The last WCA road race of the year stamped an exclamation point on a season of extremes. What began with rescheduled races due to a historic blizzard in mid-April led to oppressive heat and humidity in the summer.
The New Glarus Road Race (otherwise known as the Tour of Little Switzerland) presented by Brazen Dropouts was no different, with temperatures in the mid-80s and dew points in the mid- to upper-60s.
While the conditions weren't as revolting as some of the days of Tour of America's Dairyland, only three Diablos made the trek to the beer capital of Wisconsin, and they made the most of it.
Results for the 2018 New Glarus Road Race
Five riders did not finish.
Nine riders failed to finish all three laps in the afternoon heat, while one was DQ'd. The course marshal was very clear that the center line rule would be in full force for the uphill finish, but it's hard to blame a rider for making a move on a country road with no markings.
The most interesting part of the race may have been the dogs that ran on to the course halfway through the first lap. Thankfully, they retreated rather quickly and the race proceeded as normal.
Something even more interesting — and much more out of the ordinary — happened in the Masters 35+ 2/3 race. Simon Fallai, a rider for Blue Steel Bikes, was off the back when he noticed a stray cat on the course. He proceeded to rescue it and bring it to the nearest corner marshal so it could be taken to a vet.
Despite an eye infection, she's recovering better than some of the riders.
Also, as far as we know, she doesn't have a name yet. Leave a comment with what you think it should be!