Who's going? 17 or 34?
I am most certainly IN again this year. 4th year in a row. 34 mile, gonna get me another belt buckle! Hopefully it'll take a lot less time this year though haha.
Waffled and then caved. In single speed this year. I need another buckle to go with my other two.
It's gonna hurt.
Good deal Nathan, say hello if you run across me out there. I'll hopfully be on my geared bike, if I can get the front brake sorted out. I'll be in my Shredneck jersey :)
Here's a picture of the first creek crossing, ~2 miles into the 34 mile day. Taken yesterday. Hopefully the water level drops a lot between now and Saturday....
It can't be more than two inches deep, right?
(a bunch of my first-timer teammates are freaking out about the creek crossing. We aren't doing anything to alleviate their fears)
Well heck yes. Doing things like this changes you for the better. Personally, I dig the prep. for these nutty things as much as the event.
NFS lube worked great all day, Toots!. I'm not sure how much of it is left after all of the creek crossings and mud puddles, but I remember distinctly hitting a section of the course that is blanketed with pine needles and realizing how absurdly silent everything was.
15 minutes is definitely possible. Especially if you shuttle yourself to the start and get out early. If we have room for another bike in round two you can shuttle with us.
(why is my chain so clean? I'll give you one guess what lube I used)
I guess we never recapped the second Snake Creek Gap race. I'll go. There was ice. Mud. Water bottles turned to slush. Probably nerve damage in my feet. Definite hypothermia in several racers who dressed for the forecast, not for the actual temps. Snow. Sleet. Brain-freeze inducing rain. Cold beer. Peach cobbler. And campfires at several points along the race course.
If that sounds like it was a completely awesome day to be on a mountain bike. It was. One of the best. I hope to never forget the sound of the sleet falling through the pine trees while slowly spinning up to the ridgeline of yet another mountain on my singlespeed. Amazing day to be "racing".
What was my finish time? Who cares* Not as fast as last year, but not as slow as last month.
*I did see that Dgaddis put in another respectable time this month
It was an awesome awesome day of riding. I do wished I'd have taken a vest with me...it was a bit chilly. And I hope the weather next month is nice, I'd like to hit it hard and see what I can do.
Excited and nervous racers on the shuttle to the start. At this point no one was expecting snow, or all day long sub freezing temps.
He spent more on the bike racks than he did the car.
I suck at wheelies, but I was having fun.
(photo credit: Regular Joe Photography)
FD Ice Block. Look through the gap in the middle ring and you can see the ice-encased granny ring.
Another cold and wet Snake yesterday. I wasn't feeling it at all and couldn't get any fire into my legs to drive the single cog up the climbs.
I was already considering calling it a day at the halfway point, but after seeing my buddy Jamie there with a broken crank arm I confirmed my decision. We swapped number plates and he rode my bike the rest of the way. No third belt buckle for me. Oh well. :-)