This event was held on Sunday 3rd along the AnYangCheon River and the HanGang River. (Cheon and Gang both mean river.)
We had 24 100KM riders and 45 50KM riders.
Except for SeoSangMan (Mr UDC Korea) on a geared 29 all the 100 riders were on 36ers. The 50 field included everything I think, 24s, 29s, 36s and a few 24 munis! Quite a few elementary school and middle school students. Gwak DongMin (3rd grade MS) was 5th in the 100. The 50 was won by Lee JeongWon also a MS 3rd grader.
The course was on what seems to be the internationaly standard river bike path with two or three lanes. Basically flat with one small rise a kilometer from the start. The 100 riders started in pairs and later we started in groups of 5 or 6. I made a fool of myself at the start failing to get on, took about a dozen goes before I got away… Non-stop down to the far end on the HanGang river where there were literally thousands of cyclists.(Not like my Suncheon at all I stopped at the turn for a drink and a chocopie and then headed back with more tomfoolery getting started
I was starting to feel tired by about 32km and got lapped first by Kim GyeongSu and then by Yun YongHan, both calling encouragement as they went past. When YongHan went past I was having trouble with sweat getting in my eyes and could hardly see a thing… I stopped soon after for a rest,drink and choc bar and I sponged out as much sweat out of the foam padding in my helmet with tissues. then to the dreaded mounting, I was getting paranoid, couldn’t get started using a post but got away on the 3rd freemount attempt Getting tireder I passed the place where I had got onto the path in the morning riding to the start and I did think," I’ve done my 50km, I want to stop." ( I had arrived late on Saturday night and stayed in a motel by a bridge that I thought was a few hundred meters down from the start, I was only 4km out…:o )
I was struggling to pedal on the flat path soon after and was planning to stop and walk up the hill that I knew was ahead but I died… and just ground to a halt. Turned out the hill was around the next bend with Park YongJu sitting at the top with his camera to catch the actiion! Ha. At the top I sat down for a drink and choc bar, didn’t even think about the fact that the finish was only a kilometer away… Watched Yu ByeongSo and Shin SeungGyun barrel over the rise and then I stood up and got away on the second attempt and rode in to the finish thinking running is so much easier
Kim GyeongSu 4:08:08
Yun YongHan 4:25:56
Yu ByeongSo 4:54:29
Kim GiSuk 5:32:00 (1st woman)
Lee JeongWon 2:38:25
Shin HyeonGyu 2:47:17
No MinWu 2:49:41
Not sure who the first woman was but Kim YuSu finished in 3:00:32 (5th grade elementary)
We had a big meal on the riverside and the prize giving. I got to draw a few names out of the bag for some of the many lucky prizes thanks to the Juggling Shop/UDC Korea.
Bit sad to have to leave, I went part of the way on the subway with Lee HanBeom, we decided that having been drining it was dangerous to ride our unis!
I’ve had some fun choosing a few photos from the many on our homepage, thanks to our photographer Park YongJu, and Kim GyeongSu. YongJu told me his bag weighed 7kg!
And it’s all about having fun with good friends.