happen in June.

Here’s a look at the points haul from the first week of Speed of Light.

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