Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fire Road race in Cedar City 100k, 60k

we got to cedar city a day before on friday and had a easy spin around town and up the start of the fire roads.

a small(for a race) group lined up for this race, about 200 racers. there was even one other single speeder and guess what? he was a fixie mountain biker...

i noticed when he would unclip and throw his legs back and the cranks would spin. i tried that and mine would just lay there not moving.

we started out at main street park. a nice park with lots of big trees and ample shade. tents set up for a few company's including maxxis. the event promoters got the street closed off and then we got a police motorcade on roads out to the mountain. paved road turns to gravel road, but well graded and an easy pedal.

about 9 miles of that and then we are directed to the mountain and up, up up.

the first climb is long and steady. not too steep or too easy. just the type of climb you don't want to go too fast at the bottom. if i had to compare it to something i would say little cottonwood canyon or millcreek road.

the overcast skies turned to sun and we really started to sweat on our climb. as we were on single speeds(32x20) we wound up last as we got to the climb. the geared bikes were able to go a little faster on the flat, but they were still in sight.
no worries as we all know the score here. very quickly us three SS started picking off the granny gear stragglers, but about a mile up the road it was apparent that the we were not even warmed up with the flat start.
we jumped off the bikes and walked a minute, then pedaled for a few then walked another minute, until hearate leveled out. there was really no other way to give hearate a rest on a SS and this constant hill.
we lost the fixie SS guy and he must have quit cause he never crossed the finish.
we then again we continued to slowly pass riders all the way up. a few times yo-yoing, but eventually they would fade. there were two tandem teams that did pretty good.
we both have had spotty riding this month and agreed to just ride this race to have fun, but ride at a medium pace. janet would sit down and mash pedals every chance she could to conserve strength, then would stand up and surge forward. i really had to pedal hard when she stood up and went. good strong climb on her part.

the climb was timed with timing chips and a separate KOM(king of the mountain) was in contention. although we started the climb at the end of the racers and finished with the lead pack in sight, i still think the lead guy was really moving up the hill and got that. we might have been close, didn't get the results as we had to leave after a while to check out of the hotel.

after the climb up, its long rolling graded gravel country roads that eventually get somewhat steep downhill. you really had to watch your speed as the twist and turns were very slippery on rollerbearing rocks on hardpack. you are on the brakes a lot here.

we got switched to a few double track that sported an occasional rocky section and rutty areas. just enough to wake you up. the stinging thistle encroaching on the trail as it does this time of year was ouchy, but not to much of it.

a few more turns of street and side trails and we got back to the park and the start/finish.

the park was well stocked with food, massage tables, bike washing corral and volunteer.

saw a couple of utmb team guys too

the finish was very nicely done. P.A. announcer was well informed and the chute was easy to do.
pretty janet was happy to finish. well seems that she is always smiling like this.
relaxing after the race with outdoor utah magazine. they are great people and a great mag.

somewhere here is the race winner. this team had a big turnout and seemed to be fast.

we both got first men's and woman's SS. King and Queen of single speed i heard from the announcer. well it was not going to be any other way as we were the only ones.

we got our complimentary food and drinks, had the bikes washed and hung out until the awards.

this race was an extremely well organized, well marked and fun race. i highly recommend it to anybody looking to do an endurence race. the aid stations were in good places and well stocked with plenty of volunteers. a class act all the way.

we got some gas in town for the long drive home and this big headed guy was in the car next to us. a real sweetheart as his tailed destroyed the car when i pet him though the window.

felt good the whole race, but we took it medium. recover was very quick and i could have gone for another ride after a while. defiantly in better shape than i thought. looking forward to doing this next year.