I have mixed feelings about the message I received last week. Mike Fajardo contacted me to ask if there were any openings for this year’s Growlers Gulch 5,000. It was clear where this was headed – Team Fajardo wanted back in the game.
A little history for you.
The Team – which includes Fajardo, Will Hanna and Mike Braaten – has ridden in three previous 5Ks. They have finished none – although they have covered quite a few miles. This is the result of a startling lack of skill and fitness combined with a tendency to miss turns and ride while hungover.
In addition, the Team has a bad record when it comes to the no-skid rule. They don’t just break the no-skid rule, they get it on the ground and beat it with sticks. Get the three of them pointed downhill and bad things are going to happen – especially if it’s wet.
After following them down the Upper KMA at the 2006 5K, Dave said, “It looks like they were dragging a plow behind them.” This was not an exaggeration.
They’ve applied for their overnight camping permit and Fajardo came out to check the route, so I know they’re serious. The good news? They deliver a high level of entertainment value.
If you see them along the 5K route and they say they think they know which turn to take, always go in the opposite direction.
Welcome back, Team Fajardo!