The 2012 Denali Classic Gravel Grinder presented the riders with three out and back ride options. The longest was to the beginning of the asphalt on the Paxon end, the next longest was to the Maclaren Pass road sign and the shortest distance was to turn around at the Susitna River Bridge.
The day started out with the promise of a partly sunny day, however, the sunshine soon changed to grey skies with drizzle which turned into serious rain! The rain in turn changed a fairly fast road surface to a tacky tire sucking and strength robbing effort. Iím sure that this caused all but a few riders to alter their goals for the day.
David Ayers and Jim and Ana Jager elected to ride the shorter distance. David Ayers rode to the bridge and back in 4:06. The Jager father and daughter team returned 7:26 after they started; Iím sure they went beyond the Susitna River Bridge and then turned around.
Jordy and Kurt also turned around at the Susitna River Bridge, Jordy completed his ride in 6:10 Kurt in 7 hours.
Brian Walsh, George Pollack, Zack Huff and Willy Omalley elected to do the ride to the Maclaren Pass road sign. George and Willy choose to return to the start in a follow car. Brian and Zack turned around short of the Maclaren Pass summit. Brian and Zack turned around at mile 62 which is the Maclaren Lodge. Zack completed his 124 mile ride in 12 hours; Brian rode the same distance in 14:21.
Tim, Paul and Ken elected to ride the longest distance of 185 miles. Ken made it to the pavement break 9 hours after he departed from the start. At that turn around Ken elected to return in his follow car. Paul elected to change his goal from the pavement break to the turnaround at the Maclaren Pass road sign Paul rode hi CX bike back in 10:33. Tim elected to turn around at the lodge and completed his ride in 9:55.
The Denali Gravel Grinder showed its dark side on this ride the riders endured persistent rain, water filled pot holes, sections of road with slurrpy gooey mud that wanted to suck the tires off your rims and threaten to fling you in the ditch. This ride when its dry is difficult, when its wet it will require each bike rider to go into their inner self and dig deep and find a way to preserver above what nature throws at them. All riders persevered and showed a great deal of wisdom in knowing their limits, making adjustments and doing their best. It was an incredible ride , accomplished by outstanding riders.
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