TransRockies Stages 3 & 4



I only have a short moment, so I want to share with you the past 2 days.

Stage 3 – The stage started out with a parade around town and then hopped onto a dirt road for 40k. It was so cool to sit in pack with the leaders for a bit. Just after check point 2, I snapped my derailuer clean off. Boobar did a quick fix on it and I was set up with a single speed for the rest of the day. We then hopped onto the hike-a-bike section. This was near 4k of climbing up over the Continental divide. We pushed on and kept bringing guys back. Ripping up the wicked gnarly decent, we pedaled like crazy (Matt at a normal cadence, me at about 110) to the finish line and came in 2nd on the day! Holy cow! That moved us up to 4th overall. Talk about excited!!

Stage 4 – Though we didn’t have the legs that we did the day before, we recovered from a bad start and again started picking guys off. With mechanicals and flats everywhere on the course, we again moved up to 2nd place. Spectacular views and breathe taking scenery, helped to keep our minds off the fatigue in our legs. But those legs still had some juice and with more that 50 mounts and remounts over MASSIVE mud puddles, we biked/ran our way to another 2nd place finish! We anxiously waited for our competition to come in and see where we ended up in the GC. As the clock ticked away, we moved up to 3rd overall! Holy cow x2!!!!

Now off to clean the bike, fix ‘er up, get some food and do it all over again tomorrow! 

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TransRockies Mountain Bike Race



We have limited internet access, so my blogs will be short for the time being. I’ve got lots of video from the Go Pro Camera and great data from my Timex GPS Global Trainer that will have to be uploaded at the end of this wicked gnar gnar race! So here we go…

After spending my birthday with my dad and brother fishing in the mountains of Idaho, I made my way to Whitefish, MT to pick up fellow Timex athlete Matt Boobar. On Saturday we made a b line for the border and luckily made it through uninterrupted.



We arrived in Fernie and went straight to registration to get things rolling. Through a bit of a mix up our race plates were not totally ready for our bikes, so we had to hand write them in. Seven was our team number, but 007 sounds so much cooler, so it stuck. We ended up picking up UCI licenses for the race so that we would be eligible for prize money. It turned into a bit of a fiasco, but after several hours we were all set to race and crush it (we hoped!).


The day of stage 1 it poured down rain constantly. We fully expected to be riding the whole time in the mud and end up coming back looking like the bikes in this pic. Luckily for us, the rain stopped just as we rolled to the start line. The ride was a rough one with Matt riding strong the first half and pulling me, and then me taking the lead and pulling the second half. It was only 29k, but it took us 2 hours, 27 minutes to end up crossing the line in 7th. I made the comment to Matt that this was the first race that I had ever worn Chamois Butter for and it felt like I had diarrhea in my shorts the whole ride. Fun stuff!

That was only the beginning of the race! We’ll keep posting when we can, but will have all our adventures in full at the end of the race. Make sure to check out the Timex Team and Sugoi Facebook pages for more updates along with the Timex Team Blog.

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Official XTERRA Race Report



XTERRA posted their race report for Forest Drive.

Official Race Report

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Another Newspaper Article



I’m really excited about the article that was in the Aberdeen newspaper. I think the writer did a really good job. And I was able to get a nice plug in for the sponsor (Timex), which is always good. You tell me what you think…

XTERRA Triathlete Likes to Give Extra

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1st Place at XTERRA Forest Drive



I always find it fun to start writing things down to remember what I have just done. It can be hard to remember it all because so many fun things happen so fast. So here is a recap of the last 3 days…

I’ve traveled over 700 miles, visited 2 national monuments (Crazy Horse & Mount Rushmore),  ate Scotch Eggs at a table with its own beer tap, put on a clinic and led a pre ride at XTERRA Forest Drive, took 1st place at in the race, hung out with the amazing triathlon folks of Aberdeen, tasted some local flavor at Twist Cone, and made the local paper.

But sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is what I’m talking about in pictures!


 





So much fun and so much more to come!



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