Gnarrows race was a huge success this year even though I swam like Michael Phelps. McClutchen represented hard for the 303 and took home the Buckle. That kid can take a forward stroke... or about four hundred in a row while most of the Poudre Posse was winded at the bottom of Whiteline (side note: I was very winded at Whiteline and may need a roll class, one thing about being a new dad is - it doesn't get you in shape, I could also use a full nights rest pretty bad). Anyway, Cutch bested FC's finest on his first day on the Poudre Narrows and it hurts. It hurts deep down on the inside but he is a special paddler. One of the best in the state.
16 racers, four full length heats, two Lowers semi-final heats and a super exciting finals with three or four lead changes. Wyoming represented and so did Denver. We even got to paddle with Joe and he was claiming and I quote, "hands down - best race of the year." You can't beat the boatercross. Special thanks to Rob from the Forest Service who helped run safety and who so kindly decided to let us have our little race. It truly is a grassroots event and not even official enough for the FS to shut down. Awesome.
I need to heal my wounds. Zero swims until August and then BAM! Three swims in one week! I lost my boat, my camera, spare paddle, throwbag, pin kit, first aid kit and now the Buckle. I almost lost my paddle too but the bros found it. At least I showed up for the race echem, Marty Bell & Brian Gardel (Frenchy). They need to be called out for not representing for the home team and going to the Big South just so that they would have an excuse not to race. Echem, bullshit! The Big South was open for business on Sat. and will be at the same level probably through next weekend. The race is only one day a year. Frenchy has been a perennial finalist and Marty has the technique and the speed and they both have the ability to show up and take the title, if they would have just shown up. Now the Buckle is going to Denver with Cutch. NOOOOOOOOO!
As for the most carnage I voted for the Mishawaka. A big no thank you to the Mish. Used to be one of my favorite bars in the world, but after today I don't see myself going back - EVER. They kicked us out in one of the most rude manners I have ever been dealt with in a business establishment because, even though we brought maybe 25 people and spent at least a few hundred dollars in an hour on food and drinks, we didn't pay the cover for the Sunday afternoon band. We were out on the patio before the band started playing and it was lightly raining.
When it got sunny the band started playing and one employee came around and asked us basically if we were there for the show or if we were just having a few rounds of drinks. We told him we were there to celebrate the Gnarrows Race and to have a few rounds and he told us that we did not need to pay the cover. Then Jackass numero uno, who I heard is the new owner (not sure on that) comes over to us in a absurdly confrontational manner, telling us that we better all pay the cover immediately or get the f&ck out of there. Mind you, some us had more drinks and food on the way, excuse us for trying to patronize your establishment.
There were literally three or four people down by the stage dancing who had paid the cover (not with our group) and we were on the patio not even looking at the stage. We were over three quarters of the people paying for anything in the bar at the time. The dude was so confrontational, trying to push us out before we could even close out our tabs and get, much less eat the food that we had just ordered. Needless to say things escalated and I'm surprised that no Mish employees ended up being thrown over the railing and in the river. I am planning to boycott the Mishawaka and in light of this incident I'd like to see the rest of the paddling community take their business elsewhere. F$ck the Mishawaka - LONG LIVE THE GNARROWS RACE!
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