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Solitude State Championships

6 Jul

A fitting name for that race, Solitude. There was no battle with anyone other than myself, a solitary battle to finish. I wanted to quit at every switchback, every root and especially, every time I came through the start/finish area. I couldn’t care less what place I was in or who was in front of or behind me.

I kept telling myself, “if you can just get to that next section it’ll be ok to bail and it’s a great spot to head down to the finish.” I’d reach that next bail out spot and then tell myself I could make it to the next section. That scenario played itself out umpteen times and then magically, I finished. Bruised and battered I ended up 4th.

looks like I need to break out the “Beat Bob and Chris” duct tape.

BTW, Where’d the single speed class go? Ed called them to the start and nobody showed up. Zip. Nada. It made me kinda happy inside.

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ICUP #6 Stan Crane Memorial Race Report

30 May

I’ve been flying high for the last 36 hours. The rush that comes with winning a race is a mighty fine feeling to have. The rush that comes when you AND your significant other win at the same race, well, that is some sweet sweetness for sure. I wish it upon everybody.

Before the race I had duct taped the words or affirmations, if you will, “Beat Bob” along with “Win Susan” on the front and back of my jersey before the race The purpose was twofold, to hopefully, spur me on to dig deep for a good cause and to psyche out Bob. Why single out Bob with the duct tape message?

  1. He won the last the expert class race so, he was an appropriate target.
  2. I knew he’d enjoy the attention.
  3. I knew I’d enjoy the attention.
  4. I really wanted to beat him.
  5. I really just wanted to wear pink duct tape.

It worked.

The affirmations were just part of my winning strategy. Because I ride Clarks trail several times a week I felt like I had the home court advantage on the downhill. Also, the Vassago Jabber Wocky totally feels like an extension of my body, it handles so well that I’m pretty sure I could have done the downhill blindfolded . I knew If I could beat everyone to the top of the climb and hit the downwhill first then there was no way anybody was going to hang with me.

Yes, I was feeling “it”. “It” doesn’t come around often enough.

Chris Bingham tried very hard to foil my plan but my affirmations were just too powerful, he flatted just as we started the downhill and that was it. I didn’t see anyone for the rest of the race.

I had drained one water bottle on the first climb and got a little concerned as I lost my second water bottle on the first descent. Didn’t need it, didn’t need food, didn’t need anything. I was fueled by endorphins. I was so giddy by the time I crossed the finish line that I lost all decorum (yes, I had some, once) and was shouting,”I won! I won! I won!” and pumping my fists in the air and slobbering all over myself and anyone that got too close.

Great race and great friends. I’m pretty sure I enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people before and after the races more than the races themselves. Maybe.

Happy Birthday Tasha

29 May

YOU KICK ASS! Way to go, winning the Draper Intermountain Cup Race. I knew this was going to be your breakout race and you didn’t disappoint. What a great birthday present to yourself, you earned it.

Damn! You look good on your bike.

You just turned 25 right?  Happy Birthday!

Goodbye E 100

27 May

I’m sure many got the e-mail from Boris yesterday saying he couldn’t organize any of the E 100 events this year.

“I am taking a year off from organizing cycling events…This year I don¹t have the same energy, enthusiasm or mental strength to continue my personal challenge – creating and managing The E 100 races.”

I’m not entirely sure why he’s bowing out but I think that maybe Boris was a little too ambitious in trying to host 4 different endurance events all tied to the E 100. It not only diluted the events but I think in the end it wore out the promoter and the volunteers. it could be an opportunity for someone to step in and create a new classic Park City 100 mile mountain bike race.

One thing I am sure of is that I liked hurting myself at the couple of E 100 events that I participated in over the last few years and that I’ll miss not being to able to suffer at those events in the future. I won’t however, miss the Leadville priced entry fees. I don’t want or need cool schwag, pre and post race dinner or stocked aid stations but I expect that to be reflected in the entry fee. I’m such a whiner.

His e-mail made it sound like he was leaving the door open for someone to come in and take over the events. I hope that someone steps forward and continues some sort of Park City 100 mile mountain bike event. It’s too good of a venue to not have a 100 miler.

We all know the single track in Park City and Deer Valley is as good as it gets anywhere so all thats left is figuring out how to organize a big 100 miler party like Leadville or the Cascade Creampuff. Make it something that is the highlight of the mountain biking season for the participants, a race you would want to return to year after year no matter how far away you live.

Soldier Hollow ICUP #5

18 May

Seriously, Tasha needs to find a new mechanic. Jamie? I guess that’s what she gets for racing a bike I just built up the day before.

She found herself out front again, feeling good on the new Vassago Bandersnatch when the chain jams after a rapid shift. Dead stop. Not one but 2 racers, one out of the race with a broken chain and the other just wanting to help, stopped to see what they could do. They ended up having to take the wheel off and finally got her rolling again after a few minutes. I think that may be against the rules. Good thing Ed wasn’t around to DQ her.

It happened twice and I take full responsibility AGAIN. Turns out the Bandersnatch has longer chainstays than her old 26er and when I built it up I measured the chain off the old bike to get a length for the new build. Chan was way too short.

Live and learn and maybe fire your mechanic. She ended up 5th. Sorry!

The only excuse I have for my race is that I completely missed my mouth with the GU and ended up smearing some of it all over my face before stopping to root around in the dirt for any precious globs that dripped off my chin. I still had another lap to go, you would have done the same thing.

I’m going with calling Soldier Hollow my taper race for ICUP #6 in Draper next week. Yep, that’s what it was as I came in 5th. Bob won in convincing fashion but what he doesn’t know yet is that Soldier Hollow was his peak for the year.

Soldier Hollow was my first race and only my second ride on the Jabberwocky, isn’t it lovely. My initial impression of the bike is that after only 3 hours of ride time it feels like i’ve been riding it for years. Love it! It has some cool features that I’ll go into in another post that I think are pure genius.

On another note, Kenny didn’t die of a nose bleed like I thought he would and was the first person to finish the Kokopelli Trail Race on Saturday. Congrats! Sorry, I missed it but I’ll be there next year for sure.

Platinum Sponsor

15 May

Being a Platinum Sponsor of the WeeklyRaceSeries has many benefits. For example, I drop off my raffle contributions and proclaim, “there’s my entry fee!”

I get ushered to the front of the line and am given a complimentary sports massage to get me ready for the race. I’m treated like royalty.

As if that wasn’t cool enough they then hand me a punch card good for 10 race entries. “Hey, Honey, I think I’ll cover your entry tonight as well, put that cash away it’s on me.”

Some things I like about the mid-week race series:

  • Chill attitude from all yet way fierce competition.
  • No age groups, just beginner, sport, expert and pro categories.
  • Cheap. Free for me and only 10-12 bucks for everyone else.
  • 2 of the best venues in the state, Soldier Hollow and Sundance. Tons of singletrack.
  • Best raffle prizes around with lots of swag from the sponsors.
  • Great mid-week intense workout. No need for complex training plans to stay in shape.

If you missed it make sure and come next week. Bring your water bottles empty and fill them with CarboRocket for free. I’ll have a cooler full of the stuff at every race and maybe some post race recovery drink as well.

Kenny went out so hard he started bleeding from his eyeballs. Check out his #plate.

Sherwood Hills ICUP #4

12 May

I missed it but Tasha was there representing and represent she did. Even with all the mud (it took me half an hour to clean her bike) she came in 2nd place for the 2nd time this season. That should plant her firmly in 2nd place overall in the series after 4 races. I think it’s exactly where she needs to be this early in the season. Of course, it’s not where she wants to be at all.

Watch out next week at Soldier Hollow as she’ll have the new bike bounce riding her new Vassago Bandersnatch. That should be worth a couple shaved minutes all by itself.

I hooked up with Elden and the gang late in the p.m. for a romp around Corner Canyon. Coping through mountain biking. Is there any better therapy? It works individually or as a group. I didn’t even need my meds on Saturday.

Thanks, Elden, for letting a few of us hang out and bike with you. Special props to RickyM, GBrown and BobbyB for making the effort to be there.

BTW, Corner Canyon just gets better and better every day. I’m pretty sure Draper will become a major destination mountain biking area. It already is for the locals but I definitely see out of towners making the trek in the future. It’s that good.