Saturday, August 29, 2009
So this is me getting ready about 4:30 am, couldn't sleep and wanted to get my bike to the start line by 5:15 or so.
Here I am coming into the first aid station (Pipeline) pretty wet out there and cold.
Fresh off the Columbine Mine climb, here I'm heading back toward Pipeline again. 60 or so miles done 40 or so left.
And back to Pipeline here and starting to overheat thank goodness, i've dried out now and must shed some layers. Eat as much as possible and try to keep my momentum up the Powerline climb.
And somehow after the last 100 or so miles I find enough energy to ride a wheelie across the finish line, YEEHAW!!!!!! 9 Hrs 22 Min 7th outta 57 single speeders and 176th overall outta 1300 or so who started at 6:30 am. Next year maybe I can get a larger belt buckle (for finishing under 9 hours). This is what the buckle looks like if you've never seen one!!!
This pretty much sums it up too, I was worked!!! My crew members Jeremy Wussow and my wife Susie both asked me if I wanted to do it again next year, cause they had many ideas of how they could make it better on their end. I couldn't answer them at the time, too much pain fresh in the brain!! But I've already decided to try it again next year, if I get in!! nirRad
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This is Will checkin' out the Hadley Gulch trail, which we determined was not in and ridable. Well it might be ridable, but not when you have 95 miles under your belt and unsure if it'll go or not. :)
This is one of the hiking sections of the ride, kinda steep huh!
This view is looking north east toward Heart Lake and was a great stopping point for some needed re-fueling
This is the view we've been riding for all day, it's more or less the cliffs in the large mural that Lightning Heart did on the side of the CMC building on the corner of Ninth and Grand. This valley is like no other when riding through it, large expanse views of one of the most beautiful places in Colorado!!!!! Wish we could've stayed longer!!!
This is at 6 am and it is where we are heading for the day. A large mural that Fred "Lightning Heart" Haberlin painted on the CMC building showing the storm clouds building in the afternoon, we had hoped at the time to not see those clouds but they came in anyway. nirad