Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    DFL>DNF>DNS
    Reputation: freeskier46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,806

    Good job! RR: AZT300 Sweet Redemption (x-post from AZ)

    I waited a year for a chance at redemption. Last year the weather really fouled up my plans and I bailed out in Tucson. This year I was determined to finish, no matter the stakes. My recap is long, has a ton of pictures so check out the full ride report here:

    2013 AZT300

    Clearly this was the toughest event I've ever done. I'm stoked that I had the good fortune to finish, I'm still not quite sure how I willed myself across the line during the final 28 hour, 101 mile, 16000' push from Oracle. I was totally shelled.

    Here are a few teaser pics:

    Parker Canyon Lake: the start.
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    Near Rosemont JCT
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    AZT on Mt. Lemmon
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    Gila Monster
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    How to make a 2 mile HAB more friendly? Remove your pedal.
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    Tiger Mine TH
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    Arriving in Kelvin at midnight during an all-night push to the finish
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013


    See, that was easy.
    From AZT300: Redemption!! 2013
    Ski. Ride. Hike. Be.
    My Two Schillingsworth

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    85
    Mind-blowing-ly unbelievable! I can't imagine riding the Kelvin-PicketPost section in the dark, after midnight, after already pedaling who knows how many miles....

  3. #3
    @adelorenzo
    Reputation: anthony.delorenzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,660
    Great write-up! Nice to spend time thinking about riding on dirt as I sit here waiting for the snow to melt. I have a couple questions:

    Are there really 750 people in that race?

    How come you couldn't take a burrito from your one friend on a bike but you could take gels from your other friend?

  4. #4
    DFL>DNF>DNS
    Reputation: freeskier46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,806
    Thanks guys, it was quite the experience. I'll never forget it.

    Good questions Anthony, here's my best answer.

    No, there are not 750 participants, the race has two distances to choose from, either the 300 or 750. They both start on the same day, but the 750 riders push off against the border fence about 2 1/2 hours before the 300 racers. They are actually racing border to border (Utah) mostly along the Arizona Trail, except where Wilderness forces a re-route. Most of the 750 riders are still out on course and you can follow along here: Arizona Trail Race and AZT 300 2013 live tracker by trackleaders.com

    The idea of this race is fully self-supported to level the playing field. Obviously riders are allowed to use resources available to all riders, such as Circle K's for food, campgrounds for water, etc. Every now and then a rider will bump into someone on the trail and they may 'offer' you food/drink, as long as it's unsolicited it's viewed as ok. A trail angel if you will. It's up to each rider to keep an honor system and make the call on their own. I felt it was ok to accept the gels/gummies from my one friend because I had no idea he'd be down on Mt. Lemmon doing a road ride and he didn't expect to see me either. He was done with his ride and had some left-overs. My other friend had mentioned to me that he would like to come out to the end of the route to ride the finish with me, so I half expected to see him there. Make sense?

    That's one of the nice aspects of this event and the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race, etc. they're mostly grassroots event based on the honor system. No entry fees, no prize money or sponsors. Just show up and ride. I hope that answers your questions.
    Ski. Ride. Hike. Be.
    My Two Schillingsworth

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: neil.beltchenko's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    170
    Here is my posts from the AZT 300. Hope you enjoy.

    Neil Beltchenko: Arizona Trail Race 2013

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    6,208
    Great work. Thanks for documenting the ride.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

Similar Threads

  1. RR: AZT300 Sweet Redemption
    By freeskier46 in forum Arizona
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-27-2013, 10:38 PM
  2. RR: AZT300 Sweet Redemption (x-post from AZ)
    By freeskier46 in forum Passion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-27-2013, 09:29 AM
  3. RR: AZT300 Sweet Redemption (x-post from AZ)
    By freeskier46 in forum Endurance XC Racing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-26-2013, 11:14 PM
  4. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-22-2013, 11:01 AM
  5. AZT300 / 750 LIVE tracker
    By freeskier46 in forum Endurance XC Racing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-18-2012, 08:06 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •