Well folks its official, the results are in! Amazingly enough it happens to be a clean sweep weekend. In the road race portion of the challenge, the weather was magnificent. The race between Renaissance Man & Masher began around 8:30 AM on Falconwood Lane, the air was crisp and cool in the upper 50s. The race was witnessed by a caravan of family members, Kennedy Pearl, Johnathon Stout, Charlie Pearl III, Preston Pearl, and Dawson Pearl, escorted by Kevin “Terd” Hargrave. As the race turned onto the rollers section on North Yarnalton Road, the pace picked up for good.
Masher pulled out to an early lead, only to forfeit it to Renaissance Man on the first climb. Renaissance Man pulled away briefly as the course passed over several hills, but Masher closed the gap at the second turn which put the race on Bethel Road. Renaissance Man tried to keep Masher out of his draft on the slight downhill, but he stayed glued to his back wheel until the road flattened out, which is when Masher retook the lead for good. It remained close up the next short climb, but some space was created down the long gradual incline that led to the merging back onto Falconwood Lane. At the start/finish line, Masher had gained a 54 second lead on the first loop. Split times were very similar for the second loop, with no miracle come back win. When both men had safely crossed the finish line, they were separated by 2 minutes and 28 seconds, which after doing the math from the challenge, this gave Masher 9 points with his underdog Cardinals in the football game that would be played later that night. The group was all smiles, we had a great time. After all, it was all for good fun. Masher was still nervous about the game and the results of the challenge, in fact, the group briefly talked about what ugly UK shirt that the Renaissance Man would make him wear to church the next day if he lost.
U of L Cards defeated Kentucky Wildcats 24-17 in a game that came down to the last possession, preserving the clean sweep for Masher. “At the start of the 4th quarter, I was starting to feel safe about winning the challenge and not having to wear an ugly UK shirt in front of all my friends at church, but I never felt safe with the Cards’ lead in the game. I’ve seen it too many times. It would have been bitter sweet to win the race, lose the game, but win the challenge. Thankfully I got the clean sweep, and it is FULLY SWEET,” claimed by Masher.
“As the winner of the YOOKAY-YOOUHVELL CHALLENGE, I would like to thank my sponsors: Capital City Cycles, Trek Bikes, Road I.D., Clif Bar Shot Blocks, Pearl Izumi, Bell Helmets, One Good EarBud, Louis Garneau, 5 Hour Energy, the Louisville Cardinals, and most importantly RAM Cycling. I actually don’t have any official sponsors, but I couldn’t have done it with out these brands!!! Please tell all your friends and family about RAM Cycling, and PLEASE give us your feed back. It only takes a moment to post a comment on our blog website. I would also like to thank my partner, the Renaissance Man for accepting my challenge and the tough race he ran. Both of our times have greatly improved over this race course since we set the challenge. This short ride put us right on the brink of 2000 miles together for the year. That’s awesome – we only had a couple hundred together at this time last year! It’s up to you what the challenge will be during basketball season.” *Masher