Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rage in the Sage 24 hour Mountain Bike Race 8.21.10

It had been a long time since I have raced Mountain Bikes. Just coming off the 5 day colorado Trail trip I thought I would be prime for this race. Not the case. If you have never done a 24 hour race there is no way to really prepare unless you have done a race.

Heare are some key things I remember.

~It was cool to Camp and Race
~ Eddie and Kat were way more experienced than us and their pit rocked.
~ Getting up in the middle of the night to "do your lap" could be one of the hardest things I have ever done.
~ Dont blow your self on the first lap.
~ 6in travel 30 pound bikes are not ideal for 24 hour racing (duh)
~ 24 hour racing is a huge challenge and a BLAST!


We came in last and my breaks went out on my last lap at 4:00am in the morning. But am ready for more 24hr racing.


The pits


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The Townie bikes were hilarious and Eddie Miller gave up his belt this year to John Hurley! Rumor has it they had a secret meeting at midnight up on top of the hill.




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The line up for the start of the race.


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Mike looking for his bike.


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And he is off. Mike passed about a 100 people this lap it seemed like!



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Here I am nervous and getting ready for my first lap.



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We were camped right next to the course.


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Mike coming in from his first lap.


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Me coming in from my first lap. It was a fast lap but blew my legs already. It was a painful rest of the race fighting of cramps and dead legs.



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Hartman Rocks Area



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Mike putting in some more miles by the Notch.

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Very fun course. Hopefully I do this race again some time.


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