Just signed up for the Breckenridge 68 mile mtn bike race. Kinda of a last minute deal, one of our adventure racers decided to to give it a go and was going to make the trip solo so I decided to “help” him out and go along for the ride and race as well. It should be a good tune up for Leadville.
Just got back from Gunnison and the Original Growler. The Growler is a 32 or 64 mile mountain bike race. 95% of the course is single track and in reading some of the pro’s comments and talking to some of the locals this is one of the toughest courses around. I signed up for the 64 mile course. We rolled out of Gunni on the road to the trails and once we hit the dirt it was on! The pros looked like they were shot out of a gun and ripped up the first climb, while the rest of us settled in for a long day and a bit of suffering and what would turn out to be about 9100 feet of climbing (per the garmin). This was also the Siren Song 55 first race and it performed great. It was fast on the flowing parts and hopped over the small rock gardens with little effort. Even though it is technically a hardtail it rode smooth and I was comfortable the whole day. Brendan thanks!!! The taller chainstays were perfect in the rocky technical stuff as I don’t think I hit a pedal on a rock unless it was pilot error. Needless to say I put it to the test and it answered every single time and then some. I wish I could have performed as well as the Song 55 did. I did finish I was the last man across the line (who decided to do the 2nd lap) there were a bunch of DNF’s so I am proud to say that I was one of maybe 3 total Flatlanders and only 2 of us completed the 64 miles. 98% of the racers were from CO. We sure don’t have anything close to that type of terrain here in KS. and no real way to replicate it for training. Talking to some of the racers and locals after the race they were pretty impressed that I was able to knock the Growler out. It was one of the hardest races I have ever done and also one the most fun. I hope to go back next year and do it again. It is done and now it’s time to look towards the Leadville 100. I will throw up a few pictures once I get them all collected.
Just got the results for the God’s Country Off-Road Duathlon. Well I did pretty good it turns out that I finished 19th overall and 2nd in my age group. I feel pretty good about that, since I put in a big effort the day before at the 3hr mtn bike race. Also here is new photo of the new rig that is in transit. Looks super sweet and fast!!!
The Song is progressing here is an updated photo, went with a flat black “stealth like”. Brendan @ Siren has done an awesome job, it truly is a work of art. I cannot wait for it to show up so I can build it up and hit the trails. The weather is finally starting to cooperate. This past weekend was packed with racing. On Saturday we did the Lawrence River Trails Challenge and competed in the marathon division which was 3 hrs. I thought it would be a moderate pace since it was 3 hours long. Couldn’t been further from that!! It was 3 hours of flat-out racing on a 5 mile circuit. It was like NASCAR a few quick stops to switch bottles and grab a gel pack. The legs were a little trashed since that was the first mountain bike race of the season. Then on Sunday went to the God’s Country Off Road Duathlon, a quick sprint style 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run. Racing on legs that were still slightly feeling the prior days racing I thought I would go out and have fun, that lasted until the start horn and then I found myself trying to keep up with the front runners and went flat out on the bike portion and ended up with a Top 20 performance. I haven’t seen official results from either event, they should be posted soon. Next up is the Bone Bender 6hr mountain bike race, and the Gunnison Growler is sitting out there in May.
A little Song coming from Siren Cycles. A new rig is being designed and built by Siren for me. Here is a little taste of what’s to come. It should be done by the end of the month so I can have it ready to race for the upcoming events in April. It will feature a 26″ rear wheel and 29″ front built around a Reba XX front fork. As it progresses and I get pictures I will update.
Well Leadville is a go as is the Gunnison Growler. So the season will have at least 2 epic mountain bike races, Leadville @ 100 miles and the Gunnsion Growler @ 64 miles. We will be throwing in the Bone Bender 6hr race and the God’s Country offroad duathlon. Our triathletes have confirmed the Kansas 1/2 iron and the local tri circuit as well. We are contemplating throwing in either the Silver Rush 50, Brekenridge 68 miler or the Flint Hills Death Ride as well. Whatever happens Mother Nature needs to start helping out, it seems that every weekend it snows and rains accompanied with super cold temps. We just completed the PsycoWyco trail run which turned out to be a 10 mile mud run. The season is going to get going very soon and we haven’t been able to get outside and do any quality training. Well back to the couch to watch the Olympics