In the second year, we learned that being lucky is important (when it comes to the weather).
1st – Mark Olson
2nd – Steve Otto
3rd – Eric Gundrum
We went to Rumney and it rained, but thanksfully our guide, Steve D again, knew the owner of the local rock gym and we had an indoor session, highlighted by Gary playing fusball and Mark Olson instructing everyone to touch the pink triangle. Gundrum – 1st; JP – 2nd; Otto – 3rd.
Between Rumney and Bradford, it poured, raining so hard we drove 35 mph on the highway. But the skies cleared enough to start a round, although by the 4th hole, it was pouring again. Olson – 1st; Otto – 2nd; Graf – 3rd (only because on the 3rd hole, an impossible blind alley over a crazy marsh, Graf hit a perfect tee shot and birdied the hole).
Willowdale….much better than Exeter, although we rode for 10 hours, with Gary screaming with joy the entire time. Fes – 1st; Ball – 2nd; Gary – 3rd.
3-on-3 was far better for everyone, although I failed to properly stack the teams and Eric Gundrum wore a Camelbak the whole time. Shimp/Roy/Olson – 1st; JP/Ball/Gundrum – 2nd; Rho Bandits – 3rd.
Overall Odds (to come in first)
JP (1st in 2008) 50-1 (based on the odds above and the unreliability of anything related to THE Ohio State U)
Steve Ball (2nd in 2008) 25-1 (expected to be over-confident; tawny, with a hint of blueberries and oak)
Danno (3rd in 2008) 20-1 (needs to overcome an expected painful sweep in hoops)
Heffernan Even (overhung with high expectations)
Eric Shimp (rookie) 7-1 (depends on hoops and not relying on that inconsistent outside shot)
Steve Otto 2-1 (most likely to place in the top 3 in 3 of 4 events)
Chris Doyle 2-1 (it all comes down to golf; lucky for him, currently in Canada training for this)
Mike Graf 4-1 (also all about golf, provided hoops works out as well)
Chris Roy 50-1 (with two DNP, would need two 1st places and scattershots from everyone else)
Mark Olson (rookie) 15-1 (if he doesn’t tank rock climbing and scores well in mountain biking, the odds could shift)
Eric Gundrum (rookie) 75-1 (although 4 strong 4th place finishes could change that)
Cavanaugh 9-1 (it’s all about exceeding expectations…and not leaving mid-race to go see the Boss)
Big Daddy 300-1 (he wins straight up at golf, he gets the overall…no debate)