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True sportsmanship at Copperopolis. Kudos to Chris Ott

Scot McLean have misunderstood the concept of a Triathlon, and thinks he should finish running. Photo: Alex Chiu Photography https://acaurora.smugmug.com
Scot McLean have misunderstood the concept of a Triathlon, and thinks he should finish running. Photo: Alex Chiu Photography https://acaurora.smugmug.com
Hey Bears –
I am dropping a quick note to tell you what happened to me at the finish line at Copperopolis last weekend (the men’s 45 +123 race).  I had a respectable race and was coming in to the finishing descent with four others – was setting up for 6th, 7th or 8th place – not bad.  As I hit the flat section at the bottom, I began to turn the cranks but was sensing no torque. I soon realized that my chain had come off of the big ring on of the larger bumps, and, in the process of trying to “peddle through it,”  I succeeded in wrapping the chain around the crank several times, rendering the bike useless.  After a futile attempt at untangling the chain, I began to jog toward the finish, bike in tow.  I was able to mount the bike and coast through the last little downhill section for a few hundred meters, but was forced to jog the final uphill section (about a half K).  Five riders passed during this time.
I was disappointed and a little embarrassed as I came to the last 200 meters.  Those at the finish line were cheering and chuckling (rightly so) – it was pretty hysterical.  About 100 meters out, a Peets rider rode slowly alongside.  He looked over at me and smiled, patted me on the back, and exhorted me onward.  He announced that he would absolutely not come by me.  The rider was Chris Ott.  His was a small gesture of kindness, but one that I will not forget.  I didn’t know Chris before the race – I had heard of him and understood that he was a nice guy (and a helluva bike racer).  Well, folks – he is a nice guy and his display of sportsmanship is an example for all of us out there.  This is what it is all about!
Scot McLean

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