|The usual suspects, with three getaway cars. Hotshoe, Watchtower, and Pilote (left to right).|
So... the big news this year was that we took three cars and three drivers instead of one car and two drivers. We traded cars, for enjoyment and different driving experiences, but not on the Dragon. This is a good policy in my view. Hotshoe offered to take me in his new Focus ST. But I would not be comfortable pushing hard on the Dragon in someone else's car, even if I knew it well. As it was, I managed to abuse Hotshoe's clutch on a steep uphill start from rest on our "touring day."
It's fun making Dragon passes with people you know and trust. Although, I must say, I don't want to be a car-length off the bumper I'm following, nor do I want the person following me to be that close. No matter how good he is. Watchtower and Hotshoe are good. I had to pedal hard. And have persuaded myself that what I really need is summer tires to keep up with them. (If Watchtower gets summer tires too, I'm toast.)