Posted at: 07/21/2013 10:40 AM
Updated at: 07/21/2013 5:54 PM
By: Katherine Johnson
3rd Annual Southside Sprint Welcomes Cyclists of All Levels
As the cyclists warmed up, the temperatures continued to drop.
"It's a little more dangerous because there's less friction out there, there's less grip," said 2011 winner Brandon Krawczyk.
But the race goes on rain or shine and in this case, it was mostly rain.
"I don't even go riding in the rain!" said beginner Brett Sloma.
Sloma hasn't raced in more than 20 years.
"I hope I don't slide across the road - tangled up with other bikes and wheels and stuff."
But that's the beauty of the Southside Sprint. From civilian races to the elite, every cyclist is welcome to give the ten and a half mile race a go. Bob Williams helped coach the beginners this year but his background goes well beyond the state.
"A few friends and I went over to Europe. I spent three seasons racing over there against people who were very serious and very good," he said.
Now he's bringing that knowledge back to Minnesota, helping a new generation of cyclists learn the trade.
Up-and-coming athlete Anya Malarski won the silver medal in her category at nationals earlier this month.
"It's hard," she said. "It's really hard because you're competing against really fast girls."
But the bad weather didn't dampen any spirits.
"It's kind of fun to ride in the rain," said Malarski.
"It's a good time overall. I'd rather be racing than not racing," said Krawczyk.