- The Tran-sylvania Mountain Bike Epic - it's 7 days of racing and it's going to take a lot of planning to be ready.
- A top-secret (maybe not so secret if I'm posting it here) renegade hundred in the backwoods of Rhode Island and CT at the end of April (just in time for finals).
- The Patapsco 100 - you bet your ass I'm doing that again!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
(WARNING: Profanity alert)
|NH100 miler start - stolen from the Hampshire 100 FB page|
|100K Men's start|
|photo by Gabriel Crooker|
|This is me at mile 48 - Thanks, Nichole!|
|This year's fiddler - found her!|
|Thanks, Mark Drogalis!|
Monday, July 22, 2013
The Gnar Weasels Shredeth: It shredeth some other people, but I was actually okay for the most part...
|Colin Reuter aka @resultsboy - doing the results|
not going to find a bunch of double-track or boring ski-slope climbs.
|Thom Parsons aka @BigBikesThom |
aka Ultra Enduro Dyude
aka The Face of Dirtwire.Tv
|Photo by Ben Stephens|
Thanks for making me look fast.
|Feed Zone - That might be a bowl of bacon on that table.|
|Photo by Russ Campbell|
Bike race PRO-tographer
**Now that I've hit publish, it looks like that interactive thingy works... sweet. Enjoy.
Monday, July 15, 2013
I found out later that a huge portion of the our entry fees were going towards two different charities. One was the race promoters' main cause diabetes via Adventures for the Cure; At the bottom of this post, I am copying the content of an email I received after the race that shows you just how awesome these guys are and where the money is going. I am still blown away by the good that can come from an event like this.
|If you finished two laps (100k) you got this.|
The course was spectacular. With over 80% singletrack, at no time did I find myself bored. Most basic xc race courses don't have a fraction of the logs that this place had. Not only that, but there were sections filled with small sharp rocks and tons of roots, and other sections where the rocks were laid out nicely over water crossings. From what I'd heard, a lot of the trail had been newly built to accommodate this race, and boy did they build it right.
There were a lot of sections where you could really move while other sections took some serious time because you weren't quite sure what would come around the next bend. I found it very similar to the sort of trails I ride as often as possible in New England. With all of the good stuff, you had to be okay with the little that wasn't so good - for a short portion of trail, a very very steep and somewhat rocky area, we were required to get off our bikes an walk until the end of the trail because it was a designated hikers only area. No problem, except that it was longer than I like to walk.
|Delicious Homemade Energy Gel |
Here's the link to my recipe
Also at that point, I had to take my contacts out. I'd gotten dirt in my eye, and I couldn't see very well for most of the second lap. I'd planned for the worst, so my glasses were in my bike bag. Contacts out. Glasses on. Good to go. (If you've read any of my other race reports, I'm sure you are sick of hearing about my contact woes.)
Here's the email I received after the race. It goes to show just how kickass the Adventures For a Cure team is:
Congratulations on finishing the Patapsco100!! We only had 13 people to do so. You are among the few. Every one of you should have already received a finisher's jersey. If you would like to purchase additional jerseys you may do so here:
[I took that link out. Sorry, you are not a finisher.]
We are giving you 2 days to purchase as many jerseys as you would like before we open this page to everyone else. We understand and agree that only true 'finishers' should have these jerseys, however, our charity mistakenly purchased too many jerseys and we need to offload the costs.
[I completely agree with their decision to do this. The money needs to go to the charities.]
Adventures For the Cure gives money that is crucial to our causes. Half the money raised from this event goes to supporting a diabetes camp for children (http://www.diabetesdestiny.org) where they learn to manage their diabetes while living active lifestyles. People with type 1 diabetes can die or suffer serious consequences of poor management. This camp gives these children one more tool/resource to help them live with their disease.
The other half of the money goes to Kupenda for the Children (http://www.kupenda.org), an American organization that assists children with disabilities in Kenya who are at risk of being killed, abused, or neglected due to a local belief that they are "cursed." This organization is literally saving and changing lives. I have personally seen children who could not walk, learn to run. I have seen children in despair, being kept in the closet of their homes because their parents were embarrassed to have a child with a disability, later living at a school with other children, smiling, laughing, and living!
When you know where our money goes, you can see how we cannot not sell these jerseys. Thanks for understanding!
Come join me next year. I am definitely going to try to get back down there again.
Oh yeah, and take a look at the Dirtwire.Tv Patapsco 100 Movie!