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    RR: Bikepacking to 24hr Town (pic heavy)

    I had to go back to work today to rest up from my week's vacation. 3 days skiing in UT wasn't enough, so after my return flight was delayed 2hrs I finally arrived back home at 7pm Wed evening. I really needed to start packing my bike stuff together & pronto!! I dropped off a cooler & extra clothes, etc with a buddy late on Wed, hustled back home to gather up all my bikepacking gear then managed to sneak in a couple hours of sleep before our 9:45a departure out of Queen Creek bound for 24hr Town.

    Tim joined me on the fun, with a little 24 mile bonus thrown in, as he was riding his SS over to my house from Tempe. The weather was perfect, the bikes loaded & off we went on our 90% dirt path down south.

    Off we go!
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Tim having some sealing issues along the way.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Long lonesome road heading into Florence.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    A very cool sight, watching a red-tailed hawk take flight into the golden hour.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Time to find a place to camp.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Nice view from camp.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    'X' marks the spot.
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    Tim enjoying the cool morning.
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    Neat looking area along the mostly boring Florence-Kelvin hwy.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    The AZT making us feel small.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Counter-balanced gate on the Boulders section of the AZT.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    A few boulders.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Making my way through the Painter Boy obstacle course
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Stash the bike here, walk down the fenceline 100 feet & crawl through, go back to bike. Easy.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    Not everything makes it through Painter Boy unscathed.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    One more obstacle to tackle.
    From Home to 24hr Town


    At last, on the 24hr course up at the final saddle before the descent into the start/finish area!!
    From Home to 24hr Town


    From my house: 97 miles, 2 days & only 5k of climbing.



    I settled in the back row of 24hr town & got ready for the race the following morning. I was racing a co-ed duo with Caroline and was trying to keep my times close to hers! In the end, we ended up 9th out of 29 with 15 laps, 7 for me & 8 for her. Not a bad 4 days of riding, 209 miles & 12k+ feet of climbing.

    View of the course from my tent:
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    I happened to catch Kurt crushing it on his 10th lap en route to a 1st place in Men's Duo.
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    The remnants of the whiskey/comb tree.
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    Caroline looking relaxed at the end of lap 7.
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    Word.
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    No, I didn't ride home. Ran out of time!!
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    Nice....thanks for letting me live vicariously through the adventure of others....I guess this is the year for it.




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    Awesome!

    Way to taper for the race!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    Nice....thanks for letting me live vicariously through the adventure of others....I guess this is the year for it.
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    Thanks for sharing! I was already impressed and thinking I was at the end of the story til I read the next line that you were actually going to RACE at 24hop too! Nice!

    Btw, how warm was it out there on the azt? Til what month do you think it'd be 'tolerable' to ride that section (w/o melting)?
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    Wow... most people would "rest up" before a 24hr race. You "warm up" with a 100 mike bike pack...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelg View Post
    Awesome!

    Way to taper for the race!
    Yeah, right. Originally I was going to start at Picketpost & ride the AZT down to Kelvin, skip the Ripsey climb then rejoin the AZT for the Boulders section. That would have been a bit much, the route we took was fairly relaxing with only a few really short HAB's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakvoodoo View Post
    Thanks for sharing! I was already impressed and thinking I was at the end of the story til I read the next line that you were actually going to RACE at 24hop too! Nice!

    Btw, how warm was it out there on the azt? Til what month do you think it'd be 'tolerable' to ride that section (w/o melting)?
    Temps were great, maybe upper 30's at night & upper 60's during the day for this time of year. I don't think I'd push it beyond mid-May out there. The nights would be pleasant but the daytime highs would be in the 90's & it's remote. All depends on your tolerance to heat I suppose, just not a lot of water options out there, but again the route we took didn't have any huge climbs.
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    That's awesome, great job on both the race and the ride to the race!

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    racing to the race?! dats ka-razy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    Nice....thanks for letting me live vicariously through the adventure of others....I guess this is the year for it.
    You and me both.

    Really impressive effort, bordering on bike-o-pathic, as in you've got nice problems! Riding like that seems so far away for me. Great stoke to keep the passion alive!
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    You impressed the heck out of me when you came riding up to the tents at 24 Hour Town. Busting out a great race with Caroline makes you a legend.

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    Yeah, me too. But I thought they were riding to Vegas! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    racing to the race?! dats ka-razy
    That would be crazy!! No way we 'raced' down there, just cruising along enjoying the scenery. We started both days just before 10am & took a bunch of pics. I'd do it again!
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    Great pics and report! Good meeting you out there too, and damn impressive riding down there and doing the race...I was trashed after a measly slow four laps, ha.

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