Butte 100 Race Report Part 2

9 Aug

97 miles and 10:40 of ride time into the Butte 100 I was all by myself which was the case for most of the day. I had just finished an incredible downhill section and was on fire looking for the finish line just as the single track I was on hit a T into some ATV trail. No markings other than some cryptic arrows that made no sense at all, turns out they were for some other event. Tire tracks going both directions, what to do?

I went left and quickly ran into Pete, who I had been chasing all day. He validated my decision and I validated his decision so we kept going and going and going. Before long we had descended quite a bit of gravel road, so much so that I had competely abandoned any thought of backtracking with all the climbing it would require. I was done. My body was ready for it all to be over an hour ago and here we were obviously way off course and melting in the afternoon sun.

Pete decided turning around was our best option as who knew exactly what lay in front of us. Sometimes knowing is good even if you know its going to be difficult. I didn’t think it was possible for me to get back up the hill but followed reluctantly. We made our way back towards the T and ran into 3 other racers that had made the same bad decision as we had. We assured them we were not on course and we all limped our way back to the finish.

As the 5 of us limped it to the finish line I found myself way off the back walking up any grade steeper than flat. The other 4 were nowhere to be seen. When I came down the last little downhill section just yards from the finish I was surprised to find Pete Behrends and Ben Macht waiting for me so we could finish together. Very cool of them to do so, thanks guys.


A few of the reasons you should plan on attending the Butte 100 in 2010:

  1. Best 100 mile course out there.
  2. Super friendly, helpful volunteers and race organizers.
  3. Aid stations every 10 miles, I didn’t think I’d need them and didn’t stop at all of them but it was nice to have people cheering me on a on a regular basis and something I looked forward to.
  4. Kettlehouse.
  5. It’s in its infancy, you can say you raced it way back when and were part of it before they had to have a lottery to get in.
  6. Nez Pearce and Continental Divide Trail make up a BIG portion of the course and it’s worth the drive just to experience those trails let alone race on them. Unbelievable.
  7. Really cool race jersey from Utah’s own Blackbottoms included in the inexpensive entry fee. See pic of Pete above.
  8. Did I mention the trails yet? Simply amazing mountain biking for a race or not.

See you all there next year.

14 Responses to “Butte 100 Race Report Part 2”

  1. KanyonKris August 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Ugh, too bad about the 50-50 wrong turn.

    You’re a gracious man. Others would have complained bitterly.

    It sounds like the organizers did a good job with everything except that one junction.

    Thanks for the report, it was enjoyable to read about a different, non-local race.

    • brkeyes7 August 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

      That was the only wrinkle in the whole show. Loved it! Can’t wait to go back.

  2. oilcanracer August 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    thanks for the writeup brad. this is a race that is on my list for next year. will be doing it single speed and hopefully juiced up on craborocket.

    i should be gps enabled by then thanks to garmin, so getting lost will be cut down to a minimum.

    • brkeyes7 August 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

      I don’t know if any one has a GPS track of the race or not. I’m guessing it won’t be necessary at all next year.

  3. Bob waggoner August 10, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    Thanks Brad for the positive remarks and attiude. I have been feeling pretty down about parts of the Butte 100 and I take full reponsibility for the problem areas. These problems will not be there again.

    Bob Waggoner
    TripleRing Productions

    • brkeyes7 August 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

      Bob, don’t beat yourself up too bad. It was still a great event and I hope to bring a few more Utahns up next year.

  4. Bill Martin August 10, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Brad, next year … You will experience not only Kettlehouse Coldsmoke but Doublehaul as well (my favorite). Thanks for the post, I have always knew the Butte 100 as a Montana gem. I think we are grandfathered in in case it come to a lottery 🙂

    • brkeyes7 August 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

      I wish I could get the Kettlehouse down this way. I might have to make a trip up to re-stock.

    • Bob waggoner August 11, 2009 at 6:29 am #

      Yes you are! What you guys have done for me and this race will not be forgotten.


  5. wunnspeed August 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Like you say… having someone cheering for you on a regular basis is a serious mood booster. Great job man!

    There’s a new 100 miler in England that I’d love to do but I can’t get the time off this year. Guess it’ll have to wait for year #2 to do it.

  6. Flyin' Ute August 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m not going to do it unless they have a Clydesdale division. I’m tired of matching skills against the likes of you. Let me rub tires with the Big Gunters of the world!!!

    Leadville has a single speed division but no Clydesdale. That is just not right.

    I think the Tour de France should have the same division and have it’s own colored Jersey as well. That’s the way I’d run it.

    Sounds like a fun race though.

  7. Dave Byers August 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Nice writeup Brad. This one is on my list for next year. My teammate gabe had good things to say about this race as well and it is not all that far from me.

  8. OnendydrotheWara August 21, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    What a pity!
    signature: hyzaar

  9. evilbanks January 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Great write up—-

    Just re-read your post, it got me all sorts of fired up to do this one. No doubt we will end up riding together (read: I’ll be riding way behind you) this Spring / Summer—-hopefully all the questions I’ll have for you won’t drive you to the brink of madness.

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