WSC headed out west?
...and the challenge of ultra events, especially muti-day races
A sweep with Craig (L) & Josh (R) is a nice way to finish out the year
I celebrated the end of the season with Monica at In-n-Out afterwards. I've been waiting to have a double-double, fries and a coke for almost eleven months; I started racing in January.
Best burgers in SoCal!
*Worst crash: Jeremiah Bishop's nasty crash at speed pretty much right in front of the Guayabo. I saw him at the San Jose airport a few days after his surgery and wished him a speedy recovery. He was looking much better.
*Best conversations: 1) Talking with soon to be dad Tinker about Florida, fishing, next year's schedule and rides around LA over a couple of beers after stage two. 2) A three hour conversion with Leonardo's coach, Andrea, about training at the elite level, his plans for Leo and coaching the Colombian national team. It's tough training in Colombia (see bottom of page) so now he and Leo are based in Italy.
*SS award: Tim Dougherty was absolutely ripping it up on day 3. I've never seen someone ride a SS like that. It was amazing to see.
*Best company: the La Ruta Champs.
*Firsts: I think this was the first year that someone with a 29ner did the race.
Results: I was 9th in the Master A, 36th overall and 4th guy from the States. No too bad, but my goal was to break into the top 30 again (I was 25th overall in '04). I'm happy with it. Sho-Air had a nice showing with Manny 13th in the open men's and Lou was 2nd in the women's category. Sho-Air sponsor Geoladders had Doug 5th in the Master B.
My left leg is always begging for attention
Geoladders Doug & Tico
La Ruta Lou makes the best of it with only three gears for the entire day
Manny at the finish; 13th in the open mens after three days!
Marg unruffled by the tracks
I didn't really have to go for the sprint finish but what the heck, I may not be back in '07
The new La Ruta Champion with Roman, the creator of this hardcore race
Manny giving chase
Doug (Geoladders creator) definitely had his Wheaties for breakfast
Tom Ritchey smoked Doug and I on the downhill
Marg dancing on the pedals
Lou and I have done this part of the climb together since '03
I found some photos of this year's La Ruta race. Unlike previous years, Ecosport didn't take as many photos of the riders. Here are some of the folks I recognized.
Doug from Geoladders
I'm sporting the new Sho-Air jersey
Three time La Ruta champ and new Sho-Air teammate, La Ruta Lou
Margis no stranger to this type of adventure
I went for a spin this morning out towards the climb up the volcano Irazul that awaits riders on day two. I forgot how steep the climbs are here. Actually, steep is an understatement as they're basically walls.
"Now", with respect to heart rate and leg burn, usually happens less than 15 minutes from the start on day one, 25 minutes on day two and right off the bat on day three. There isn't really a warmup.
Day One Stats:
Length - 97. km
Total Climbing - 4420m / 14,501 feet
Paved - 8.3 km (8.5%)
Mud - 47.3 km (48.5%)
Gravel - 41.9 km (43%)
Note: VN also had an article on the stages.