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    Ring the Peak - 2013 (xpost)

    I've been wanting to do this race since it's inception, but events have conspired against me. Managed to make it this year. Having done very little biking recently, but a lot of running/hiking, I wondered how it would go.

    Well, it was d@mn hard. Massive amounts of hike-a-bike, relentless sun, and a seemingly endless descent. Also, the Pikes Peak area has some serious beauty and isolation.

    We met some great folks out on the trails. Special shout out to the Colorado Springs Mountain Bike Club for the great aid stations.

    Here are some pics...

    Amazing scenery along Gold Camp Rd
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9702556596/" title="20130907_141702 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/9702556596_219f46403c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_141702"></a>

    The elevation profile
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9699336245/" title="RTP 2013 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7453/9699336245_8b04515f88_c.jpg" width="800" height="401" alt="RTP 2013"></a>

    Resupply near the Pikes Peak Toll Rd. We got a late start, this was probably closed for most people
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9702519526/" title="20130907_084244 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/9702519526_cb28d5be19_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_084244"></a>

    After Catamount
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9699286641/" title="20130907_110021 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/9699286641_a5e99b615a_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_110021"></a>

    Near Horsethief Park
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9702535460/" title="20130907_121531 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9702535460_f1fcd4b4c1_c.jpg" width="800" height="599" alt="20130907_121531"></a>

    Also near Horsethief Park
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9699299729/" title="20130907_124159 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/9699299729_46d6c40b67_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_124159"></a>

    Finally getting some fun downhill after the massive ride up 376 and the heinous hike-a-bike
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9702565758/" title="20130907_160515(0) by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/9702565758_fcd7b9a751_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_160515(0)"></a>

    Is this descent ever going to end?
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9702573340/" title="20130907_180513 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3692/9702573340_32b5d959bd_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130907_180513"></a>

    My bike ready to roll. I like to get as much weight off my back and on the bike
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9699278259/" title="20130906_203304 by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/9699278259_48deec7e9c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="20130906_203304"></a>
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    Looks like a great ride. Thanks for posting.
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