Park City Point 2 Point: Race Report (Part Deux)

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“I’ll be back.” This is what I told myself as I crossed the finish line at the 2011 Park City Point 2 Point (http://thepcpp.com) mountain bike endurance race. Dusted from the day’s dirt & caked with the tell-tale salts of dehydration, it’d taken me a little over 11 hours to ride the 78 miles of mostly singletrack & climb the 14,000 feet of countless trails along the way. Leaving from one point (Quinn’s Junction). Arriving at another point (the Forum ...

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Vertically Challenged: Beartooth Blitz Hill Climb Report

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The town of Red Lodge hosted its annual road bike race over the weekend. While this year’s version was a 2-day stage race offering, the star of this event is, was & always will be…the Beartooth All-American Highway. Sunday morning, starting at 8:30 am sharp, racers were sent up Highway 212 from the Rock Creek Resort at 30 second intervals. Our individual time trials would take us 25 miles, up over 5,200 feet of climbing & into another state (…of ...

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Your Own Private Idaho: 50 Miles at the Pass Gran Fondo Report

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Coeur d’Alene’s Bicycle Sales & Service held its 2nd annual 50 Miles at the Pass Gran Fondo over the past weekend, http://www.bicycleservice.com/4thJuly.html. Showcasing the mountain bike riding opportunities near I-90’s 4th of July Pass, this event’s proceeds benefit the local Lake City Trail Builders Association. The 70+ participants that showed up on Sunday had the option to do a 10-mile, 17-mile, 35-mile or 50-mile route. In Italy, “Gran Fondo” means “Big Ride” so I figured I’d better go ...

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Lions Pride: Bicycle Poker Ride Report

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The Missoula Lions Club hosted its 2nd annual Bicycle Poker Ride (BPR) on Sunday, June 3rd. Basing out of Bearmouth (20 miles east of Missoula & 85 miles west of Helena), participants are offered a 50-mile & 100-mile option through some of the best road riding available in the area. I opted for the 100-mile route… Rolling out from the Bearmouth Chalet at 7:30 am, the core group of riders that joined me on the journey were Bill Schultz, Bill ...

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The 12 Hours (…and 1 minute) of Disco: Race Report

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Salmon, Idaho turned Funky Town over the weekend by hosting its inaugural 12 Hours of Disco mountain bike race in its BLM Discovery Hills District. Located just a few minutes outside of town, Discovery Hills rests at the base of the Beaverhead Mountains and provides plenty of early season dry trail opportunities. With a drive of only 4 ½ hours from Helena, Chris & I loaded up the bikes, dusted off our Team BSC jerseys, grabbed our Saturday Night Fever ...

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“…come into my parlour”: Barking Spider Bash Race Report

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“Hey! All you folks up there…know that you’re gonna look silly when we all back here pass you here shortly….we’re coming after you…we’re gonna catch ya’…no pressure!” This is what the guy next to me is barking up toward the start line as 90+ Cat 2 racers crowd in for the start of the 18th annual Barking Spider Bash mountain bike race. Wow, smack talk like this is something I’ve never heard before at the start of a bike race. ...

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Pipestone: Just North of Moab

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The majority of trails in Moab are typically found north of town directly off of Hwy 191. Travel far enough north from this mountain biking mecca (roughly 11 hours) and, eventually, you’ll end up in Pipestone…exit #241, Interstate 90. Traveling south from Helena, however, Pipestone is just a 75 minute drive away. Fortunately enough, the similarities between Moab & Pipestone are comparable in many other ways for riders seeking a winter riding destination as well. Sage, cactus, pine forest, sand, ...

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The River’s Edge Trail: A Dam (x3) Fine Ride

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It’s National Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) up in Canada today and, as I found myself in Great Falls & so close to the border of our northern friends, I figured the trails would be pretty open & clear. Temps were in the 40s, and the winds were only at about 65% full force gale…which is pert near perfect for the day after Christmas in the Electric City. The best MTB trail system offered close to town can be found on ...

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Marathon Nationals, Bend, OR 9/17/11

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Hello Race Fans,

I’m back from Bend, Oregon after a fast & furious weekend at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike XC Marathon National Championships. I competed in the open category 40-49 year old field & came in 39th out of the 45 racers. Woof! It took me a little over 4 1/2 hours to get around the 53 mile course that started in the Mill District of Bend, took us up to Mt. Bachelor & then returned us back to town. Continue Reading →

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Park City Point 2 Point

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I’m back from my solo, albeit very lonely, trip to Park City after a successful tour of the Point 2 Point race on Saturday.

Awesome, awesome event, http://thepcpp.com/. It only takes in 350 racers, and it sold out in 6 minutes earlier this year. I was fortunate enough to get in only ’cause a friend of mine that did initially ended up having to bail from going. So, he transfered his “golden ticket” over to me. “Great, I’m in…uh, ...

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