#LEXvsLARAQUE

 

#LEXvsLARAQUE ended up being even more "exciting" than we bargained for.

Snow was falling, the air was cold, but the anticipation and excitement of #LEXvsLARAQUE was energizing!  Georges blasted off of the start line with a huge effort.  I followed, hoping that he wouldn't hold his pace for too long.  Otherwise, the climb was going to be a lot more painful than I had planned for.  To my surprise, several hundred meters later where false-flat section began, and where Georges should have had the greatest advantage, he had already fallen behind.

Helping Georges with his cleats & pedals (I can't win against a guy who cannot manage to clip in!) Photo : Guy Maguire (#LEXvsLARAQUE)

Approaching the finish line for my first victory celebration #LEXvs LARAQUE. Photo: Guy Maguire

 

I won fair and square in the cold and snowy race up the Mont Royal.  The gap was so big that I decided to go back down and finish George's final few hundred meters with him ... so I could win twice.  I pulled out some good sportsmanship spirit and encouraged Georges.  Then, punched it over the finish line ahead of him, again.  

Photo : Guy Maguire

 

George's huge effort left him totally exhausted, so much that he wasn't responding to anybody once he crossed the finish line.  After a couple of minutes, I was quite scared and flagged down an ambulance.  (I wanted to beat him, not kill him!)

 

 

Photo : Guy Maguire

Photo : Guy Maguire
Photo : Guy Maguire
Photo : Guy Maguire
 
CBC Montréal was at the race (along with around 100 other spectators), and filmed this report : 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/george-laraque-loses-bike-race-1.2837627

Thank GOODNESS, Georges was okay.  He got out of the hospital about as fast as he blasted off of the start line of our race.  We laughed about it all over lunch at Crudessence.
 

 

@GeorgesLaraque pensait pouvoir battre @Lex_Albrecht. Il s’est plutôt retrouvé à l’hôpital… http://t.co/kDDJxzBufk pic.twitter.com/OdHKyglJsL
— Yahoo Quebec (@YahooQuebec) November 17, 2014

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