Just some thoughts and experiences from a mountain bike endurance racer who likes to ride and race his single speed mountain bike a long long way on remote single track in the mountains and desert.

Monday, December 13, 2010

1st place Singlespeed at the Mcdowell 60

Just finished 1st place on a Singlespeed in the McDowell 60 which is part of the Arizona endurance series http://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/aes-results/.  53 miles and 8000 ft of elevation gain.

I led most of the race then one block from the finish I took a wrong turn and road 3 miles in the wrong direction on a road.  I thought that a racer had passed me for first while I blew a huge lead.  I noticed that they still put me in first place so I let them know that I thought someone had passed me at the finish.

The jagged pancake sized rocks on the steep mountain climbs and descents are tough on the tires but they held up great!

Excellent race!  I was glad to win it even though I'm in my off season and just riding for fun.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

1st Place Singlespeed Marathon, Dust Devil Race

Just ended up 1st in the single speed USAC marathon category at the Dust Devil race in Phoenix AZ http://www.dcbadventures.com/ .  The 1st place finish isn’t huge since I was the only one in my class so I raced against myself and somehow all the other single speeders ended up in the geared class.  However, overall I ended up beating all the geared Cat 1 marathon racers except one which got my by about 4 minutes so I was happy about that.  The race was 40 miles long and my finish time was right at 3 hours. 

Since it was cold and snowy in Colorado I had headed down to Phoenix to do some riding over Thanksgiving.  I was out doing a 30 mile ride and I noticed there was a race there the next day.  So in the morning I waited till it got light out and road 8 miles over to the race venue since my wife needed our only vehicle for the day.  After the race and awards I rode the 8 miles back with my swag.

Also,  I decided to apply for the USAC pro license upgrade for  Endurance/XC mountain biking after the Moab finish and just got notification that they approved it.  I don’t see how this actually changes anything I’ve been doing since I have already been racing in the highest level categories at the races but it seemed like a cool thing to have.