Hi boys and girls. Mr T back on the air fresh from the sand and surf of the Dominican Republic. Just to make sure the tropical climate didn't spoil me I'm trying to enter my bike in a chilly race this coming Saturday. It's a sled race but there's going to be a vote at the rider's meeting on Friday night to see if they'll let me take the scooter in. I just put on a fresh set of studded skins, plugged all the oil leaks that sprouted during my winter camping adventure, and installed a handlebar mount for my GPS to reduce the possibility of future winter camping adventures.The bike maintenance was a little slow since it was in the -30's, but soaking the tires in my bathtub full of hot water softened 'em up enough to pop off and on the rims. The rest had to be done outside since I couldn't sneak the bike past security to my apartment.
If they don't let me race the bike I may enter the sled, but the race is 320 kilometers(Almost 200 miles for you folks south of the border) and at full tilt I'll need 3 fuel stops. I can probably make it with 1 stop on the bike. The sled is faster though, 100mph + and the bike tops out at 80, but I'm more comfortable on the bike and it'll definitely be more fun. If I lose, at least I'll be the first bike across the finish line.
1st prize is $8000 Canadian, which is about 200 dollars American, 2 airline tickets outta here (a $2400 value), a Sattelite phone, 100 spark plugs(sponsored by NGK) and last but not least, a trophy. If any of you are interested in a late entry, the sponsoring airlines are flying in racers and their machines at reduced fare.
Oh, by the way, if you do come up, don't forget to bring an extra pair of warm socks.
Check out the race site at: http://www.nunavutsnowchallenge.com/