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    CTR 2008 starts!

    23 racers started this years rendition of the Colorado Trail Race! A huge thanks to Marni Plesko for gathering all the names, handing out all the SPOTs, and starting off the racers. She also took some pictures of the racers, and I will post those as soon as I can. Also a big round of applause for Matthew Lee and the TD racers that sent me their SPOT units to use for the CTR. I'll call 'em out by name in my next post.

    The 2008 CTR started at 12:04 this afternoon (7/28), so I would expect to hear from the front runners around noon tomorrow in Frisco or Copper. Maybe sooner considering the strength of this year's field! Hopefully the SPOT Leaderboard will give us some good spectating, although not all of the racers are carrying SPOTs. We should also hear from all the racers via Joe Polk MTBcasting the callins, and some may be sending text messages via cellphone to Twitter - username: CTR2, passwd: rideyourassoff

    And without further ado, here is the list of starters: (updated regularly with call-in info)

    Ethan Passant -- Finishes on 8/2 @ 14:30 for the win and a new CTR record of 5d02h26m
    Jason Shelman (SS) -- Finishes second on 8/2 @ 15:53 with a time of 5d03h49m
    Chris Plesko (SS) -- Finishes third on 8/2 @ 18:31 for a time of 5d06h27m
    Jeff Oatley -- Finishes on 8/3 @ 11:51 for a time of 5d23h47m
    Brad Kee -- Finishes on 8/3 @ 16:10 for a time of 6d04h06m
    Trish Stevenson -- Finishes on 8/4 @ 13:50 as the first ever female finisher in 7d01h46m
    Dan Montgomery -- Finishes on 8/4 @ 18:49 for a time of 7d06h45m
    Dennis Helton -- Finishes on 8/4 @ 19:04 for a time of 7d07h00m
    Matt Fusco -- Finishes on 8/5 @ 15:18 for a time of 8d03h14m
    Marshal Bird -- Suffers a serious crash warranting a trip to the ER on 8/5 only 40 miles from Durango
    Eddie Turkaly -- 8/5 @ 09:24 crashes out before Durango
    Chris Neumann -- 8/3 @ 13:10 reluctantly throws in the towel
    Doug Johnson -- 8/1 @ 18:49 pulls out at Hwy. 114 - knees exploding
    Pete Basinger -- 8/1 @ 19:23 bails out - sick of hike-a-bike
    Chuck Ray -- 8/1, not enough time at this pace. Returning to Nederland.
    Curtis Burge -- 8/1 @ 13:33, checking out at Cottonwood Hot Springs
    Tim Graczyk (Fixed Gear!) -- 8/1 @ 08:06, heading home from B.V.
    Jim Ishman (SS) -- 7/31 @ 22:18 pulls out in Leadville
    Dave Nice (Fixie!) -- 7/31 @ 15:11, calls it quits near Copper
    Keith Eckstein -- 7/31 @ 15:08 Out - stomach flu or food poisoning in Frisco
    Alison Gannet -- 7/30 @ 06:56 out. E. Coli infection!
    Kyle Stone -- 7/30 @ 12:39, Pulling the plug at Kenosha Pass
    Travis Butler (SS) -- 7/29 @ 13:20, Pulling the plug in Tarryall due to jacked up knees.


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    Anyone want to help with the others?
    0051, 0052 - Alison Gannet
    0053 - Dave Nice
    0054, 0055 - Dave Nice and ??
    0059, 0060 - Travis Butler
    0061, 0062 - Matt Fusco
    0063, 0064 - Jeff Oatley
    0065, 0066 - Jim Ishman
    0069, 0070 - Kyle Stone
    0071, 0072 - Chris Neumann
    0073,0074 - Chuck Wray
    0075 - Jason Shelman
    0076, 0077 - Marshal Bird
    0082 - Chris Plesko and others

    That's a tremendous showing - over twice as many as last year, with three return pain seekers! I can't wait to watch this one!

    On a slightly personal note, and the reason why I missed the pre-race mtg and start, it is very fitting that since I came out of last year's CTR ready to have kids that my first one should be born on this year's CTR start date! A happy, healthy boy, and a good omen for all of this year's racers. Go get 'em guys!!!
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    Stefan congratulations to both your wife and yourself on this very happy day . A future racer perhaps .

    Cheers and may all three of you sleep well in the coming months , Andy
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    That's where Crazy Dennis Helton is right now.
    I wondered why he wasn't at ORAMM this last weekend.

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    Anyone know whats up with the SPOT "dots" not being available for the passed 12 hrs?
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    Congrats Stefan!

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    See you at the start line next year!

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    I hope to be toeing the line there next season also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron
    Anyone know whats up with the SPOT "dots" not being available for the passed 12 hrs?
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    We got word from SPOT that they were upgrading their shared page functionality yesterday/last night and the pages (and therefore the leaderboard) will be up sometime today. They are a west coast company as well, so that ought to effect the time it goes back up.

    Just bad timing that the service upgrade coincided with the start of the CTR.

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    Congrats Stefan! Another future endurance racer is born! I dunno if Matthew's baby has arrived, anyone know? Hmmm could it be Stefan's son FTW!?
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    23 racers in the 2nd year is amazing. Makes my ITT seem really lonely by comparision. I may be forced to ride it each year if it becomes a group ride!!! I think Jefe's record could be in trouble with all the competition out there.

    Go Dave Nice Go- finishing is your only option brother. I am following your blue dot (when visible) any chance I get. I may even try to show up for a little ride/pep talk if I can find you.

    Cheers to all you out there- I hope you have tailwinds, partly cloudy weather and friendly trail magic to help your journey.

    Congrats Stefan on the baby- custom Moots ti trailer on the way with formula in the tubes? You could theoretically break the father/son CTR record you know!!

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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 13:20, Travis Butler in Tarryall

    This is Travis Butler, callin' from Tarryall. I'm pullin' the plug. I've got a couple of jacked up knees. Good time, but uhh, next time I'm going to, umm, have some gears, instead of just one. So, anyway, just letting you all know.

    Bummer, Travis. I was rooting for ya! I hope you still have a great vacation in Colorado and maybe get to ride a bit more of the trail in a few days! BTW, everyone, I am going to keep updating/editing the first post in this thread to reflect callins as I get them. --Stefan
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    Thanks for the update Stefan/Marni, and to ML / KM for the SPOT setup. I like the map display with wilderness detours shown.

    23 and some strong names in there. We'll see how much the weather allows these guys push it this year.
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    SPOT loaners

    A big thanks to all the TDers that loaned out their SPOTs!

    Matthew Lee
    Kevin Montgomery
    Geoff Roes
    Mary Collier
    Andy Buchanan
    Felix Wong
    Adrian Stingaciu
    Ardie Olson
    Stephen Gleasner
    Leighton White
    Mike Dion


    When Marni handed 'em out at the start, everyone who wanted one got one, and there was only one left over! Now if only SPOT would get their shared page fixed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    A happy, healthy boy, and a good omen for all of this year's racers. Go get 'em guys!!!
    Congrats! Thanks for your hard work on this project, makes us couch-racers that much more tuned in. Its really cool to watch the progress (Cmon Spot! ) as the race develops.

    My wife and I were expecting our baby boy on Sunday, but we're still waiting. Maybe we will have CTR bookending babies, yours at the start and mine when someone finishes in the next few days.

    Good luck (and weather) to all you racers, I am in awe.

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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 15:05, Ethan Passant in Copper

    Hey, it's Ethan Passant. I'm in Copper... Later!

    Ethan appears to be out front, blazing the path for the others!
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 16:26, Doug Johnson in Frisco

    Hi, this is Doug Johnson calling in from Frisco. Been here for awhile, umm, restin', eatin', so forth. Things are going pretty well I guess. Got a little dehydrated going to Buffalo Creek, but after I made it to the water, the detour went much better than the ride there, and had to leap-frog all the vampires that rode through the night. And... pretty hard ride from Kenosha to Gold Hill, but now I'm refueling and gonna tackle that 7 miles of bike path over to Copper Mountain, and I'll prolly call you later.
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 17:00, Chris Plesko in Copper

    Hey everybody, this is Chris. It is just before 5 o'clock and everything's been going good. The riding today was definitely tough, but I'm having a good time and gonna get some food and then, uh, take off and see how far I can get tonight. Alright, that's about all I got. Bye.
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    go ethan

    Damn just got home from work and still no leader board! They're killing me.

    Ethan looks to be in form! A little surprising considering his lead up to the CTR. Mtn bike race on Thursday night right into 3 days of road racing at the Omnium in Salida and then starting the CTR on Monday!
    We picked him up in Salida on the way to Denver. His crit had just finished in a downpour. He toweled off in the parking lot, rinsed his chamois out in the Arkansas river and jumped in the car, announcing his excitement for the CTR. freak.

    Anyway I'm glad the weather settled some today. It rained the whole way home on hwy 285 yesterday and the area around buff creek looked pretty black

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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 17:53, Doug Johnson in Copper

    Hey, it's Doug Johnson calling in from Copper Ethan was the only person in front, but it looks like while I was vacationing in Frisco, a few people jumped ahead of me. I'll try to make it up to leadville tonight and see how that goes. Tell Sarah I rode with the guy who rode the cruiser bike in the new belgium TB commercial, but he wasn't on a cruiser bike, he was on a real mountain bike.
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    JP, thanks for updating the twitter as well as the mtbcast.

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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 20:18, Pete Basinger, Jeff Oatley and Jason Shelman in Copper

    Hey this is Pete Basinger. I'm calling in from Copper Mountain. I'm with Jeff Oatley and Jason Shelman. And uh, yeah, weather's great! We're gonna keep going tonight. We spent a couple hours in Frisco, we got pretty hammered on the way here - just with the heat and the trail is pretty tough... But we're having a good time, the trail's pretty fun. That's it. Bye.
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 20:37, Trish Stevenson, Brad Kee in Frisco

    Hey boys and girl listening in. Trish calling, I'm with Mr. Brad Kee after a long day riding with Dennis finally caught up to Kee. We are having dinner in Frisco. That was one of *the* most spectacular days I've had on a bike! Wicked singletrack from glimpses that I remember from the 100. It is awesome. I got a full 10 hour sleep last night, which was awesome. Went to bed at 9, got up at 6 which felt really good. I think we're gonna... might, press on a little further. Hope everyone is well out there and we'll talk to ya soon. Alright. Ciao.

    Boy, what can I say?! So glad to have a helping hand in someone's most spectacular days on a bike! Keep truckin' Trish!
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 21:23, Alison Gannet in Frisco

    Hi this is Alison Gannet calling in from Frisco. I actually arrived here at 6:30 and I'm looking forward to shacking up for the night. Saw lots of cool riders last night. Saw Trish and Brad from North Carolina at Gooseberry campground. Rode with Greg from Durango for much of last night, and probably saw like 10 other people yesterday. And, anyway, thanks for all the support and I'll talk to you later.
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 22:29, Dennis Helton in Frisco

    Yo this is Dennis from bio wheels (?) I'm in Frisco. Had the best ride of my life, Colorado Trail rocks. Colorado Trail Foundation, thank you for a wonderful job, and uh they fed (?) me well. Uh, yeah that's about it. later.
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 22:54, Ethan Passant in Leadville

    Hello there this is Ethan again, made it to Leadville. See ya.
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    Call-in: 7/29 @ 22:56, Brad Kee in Copper

    Hey this is Brad Kee. I'm in Copper. 11 o'clock Tuesday Evening.
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    Trish, Brad, and Dennis are all friends of mine. Sweet to see/hear their reports, I was talking to Trish before she left and it was funny to see her pre-race mania. If they think they're having fun now, wait until they get into Seg 13 and beyond...personally, the sweet fast ST in 13/14 followed by EVERYTHING from 15 to Durango was the absolute bomb...if I was racing, however, I'd be super happy to be taking that Cinammon Pass detour.

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    From the Twitter board

    CTR2 This morning: Alison Gannett calls back and after a visit to the ER she's out! Massive bronchial infection. Get well soon, Alison! 37 minutes ago from web

    Feel Better Alison

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    Allison sorry to hear that . It has taken me over a month to get over a similar sickness . Great race up to here . Also sorry to hear that Travis had to pull the plug . There is always next year . Everybody else ride hard and smile big .

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 06:56, Alison out

    Hi this is Alison Gannet calling in and I've got some bad news to report. I'm battling a bronchitis infection getting worse yesterday coming into Frisco and then uh last night I started peeing blood and so I started peeing blood and so I went to the ER and I've got a massive infection. So I'm so sad and I was really looking forward to continuing the race but it looks like it's not in the cards with my body right now and umm I'm looking forward to battling with Trish for the women's record and looks like that's not gonna happen as well. Oh well, ya gotta respect your body when it's telling you something so good luck to everyone out there and thanks to everybody supporting and I'm really bummed that I'm not going to be riding today.

    Dang, that sucks Alison! I sure hope your body recovers OK, and I'm so glad you had access to medical services!! And don't worry, the CT isn't going anywhere... --Stefan
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 08:03, Dan Montgomery in Copper

    Hey this is Dan Montgomery checking in from Copper Mountain, about 8 o'clock. So one rider all day yesterday, that was Curtis. That was a good day! A little cold sleeping last night. Made it down to west ridge - did that in the dark - my home turf. That was fun... cold night. Got 20 in this morning already and going over Copper! Later.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 08:31, Chris Plesko in Leadville

    Hey everybody, this is Chris Plesko. I'm here in Leadville. It's 8:30 on saaa... not Saturday, Wednesday morning. I had a pretty good night last night. Me and Doug hooked up outside of Copper there and rode over Searle pass and that really high ridge over Kokomo too. That was pretty epic sitting up above 12,300 at 10:30 at night! And bivied at Camp Hale for a bit and took off this morning. I expect he'll call in in a minute. Other than that, doing good, gonna get some kind of food here in town and push on to Buena Vista.

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 09:50, Doug Johnson in Leadville

    Hey this is Doug Johnson calling in. I'm getting ready to leave Leadville. Me and Chris spent 2 or 3 hours hiking above tree line last night. I think I left my legs up there on Kokomo pass. I feel pretty horrible today. But, umm, head to Buena Vista and see how it goes from there. Bye.
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    It seems Chris still lives in the land of perpetual Saturdays, even while he's racing!

    Spots seem to be back up! Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    It seems Chris still lives in the land of perpetual Saturdays, even while he's racing!

    Spots seem to be back up! Yay!

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 11:07, Ethan Passant in Buena Vista

    Hello there this is Ethan. Calling in from BV. Things are going well. Talk to ya in Silverton.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 11:31, Tim Graczyk in Copper

    Hello this is Tim Graczyk. and I am at the Copper Conoco. It is Wednesday monring, 11:31. I am having fun... I slept on Georgia Pass last night. It was a bit cold but very scenic. Uh, yeah... I'm just trying to ride it on through so I'll call you from Leadville.
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    Just posted the latest call-ins via podcast. Lots of calls today! And yes, they are movin'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 12:39, Kyle Stone pulls the plug at Kenosha Pass

    Hello, this is Kyle Stone calling from near Kenosha Pass. I've decided to pull the plug. I definitely overestimated my abilities and underestimated the toughness of this race. Anyway, the trail was hot, Monday was a fairly decent day. Got pretty dehydrated though and had a rough time recovering yesterday at the Hayman fire area along the Tarryall Detour so I just felt like I kept going down hill and uh really took it out of me. So I ended up getting to Kenosha Pass and decided to pull the plug. Everyone who's toed up to that starting line oughtta feel good about it and those that are still going keep pedaling strong and we'll be watching ya. So have a great ride, and we'll be watching ya.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 12:50, Jeff Oatley in Leadville

    This is Jeff Oatley calling from Leadville. Rode in about noon with Pete and Jason and ??? Had a beautiful morning on the trail getting ready to roll out of town cover some more miles. Cover some more miles. That's all. Bye.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 13:23, Brad Kee in Leadville

    Hey, this is Brad Kee in Leadville. 1:20 oh, when's the day... uhh, later.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 14:04, Chuck Wray, Chris Neumann, Eddie Turkaly, Matt Fusco in Frisco

    Hey, Chuck Wray calling in. Just ate in Frisco. Looking to head out to copper. Caught up with everyone who's here at the end. Having a beer drinking contest. And whoever can get out of here. They're in the front... (garbled)

    Nuemann calling in from Frisco. Sitting here having food. (laughs)

    This is Eddie Turkaly in Frisco as well eating my second meal.

    Matt Fusco here. Only one with a beer in his hand. Gonna be here for a bit, then we're gonna try to go over Tennessee Pass tonight. Later.
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    Leaderboard is back up

    http://www.tourdivide.org/ctr/leaderboard

    Looks like Travis Butler is pulling away

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    Leaderboard is back up

    http://www.tourdivide.org/ctr/leaderboard

    Looks like Travis Butler is pulling away
    Nah, Travis Butler is sitting in his hammock using wifi at the KOA with ice on his knees. I'm glad I stopped when I did. I think I'll recover just fine in a couple more days but if I would have kept going it would have been bad news bears for long term riding. It's wierd, I've been riding exclusively on a rigid SS for almost 4 years now and haven't had this much trouble. Then again, I've never tried riding up mountain passes with 28 pounds of food/water/gear either! I'm getting a geared bike for this sort of thing.
    Good luck to everyone out there! Keep on keeping on...

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 15:18, Chris Plesko in B.V.

    Hey everybody, this is Chris Plesko. I won the Buena Vista city limits sprint at 3:11 uncontested! That was a good time... Anyway, segment 11 was pretty awesome - the detour was fine. Didn't really do much on the SS, just coasted down and tried to spin as fast as possible and now I'm gonna get some food and keep on keeping on. Alright, talk to ya'll a little later.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 15:43, Trish Stevenson in Leadville

    Hey Joe. Calling in. It is 3:43 Colorado time. Rolled in prolly about 1... after 1, something like that. Little dusty as you can see. Major road construction on that detour (cough) trying to cough it up... Good day - got a shower, dried out my bag, ran into Mr. Kee again. Seein' if any other Carolinians show up. But umm, it's been good. Got some new shoes sent to me that will be better for hike-a-bike, but umm, the passes were beautiful. Alright. Over and out.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 15:50, Curtis Burge in Copper

    Hey there this is Curtis Burge calling in from Copper Moutain about 10 to 4. Everything is going along just great. Slow... And, uh, doing good. See ya in Leadville. Bye, bye.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 16:01, Doug Johnson in B.V.

    Hey this is Doug Johnson calling in. Made it to Buena Vista. Legs came back around in time to go up and over Hope Pass. Wasn't too bad. I think we're off to Mt. Princeton Hot springs. It's the next place with ice cream so that's where I'll be. Talk to you guys later.

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 17:18, Chuck Wray, Eddie Turkaly, Chris Neumann in Copper

    Chuck Ray calling in from Copper Gas. Uh, what is it weds evening. Trying to make Kokomo Pass tonight. Trying to get over to camp hale , but kinda sketchy this late in the day going over 12. See what happens, huh. ahhhhh! Thanks.

    This is Eddie Turkaly checking in at Copper Mountain. Getting ready to hit the pass. We're gonna plan on sleeping somewhere between Tennessee Pass and Kookoo Pass or whatever it's called. We're headin' up there now. I'm feeling Grrreat!

    Hey it's Chris Neumann checkin in from Copper Mountain. It's Tuesday about 5:15. Actually, I want to say happy birthday to my brother, Carl. Everything's going well. We're gonna try and get over Kokomo Pass and sleep on the other side. Alright that's it.

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    anybody know of a nice rustic B&B near durango... or even a cabin i might be able to rent last minuet for the weary CTR racer i'll be scooping up here upon completion? Any thoughts/leads would be appreciated!

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    try the Siesta Motel 877-314-0741 in Durango. locally owned. great place.

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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 19:23, Tim Graczyk in Leadville

    Hello, this is Tim Graczyk again. iI is about 7:20 and I am in Leadville at the Safeway here. I just bought some baked goods. Some rice crispy squares - it's pretty good. Came over Searle and Kokomo. That was a 1-2 punch that almost knocked me out. Coming down from that I came off the bike a few times. It was exceedingly difficult, but made it all the way here. The section from Tennessee pass to Wurtz ditch road, that's really fun, I'm glad that that was included in the route. I'm gonna continue on and get some more food here, and give ya a call from Buena Vista. So I'll see ya then.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 19:30, Marshal Bird in Frisco

    Yeah, this is Marshal Bird, I'm in Frisco laying down in my hotel bed. It's about 7:30. Got in about 6:30 A quick summary of the first couple of days: Day 1 was heat and cramps. Day 2 was more heat, more cramps. Pretty rough two days. Finally got a good night's sleep last night. Got in here to Frisco and plan on getting up and heading out about 3 o'clock in the morning. Good luck to everybody else out there. Bye, bye.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 19:51, Jason Shelman, Jeff Oatley, Pete Basinger in B.V.

    Hello Joe. This is Jason. uh, Jason Shelman. I'm calling and checking in for Jeff Oatley and Pete Basinger. Not really sure what time it is, I think about 7:15. And , uh, we're in B.V. and we're heading out. OK. Thank you.
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    Call-in: 7/30 @ 21:34, Dave Nice near Frisco

    Hey everybody in MTBcast land. It's Dave Nice. It's 9:35 Wednesday. I'm somewhere on the bike path between Breckenridge and Frisco. Maybe you can hear the traffic roll by. Crashing here for the night. I've never ridden myself to this level of exhaustion before. Just wasn't paying attention in one of the corners, washed out, and landed alright, didn't hurt anything, but somehow my left leg got tangled between my frame and handle bars and kind of goofed up my left knee. It kind of hurts right now. Gonna take some Motrin and get a good night's sleep and see how it is in the morning. Talk to you later.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 00:08, Brad Kee, Trish Stevenson in B.V.

    Hey, this is Brad and Trish. We just rode segment 11 together and are in Buena Vista. 12 o'clock in the morning Wednesday. Bye.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 00:52, Dan Montgomery in B.V.

    This is Dan Montgomery. I'm in Buena Vista. 12:30 at night I think. And, uh, had a great day. Covered a lot of ground. Saw Dennis - he's the only other rider I saw today. Saw him on top of Copper Mountain this morning. I don't know where I am in the standings, but I hope I'm with everybody else now. I put in a little extra time tonight. Down, down, down. It's all downhill the last 20 miles. What a blast. Well, alright I gotta go find a place to crash. G' night.
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    Mileage

    As I'm out on the east coast and haven't ridden the CT, would someone be able to give me rough estimates of how far along the trail places like Copper, Leadville, BV and Silverton are? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
    Is it just me....or are those guys just absolutely flying?

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    Yes they're flying. But, BY FAR the hardest parts are still to come... the sections from Leadville all the way to the US 550 crossing above Salida include the most continously fun fast trail plus really fast fire road and pavement detours. From Salida to Lake City and then again from Silverton to Durango are where they're REALLY going to get tested (although Georgia and Searle pass are significant too...)
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    Cooked on the Colorado Trail

    Hello all….

    I decided to pull the plug on my CT attempt last night as I was COOKED! Stick a fork in me, I am done. Actually, it was feeling like there were a couple hundred forks already sticking me in the butt! Aside from the tender bum, the heat was torture. When the race started on Monday we rode up Waterton canyon and my watch (mounted on my bike) was reading 108F. The first three segments went pretty well with the exception of an end-o on the decent down to S. Platte River. Not too much harm done but with a 23 lb pack on your back it sure does hurt. I had to laugh as just 5 minutes before my tumble I was thinking that “a person needs to pay attention on this section or they could get hurt!”

    I rode for around 11 hours Monday and logged 55 miles. Slept in a beautiful meadow with temps in the 50’s. Throughout the day on Monday I could not get my heart rate to lower and felt like I was going backwards. My typical heart rate is around 140 to 150 while maintaining a constant pace. I noticed Monday that it was usually around 160 to 170. Way too high but even when I stopped to take a break it was just not recovering as usual. It took me around 8 hours to ride what should have taken 6.5 hours.

    Tuesday morning I was on the trail at 6 am and rode for 12 hours logging around 65 miles. I was drinking around 2.5 liters every 3 to 4 hours supplemented with Succeed electrolytes. The sun was out and the section of the course took us through the Hayman Fire (http://www.wilderness.org/Library/Do...ary_Hayman.cfm) area which has been stripped of any shade. All of the riding was on forest service and paved roads so the technical nature was not that high. I really started to bonk around 3 pm. I tried to analyze why I was not recovering because I was drinking and thought I was eating enough to fuel the endeavor. When I started to count calories I realized that I had only eaten around 1500 calories over the past 12 hours. Not enough to sustain the effort on a normal ride and this was far beyond normal.

    By 5 pm I was at an intersection of forest service road 56 and at the end of my rope. To the right, 2 miles back to the Colorado Trail then 6 miles to Kenosho Pass. 5 miles to the left, Hwy 285 and 2 miles to Kenosho Pass. I knew if I went left, my race was over. If I went right, my race continued. I sat in the heat for a few moments and decided to go left. I headed down the road for about 500 yards then stopped, turned around contemplating my decision. I turn back to the west and continued to hwy 285 with strange feeling of relief that the struggle was over but at the same time a sense of sadness that my adventure was over. After a fearful ride up hwy 285 in the rain , I made it to Kenosho pass campground and called my wife to let her know that I was done. 115 miles, 22 hours of riding in 31 hours, my adventure was complete.

    Hours later as I write this summary, I am already starting to think about what I could do differently next year! How quickly we forget. It was not even 24 hours ago I was cursing the Tarryall valley and swore to never travel that section again. The heat was a huge factor for me and I think it took more out of me than I realized. Not looking for excuses as I know I could always be in better shape and train more purposefully, I think I under estimated the difficulty of the Colorado Trail and over estimated my ability.

    One of my favorite quotes is by the great explorer Norman Vaughn (http://www.normanvaughan.com/) which is “Dream big and dare to fail”. This was a big dream and even though I failed to finish the trail I continue to dream. Failure creates clarity that eventually results in success.

    Thanks for everyone’s support and we’ll see you on the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPRush1000
    As I'm out on the east coast and haven't ridden the CT, would someone be able to give me rough estimates of how far along the trail places like Copper, Leadville, BV and Silverton are? Thanks.

    KP
    It is so hard to estimate, but here is a rough outline, which would take into account that you used to riding multiple 15 hrs-days in a row, have experienced the huge passes in Colorado, are used to hike-a-bike for at least an hour a day (with purpose), love bad weather and thunderstorms, are acclimated to altitude, used to bikepacking on singletrack with 20 lbs of gear on your bike, love to suffer, etc:

    1. Waterton Canyon to Tarryall - 12 hrs
    2. Tarryall to bar on Rt 77 - 3 hrs
    3. Rock Creek section to Kenosha - 2 hrs
    4. Kenosha to Frisco - 7.5 hrs
    5. Frisco to Leadville - 8 hrs
    6. Leadville to BV - 6 hrs
    7. BV to Hwy 50 - 10-11-12 hrs
    8. Hwy 50 to Lake City - 14 hrs (excessive hike-a-bike)
    9. Lake City to Silverton - 6 hrs
    10. Silverton to Durango - 20 hrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPRush1000
    As I'm out on the east coast and haven't ridden the CT, would someone be able to give me rough estimates of how far along the trail places like Copper, Leadville, BV and Silverton are? Thanks.

    KP
    Sure. Copper is about 150 miles in, Leadville is around 200. B.V. is at 250, and they'll hit Silverton after 450 miles. Lake City is ~3 miles out of the way near mile 400 of the route.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 08:46, Dave Nice near Copper

    Heeeyllo it's Dave, and it's 8:45 and Im in Frisco. just had a hot breakfast. not too shortly, maybe an hour or two after I called last night, something bit me on the left side, and uh, my left leg is swelled up real nice and big and is gooey and sticky and puffy this morning, and I went by the doctor's office and they think it's either a black widow or.. (cut-off)

    Little spider bit me on the left leg, swelled up real bad and I had trouble breathing last night, so I used by epinephrine shot and some benadryl and that seemed to let me sleep. Today the doctor said to take it easy and gave me some more benadryl and some oehter kind of pain of some sort. Kind of feeling a little drugged out, but hot breakfast was yummy. Yeah, so gonna play it easy today and see how I'm feeling, try and ride into Copper and not too much further than that. Guess I'm in sweep position now, so maybe I'll pick up some people today, maybe not. Still gotta go by Wal-Mart or whatever to resupply. Get the bag stocked up with some calories again. Yeah, that's about it. Talk to ya later...
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 10:35, Jim Ishman in Copper

    Hi this is Jim Ishman checking in from Copper. Spent a lot more time in Frisco than I thought, got a couple good meals in. Looking forward to getting this next section of trail to Leadville done. Never done it, so I'm looking forward to doing it. Rode with Keith for, oh, prolly 120, 130 miles for the last couple days. Split with him in Frisco, he's gonna re-evaluate and get some bike work done. Anyway, hope I'll be calling soon from Leadville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
    It is so hard to estimate, but here is a rough outline, which would take into account that you used to riding multiple 15 hrs-days in a row, have experienced the huge passes in Colorado, are used to hike-a-bike for at least an hour a day (with purpose), love bad weather and thunderstorms, are acclimated to altitude, used to bikepacking on singletrack with 20 lbs of gear on your bike, love to suffer, etc:
    Now, now, Alison. You're gonna scare everyone away! We dropped the worst hike-a-bike sections in favor of the Tenmile Bike Path and Cinnamon Pass...

    But yes, I'll completely agree with you that mileage really gives you no clue as to how tough the CT is.

    Great job for the 1st 30 hours, and I hope you're already recovering from the infection!
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    FYI: I threw the pics up that Marni sent over. You can find them here!
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    Thanks

    Alison and Stefan,

    Thanks for the replies. It is a help as I keep up with my brother in law (Turk) and the other riders as they ride something that I can't fathom for myself at this point.

    KP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    they think it's either a black widow or...
    Damn.

    Continuing on while drugged out, while potentially a really bad idea, definitely deserves some badass cred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jav1231
    FYI: I threw the pics up that Marni sent over. You can find them here!
    Great! Thanks Joe. I'm gonna add this link to the 1st page.
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    Pictures

    Hi All,
    Got some more pic's here that I thought you might enjoy from the race. Also, an update from the ER lab - I have an E-Coli infection. Boy, you train so long, nitpick with your gear, count calories, pray for good weather, and figure that there is nothing to stop you, no matter WHAT... but alas, I didn't expect clammy chamois to take me down. I did feel so great for those first two days, and was stoked to meet my goal of getting to Frisco in 30 hours. Trish and I were doubly motivated by some chick comments that got us fired up at the start. And then with her only a few hours behind me over Georgia Pass, I had some great extra motivation. I'm already looking forward to next year's hopeful redemption. Kick some ass Trish, I'm rooting for you, and everyone out there. Ethan, hope you are coming into Lake City soon, and I have heaps of envy for your shoes. Looks like awesome weather, and the trails are in stellar tacky shape from last weeks rains. Thanks to Stefan for organizing such a GREAT race!
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 12:54, Eddie Turkaly, Chris Neumann, Chuck Ray in Leadville

    This is Eddie Turkaly, Chris Neumann here too. Just got to Leadville. Rolled in just in time to get some food. Also Chuck Ray is here calling in as well. So we're all here together and doing great. What a GREAT ride that was! Can't wait to do more. It was downhill all the way! Downhill, so nice! From Tennessee downhill all the way (multiple voices chiming in on the downhill part). We're outta here.
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    wow...courier bag and fairly minimal kit...
    For a rock steady Gas Tank bag > the DeWidget

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    Eddie just called back about the times on the Twitter. I think their server is doing the timestamping. It may be picking up my time, though, which is Eastern time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGSNOW
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    Got some more pic's here that I thought you might enjoy from the race. Also, an update from the ER lab - I have an E-Coli infection...
    As we say here in Georgia...DAYUM! You take care of yourself!

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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 13:27, Dennis Helton in B.V.

    Yeah, this is Dennis. Colorado Trail rider in BV. Stopped to get food, cables and wanted to say, thanks Barbie, I was going the right way, the numbers were off so it's all good. Yeah, hopefully I can make it through this next section. Later.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 13:35, Matt Fusco, Curtis Burge in Leadville

    Hey this is Matt Fusco and Curtis Burge hanging out in Leadville. Got here about 11:30, had some food at the Golden Burro after camping out at the top of Kokomo Pass last night. A little brisk, but not any place better so far to camp. So, things are going well. Thanks, bye.
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    Matt's another NC friend. This thread ROCKS!
    I really love the whacked out "sound" of Dennis's messages, the stuff after BV to US 50 was some of the best mountain biking - note- this does not mean best trail or wilderness- of my trip. He'll make it.

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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 14:53, Marshal Bird in Leadville

    Hi, this is Marshal Bird. It's Thursday, 2:51. I'm in Leadville. Just rolled into town. Saw some other Colorado Trail racers. Chris Neumann and 4 other guys. Couple of 'em just left and a couple of 'em are having lunch. I'm gonna chow down on a quick burrito and headin' out of town. Talk to ya in Buena Vista. Everyone else, good luck out there. Bye, bye.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 15:06, Tim Graczyk in B.V.

    Hello. This is Tim Graczyk. It's about 5 after 3 and I finally made it to BV. After I called last night, I was gonna call again and mention that I hadn't seen anybody all day yesterday, and shortly after that I saw Dennis. I made it past him coming up Half Moon Creek road last night and camped a bit ahead of him. He passed me this morning, got liek a 15 min. head start. I was feeling good, thinking about coming down here to bV and having tacos and calling my wife who I haven't talked to in several days, and descended down to Independence Pass road and I made a total bonehead move and I took a left, and I rode all the way out to 24 and took a right. And riding on 24, didn't really put it together, and started to think that the road wasn't really doing what it supposed to do, and there was 390 on my right. And, uh, pretty much realized what I had done, and my world came to a skidding halt. Sat there for about 20 minutes weighing my options, and finally I decided to backtrack up 24 and back up Independence Pass Rd. to the trail, and continued on the trail all the way around Twin Lakes, and over the mountainous areas and so forth. And then, uh, the trail comes to another road, 398 it turns out, and I descended on that, and you're supposed to take a right. I missed that turn, descended way down the road and had to walk back up and continue on. Finally made it here. It's fun. I'm pretty cooked. I'm gonna get some tacos and beer and see what's going on. Might need to reassess, I'm not sure. Anyway, everything's fun, the trail's super fun though. Lot's of good singletrack, lots of fun riding, but tremendously difficult riding a fixed gear like that. So, uh, anyway, I hope to push on. Maybe I might stay stay here tonight, push on in the morning. We'll go from there. See ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn


    wow...courier bag and fairly minimal kit...
    That guy with the minimal kit and courier bag is Jason Shelman and he's well known in Kansas for his routine rides from Lawrence to Wichita using nothing more than a Mexican blanket and a roadside ditch. If anyone knows how to live on nothing more than dirt, it's Jason. Plus, he looks to be rocking his McClung 29er which means he should be rolling pretty smoothly.

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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 15:08, Keith Eckstein flu or food poisoning in Frisco.

    Hey Joe, this is Keith Eckstein. I'm in Frisco. I've got the stomach flu or food poisoning or something, so I am out. Today is Thursday about 3:15 in the afternoon on Thursday. I guess that's it. Thanks.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 15:11, Dave Nice calls it quits near Copper

    Hey everybody. It's Dave, it's about 3:15. Tried riding up the bike path towards Copper only made it about 2.5 miles, my knee's just too messed up. Umm, yeah, it's just not feeling to hot. I just didn't realize it was still goofed up this morning when I was still dealing with all the, whatever bit me. So, I'm off. Gonna try to rest up. Hopefully, maybe work a few days and then hit up the Leadville Trail 100. Rumor mill is that Lance is gonna be there, so maybe, I can, uhh, you know, suck his wheel or something... Anyway, good luck to everyone else still out there. Everbody keep the rubber side down and ride safe.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 22:16, Jim Ishman pulls out in Leadville

    This is Jim Ishman calling in. I hit Leadville about 8:15 Thursday evening. My ride's gonna end here. I'm just not making the timetable that I need to make, so I'm gonna pull out where it's easy to get a ride home, but uh, thanks guys, and I'm sure I'll follow up somewhere on the interwebs. Talk to ya later, bye.
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    Call-in: 7/31 @ 22:30, Matt Fusco, Curtis Burge in B.V.

    Just want to let you know Matt Fusco and Curtis Burge are in Buena Vista. 10:30 Thursday night.
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    I must say Asheville, NC is really representing in this race! 4 racers (Dennis, Trish, Matt F, Curtis B) in this elite event and all are still chugging along! Working at BioWheels getting these guys geared up and ready has been fun!!

    I'm still waiting for the frantic call from Dennis to have something FedEx'd cuz he broke down!!
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 05:08, Marshal Bird in B.V.

    This is Marshal, it's Friday 5:06 in Buena Vista. Just got done playing the convenience store shuffle. Getting ready to head out. Hopefully I can make it to the base of Marshall Pass tonight. Lot of stories to tell. Trails... But, uh, here at the convenience store I realized I've been riding with my shorts backwards for the last 2 hours. Guess that's what happens when you put 'em on in your sleeping bag. Anyway, it's been good, and heading down the road. Talk to ya later, bye.
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 08:06, Tim Graczyk turns around in B.V.

    Hello this is Tim Graczyk. It's Friday morning. I spent the night in B.V. at the Super 8 here, and I've decided to not go on any farther. It's my first attempt at anything like this, and I'm satisfied at how far I've made it. And, uh, sucked it up yesterday after making a critical mistake with my choice of routes and not dropping out when I realized my error and backtracking and finishing the last section here to town so I can take some satisfaction in that too. I'm tired and I'm done. So, I'm gonna turn around and ride back to Boulder. And another night or two and I'll be home. I'm sure I'll try it again - it was super fun. I'd love to do the whole thing at some point. But, like I said, it was my first try, you know how it goes. So, I'm gonna take off now and head home. Thanks for transcribing all my messages and talk to ya later. See ya.
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    Homestretch

    Man I don't want to jinx him but Plesko is killing it and us blue dot junkies are getting a race to watch. Well, sort of.

    Looks like Chris opted for no sleep last night and just kept on hiking through that Sargents mesa area. He's on roads to Silverton now, depending how long he stops in Lake City...and how much last nights trudge will cost him... I'd guess he's 6-8 hours out o Silverton.

    Since there's been no word from anyone hitting Silverton yet (Ethan, Pete, whoever else doesn't have spots) one could assume Chris is no further back from the lead than 6-8 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairball_dh
    Man I don't want to jinx him but Plesko is killing it and us blue dot junkies are getting a race to watch. Well, sort of.

    Looks like Chris opted for no sleep last night and just kept on hiking through that Sargents mesa area. He's on roads to Silverton now, depending how long he stops in Lake City...and how much last nights trudge will cost him... I'd guess he's 6-8 hours out o Silverton.

    Since there's been no word from anyone hitting Silverton yet (Ethan, Pete, whoever else doesn't have spots) one could assume Chris is no further back from the lead than 6-8 hours.

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    Plesko for President

    Just kidding! I was a bit scared when Chris committed to this on a rigid SS, cause it is so rough and tough and just climbs and climbs, but I am really pulling for him to kill it, He is such a stand up quality human, can't help but want him to do well, has anyone heard from anyone in Silverton yet??? Rock on everyone out there, I am so jealous to be working and watching and not riding, but i know y'all are suffering for me, keep up the good work I am so proud! Peace out Jefe

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn


    wow...courier bag and fairly minimal kit...
    ... and at least through b.v. he's been riding with someone who just a few weeks ago rode a 200 mile solo road race in 8:30, and with someone who likes to ride one portion or another of the Iditarod trail each winter faster than most of us can ride on pavement.

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    5 days?

    I can't believe how fast Chris made it through the Sargents Mesa area! Perhaps a rigid SS is the way to go for that section since there is so much walking regardless... On an SS, there's no second guessing whether you should ride or not - you just git 'er dun.

    Dang, it would be cool to know where Ethan and Pete are in this homestretch battle, but I suppose that makes anticipating the call-ins that much more exciting! Not sure if Chris is planning on stopping in Lake City, but my guess is that Ethan used his experience from last year to stock up on enough food to make it all the way to Silverton. Aside from the heat on day 1, it looks like the weather has been good to everybody too. There hasn't been a single comment in the call-ins about getting thwarted by rain or lightning.

    Last year, it took Jefe and I just over 24 hours to make it from Lake City to the finish. We were wasted and moving slowly (relative to being fresh on a 1-day ride...), but we didn't really sleep either. If Chris keeps on blasting like he has been, he's on target for a 5-day flat finish. And if Ethan has managed to stay in front... 5 days just might broken this year! As anyone knows who has even attempted a 100-mile day on the CT, that is friggin' incredible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justabiker
    That guy with the minimal kit and courier bag is Jason Shelman and he's well known in Kansas for his routine rides from Lawrence to Wichita using nothing more than a Mexican blanket and a roadside ditch. If anyone knows how to live on nothing more than dirt, it's Jason. Plus, he looks to be rocking his McClung 29er which means he should be rolling pretty smoothly.
    Yeah - I rode about 1.5 hours out from the start with Pete and Jason. I carried a bit more stuff for a 3 hour ride than Jason did for 530 miles.

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    nit pick of the week..

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    it took Jefe and I
    Sorry about this, but correct grammar is: Jefe and ME. This is such a common mistake these days (using "I" when it should be "me") and bad grammar really bugs me. I know some of you will say lighten up and English is an evolving language - yada yada yada. One way to get it right is just figure out how it should sound if just one person was the subject - in this case Jefe wasn't around. You wouldn't say "it took I..."
    end of rant.
    On a race note Chris should be traversing - or just past the Slumgullion Slide - a big pile of landslide debris near Lake City. It's a cool geologic feature.
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    Plesko update

    Hi, Marni again!

    Just heard from Chris outside of Lake City from the San Cristobal lake/campground thing (1:00). He's doing great and is eating before continuing on. He's sure Ethan is ahead of him as well as Jason Shelman. Jason is also on a single speed and passed him when Chris's cleat broke yesterday. After an hour of trying to fix his cleat he tried to chase Jason down but realized it was better to take everything at his own speed and continue on with his own plan. He said Pete is still behind him unless he snuck past him at some point. Chris saw him just past Mount Princeton Hot Springs and hasn't seen him since.

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    all-in: 8/1 @ 13:33, Curtis Burge checking out from Cottonwood Hot Springs

    Hello this is Curtis Burge checking in from Cottonwood Hot Springs outside of Buena Vista. Unfortunately, I'm checking out also due to some intestinal issues that I can't seem to overcome. Anyway, had a great time. Thank you very much for putting this together. Maybe I'll get here another time and try to finish the whole thing. I just left Matt Fusco. He's doing great, looking for Silverton. Thank you very much. Today is Friday, it's about uhh, 1 o'clock. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocavaak
    Sorry about this, but correct grammar is: Jefe and ME.
    Geez, and my Mom is an English teacher too, so of course I know better. I must be sleep deprived or looney from so much transcribing.

    But really, "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

    Ummm, shouldn't that be "seriously"...
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 13:48, Ethan Passant, Jason Shelman in Silverton

    Hello there, this is Ethan. I'm in Silverton, and Jason's here as well, so we're headed out. Later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    But really, "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

    Ummm, shouldn't that be "seriously"...
    Got me there - not living up to my tag line! That's a direct quote from Porky Pine and he wasn't the best speaker of English.
    Anyway, you're doing a great job Stefan and we all appreciate your hard work in keeping us up-to-date. I'd like to try this race at some point. I started out on the CT ride about 18 years ago but had to bail when a friend broke an axle. You guys are stirring me to try it again.
    Next up for Chris: south and west of Lake City the detour follows a curvilinear canyon that follows the boundary of a caldera.
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 14:44, Chris Neumann, Eddie Turkaly in B.V.

    Hey this is Chris Neumann and Eddie Turkaly calling in from Buena Vista. Right now it is 2:40 on Friday, and we're getting ready to leave town right now and head up Cottonwood Pass. Really enjoying it right now. Last section was the best one we've seen so far. Nice, nice real flowy singletrack and good fun. That's about it. We will talk to you, I guess, in Silverton. Alright, thanks.
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    Is my SPOT leaderboard acting up again, or did Doug Johnson take a wrong turn? I've got him somewhere off of 50 and 114.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPRush1000
    Is my SPOT leaderboard acting up again, or did Doug Johnson take a wrong turn? I've got him somewhere off of 50 and 114.

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    He's definitely off route. I hope everything is alright, I wouldn't want to ride back up that mountain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizlinseagulsoup
    He's definitely off route. I hope everything is alright, I wouldn't want to ride back up that mountain!
    He's doing vehicle speeds. Although that is a descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPRush1000
    Is my SPOT leaderboard acting up again, or did Doug Johnson take a wrong turn? I've got him somewhere off of 50 and 114.
    My guess is he's bailing to Gunnison for some reason or another. I'm sure he'll call in and let us know. If he just took a wrong turn, he definitely would have noticed it by now.
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 15:48, Chuck Ray pulls the plug near Leadville

    Hey CTR, Chuck Ray calling in. Pulled the plug so I'm DNF'ing south of Leadville. Turned around, headed back. Actually retraced steps back in Frisco with a beer now. Might actually even get a ride, but heading to Boulder countly. So.. kinda realized how I was at least on the 10-day plan at my pace and I hadn't allocated that kind of time. Beat me mentally and on the physical side, sounds like. Have to hit that one again next year. It was awesome, beautiful. Over and out.
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    Doug appears to be in Gunnison now, I hope things are alright for him.

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    two more racers out

    Hey, this is Jon Hurly, friend of Doug Johnson. Doug asked if I could post that he just tried calling in but that he wasn't able to leave a voice mail on the 800# line. Looks like both he and Pete Basinger have pulled the plug at Hwy 114. Sounds like Doug had an impending knee explosion were he to continue on in the race at that point. Great job guy's and to all in the race this year!!! The CT is a brutal trail to be riding continuously let alone TT-ing, ouch. Good luck to those remaining in the race!

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    Hi John,
    Please let the Doug know that he can stay in Crested Butte at our house. There is a free bus on the hour to CB from Gunnison. And anyone else out there, the invitation stands, as well, as you mentioned Pete might be out of the race also? Sarah, if you are out there, come on by - give a ring - 349-2021. Alison and Jason

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    Make sure that both Doug and Pete know that people are hoping they are alright and think they did a great job.

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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 18:13, Chris Plesko in Silverton

    Hey this is Chris Plesko in Silverton. I rolled in about 6 o'clock. I'm gonna check out my supplies for the last little bit. Get some food and keep on truckin', see where I get. That's about it, this is has been an awesome trip. Thanks to everybody at home who's given me a lot of support. Alright, that's about it. Next call will be from the finish I hope. Bye.
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    Go Chris - you're a total animal!

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    I'll give a shout out for Jason Shelman. He's also a "stand up quality human" that's riding a rigid single speed (just like Plesko) and had Chris been riding platform pedals with running shoes (like Jason), there probably wouldn't have been any problems with broken cleats. No disrespect to Chris Plesko, but in my book Jason is the "animal" of this CTR. Go Jason!

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    Spot replay

    Just when you thought self-supported racing couldn't get any geekier (<-- real word), what with twitter updates, podcasts, GPS, satellite messengers... I give you the CTR race replay:

    <object width="640" height="483"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1450366&amp;server=www.vimeo .com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_p ortrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /> <embed src="http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1450366&amp;server=www.vimeo .com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_p ortrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="640" height="483"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://www.vimeo.com/1450366?pg=embed&sec=1450366">Colorado Trail Race Replay, Days 1 - 4</a> from <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/user344663?pg=embed&sec=1450366">Scott Morris</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com?pg=embed&sec=1450366">Vimeo</a>.

    If the video doesn't work, try going direct to vimeo:



    Thanks to Matt Lee for the spot data trails, which I was able to massage into GPX files for "multi track playback" in TopoFusion.

    The start is a little crazy -- some SPOTs were either off or not sending points. Doug Johnson, in particular, got a point near the start, but then he starts moving cross country towards his next point, days later...

    Watch for Travis hopping in a car and making a b-line for the KOA in BV.

    No Plesko (or Bird, or Ishman), unfortunately -- since they have their own SPOTs, not TD's.
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    I'm a geek, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    Just when you thought self-supported racing couldn't get any geekier (<-- real word), what with twitter updates, podcasts, GPS, satellite messengers... I give you the CTR race replay:
    Mighty cool, Scott! Thanks!

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    That was sweet. Thanks.

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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 18:49, Doug Johnson pulls out at Hwy. 114

    Hey Doug Johnson calling in. I had to pull out at Hwy 114. My knee was about to explode from all the hiking. There was no way I could make the rest of the trail, but uh, congratulations goes out to all the racers that made it to Durango, and I'll see ya next year. Bye.
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    Call-in: 8/1 @ 19:23, Pete Basinger bails out

    Hey this is Pete Basinger on Friday the 1st. I bailed out earlier today. I'm in Gunnison right now. Had a great camping trip, but a little more hike-a-bike than I was in the mood to do... Anyhow, good luck to all the other racers.
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    I just heard a rumor from Chris Plesko at 5:00 pm at the summit of Cinnimon pass that you are a dad. Congratulations!

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    Speaking of Animals

    Anyone who even finishes the CTR is a freaking animal. This thing is a monster...
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    Unless I'm missing something, these are the Leftovers!
    Matt Fusco
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    Jason Shelman (singlespeed)
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    Chris Plesko (single speed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jav1231
    Unless I'm missing something, these are the Leftovers!
    Yep, my records are in agreement too. See the 1st post in this thread - I've been updating it with every call-in.
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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 10:49, Jeff Oatley in Silverton

    Hey this is Jeff Oatley calling in from Silverton. Just got into town about 10, 10:30, 10:35, Hot and sunny - just like it has been. Long... long ride over from Buena Vista. Lots of pushing, I'm sure everybody's talked about that. Gonna get a bite to eat here, then try to head towards Durango. Don't really know much about this next stretch of trail, think it's kinda long. Find out pretty soon. See ya in about an hour, or about a day I mean. Bye.
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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 11:09, Brad Kee in Silverton

    Hey there. Brad here. Silverton or wherever. And um, and got here about 6:30 on Saturday. Mountain biking is great. Super, super psyched. So, look forward to some more.
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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 12:28, Trish Stevenson in Lake City

    Ouch, that's a large... ?? Anyway, Trish here in Lake City. Storm is rolling in. Wind is kickin', the dust and something else is flying around here. But, I ran out of food and figured I ought to stop before Silverton. But, umm, I don't have to far to go to make it there. Yeah, that's all I got for ya. Bye for now.
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    This s$#t is crazy

    Hello all out there, wow these guys are awesome, and esp those two rigid SS, yikes, this Jason Shellman, anyone notice he was almost 8 hours behind Ethan as of Buena Vista, is he running the hike a bike sections or what, wow, to gain that much ground on a SS is amazing, way to go everyone biting my fingernails waiting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wookieone
    Hello all out there, wow these guys are awesome, and esp those two rigid SS, yikes, this Jason Shellman, anyone notice he was almost 8 hours behind Ethan as of Buena Vista, is he running the hike a bike sections or what, wow, to gain that much ground on a SS is amazing, way to go everyone biting my fingernails waiting....
    it was mentioned in another post that he's wearing running shoes with platform pedals so he might just be running his bike, or at least hiking it a lot faster than the others. I've sort of thought that I would be likely to go with that setup if I ever did this race (or any race with lots of hike-a-bike) for the very reason of being able to push hard on the hike-a-bike without any foot issues from a stiff cycling shoe. and just getting on and off hundreds of times is so much less of an annoyance with a flat pedal/running shoe. it's so much easier to make up large chunks of times on other riders on the slowest stretches rather than the fastest stretches, and this is obviously what jason has done. also biting my fingernails waiting.

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    Is Pete Basinger still racing? Did i miss something?

    DOH! ignore me ,just seen first post.

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    Supported ultrarunning record broken!

    While we're waiting for the CTR record to be broken, I thought I'd share a little factoid of interest that just happened a day or so ago. Paul Pomeroy broke the supported record for hiking/running the *entire* Colorado Trail! He lowered Jon Basham's record by just over an hour, completing the whole traverse in 8d12h14m. That's averaging over 50 miles per day. On foot!

    If the CTR record continues to be lowered like the CT ultrarunning one has, in a few years, it'll be done in around 4 days. Just mind boggling to ponder the possibility of that...
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    Does anyone know what's going on with the Colorado Trail Race? The leaders left Silverton yesterday and we still have no word from them or any other riders. Is this section so hard that it would take this long?

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    Its a great section, but lots of things come into play. The weather can be crazy, then theres the sleep deprivation/ fatigue. SS could be getting hard also

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    check twitter

    I just checked thew twitter page and it has ethan and jason in durango!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    The start is a little crazy -- some SPOTs were either off or not sending points. Doug Johnson, in particular, got a point near the start, but then he starts moving cross country towards his next point, days later...
    From the Vimeo replay it looks like Doug Johnson took the Hwy 126 & 285 route to BV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wookieone
    I just checked thew twitter page and it has ethan and jason in durango!!!
    The wookie's record falls... by a few hours.

    Congrats to Ethan and Jason (killer SS record)! Awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkman
    From the Vimeo replay it looks like Doug Johnson took the Hwy 126 & 285 route to BV.
    He doesn't have any points until after BV (except the one at the start), so it may look like that, but there's no evidence that he was off course anywhere (except when bailing to Gunny!). Don't read too much into any "shortcutting" that people appear to be doing. The software is just interpolating between known positions.
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    Congrats to Jason and Ethan on a great ride! We're were all rooting for you.

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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 15:12, Ethan Passant finishes first. New course record: 5d02h26m

    Hey it's Ethan. I hit Junction Creek TH at exactly 2:30 Saturday. So, yeah things are going well. Poor old Jason, I found back up halfway on that trail between here and Dallas Divide, err, uh, Molas and he's got a broken fork, so I hope he makes it in. Later.

    Great job Ethan! That's a proud ride that I can really identify with. You hammered it from the start, and just kept the gas on the whole way. Lot's of fun to watch from the comfort of my own home! I hope you recover quickly, and please post a few words about your race if you can - I'd love to hear 'em.

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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 16:13, Jason Shelman finishes second in 5d03h49m

    Hello Joe, this is Jason Shelman. I'm calling, it's about... I got here at 3:58 Saturday. I believe it's Saturday. Yesterday we called you from Silverton. And today, we made it to Durango at 3:53 PM. Broke a fork tip at the top of Molas Pass, but everybody said it was really rocky, so I pursued on and made it back without a total fatality. But, uhh, yeah. I had a good time. Alright, later.

    Wow, Jason. Seeing a picture of your set up from the start, I am seriously impressed. You are, indeed, a true minimalist and a hard man - no question about it. I'm so glad your broken fork didn't prevent you from finishing, and your mid/end of the race sprint to catch Ethan was just inspiring. Fantastic race, and congrats for such a killer time on your first go.

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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 20:46, Trish Stevenson in Silverton

    Hey, good evening. Rolled in Silverton a couple hours ago, and was at a low point there in lake city. Took a big ol' fat nap after a big ol' burger. That's a bad move before climbing a humongous pass, but it did last. It's good to have some food in my belly. I got the score from my mom and aunt in Boise Idaho who were watching. Thanks guys. I love you. They told me about Alison. Sorry to hear that. I was hoping to get together for a beer even though she doesn't like beer.. a glass of wine maybe. Anyhow, this is a really intense race. Really, really brutal. Looking forward to getting to Durango. I'm not sure how the next 70 miles are gonna go since 20 miles took me 8 hours the other day... Ummm, we'll see. Hope for the best. Had good weather - Cinnamon pass rocked, it was beautiful outside of Silverton. And thanks, hope everyone is safe and sound and talk to ya'll later. Bye.
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    Awesome Jason! See you at the Pennock Pow Wow...hopefully before!

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    Took a CT trip today

    Just missed Ethan by a few minutes at Kennebec parking lot....doh. I dragged ass and didn;t get rolling until after 9. Went up toward the ridgeline and Travis Brown comes flying on by me - turns out hey had a race at the Colorado Jamboree.....but ummm it was so little advertised that they would be lucky to say they had 10 people show up.

    Ran into Jason Shelhorn at the CT/Sharkstooth intersection and saw his broken fork. Jason was all excited because he said "it's all road from here now." Huh? I asked what he meant and he pulled out this piece of paper that showed the CT route, but it actually said for him to descend down Junction Creek Road instead of the CT. He asked me which route he should take, and not knowing what Stephen had specifically written down I told him it was his call. Dunno, which way he went - was it down Junction Creek or the CT? Either was he seemed like he wanted this thing to end, so he took off before I could get a picture.

    Continued up the horrible hike-a-bike (at least in my direction) and saw a few more racers from the Jamboreee come on by - a few on Hairball Harris's old team and then John Bailey and eventually Steve Fassabinder. I asked those guys where Plesko was and they said he was back quite a ways. It was staring to rain when I ran into Fassbinder so I decided to head back with him and we rode back to Kennebec. I forgot to pack my rain jacket and well I was a little cold so I hung out with a group of Mennonites and a local gave me her rain jacket. Waited a couple of hours and then went back out to Sharkstooth and waited some more and finally Plesko came on down and we rode back into town together.

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    A few more pics.

    Here is the now very happy Chris congrats. I believe he said 5 days, 6 hours, 27 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo
    Ran into Jason Shelhorn at the CT/Sharkstooth intersection and saw his broken fork. Jason was all excited because he said "it's all road from here now." Huh? I asked what he meant and he pulled out this piece of paper that showed the CT route, but it actually said for him to descend down Junction Creek Road instead of the CT.
    D'oh! I can't believe there could possibly be any confusion regarding taking the CT vs. a road at the end! I sure hope Jason rode the trail - it would suck to get 15 miles from the end and not finish the actual CTR. It's not a wash either - Junction Creek road is a total downhill gimme, while there's still another steep 1000' or bigger climb coming out of the Hermosa Creek drainage on the CT!

    Thanks for the great pics, Timo! Congrats on the finish, Chris. Looking forward to hearing your final call-in.
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    Call-in: 8/2 @ 22:51, Chris Plesko finishes third in 5d06h27m

    Hey everybody, this is Chris Plesko with my final call-in from Durango. It's almost 11 at night now, but I rolled in this afternoon at 6:31 on my watch, which with the 12:04 start puts my final time at 5d6h27m, if I can do math correctly. Anyway, it was an awesome trip. It's gonna be a lot to remember and all go through. So, I hope everyone out there still racing is having an awesome time. To the guys that finished ahead of me, you guys did awesome, it was really fun racing with you. Especially last night, I think we all probably had a good time. Alright, that's about it. Good luck to MTB Cast for another year.

    Fantastic job Chris! I'm so happy that you finished strong and had such a great time! I know you've been wanting to do this event for so long, and it must feel great to have nailed it so perfectly. Huge congratulations on such an epic event that surely has created some fantastically vivid memories for you.

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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 09:33, Dan Montgomery in Silverton

    Hi Stefan. Dan called me just a few minutes ago,he lost his number to
    call in.I can not find the number for him. So can you please post that he
    is in Silverton this morning Thank you so much ,Siv.
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    Just spoke with the boys from Salida (Jason Shelman's home away from home) and I'm paraphrasing here, but apparently they've got their hackles up over speculation that Jason Shelman may have taken the Junction Creek option near the end of the CTR race instead of continuing on the Colorado Trail. They've spoken with Jason and he says that he followed Ethan's tracks whenever in doubt as to which way to proceed.

    Add to that some corroborating details (including signage, etc.), a possible witness in Travis Brown (who was racing on the trail that day) and the unwritten Salida-style rule that one must always ride the trail over the road, and they feel like there's no doubt that Jason rode the trail all the way to the end.

    At any rate, the point may be moot anyway, since the Salida boys are ready to ride the whole thing over again to prove their mettle. Just as soon as Jason gets his fork repaired.

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    after trying my best to unnerstond that there map thingy, and seeing pics of riding rigid singles with courier bags in some cases, and very little else, through those large ish (!) mountains - -well, respect is due. i raise my glass to you gentlemen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justabiker
    Just spoke with the boys from Salida (Jason Shelman's home away from home) and I'm paraphrasing here, but apparently they've got their hackles up over speculation that Jason Shelman may have taken the Junction Creek option near the end of the CTR race instead of continuing on the Colorado Trail. They've spoken with Jason and he says that he followed Ethan's tracks whenever in doubt as to which way to proceed.
    Perfect! I am certainly not questioning Jason's word at all. In fact, his word will do just fine - no need for witnesses and raised hackles here. I apologize for my previous post - tone just doesn't come through in emails. I was absolutely not accusing him of taking the road at all, just lamenting the fact that if he was confused regarding the CTR route, and did take the road instead of the trail, how much of a disappointment that would be after so much effort over 5 days. I know I would feel exactly the same, and ready to the ride whole thing again too if I made that mistake.

    Ethan knew the route from last year, so following his tracks was exactly the right thing to do if there was every any doubt as to which way to go. So, if Jason says he rode the last piece of the trail to the end, he did. The speculation dies here.

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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 13:10, Chris Neumann reluctantly throws in the towel.

    Hey, it's Chris Neumann. I'm checking in from Salida. It is, oh, just on the other side of the divide early this morning, and had some issues with my , either my hub bearings, the rear hub bearings, or either the free hub itself. It's making all kinds of noise, and I wasn't too sure if it was a good idea to go on into the more lonely sections in there. So, I backtracked and came on down here to Salida, and I went to a shop, but I'm still not convinced which one it is. I guess I'm reluctantly... uh... throwing in the towel. That's it. Thanks.
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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 13:53, Dennis Helton in Silverton

    Hi, this is Dennis. Didn't have the last set of detour. I know that's my fault and I went to Lake City. Took CR30, up and over Cinnamon Pass and down to #2 in Silverton. So I just want to be registered with everyone who pedaled from Denver to Durango. So, if my way was harder, then I was hoping that would be alright. The 22 mile climb was awesome. If it was easier, by all means disqualify me. At any rate, I'm gonna keep going. Later.

    Lucky for Dennis, this is actually the correct detour that the CTR uses and that all the other riders followed!
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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 14:02, Jeff Oatley finishes next in 5d23h47m

    Hey, this is Jeff Oatley, calling from Durango. Got to the TH parking lot at 11:51 this morning. Had a long, kinda frustrating day yesterday with some mechanical problems, a lot of punctures and some chain breakages and didn't make to good time. Today things went a little bit better. I think the trail was a bit more ridable. But anyhow, it was a hard race. I had a good time. That's about it. See ya.

    A hard race, indeed. Jeff, congratulations on cranking out such a huge ride in under 6 days! So glad you had a good time and were able to solve all your mechanicals yesterday.

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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 16:54, Brad Kee finishes in 6d04h06m

    Hey this is Brad. I'm in Durango. Got to the TH at 10 after 4 and had a really good time. It was good, good mountain biking for sure. Super happy to be here. Talk to ya soon. Bye.

    Nice work Brad! Way to keep on trucking and persevering through one helluva ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    Perfect! I am certainly not questioning Jason's word at all. In fact, his word will do just fine - no need for witnesses and raised hackles here. I apologize for my previous post - tone just doesn't come through in emails. I was absolutely not accusing him of taking the road at all, just lamenting the fact that if he was confused regarding the CTR route, and did take the road instead of the trail, how much of a disappointment that would be after so much effort over 5 days. I know I would feel exactly the same, and ready to the ride whole thing again too if I made that mistake.

    Ethan knew the route from last year, so following his tracks was exactly the right thing to do if there was every any doubt as to which way to go. So, if Jason says he rode the last piece of the trail to the end, he did. The speculation dies here.

    --Stefan
    Exactly. I would doubt that Jason "has his hackles up" over this - sounds like someone else got upset over nothing. Jason will tell you himself that the route sheet he had told him to take Junction Creek - and he was confused on which way to go - that is all I was communicating. He did tell me too that he would just follow Ethans tracks to the finish and it sound slike that is exactly what he did. Nobody here implied anything, and I certainly did NOT take Stephans tone to be negative. Congrats to Jason for an impressive ride.

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    Nice Work!!!

    Holy Moly, nice work out there boys, I knew the record could fall and it has, but I didn't forsee the singlespeeds doing so well, I am very impressed and proud of the great job y'all did in taking on the course, very cool, Ethan nice work, Jason, wow is all I can say, and Chris, you rock, no S$%T, way to go, good luck to everyone else out there, see y'all next year..... Jefe

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    Call-in: 8/3 @ 18:28, Marshal Bird in Lake City

    Hey this is Marshal. I got in here at 4:30. Snagged one of the last hotel rooms, had a bite to eat. Gonna grab some convenience store food and get ready to see how far I can get tomorrow. Since I last called from Buena Vista, just kind of a quick summary, had a good ride out of Buena Vista, made it almost to Hwy 50, didn't really have any mishaps. Caught up to Matt the following morning right at the base of uh, right at Hwy 50. He's a little stronger rider, so he quickly distanced me. Had a rough day yesterday, broke the derailler hanger, had some detour mishaps, and I'll tell you what, that last section before you hit Hwy 114 is a doozy. Doing that at night... That just about made me quit right there - that was really tough. Today was a good day, got into Lake City. Have good recovery tonight, get up early in the morning and head on out. Thanks a lot. Bye, bye.
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    Not to beat a dead horse, but it's not exactly "nothing" to be getting one's hackles up over. Timo, your original post made no mention of Jason telling you that he was going to follow Ethan's tracks. All it pointed out was that you didn't know which way he went and introduced the speculation that he could have gone off course, something that caused great concern for those of us that have known Jason for well over a decade.

    We were all rooting pretty hard for Jason and to hear that his incredible ride might have been for naught was enough of a catalyst for the above post.

    And you're absolutely right: Jason's "aw-shucks" sensibilities and overall fatigue level probably preclude any hackles being raised by him. But for those of us that have been following his race from the comfort of our computers, it's a different story.

    With that, I'll say congratulations to all the CTR participants for attempting/completing something that I couldn't even fathom attempting and give a special shout out to my friend Jason for great ride.

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    Logistics questions

    I've been really inspired this year by all the racers in the CTR, TD, and GDR! I've given up my annual minute by minute following of the Tour de France in exchange for following these races.

    One thing I haven't seen reported on and I'm curious about are some logistical factors. Such as what have been the temp extremes racers have had this year? What has been the coldest night sleeping out? What towns are easiest to stay the night in on the CT? What's the longest stretch between food and water resupply? What's the longest hike-a-bike? Easiest segments?

    My wife and I will be tackling a self supported tour trip of the CT next summer and we'll probably both be pretending to be racers during some of the route.

    Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my CT guide book and maps!

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    Unfortunately I'm now back home. I'm super glad to see my new bride again and my dog but really disappointed that I got as far in as I did and had something pop up that was outta my control.
    Yesterday was tough for me when I got up on the Divide at Marshal Pass. My rear WTB hub was making all kinds of popping and creaking noises. It was bad enough that it would do it just when spinning the wheel up off the ground. Even worse when pedaling it. I thought I had some oncoming freehub issues in Leadville but Brian at Cycles of Life really thought it was my new DA chain that needed to stretch out a bit and fit the cassette/rings better. Huge thanks to Brian and Chris for looking over my bike for a handshake. I figured I'd just see if the hub would make it to Durango but then on the way down the other side of the divide my front caliper piston wouldn't retract and it was dragging really badly. It got to the point where I removed the caliper and taped it to the fork leg. The hub got worse and worse and I finally had to sit down and look at my options.
    As I saw it I had 3. Drop out. See if I could make it and hope the hub wouldn't sh!t the bed and force me to hike with minimal food amounts in the remote areas coming up. Head to Salida and see about repairing it. I originally settled on dropping out but then a guy gave me a Coors on 50 and I drank that on the way to Salida (best beer I've ever had) and I started considering getting it fixed. I didn't realize it was Sunday though and most shops would be closed. I did stumble across one (Otero) and stopped in. The guy was nice enough to let me use the shop. With the wheel removed the hub felt terrible while rotating it but I still wasn't sure if the freehub was an issue. WTB uses their own FH and he didn't have one so I just didn't think it was a good idea and the storms looming over the Divide by then confirmed my decision.
    I had such a good time on this ride. I was a XC racer 8 years ago but got rid of my bikes after quitting that and hadn't ridden since then at all. I got my Orbea specifically for this race and started training again last July. I've never done a 12 hour or a 100 so I didn't have a clue what to expect. With most people being really secretive about what they carry, I found it difficult to get advice. I carried an incredible amount of stuff on this ride. In Leadville, I sent back about 12 pounds of gear. I learned a TON. I know I can make it to Durango. I'll be back next year.
    I want to apologize to all the peole that supported me for this but they all know that it was mechanical and kinda outta my hands. I raised 1500 for this race that all went to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Thanks to all those that donated their hard earned money. Thanks to Orbea for the killer deal on the frame. Thanks to Ghisallo Sports in St. Louis for anything/everything that I asked for and more that just showed up on the door step. They never said no to anything I asked for. It breaks my heart to have to throw in the towel but it wasn't me saying no...just the hub.
    I met some really cool/inspiring folks this last week. Props to eveyone that had the stones to line up in Waterton Canyon and Congrats to those that made it to Durango. Way to go Ethan. What a freak of nature. Jason and Chris really impressed me with their rides. Tim from Boulder was such a class act. I was dumbfounded when I realized he was riding a single fixed and doing so well. He's obviously a strange guy. Kyle...it was excellent riding with you. Chucky and Eddie...beers are on me. Last but not least...big thanks to Jason and Allison (from the Butter). Super nice people and Jason really made me feel good when he shook my hand and wished me good luck when he knew I had no idea what I was doing. I'll look you both up next time I'm over that way and we'll get a beer.
    I've got lots of pics and I'll post some of them later on after I drink more hot coffee. Take it easy everyone.

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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 10:00, Marshal Bird in Silverton

    Hi, this is Marshal. It's about 10 o'clock, I'm in Silverton. Getting ready to hit the trail here. See if I can't get this thing done. This may not be a very good connection, you may not hear me, but cheers to everybody out there, and next call from Durango.
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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 10:45, Matt Fusco in Silverton

    Hey, this is Matt Fusco calling from Silverton. Last time I called in was from Buena Vista. Been a pretty good couple a days. Cinnamon Pass was beautiful. Heading out of Silverton now to go to Durango. See you.
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    I'm glad the race has been inspiring for you (and probably many others, myself included).
    Quote Originally Posted by FeloniousDunk
    One thing I haven't seen reported on and I'm curious about are some logistical factors. Such as what have been the temp extremes racers have had this year? What has been the coldest night sleeping out? What towns are easiest to stay the night in on the CT? What's the longest stretch between food and water resupply? What's the longest hike-a-bike? Easiest segments?
    Well, start digging and searching and I bet you'll find some answers. Let's call it "interactive reporting"... And maybe some racer write-ups will pop up too.

    Or, you could just wait and be surprised during your tour next summer. The elements of mystery and surprise are half the fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    The elements of mystery and surprise are half the fun!
    How true!

    One question....? How warm of a sleeping bag would I likely need? 20,35,45 degree?

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    I used a 45 down bag. It depends on where you sleep man. I froze some nights anywhere from 10,000 to 11,000. One night I slept on the ground on top of the bag and stared at the stars (I think I saw a satelite or something moving) only to wake up early in the morning freezing and having to climb in the bag.

    I have done an impromptu write up on my blog. Pictures will follow soon.

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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 14:59, Eddie Turkaly in Silverton

    Hello, this is Eddie Turkaly. I think I arrived about 1:30. Got a place to stay and some food in me, so I'm just gonna recharge here and head out, hopefully, really, really early. Before I just got caught in a big hail storm on top of the mountain and it was really nasty and the lighting was loud. Don't want to do that again. Looking out here right now from Silverton, the clouds are looking pretty... pretty mean. So, I'm gonna wait 'til dark, head out, and hopefully get this thing over with. Alright, later.
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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 15:34, Trish Stevenson is the first ever female finisher in 7d01h46m

    Hey guys. Trish Stevenson calling in. Came in at 1:50 on Monday after a day of Murphy's Law really, really pretty harshly. But it was beautiful, it was an awesome finish, and right now, I'm headed for a shower and a beer... It was awesome though. Good ride, glad that everyone's safe so far... And we'll talking to ya'll later! Alright, out.

    Spectacular job Trish! It was so great to listen to your calls as they came in, and have every last one of them be brimming with good feelings. You are one tough woman! The bar has been set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trail717
    Is it my computer or did the spot leaderboard go down again?
    It's working for me.

    I just put together another TopoFusion replay of the race since the last one (Friday).

    Check it out here:



    Watch Doug bail off to Gunnison. Also look for Brad Kee's all night push. He stops briefly at 1am, then keeps trucking on to Lake City and beyond. Awesome!

    The playback ends just before Trish finishes. Big congratulations for her and the new women's record!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    Hello, this is Eddie Turkaly. I think I arrived about 1:30. Got a place to stay and some food in me, so I'm just gonna recharge here and head out, hopefully, really, really early. Before I just got caught in a big hail storm on top of the mountain and it was really nasty and the lighting was loud. Don't want to do that again. Looking out here right now from Silverton, the clouds are looking pretty... pretty mean. So, I'm gonna wait 'til dark, head out, and hopefully get this thing over with. Alright, later.
    Atta boy Eddie. Thank you for making it to Silverton. Keep truckin'.

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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 16:30, Eddie Turkaly leaving Silverton

    This is Eddie Turkaly calling in from Silverton. After listening to where people are and things, I've decided to leave now. I'm packing my stuff and getting ready to leave in about a half an hour and I'm hoping to catch everyone up. Bye
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    Call-in: 8/4 @ 20:38, Dan finishes at 6:49 for a time of 7d06h45m

    Hello everybody, this is Dan checking in from Durango. I passed the line at 6:49. So that makes for 7 days 6:49 Right now, I'm in the Days End motel with beer in hand and just about ready to pass out. It was a great 7 days of riding. And... I have a lot to say, but I'm not going to go into much now. Just dodged a few lightning storms these last few days, but it was good timing here at the end.

    Way to kick it up a notch after the first day, Dan! Last year was obviously great prep work for this year. Congratulations on the finish and not getting struck by lightning!

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    rumor has it...

    Jason Shelman didn't bring any sleeping gear. That's too much....

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    Call-in: 8/5 @ 09:21, Eddie Turkaly crashes out before Durango

    Hello everybody, this is Eddie Turkaly calling from Durango. I actually did not make it to Durango - I had a mechanical problem last night up above Coal Bank pass. My rear derailer cable snapped, along with my knee, hitting a rock when I crashed. But, uhh, I'm OK. The bike... did great, but I ended up dropping (call cut-off)

    Calling again... ended up dropping down the pass and riding down the highway to get back into service where I called my wife and got help and got out of the race. So, I'm calling to let everyone know I made it to Honeyville, which is in Durango, but on the highway... Not exactly where I wanted to end up, but nevertheless I'm happy to be done with this race now that I've made it this far. The bike... the rear cable for the derailer had snapped on me in my crash and I banged up my knee quite a bit, but I'm OK. Since I'm calling into let everyone know that I'm finished with this race, I just wanted to real quickly say thank you to a few people: in particular Niner, the company Niner - the RIP9 is an incredible bike. At Golden bike shop, Greg and Adam, who helped get me all set up for this race. Everything worked incredible. Adam, he is THE bike builder. I also wanted to thank my company for giving me the time to do this - Independent Power Systems. I'll leave some more info on email about what happened, I just wanted to let everyone know, and I hope everyone's safe out there, cause it was pretty ugly out there with the storms. Alright, thank you, and take care.
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    Call-in: 8/5 @ 11:21, Dennis finishes on 8/4 @ 19:04 for a time of 7d07h00m

    Yeah, this is Dennis Helton, Colorado Trail Rider. I made it into Durango Monday at 7:04 PM. The day before that was great. On Monday, the 27th section, I was right on the edge of a storm, it started to hail on me up on the ridge when I was getting up around 12000' and it chased me all the way over... It was pretty scary. Finally dropped down and I could see the sunlight and I though, yeah, it's gonna be a nice sunny ride through the 28th section. Boy was I wrong! The storm caught me - it's the roughest day I've ever had on a bike. I was trying to ride through it. Hail. Rain. Got cold, had to take all my clothes off, set up a tarp, get in my sleeping bag get warm, wait for the rain to pass, put on all the wet clothes and then pedal on in! So, those of you thinking about doing race, you better think again about what gear you need. If I had gotten caught earlier in the race, I could have been in big trouble. So, yeah. It was quite an experience. But, at any rate, I made it. Later.

    Dennis, sounds like you had some good survival practice out there! I agree that it can be easy to underestimate the weather in Colorado. If your lucky, you may be fine, but if not, you can find yourself in a really bad situation really quickly. Seems like y,ou stayed calm and took care of yourself just fine. Congrats on the finish, and also for getting lucky on following the exact detour without even realizing it!

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    Call-in: 8/5 @ 14:55, Marshal Bird suffers a serious crash about 40 miles from Dgo

    Hi this is Sharon Bird. I'm calling in for Marshal Bird. He took a spill about 40 miles outside of Durango. He's in Cortez Emergency Room right at the moment. Obviously, he's not going to finish. We'll update you as we figure out what's going on. Thanks, bye.

    Marshal, man, I sure hope you are going to be OK! The docs at the Cortez ER are top notch and will take great care of you; I know this because my Dad is one of them! Heal fast, and congratulations on an epic trip along the Colorado Trail that very, very few people experience.

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    Call-in: 8/5 @ 15:19, Matt finishes on 8/5 @ 15:18 for a time of 8d03h14m

    Hey, Matt Fusco, calling from Durango. Rolled into the Junction Creek trailhead. It's about 3:18 on... Tuesday. Everything went perfectly minus about three flat tires, one that rubbed of the rim late last night, and a bum ankle. Truly the ultimate endurance, mental ... (call fading in and out) for race like this ... pretty sweet, keep it up. The SPOTters are awesome for friends to follow along even when they can't be out there with the racers, so keep that up, keep it low key, and I'll talk to you again next year. We'll see. Thanks again, bye.

    Great job, Matt! Just finishing this thing is huge accomplishment and I'd say you passed the mental endurance test with flying colors.

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    CTR '08, over and out.

    And that concludes the Colorado Trail Race for this year.

    I'm sure some people's perspectives have been shifted, and I know many of the racers now have some vivid and lasting memories in their minds where there was just empty speculation before. That alone is a priceless reward for doing an event like this.

    I hope those who came looking for a challenge in their life found a good one, and I'm psyched that I could help motivate a handful of people to tackle a challenge of this magnitude. Stellar job ya'll!
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    FANTASTIC!! Four friends finished, seen from the perspective of a solo thru biker, this was too much fun to "watch" unfold.
    If Dennis, Matt, Brad, and/or Trish see any of this, can't wait to drink a few here and talk about the trail.
    Dennis' phone quotes remain the best...he's right about the gear decisions. As a solo thru biker, a big part of why I carried quite a bit more than the racers was survival worries. Super good stuff.

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    Call-in: 8/5 @ 17:15, Marshal Bird is OK!

    Hi, this is Marshal. I'm in Cortez, it's 5:12. Just thought I'd call and give an update. Some of you may have heard that I had an accident on the trail. Gashed my shin down to the bone, about 8" long. Had to get, S&R to get me out of there. Anyway, I'm basically OK. I'll be posting some details, just if anyone's curious, it was just simply a loss of balance on an almost walking section. Needed to unclip on the left side and on the right side there was a 30' drop down into a talus field and I just cut my leg on a rock. It was, you know, nothing... could have happened to anybody at anytime. Anyway, I'll be posting up some details, and good luck to anyone that's out there. I think Matt's probably finishing up today. And, umm, that's about all. Talk to you guys later. Bye, bye.

    Thanks for updating us, Marshal. Glad you're doing alright.

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    Stefan,

    Thanks again for coordinating such a challenging race. I learned a lot on my short 2 day adventure and plan to rework my strategy, gear, and training to return next year and attempt the beast again.

    Congratulations to everyone who stepped -up to the starting line and especially to those who endured the trail for many days.

    See ya...Kyle

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    Thanks Stefan for organizing this thing. I'm sad of my outcome but excited about my future. Thanks for giving me a new dynamic in my mountain biking life. Good times will be had in 08 and 09 with a bike/bag(s)/ and a map.
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    Just 40 more

    I can not express my frustration coming up 40 miles short..

    Anyway………

    First,
    Thanks to all who came to my aid!! I was impressed by everyone’s professionalism and competence. By the way, the SPOT’s main purpose in life, ie: 911 in very remote areas works. It got S&R rolling much sooner than otherwise.

    Second,
    Thanks Stefan for setting up the CTR etc etc etc

    Third,
    Congratulations to all the finishers, and kudos to all the starters.

    Fourth,
    Matt, well done on your finish!! and by the way what time did you ‘leap frog’ back pass me that last time? Just curious


    So I am in Durango for the night, back to the real world & home and work tomorrow. Little bit fuzzy from the pain pill. Nice new 8 in scar on my left shin. Will write up my CTR adventure and post on my blog in a day or so.


    Stefan
    Long story but some Colorado Trail Foundation folks and Ed Zink (of Iron Horse Bicycle Classic/ Mountain Bike Specialists fame) played a part in my S&R extraction.. If you could PM me a phone #, I would like to call you & fill you in on all the details when I get home.


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    Race Report

    Here is my write up for the race. That is me in photo 52, 54 and 55 talking to Allison and Dave Nice. There was a huge field and I could not meet everyone, but I tried. On the prologue I met some guy from Alaska, one guy on a steel SS with a messenger bag. Ethan, an old aquaintence, got the nod from me to break the record. He said just too many things can happen and I agree, what got me to the finish line was mental, physical strength and much luck, those three things would play a big part for everyone.
    For me the luck was favorable weather{above treeline} and only suffering a dislocated finger in a crash with 45 miles to go. My physical strength is moderate, I surprised myself after two nights sleeping in the dirt that I could pull off another 10,000 vertical and 120 miles{lower west ridge to Buena Vista}. I was sleeping fine that night in the city park until a sprinkler took a direct shot to my forehead, twice. The mental aspect was a strength for me this year. My life was squared up and had nothing but the race to focus on. Full support from everyone and my last years attempt was educational. The stable weather was comforting at night and I slept good long nights.
    After the prologue I sat on the bench and got myself firmly in last place except for one N.C. fella with a puncture. I was gonna try to make the other racers look like a picket fence, but the midday heat was a burden. Throughout the week the clouds would take the heat off early{luck}. The first night was spent in the ditch of road 211, 2 miles after the Stoney Pass junction. The second day I saw only Brad near the end of the detour where I spent 30 minutes lost, had an uneventful day that ended with with 3 miles of singletrack left before Frisco. This is my home turf and knew of a good flat spot at the Blair Witch junction. Skipped Frisco and went up to Copper Mtn. for a long morning break on a long day. Despite the sprinklers I slept great, vagrant style in B.V.. Another midday break at Princeston Hot Springs got me prepared for the daunting mileage to Lake City. I met some thru hikers in the shade, ditched my tarp, ate and resupplied big time. That day only took me to Wedding Meadow{above Hwy. 50} where I met Andy and Karen from Absolute Bikes, they knew of the race and gave me beer and chocolate. I was embarresed by my Q-tips falling out and my electric tape lighting system in disrepair. I was hitting a low and the timing was good. They invited me to the Vapor Trail Race in Salida, still pondering...
    The next day took me past my drop out point last year about 12 hours better. Spirits high, Fooses Creek climb was a breeze, Monarch Crest rattled my seatpost rack to death and I proudly hung that in a tree on a popular bike route. A readjustment of my gear was great for the rough section ahead. I finally felt like one CTR racers when someone asked, where`s all your stuff?
    I slept well ON the singletrack trail near the end of seg. 17. Compleated the 12 miles of seg. 18 and hit the detour with power over Los Pinos. As I reached pavement a sign read 10 miles to Lake City{downhill}. It was raining cats and dogs. I shivered into the Tic-Tok resturant and muddied up a whole booth just before the dinner rush. Reached Cinnamon Pass at 10pm and slept great at 12,600 feet. 13 miles downhill at daybreak put me in another resturant where I surprised another waitress with my appetite. I set out from Silverton around 9am and made Hotel Draw about 10pm. Above treeline for a Colorado storm had me huddled under my emergency bivy for a while that day{alltime low}. Had my first fire that night and another on my last morning. The final day was stressfull ridgelines fixing flat tires rushing to beat lightning. I was looking at a long ridgeline with a flag post I thought I had to suffer. To my relief the beginning of seg. 28 took a left turn and down onto the trees. The 4700 feet of vertical drop in the rain and massive hailstorm was slow and somewhat enjoyable under the canopy. I would lean against huge trees and fall asleep standing up smiling and knowing being wet did`nt matter. The last racer I saw was Dennis, that was about four days ago above Copper Mtn. he was eleven minutes behind me at the finish. As I approached the finish line I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and 18 months of mapping and fiddling with gear was over. This has been my focus for so long, I feel no need to do it again, now I just want to finish the downstairs bathroom. Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grroes
    ... and at least through b.v. he's been riding with someone who just a few weeks ago rode a 200 mile solo road race in 8:30, and with someone who likes to ride one portion or another of the Iditarod trail each winter faster than most of us can ride on pavement.
    i can attest to jason's toughness for sure. we did a ride this year from colorado springs to aspen and jason rode it on a heavy fixed gear conversion with a big basket on the front. 4 mountain passes and he killed it. i recently rode the 4th of july ride with him and i can say that he is one of the best mountain bikers i have ever ridden with. very nice humble guy. hats off to him for doing so well in the CTR. all the springs crew is super proud of him!

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    Awesome race this year! Congrats to everyone who finished and those who took it on and had difficulties. You still kicked some butt! Thanks to Stefan for organizing it and having MTBCast involved!
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    Would anyone like to loan out their SPOT device for a week?

    -- Thanks to Chris Plesko, I have a SPOT to use next week!



    First of all, congratulations to all those who completed or attempted this year's CT race! And many, many thanks to Stephan for organizing everything (with a newborn, no less)! I had hoped to join you on July 28th, but personal issues pushed back my CT ride until next week.

    After following the race via the SPOT transponders, my wife would very much like me to carry one on my ride. I know this is VERY last minute, but I was wondering if there are any local Boulder/Nederland folks who might be able to lend me their SPOT for a week. I will be leaving early Monday morning and hoping to return to Boulder by the following Sunday (good weather and good luck permitting). I was going to purchase a SPOT, but the $300 price tag (device + activation + tracking) has me waffling.

    I'd be happy to pay you $50 for the week if I can use your device. Please call me at 303.245.1182 or email [email protected].

    Thanks so much,
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    CTR Write Up

    almost done with my 'write-up'

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    Owen is on course.

    Hopefully Owen is ok with me posting this here...

    Owen is out on the CT trail now.

    If you're interested you can follow his progress though Chris' SPOT here:

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...t3i5fq28MXaVM6

    He's seems to be riding strong, he made it to Leadville in around 1 day 10 hours.
    He seems on pace for 5 days.

    Congrats to all everyone that started and to all the amazing finishers, especially you rigid single speeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hugelick
    He's seems to be riding strong, he made it to Leadville in around 1 day 10 hours.
    He seems on pace for 5 days.
    Looks like he's cookin' it up pretty good out there. It's like getting to follow the race all over again, except I don't have to transcribe a bunch of call-ins this time! Good luck, Owen!
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    edit- it does look like Spot shows Owen off trail for miles but west of the divide not east as I has originally posted. I think he went off trail at Razor Creek Trail now not Lujan Creek Road to the east. I hope it is a glitch as his pace is near record. It would be a bummer to get to Section 17 that fast and make a mistake. I have not seen a Spot that far off yet in the TD or CTR so I may be wrong. If so sorry to bother but I was worried he may be lost.
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    New CTR Record

    Owen Murphy crushed the CTR course in perfect weather a week after the race. He completed the whole thing in 4d08h45m!!!

    Here is his write-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan_G
    Owen Murphy crushed the CTR course in perfect weather a week after the race. He completed the whole thing in 4d08h45m!!!

    Here is his write-up.
    Nice write up Owen. Makes me want to go for a long ride..........

    Way to smash the record!!!!!
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