2023 Grinduro! at Mt. Shasta - 61 miles race where they interestingly only time four segments (~20% of the race) of various representative skill/terrain combinations. I had rough rear derailleur issues after lunch and wasn’t sure was gonna finish!
Hunter and I bike the crazy 80 mile Rock Cobbler race in Bakersfield, CA, with 4 of our friends. Slippery mud, impossible climbs requiring hike-a-bike, cows, and over 8,000 feet of climbing insanity with 1,000 riders. This is the longest and hardest dirty ride of my life!
One Gravel Race; Two nights camping; 62 miles. OMG I just biked my longest off-road ever – by a long shot! (This is also my first bike race ever).
My new gravel bike Trek Boone 6 got upgraded today with 25% wider tires, and from tubed to tublesss. So that moves me from the stock 32c (mm width) tires to 40c.
Wow. OMG. Words. Just had the insanely ambitous and most fun bikeride I’ve had in 15 years! While I’m zero-ing in on what gravel bike to buy, Hunter let me borrow his 3T Exploro Racemax new gravel bike for a ride together on a 3-day weekend. I shot for the moon – “let’s go up Mount Tamalpais (if I even can) and try to get down the other side and ride around back to the start”. About 30 miles. I haven’t been off-road,…