Big thanks to Kiviok Hight at Cortez Chiropractic. He always has the best advise and treatments to prepare and train for my ultra endurance races. And of course my wife Dani and her team who set me up in the pits.
Brutal weather! Windy, up to 50mph gusts then just after sunset a three hour rain dump with the wind and temps in the 30s during the night. Road then entire time without sitting anything out like some of the competition. Pays to tough it out. After having most of my cold weather gear soaked I had no choice but to try and cover up the best I could and deal with the cold. I road one tooth harder gearing which because of the wind turned out to really tax the muscles. After crossing the finish line I went straight over to the vendor area and got a steak sandwich and a Latte!
I used a variety of Hammer Nutrition products including HEED, Perpetuem Solids, Gels and bars. The Schwalbe tires did great and the new Trek Superfly SS was awesome! No problems the entire 24 hours. They performed excellent in the saturated sand, mud, and hard pack.
Also, unrelated to the race, here is an article that showed up in Mountain Bike Magazine / Bicycling where I got some plugs for building a local trail which is touted as one of the best in the southwest. http://www.bicycling.com/mountain-biking/crazy-good?page=0,1
Before the race start
The rock drop!
Early Morning, guess I road the trail so many times by then I didn't even have to look where I was going. Underneath that gear I was still soaked from the storm!
The calm before the storm. Weather was great the night before the race start.
Nice rear plates provided by Epic Rides. They didn't last through the storm. If you saw someone with one after the storm you knew they sat it out.
Coming into the pit
Wife Dani helping me out at the pit, She was racing on a team
Leaving the pit
Myself , Mike to my right (Last years winner) and Jeff Hemperley from Rico to my left who hammered it to get 4th. Great race!
Happy to get this one. Tough Race!