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    **CTR Thread**

    First update - pics will be up tomorrow! Thanks CHRIS!!!

    The CTR is underway!!!!!

    This is directly from Chris P, who was at the start this afternoon. Thanks Chris.

    Sounds like its a solid field - experience vs. endurance - Matt Lee showed up. I'm sure coming off the GDR gave him some solid stamina. Not sure what to think about a Denver Post reporter making a story of this - but we'll see how it pans out. Good luck to all the racer - it'll be an interesting week or two...

    Pics will post tomorrow morning


    And they're off!!!

    The CTR pre-race meeting began as you might expect considering the cast of
    characters that would dare to dream of even starting such a ride. The
    meeting was pretty laid back and between noon and 1:00 p.m. 8 of the 10
    riders straggled in. At 1:00 they went over the Wilderness detours and other
    specific trail notes along with the usual basics such as "leave no trace,"
    and war stories from other rides.

    Just before 2 p.m. they all headed out to the Waterton Canyon parking lot
    where gear was assembled and strapped to bikes and couple more riders showed
    up. There was the usual group photo and a Denver Post reporter was
    interviewing riders and even joined them for a ways up the trail. Look for
    his story in the paper next week.

    At 3:00 p.m. sharp the riders began with a neutral start for the first 6
    miles to Strontia Springs Reservoir to warm up those legs and get to know
    one another. At the reservoir all was fair game and they were off!

    The field consisted of the following 10 riders:

    Jim Ishman (Silverthorne, CO)
    Dan Montgomery (Dillon, CO)
    Ethan Passant (Crested Butte, CO)
    Fred Wilkinson (Moab, UT)
    Jason Trimm (Crested Butte, CO)
    Mathew Lee (North Carolina)
    Dave Nice (Denver, CO)
    Stefan Griebel (Boulder, CO)
    Jefe Branham (Gunnison, CO)
    Mark Caminiti (Silver Plume, CO)

    Pre-race photos, group and individual shots, plus some trail photos are soon
    to follow.

    Cheers,
    Chris P

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    Dave Nice Call in -

    Reporting in at the start line at Waterton canyon. Um Matt Lee and I rode from Quodba after the pre race meeting, we were the only ones to ride to the trailhead. Uh, Matt Lee and I had a flat this morning getting down to Waterton Canyon, hopefully we got that bad ju-ju out of our way. Its lookin like theres about a dozen of us. Looks like a couple single speeders, I'm on the fixed and the rest, everybody else is on a mix of 29-ers 26 full suspension and all that good stuff. Hope to call from ****** if theres a phone there, if not then Frisco or Copper. Thanks...

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    Woah - Ethan Passant is there? Two time Montezuma's Revenge champion and a dominant force on the Colorado Randonee uphill/downhill alpine mountaineering ski racing series. I'd tab him as the favorite.

    Quote Originally Posted by Froman
    First update - pics will be up tomorrow! Thanks CHRIS!!!

    The CTR is underway!!!!!

    This is directly from Chris P, who was at the start this afternoon. Thanks Chris.

    Sounds like its a solid field - experience vs. endurance - Matt Lee showed up. I'm sure coming off the GDR gave him some solid stamina. Not sure what to think about a Denver Post reporter making a story of this - but we'll see how it pans out. Good luck to all the racer - it'll be an interesting week or two...

    Pics will post tomorrow morning


    And they're off!!!

    The CTR pre-race meeting began as you might expect considering the cast of
    characters that would dare to dream of even starting such a ride. The
    meeting was pretty laid back and between noon and 1:00 p.m. 8 of the 10
    riders straggled in. At 1:00 they went over the Wilderness detours and other
    specific trail notes along with the usual basics such as "leave no trace,"
    and war stories from other rides.

    Just before 2 p.m. they all headed out to the Waterton Canyon parking lot
    where gear was assembled and strapped to bikes and couple more riders showed
    up. There was the usual group photo and a Denver Post reporter was
    interviewing riders and even joined them for a ways up the trail. Look for
    his story in the paper next week.

    At 3:00 p.m. sharp the riders began with a neutral start for the first 6
    miles to Strontia Springs Reservoir to warm up those legs and get to know
    one another. At the reservoir all was fair game and they were off!

    The field consisted of the following 10 riders:

    Jim Ishman (Silverthorne, CO)
    Dan Montgomery (Dillon, CO)
    Ethan Passant (Crested Butte, CO)
    Fred Wilkinson (Moab, UT)
    Jason Trimm (Crested Butte, CO)
    Mathew Lee (North Carolina)
    Dave Nice (Denver, CO)
    Stefan Griebel (Boulder, CO)
    Jefe Branham (Gunnison, CO)
    Mark Caminiti (Silver Plume, CO)

    Pre-race photos, group and individual shots, plus some trail photos are soon
    to follow.

    Cheers,
    Chris P

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    I haven't heard any definitive reports yet, but it's looking like weather is gonna be a factor. I'm seeing strong chances of heavy rain in the racer's path.

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    Another update from yesterday


    About 3:50 P.M.

    At about 8 miles into the ride and only 2 miles on single track, the field
    is basically still together. Five lead riders of Stefan, Mathew, Fred,
    Ethan, and Jason seem to have set a tempo and are all hanging together (see
    photos).

    Only a minute back are Jefe and Dan with Mark another minute behind them.
    The two single speeders follow a mere 3 minutes back each with Dave riding a
    single speed fixie and Jim a single speed freewheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pluto Pilot
    Woah - Ethan Passant is there? Two time Montezuma's Revenge champion and a dominant force on the Colorado Randonee uphill/downhill alpine mountaineering ski racing series. I'd tab him as the favorite.
    True, he tore up CB this past weekend. We'll see how he holds up over a couple days, once the race goes mental. Matt and Fred have massive strength in the head, so it'll make for some good reading in the leather lounger over scotch and cigars (eh, Ed?).


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    Leaders at the 350PM Update

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    Stefan


    Matt Lee


    Mark


    Jim


    Jefe


    Jason


    Fred


    Ethan


    Dave


    Dan

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    Looks like lots of different gear selections. Jefe w/ most everthing on his bike to Caminiti's nekkid DH setup.

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    Exactly. We should all go to the Brown Palace and analyze this proper style.

    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    True, he tore up CB this past weekend. We'll see how he holds up over a couple days, once the race goes mental. Matt and Fred have massive strength in the head, so it'll make for some good reading in the leather lounger over scotch and cigars (eh, Ed?).


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    Look Mom - No Hands

    When I was down at the starting line, I noticed on Mark's bike that he has what he calls a "hands free" device that you probably can not see in the photo. It is a length of coat hanger wire doubled over, twisted together, and attached to the end of one handlebar. This allowed him to sit up on his saddle and grab this steer wire to direct his bike.

    I talked to him about it on the neutral ride out to Strontia and he said he is experimenting with this idea so that he doesn't have to be hunched over all the time. He thought it would work out well on easier terrain, but had not illusions that he would be able to sit up for the whole ride.

    It was an interested idea, considering he put all of his gear on his body. I'm skeptical about loading up the body with gear. I'm sure it would destroy my back, but heck - perhaps it will be the new thing. Interesting none the less.

    Cheers,
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    Those of you using IE probably noticed that the mtbcast.com page was fubar'd. I rarely us anything but Firefox so when I made some changes I didn't notice it was screwed up. Thanks, Matt McFee, for pointing it out. It should look fine now.
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    I'm Out

    Thanks Edmtb for the bail out from Deckers....

    Rain,

    Crash,

    Broken Bike , broke brooks, bent/dented niner fork, computer cable

    Me bruised hip, elbow,shin

    Maybe a cracked rib

    Good luck to everyone else hopefully I took care of the Bad JuJu
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    Call in from Jim Ishman. Jim withdrew at Silverthorne:

    Hey itís Jim, calling and checking in from Silverthorne. Um, Iím officially out of the race. A couple little mechanicals added up to be a big pain in the butt. So, um, I am pulling the plug. I wish good luck to everybody. Looks like thereís a strong possibility of rain up here so hopefully those guys are staying dry.

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    Call in from Dave - although it looks like he beat me too it. Dave crashed a couple times, damaging his bike and himself and withdrew from the race.

    This is Dave, had to bail in Deckers off route. Had a crash during the evening during the rain. Had another crash this morning and donít know which crash it may have happened on but it put a quarter size dent in my right fork leg, not to mention my right hip and elbows are a little sore, so Iím out. Only two highlights really Ė the milkshake Iím eating right now and when Mathew Lee asked if I was carrying a shock pump. Anyway, Iím out. Iíll talk to you soon, bye.

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    Call in from Stefan - Arrived at Copper at 4:43PM Friday (25:43 Elapsed). I haven't recieved any other call-ins yet, so it appears Stefan is in the lead.

    Hey Abe or Joe, its Stefan, I just arrived at Copper Mountain. Itís 4:43 Friday. Last night was pretty epic Ė it pretty much drizzled all night long. The road was sopping wet and muddy, and the last thing I wanted to do was have a sopping wet cold bivy so I pushed on through the night and now I think I need to go and get some sleep. Yup, groovy Ė talk to you guys in a bit.

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    So we're down to eight riders:

    Dan Montgomery (Dillon, CO)
    Ethan Passant (Crested Butte, CO)
    Fred Wilkinson (Moab, UT)
    Jason Trimm (Crested Butte, CO)
    Mathew Lee (North Carolina)
    Stefan Griebel (Boulder, CO)
    Jefe Branham (Gunnison, CO)
    Mark Caminiti (Silver Plume, CO)

    It appears Stefan is in the lead, hitting Copper at 443PM Friday afternoon - 25:43 elapsed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    Thanks Edmtb for the bail out from Deckers....
    No worries Dave. Sorry that you had to bail but I was glad to see you were alright.

    It looks like Jim also bailed, too bad. Nice effort Jim!

    Good luck to the remaining contestants

    Get some rest and see you soon Dave -

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    Second episode is up with Jim, Dave, and Stefan. Wouldn't you know after I post Jefe calls in. I'll have that for playback tomorrow.
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    Jefe call in at 803PM Ė elapsed time 29:03

    Hello, this is Jefe calling in from CTR. Iím at Copper Mountain, just want to let you know Iím on course doing alright, and looking forward to the rest of the race, and I guess Iíll call in again at Buena Vista. Alright, I think thatís all I got to do so Iíll talk to you later. Bye.

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    update from the copper pay phone

    Alison here. I went to copper yesterday to see if i could run into anyone and apparently just missed Ethan, Stephan, and Fred. Not sure of the order at that point. Rode down the bike path and ran into Jefe between Frisco and Breck around 7pm. He looked great, but said his legs were a bit heavy. He said he camped near the lake on the road last night, and that he saw Ethan in the AM, as Ethan had slept in late and then passed him in the morning. I rode backwards up to the Gold Creek turn off and it started raining, but saw no one else. Jason called in around 8:30 this morning and said that he ran out of food, cramped up and got rained on while bivying on both nights, but that he plan was to keep sleeping at night and not riding much at night due to the large amount of daylight right now, and also trying to pace and get rested. He said he felt much better at Copper and hoped to get between leadville and BV tonight. I drove from Copper to Crested Butte last night in heavy rain. Looks like it would have been a tough night out for all involved last night. Ethan got a ride to Denver with Jason and I, and I don't think he has a bivy, but he is tougher than nails! I have a fun video from the ride at the beginning of the race, is there any way to post it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
    I have a fun video from the ride at the beginning of the race, is there any way to post it?
    http://www.youtube.com/

    You can certainly post a link to your upload on youtube. You may also be able to imbed the video in the forum, but I don't think I've seen it done yet.
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    youtube.com video of gentleman's start


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    FWIW
    Ran into Mathew Lee and Dan Montgomery on Main St. Frisco this morning at around 9am. They both said that it has been VERY wet, but also very fun. Their main priority at that point was getting breakfast, so I get out of the way and they were off.

    Mathew is a friggin machine. GDR, then guiding a group on the "Canadian Prologue" of the GDR for Adventure Cycling and now CTR! Impressive and inspiring. He has my vote for tough guy of the year.

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    Fred- 520AM (Elapsed Time 38:20)

    Hey this is Fred W calling from Copper Mountain Conoco. I’m here with Ethan P, time is, I guess just almost 520AM. Spent the night in Frisco, it was really rainy, hopefully everyone else isn’t too wet. We’re gonna ride on towards Leadville and hopefully Buena Vista today. Good luck to the other riders. Talk to you soon

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    Jason (41:45 elapsed)

    Hey this is Jason, Iím at Copper Mountain, its about 845AM. Things are going good. A little discouraging yesterday morning, ran a little low on food, but I just spent $32 at a Loaf and Jug so I should be set. Thanks everyone for the good thoughts. Iíll call back again in Buena Vista. Bye

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    Matt Lee (elapsed 41:40 Frisco)

    Hey MTBCast, its Mathew Lee calling from Frisco, Colorado. Itís about 840AM in the morning and I just had a big fat breakfast and I think Iím powered up to head on for Copper and beyond. The trail is riding great, Iím felling really tired but I have defaulted to a pleasure pace that seems to work for me. Iím really excited about the trail. Georgia Pass downhill last night was amazing - lots of roots, rocks and reggae East Coast style. Iím happy and the rain hasnít been too bad Ė so spirits are good. I hope everyone else is doing well. Ok, take care.

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    Stephan at Leadville (aprox 850AM, elapsed 41:50 at Leadville)

    Hi itís Stephan, just rolling through Leadville. Got a little screwed by the rain last night and had to back off *** pass and had to bivy Ė actually bivied on the front porch of Janetís Cabin. I wake up and see a headlamp going up so I race up to catch him and it was Jefe. Weíve been kinda playing cat and mouse and Iíll be out of here in a few. Um, forecast is, well I donít know what the forecast is but just lookiní out its more rain. Thereís been a lot of rain. Never been so happy to have raingear and booties. OK, bye.

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    Jefe (850AM Leadville, elapsed 41:50)

    Hello, this is Jefe. Probably just heard from Stefan, but I am in Leadville as well. Weíre at the Safeway getting some food and getting read to head out. Thanks for receiving this message and things are going pretty good. Thank you, bye.

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    Dan (Copper at 1005AM, elapsed 43:05)

    This is Dan from Dillon, Iím at Copper Mountain.

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    Stephan (Buena Vista 606PM, elapsed 51:06)

    Hey its Stephan, Iím just rolling out of Buena Vista towards some nice rain clouds over the avalanche trailhead area but it hasnít rained yet today so thatís a bonus. Iím about half way done mileage wise, not true for elevation gain but I feel alright, my crankset is a little bit loose, Iím kinda worried about that. Wonder where everybody is - Iím sure Iíll see all kinds of people out there. Bye

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    Jefe (Buena Vista 643PM Ė elapsed 51:43)

    Hey there, this is Jefe calling from Buena Vista, doing alright. Just got some food and some coffee. Iím gonna head out to Cottonwood pass and head south. Everything is going good and Iíll talk to you soon. Bye.

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    As of Buena Vista
    1. Stefan 51:03
    2. Jefe 51:43
    3. Mathew 52:30
    3. Ethan 52:30
    5. Fred 55:00
    5. Jason 55:00
    Last edited by Froman; 07-22-2007 at 11:25 AM.

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    Holy crap those guys are close together after riding for so long! Hope Stefan's crank stays together, I had a RF outboard crankset that was perfect for months and then suddenly refused to stay together (literally) for no apparent reason.

    What a strong and inspiring field of riders! (says the guy with wet gear from a mighty 90 minute evening rain ride)

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    Sorry for the late post, guys. The audio for all these is up at MTBCast.com EP3.
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    this is dan atleadville 66 hours into it. rain over copper mtn. about did me in, but after a twelve hour break at a hotel. I'll be off taking it easy and seeing what happens. getting dry is nice, hope it lasts.

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    Ethan (Buena 730PM, elapsed 53:30)

    Hey there this is Ethan from Crested Butte, CO on the CTR in Buena Vista. Its Saturday at 730PM. Alright, things are going well, gonna head out to the hot springs and soak a little bit I think. Iíll call you once I get to Lake City. Chow

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    Mathew Lee (Leadville 730PM, elapsed 52:30)

    Hey this is Mathew Lee calling from Leadville, CO. It is 730PM and Iím riding out a pretty nasty storm at the Conoco, and it doesnít look like its gonna stop any time soon. So, who knows when Iíll be leaving here. Itís the second time today I got lambasted with rain, looks like the monsoons are full on, so yea, tough going. OK, see ya.

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    Fred (Buena Vista 10PM, elapsed 55:00)

    Hello this is Fred, Iím one of the CTR racers and Iím in Buena Vista, its probably around 1000 PM and I just rolled in with Jason, actually the two of us rode down into town together. I think weíre both trying to find a place to sleep for the night, maybe bivy up in the town park or something like that. Talk to you soon, bye.

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    Jason (Buena Vista 645AM, Elapsed 63:45)

    Hey this is Jason, Iím in Buena Vista, its 645AM. Another rainy night but it looks good, blue skies and Iím on my way. Thanks everyone.

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    Oh so close and sweet!

    Way to go racers. I would never have thought it would be this close between the top riders, especially how close it is between Stefan and Jefe.

    Stefan - I almost cracked open the Chimay Imperial Ale you gave me, but I decided to save it for your return. We'll share it - or I'll just come up to the Sun and we'll drink stout. Go, Go, Go - don't let Jefe sneak past you in the night!

    Jefe - way to go - when I met you at the start line, I instantly pegged you as the one to watch for the race. Here's wishing you well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froman
    A couple little mechanicals added up to be a big pain in the butt.
    FWIW- I stripped two crank bolts- guess I did not tighten them enough when I swapped out the 34 for a 32. All I had was the sharp flat head on an Alien tool which was too much for the alloy bolts. Got it tight enough to baby it then I broke a spring in my pedal, not too big of a deal since they had a little platform, then came the rain with made the platform slick. Top it off with a late addition of a rear rack that hit the tire with every flex of the seat post.

    My call in made it sound like I bailed from Silverthorne, which is where I was calling from. I actually bailed from Section 2 and rode out to 285 and called my wife for a ride home.

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    Mark (Copper 3PM Sunday, elapsed 72 hours)

    Hey this is Mark, it 300PM. Iím in Copper Mountain, its Sunday. Heading out towards the pass. Had a massive drive train failure at about mile 30. Been stuck in 7th gear, broken rear shifter for the last 130 miles. Got that fixed in Frisco, feelin better now, gonna try to make Leadville by tomorrow morning. Been a pretty good ride so far, other than the mechanicals. Talk to you guys in Leadville.

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    Mathew Lee (Buena Vista Sunday 545PM, 74:45 elapsed)

    Hey, Mathew Lee here in Buena Vista. 545PM, just loaded up for a couple days of riding and headed to Princeton Hot springs. The weather was good today. Alright, bye.

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    Dan (Buena Vista 74:53 elapsed)

    This is Dan from Dillon, 74:53 elapsed, Iím in Buena Vista, loaded heavy with food, going up to where ever. Feelin good, weather looks good [long pause], um, see ya later.

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    The audio is up for last night. Go here or get it from iTunes.
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    This part of the course

    So does anybody know anything about the course from Marshall Pass to Lake City, and for that matter, Silverton? I hear it's almost completely flat and totally smooth too.

    Isn't this near where Alfred Packer ate his whole group? Hope that doesn't happen here.

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    If there's anyone out there who has done the route or race and would like to do a spot for the show let me know. I'd like to get some insight into the route.
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    Jefe (Lake City, 443PM Monday, elapsed 97:40)

    Hey there guys, this is Jefe. I am in Lake City just getting some food and heading out Iím *** (something about an engineer) *** and Iíll call you when I get to Silverton. Cool, thanks, bye.

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    Standings as of Lake City - note - I don't think Lake City is a mandatory call in, so the results may be skewed.
    1. Jefe 97:40 elapsed
    1. Stefan 97:40 elapsed
    3. Jason 113:30 elapsed
    4. Matt Lee 127:08 elapsed
    Last edited by Froman; 07-25-2007 at 07:28 AM.

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    Stefan (Lake City, with Jefe – same elapsed at 97:40)

    Hey it’s Stefan, Jefe and I are just leaving Lake City, hopefully it won’t rain, headed over Cinnamon Pass. We’ll see how it goes – it’s gonna be a good one. Bye.

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    updates from BV-fooses-cochetopa hills-rt 114

    alison here. lots of information to report from the mtns. Jason called in to say that he passed Mathew Lee in Frisco, then caught up to Fred Just before Buena Vista, and Ethan just after BV.

    Stephan faired well, making it out of BV the evening before and scoring a couch at Princeton hot springs, while Jefe was 1 1/2 hours short of Princeton camping, and watched it pour on the boys camped in BV, but managed to be in a dry area, while the rest of the guys behind got soaked, i imagine (Jason, Ethan, Mathew, Fred).

    Ethan left BV around 6am after a night and shower at Arrowhead Campground, a 4 mile detour since all the rooms were full. Jason had the man in front of him score the last room in BV at the super 8, so had to find a bivy spot. He got rained out and also disturbed by partiers at the River basin park. at midnight, he moved and carried his wet bivy and gear and spent the rest of the night in the dugout of the baseball park in BV. Jason left BV around 7:30am and caught up to Ethan that morning and they switched back and forth for the whole day. I was unable to find out where Fred or Mathew Lee spent the night, but all rooms were sold out there were intense downpours all night from what i can gather.

    I rode from highway 50 on the trail and ran into Jefe just after Angel of Shavano campground, where he had just caught a quick nap. he was in great spirits and was plugging along with his strategy of lots of methodical slower riding and almost no sleep. I am amazed that he can just keep going like that. About 4.5 hrs later i ran into Ethan and Jason around the cabin turnoff see fun video of 2:30pm on Sunday - i'll post it in a few minutes.Ethan said that he had not seen fred's tracks and i had not seen fred, so we think he is behind Jason and Ethan now. I watched Ethan and Jason switch leads for 2 hrs until they headed up the ugly 3200 ft hike a bike up Fooses Creek. Ethan and jason bivied just pass marshall pass.

    I then moved around to the other side of Cochetopa Hills near hwy 114. On monday morning I woke up to lights at Luan creek near and got a interview with Stephan at 5:50 am. Stephan said I was the first person he had spoken to in days! I'll post the videos in a few minutes.Stefan is riding like a madman, still full of energy like the Energizer Bunny. i could barely keep him from eating and only got a few minutes out of him before he bolted, fearing Jefe hot on his tail. His breaks are so fast that you would think he was in the 24 hour world championships. Jefe pulled up to the same spot at 8:20am, very laid back and extremely talkative. I got one of the best interviews yet, as i have finally learned to ask lots of questions to get people out of their daze.
    Jefe was all smiles, but said that he almost cracked in the Cochetopa Hills last night. He got a few hours of sleep at Long Branch, which is halfway or so between marshall pass and Luan. If you haven't ever ridden this section -eh gads, it it to hell and back. Makes the BV to Marshall section look easy, which happens to also have some of the slowest going on the whole trail. Jefe has been riding 20 hours per day - as he proclaims that he has to make up for his lack of speed by riding more than everyone else. And he said the going is so slow due to the rough trail - he managed only 60 miles in 20 hours!

    Stefan proclaims the same strategy, and it seems to be working for them both. i don't know how they can keep doing it, and also manage to ride some of the toughest sections of singletrack in the dark. I rode up the trail for 3 hrs but saw no one but one hiker. Insane trail area, that i have done before and don't care to spend much time riding on in my life. Around Long Branch it is all baby heads rattling your brain and body, even with sick ass suspension. and you are on and off your bike every few minutes, it seems. The climbs are short and steep and loose, mostly hiking or asphyxiate yourself, with a quick descent and then you are at it again. averaging around 3mph the whole section from marshall to Luan at rt 114.

    Ethan came through around 2pm at Luan, and he was so glad to have that dismal section over with. He has a huge bruise from his pedal hitting him repeatedly in the leg from all the hike-a-biking. Jason came through a few minutes behind, with the chipper person of yesterday completely gone - he is in agony all of a sudden, and tells me emphatically not to do the race next year. He has some major pain where men don't want to feel pain, and says that on each and every pedal stroke feels like someone kicked him in the nuts. He was almost out of advil, and was not optimistic about making it to lake city that night. Ethan was thinking about doing some night riding tonight, which may make things interesting, as he has been getting quite a bit of sleep so far. I'm not sure where Fred is now, Ethan and Jason thought he was ahead in BV, but now it appears that Fred and Matt are now behind Ethan and Jason.

    at Luan Creek the order was:
    1. Stefan 5:50am Monday
    2. Jefe 8:20am Monday
    3. Ethan 2:30pm Monday
    4. Jason 2:32pm monday

    Stefan was going to skip lake city and go to Silverton, because you have to go off route there. it is not a mandatory call in until Silverton. Jefe needed to pick up food at the post office -as he is allergic to wheat and has to arrange all his food, and he mailed food into himself there. glad he made it in time! no loaf and jug for him! so i imagine Stefan is still ahead of him, and gaining some time without the detour.

    I'm sure i forgot some details, and lots more info is on the videos, coming next, so check em out. Someone was asking for some details on the trail, i'm happy to help... send me an email.
    cheers, alison gannett

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    done route?

    Quote Originally Posted by jav1231
    If there's anyone out there who has done the route or race and would like to do a spot for the show let me know. I'd like to get some insight into the route.

    done most all of the route. love to help. alison

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    Thanks for all the beta Alison. Awesome report, you've been spending alot of time in those hills eh?

    60 miles in 20 hours!!!! Holy ouch, that's a rough section. There's a similar 60 mile stretch in the grand loop but it's not quite that bad.

    From the call in's looks like Stephan changed his mind and went to Lake City. He and Jefe arrived at the same time. That's just amazing for those two to be riding neck and neck after 4+ days. So Ethan is ~ 6 hours back and sounds to have been getting plenty of rest...interesting. Can a (relatively) well rested powerhouse make up that sort of time if he rides through the night? Will Jason ever have children?

    Gonna be a nailbiter!
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    Toast

    I am out. At 95 hours. Chasing Mathew Lee up Foose Creek about 1;30pm. I called it quits. Thinking about my mistakes, I rolled back to the comfort zone. Mathew should have made over the top without any storms.
    Woke up at 5am at Princeston Hot Spgs, got climbing again. About 8, Mathew caught me 6 miles out. That was the last I saw of him. I finished this segment at 1;15pm , started climbing Foose for a few miles and called it.
    I was not prepared for the next segment, bike mechanicals, food,body, ect.
    This was just practice for next year. I will be back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairball_dh
    Thanks for all the beta Alison. Awesome report, you've been spending alot of time in those hills eh?

    60 miles in 20 hours!!!! Holy ouch, that's a rough section. There's a similar 60 mile stretch in the grand loop but it's not quite that bad.

    From the call in's looks like Stephan changed his mind and went to Lake City. He and Jefe arrived at the same time. That's just amazing for those two to be riding neck and neck after 4+ days. So Ethan is ~ 6 hours back and sounds to have been getting plenty of rest...interesting. Can a (relatively) well rested powerhouse make up that sort of time if he rides through the night? Will Jason ever have children?

    Gonna be a nailbiter!
    Hard saying with Ethan. My bet is he turns it up here shortly.

    Nice reports, Alison. I should of been with you instead of working. I am sure those guys love seeing someone out there in the cheering squad in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by consumerbydesign
    I am out. At 95 hours. Chasing Mathew Lee up Foose Creek about 1;30pm. I called it quits. Thinking about my mistakes, I rolled back to the comfort zone. Mathew should have made over the top without any storms.
    Woke up at 5am at Princeston Hot Spgs, got climbing again. About 8, Mathew caught me 6 miles out. That was the last I saw of him. I finished this segment at 1;15pm , started climbing Foose for a few miles and called it.
    I was not prepared for the next segment, bike mechanicals, food,body, ect.
    This was just practice for next year. I will be back.
    Nice strong effort!

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    video of Stefan - 5:50 am Monday Luan Creek

    <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNAwiuqeO2w>

    Video to go with my my update from the trail posted about 1 1/2 hrs ago.

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    video of Stefan - 5:50 am Monday Luan Creek

    oopppssss...
    here is the youtube link of stefan to go with my post:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNAwiuqeO2w

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
    alison here. ...
    Way to go Alison. Great report. I was talking to my buddy at work and were thinking about doing exactly what you are, but next year - or I may just enter the friggin thing. I bet you are having loads of fun out there.

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    Smile Jason Catches Ethan - Video

    Day 4 - Buena Vista to Fooses Creek - Jason Catches up to Ethan - Video Link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnB7ibqc5ZU

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    Jefe's update - video at Luan

    very fun 5 minute video of Jefe's adventures

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPGrEZqmaKY

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    Allison - thanks for the videos. Awesome!

    Anyplans to catch up to them in the san juans anywhere?

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    Mark (Buena Vista 830PM Monday)

    This is Mark, its 830PM Monday night. Iím in Buena, I had to make a big push to get here. Got hammered with weather. Gonna stay at a hotel, gonna head out tomorrow. Doing pretty good, now that Iíve got a drive train running. Got hit pretty hard with hail and weather today about half way here. [says something] got all the way down the road. Iím about half way through and Iím still on my plan to make it in about 9.5 to 10 days. Iím feeling pretty good physically Ė a little beat up, but not bad for how far Iíve come. Iíll get back with you guys hopefully in Silverton, which is going to be a major push for me, but thatís my plan. Gonna head out tomorrow and start heading that way, maybe be there in three days, maybe 3.5. Later.

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    Great stuff Alison. And having known Stefan for more than 20 years (and the fact he's my brother-in-law), I can confirm Stefan is a madman, whether he's racing or climbing or whatever. In a good way, of course.
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    Not to beat a dead horse, but thanks much Alison!....Very cool to be able to keep in touch with the riders via video and detailed reports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
    very fun 5 minute video of Jefe's adventures

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPGrEZqmaKY
    Awesome video! Super job Alison!

    The strong wookie is looking great too, rock on Jefe.
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    Stefan (Silverton, 11:31PM, Elapsed 104:31)

    Hey, itís Stefan. Jefe and I just arrived in Silverton and we are out-a-here. Weíre gonna pull an all nighter, hopefully finishing around 3, but probably not before unfortunately. Thatís a special interest of my mothers as she is picking me up. Conditions are good, the night looks clear and cold. Its good riding together as weíre pushing each other a little bit Ė probably a lot more here once things get started. (To Jefe) Want to say anything Jefe? Jefe says hi. See yíall later.

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    Another thanks to Alison - great updates and great videos.

    Will anyone be at the finish in Durango? It would be cool to get some pic's of the guys after the race.

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    Standings as of Silverton
    1.Stefan 104:31 Elapsed
    1.Jefe 104:31 Elapsed
    3. Ethan 116:10 Elapsed
    4. Jason 119:30 Elapsed
    5. Fred 123:32 Elapsed
    6. Mathew Lee 142:30 Elapsed
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    Way to go Stefan and Jefe and all the rest! Amazing efforts out there!!
    There's pretty decent article on the race in the Denver Post sports section this morning. Way bigger expose than I thought would be printed. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_6446873

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    Jason (Lake City 833AM Tuesday, Elapsed 113:30)

    Hey this is Jason, Iím in Lake City, itís about 830AM in the morning on Tuesday. Got some kinda weird knee issue Ė itís been plaguing me the past day, but I made it into town, Iím getting food, Iím getting ibuprofen, Iím getting 32 chocolate doughnuts, and Iím heading over the pass. Iíll call you in Silverton, thanks.

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    update from Jason Trimm

    Just got a call from Jason in Lake City. He was able to buy some ibuprofen luckily for his sore knee and the unmentionable mentioned before. He finally scored on food and sleep, in Cebolla Creek at a ranch type place, sleeping in a trailer and a loaf of fresh bread and a plate of potroast. He even got to wash his shorts for the first time. He was thankful for a rest from bivying in the pouring rain for so many nights. Sounds like it didn't rain there quite as badly as Crested Butte, as the heavens let loose here last night and i woke up with worry at every thunderbolt. Jason is hoping to be in Silverton in 3-5 hrs, and hopefully Durango Wednesday afternoon.

    Wish I could be videoing everyone on Indian Trail Ridge - such great views, but terrible exposure if there is lighting. We practically ran the ridge last year with a huge storm on the Hermosa side chasing us with bolts. I have to work today and tomorrow morning then i'm heading to Durango around noon from Gunnison if anyone wants a ride.

    thanks everyone for following the race and all the support for the riders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froman
    Will anyone be at the finish in Durango? It would be cool to get some pic's of the guys after the race.
    Why sure. I need to get outside anyway. I'll hobble my a$$ & crutches on over there at 3, look for Stephan's mom and take some pics.

    Don't keep mom waiting guys!

    BTW, anyone know the whereabouts of Matt? I have his cell phone but I won't be here after next Monday.

    Best of luck to all still out on course, it's a gorgeous morning here in Durango with perfect riding conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairball_dh
    BTW, anyone know the whereabouts of Matt?
    Matt Lee would have reached the piped spring in segment 15 at about 3pm monday. Expect a call from Lake City in the next few hours.

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    Still now word from Mathew Lee - you guys will hear as soon as I do.

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    My Race Summary

    Dropping out at the 4 day mark was not a dissapointment to me. I almost expected it.37000 vertical and about 300 miles adds to my mtb knowledge base.
    My biggest mistake was leaving my water filter at the Buena Vista bike shop, where I finally located a new cartridge for it and got one of those store bought racks that kept my sleeping bag off my knobbie tire. I thought I would save 10 grams by storing my iodine tablets in another container. The tablets melted and ran out onto my broken speedometer. There is a reason for that dark glass bottle.
    I headed out of Princeston Hot Springs with 190 oz shooting for the piped spring{35 miles out} in seg. 15. Saw Matt Lee for the last time 6 miles out. we both should have waited a few hours for the breakfast buffet. Had 48 oz remaining with 7 miles to go and the hottest temps. felt so far. Knowing I had to get fully loaded at the spring was not comforting with my shoulder in agony from an old injury and segments 16 and 17 looming. That is where I called it. Heading up Foose Crk. is the point of no return. I pushed the button and within two hours had a ride home, my water filter back and violated the open container law.
    The splines on the isis BB were also a big factor. So was the fact that I could hardly walk and could eat/drink everything I had in one sitting with 150 miles to resupply. I laid down in the shade and went into a dream zone like no other.
    Segments 1,2and3 were great, slower then planned, only covered 40 miles and did a centery the next day where Matthew and Jason passed at the end. Day three was Breckenridge area to Leadville. Woke up wet, did fine until the rain soaked me thru and I was wishing for disc brakes coming down Tennessee pass in a river. About dusk, soaked, I checked in at Leadville and ordered pizza and ate it in bed like an animal, took a shower with my bike, that was a first.
    Got riding about 10am and there is Matthew Lee shimming his disc brakes again on the road up to half moon. This was the best day of biking yet. The trail to clear creek is great, caught Matt bumming water at clear creek and we rode to B.V. together. He dropped me going up Cottonwood Pass. Avalanche trailhead to the hot springs is singletrack heaven, the final descent on road was forgiving in the dark. Caught Matthew there on the phone and I slept in tall weeds next to an unused bike rack. The diesel truck of channel 2 news woke me at 5am. The locally famous talking head asked me if I knew about the washed out road. I said no and thought to myself, I had much better story then that.
    Expect to see me at the starting line every year for this one.

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    Ethan (Silverton, 11:10AM Tuesday 116:10 elapsed)

    Hey there this is Ethan riding the CTR, its Tuesday, 11:10AM and I’m in Silverton. Things are going well, I’ll give you a ring when I get to Durango.

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    A message from your friendly neighborhood fun police:

    I noticed we have some folks either talking about following the race or actually doing it. While this may seem harmless, and I may seem like the evil fun police, this really goes against the spirit these events are founded on.

    I'm not suggesting anyone should be DQ'd or that anyone cheated. This is Stefan's race, not mine. But he has decided to follow self-supported rules, and having people leap-frogging the racers, by vehicle, is 100% contrary to the self-supported ideal. Even if nothing is exchanged (no "support" is given), knowing that someone is out there for possible bailout changes everything, especially when it's in the middle of the most serviceless stretch of the trail.

    Does this mean you can't go see someone you know on the route? Nope. That's a bit of a gray area in my mind. It's just a bike race, and banning people from popping in on the route seems pretty extreme. But I think you'll agree there is a big difference between popping over to the route once (unannounced) and following the whole race at points along the way.

    It's great to have more info on the race and better coverage, but let's remember the race is for the racers, not for us internet dweebs.

    [/end fun police communique]

    What a race between Stefan and Jefe! They are certainly the expected front runners, both with mucho experience with this style of racing and with the actual CT, too.

    I just got off the trail myself. Here are a couple pics. One from Georgia Pass, the other near Kokomo. These are taken just a few days before the CTR racers rolled by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    ...knowing that someone is out there for possible bailout changes everything, especially when it's in the middle of the most serviceless stretch of the trail.

    True.

    In my opinion, it's a personal choice. Do you want to face that double-edged sword, or no?

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    Not knowing

    just so everyone knows, not one racer knew where i was going to turn up, in fact neither did I. so there was no 'bailout' option in their minds. i think it is a fine line, and I tried my best to respect the spirit and rules of the race. I just happened to get a day off.... and was driving home from denver....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
    just so everyone knows, not one racer knew where i was going to turn up, in fact neither did I. so there was no 'bailout' option in their minds. i think it is a fine line, and I tried my best to respect the spirit and rules of the race. I just happened to get a day off.... and was driving home from denver....
    Fair enough, and thanks for clarifying.

    Just throwing out food for thought, and trying to make sure others don't get the wrong idea about following the race. I don't know the details of what's going on out there this year.
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    [QUOTE=Krein]A message from your friendly neighborhood fun police:

    I noticed we have some folks either talking about following the race or actually doing it. While this may seem harmless, and I may seem like the evil fun police, this really goes against the spirit these events are founded on.

    I'm not suggesting anyone should be DQ'd or that anyone cheated. This is Stefan's race, not mine. But he has decided to follow self-supported rules, and having people leap-frogging the racers, by vehicle, is 100% contrary to the self-supported ideal. Even if nothing is exchanged (no "support" is given), knowing that someone is out there for possible bailout changes everything, especially when it's in the middle of the most serviceless stretch of the trail."

    Damn the technology. I here where your coming from, but its really cool to see how its going from my couch in Austin TX. That has nothing to do with the spirit of the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
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    No, Scott, actually you don't sound like the fun police. You sound like someone that has mucho experience with this sort of thing and that is actually speaking from a rational point of view. I was/am pretty happy to see your thoughts pop up on this.

    I'd much, much rather read about the racers' on-course experiences in their words, after the fact than get updates along the way. And I know that we all think differently, but if I were racing this event, I'd be more than a little bit bummed to see the same person out there repeatedly. Call me a hermit or a grump, but I go to the races and the mountains for the mountains and the races, not to see other people and definitely not to see the same person repeatedly.

    Oh yeah--nice pics. Who's the dweeb with the bag o' Fritos on his rack?!

    And for those that are following along, here's two shots of the bump that separates Lake City from Silverton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    I noticed we have some folks either talking about following the race or actually doing it.
    I talked about my expierence doing the race. Times for segments, watering holes, ect.
    The spirit of these races is hush hush on logistics, knowledge is first hand only. My race summary would be considered support or going against what these races were founded on? If I make the race easier on paper for someone, what`s the big deal?

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    Enough with the pics! You're teasing me and making me think bad, evil thoughts! Like emailing my boss and saying, "I'm going to need several weeks off next summer!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by consumerbydesign
    I talked about my expierence doing the race. Times for segments, watering holes, ect.
    All up to you what you want to reveal. My lengthy post mortem writeups have certainly revealed much about the AZT, GLR, GDR, and even the CT.

    Quote Originally Posted by consumerbydesign
    The spirit of these races is hush hush on logistics, knowledge is first hand only.
    Don't confuse the personalities of certain racers with the 'spirit' of the race. To my knowledge, no one has ever discouraged writeups as any form of 'support.' In fact, Mike just chimed in that he enjoys them...

    But some choose not to reveal certain hard earned infos. It's a personal choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by consumerbydesign
    My race summary would be considered support or going against what these races were founded on? If I make the race easier on paper for someone, what`s the big deal?
    I'm not sure where you're getting that from. I was talking about people physically following the race, not reporting about it.

    Congrats on your ride out there; it sounds like you learned quite a bit. I think I actually saw you on your way to Avalanche CG on Sunday PM. By the time we got the truck turned around you were already on the trail. We then moved further down the trail just in time for Matt Lee to pop out of the trees. We chatted with him a bit as it began to downpour (big surprise), then he was off into the storm.
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    Someone posted the link to the Denver Post article earlier.

    Here's the Post's blog with bios (and pictures) of the riders.

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2...ling-pioneers/

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    Hey this is Jason, its 230PM, I just got into Silverton. Iíve really been suffering the past 30 hoursÖManÖIíve got a half gallon of chocolate milk, some food and a candy necklace, headed up to Molas Pass. Looks pretty dark up there. Iím going to try and get in by 3PM tomorrow and break the six day mark, but Iím not sure, itís probably going to be another bivy in the rain. Keep those good thoughts coming.

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    By the time we got the truck turned around you were already on the trail. We then moved further down the trail just in time for Matt Lee to pop out of the trees. We chatted with him a bit as it began to downpour (big surprise), then he was off into the storm.
    Guess I should clarify that we just happened to be heading over Cottonwood Pass on our way back from Gunnison. We weren't thinking about the race at all, and were surprised to see Dan (I think) and Matt Lee right by the road. So we stopped and said hello.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    Guess I should clarify that we just happened to be heading over Cottonwood Pass on our way back from Gunnison. We weren't thinking about the race at all, and were surprised to see Dan (I think) and Matt Lee right by the road. So we stopped and said hello.
    Sure Scott--everyone knows you were just 'passing through'. And those Matt Lee and Tinker Juarez posters on your bedroom ceiling? Those were probably left there by the previous renters, right?

    Riiiiiiiight.



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    those are 2 of the best shots i have viewed by mikesee.

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    That 5 day barrier is creeping up.......

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    Exactly. I've been pretty glued to this race too. After today's Tour news, this is turning into my big race to watch. I heard a rumor that Trimm got a full blood transfusion of pure chocolate milk.

    And Mike, I don't know about you, but I constantly see a girl in the distance, floating over the trail when I'm in the midst of an endurance race. She may not be real, but whatever...

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    As someone who is ready to take the leap into multi-day races/rides, I find the write-ups from other racers immensely valuable. I try and glean every bit of information from them that I can. I look over pictures of the bikes and try and get ideas from those too.

    But none of it is as good as old fashioned experience.

    I love the way these races get "broadcasted" to us, but last year there was a fun sense of anticipation while we waited for riders to get back into the real world. Sort of like waiting for a long lost friend to walk through a door way...

    I think the spirit of the race is pretty simple. MC has summed it up numerous times with the simple phrase, "take what you need or do without."

    When we are spectators, we have to remember that many of these racers are out there to be alone, to test themselves against the elements and any limitations that they alone possess. We can take that same sentiment of "take what you need..." What do we really need as spectators? What can we do without as we watch and read and cheer?

    But I will admit, I love the call ins, I enjoyed the videos, I like seeing the look in racers eyes after 3 or 4 days out on the trail. You can see the fatigue, the joy, the determination. I have experienced that look, and it is a terrible and wonderful place to be.
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    I think the spirit of the race is pretty simple. MC has summed it up numerous times with the simple phrase, "take what you need or do without."

    When we are spectators, we have to remember that many of these racers are out there to be alone, to test themselves against the elements and any limitations that they alone possess. We can take that same sentiment of "take what you need..." What do we really need as spectators? What can we do without as we watch and read and cheer?



    When I heard about this race I must say that hotels and bike shops weren't part of what I invisioned(I'm at the Starbucks in Georgetown). I don't see how a "roving reporter" is any worse than those examples.
    They all need a GPS senser so we can track them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtc
    When I heard about this race I must say that hotels and bike shops weren't part of what I invisioned(I'm at the Starbucks in Georgetown). I don't see how a "roving reporter" is any worse than those examples.
    A truly neutral, roving reporter is a different issue. I think that's another gray area. It does affect the racer's experience, but can be justified from some angles. Having your 'significant other' following the route at different points on the race, even if that SO is reporting back on the internet, is what we're talking about.

    A reporter from the Denver Post is not likely to give you a ride or be tempted to give you extra food. But your SO, or even a good friend who happens to be there, might be.

    If hotels and bike shops are not OK, why is a grocery store? Should racers have to carry all food and water the entire time? The point is all those services are available to the solo, independent racer. Not everyone has a SO with extra days off and the willingness to wait around for you to cross the next road.

    They all need a GPS senser so we can track them!
    It's been suggested before.

    OK, where are Jefe and Stefan?! From the look of the radar, it was pretty brutal out there this afternoon.

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