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Mr Merkle’s Wild DH Race

 

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I always wanted to race DH…I started the weekend early after having one of my worst weeks-to-date at work.  150hrs in a week is a little much (someone tell that to my boss).  In fact, I don’t think I got more than 3 consecutive hours of sleep that entire week.  Glad to have decided to take several comp-days (on my own accord), I left early Friday morning and drove out to Port Angeles hoping to put some runs in to see what the track was going to be like.  By the time I got there, things were already winding down, but I was able to get two runs in before they shut the shuttles down.  If I could use just one word to describe the trails there, it would be “intimidating.” (more…)

Stottlemeyer 60: Beer and Mud in Kitsap

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May 10th was the 2014 Stottlemeyer 60, my first endurance MTB race ever and only my second MTB race on the year. Tyler, Max, and Dan G had raced a few NW Epic Series races last year and had nothing but good things to say. So although I’d never even ridden 60 miles on a MTB, even in a non-race setting, I was pumped to try Stottlemeyer out and see if I had the legs and lungs to last for 60 miles.

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Throttlemeyer 60 (aka 6 hours of growlers)

Around eight weeks ago I separated my shoulder and was sling ridden for awhile. I was off the bike for around six weeks and wasn’t able to really do anything. My fitness, flexibility and strength were plummeting. But I already signed up for the Stottlemeyer 60 mtb race on the Kitsap Peninsula (yay peer pressure!). Before this race I had only been on my mtb once since my accident and while I had logged some road miles they weren’t really enough to consider myself ready for a 60 mile mtb race. So I significantly lowered my expectations.
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Wrong Way on Burgdorfer Road

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Shawn and I (David) have become fairly obsessed with the Oregon Outback, talking a lot about tents (me), base miles (Shawn), Tyvek (me), bags (both), and spreadsheets (both).

We’ve acquired a small army battion’s supply of gear and we were excited to get out and give this stuff a run for its money ($lots of money$)!

We took off after work on Friday, bound for the Banks-Vernonia Trail and L.L. Stubb-Stewart State Park.

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Mid Pack Weaponry at the Gorge Roubaix

Four years ago, I finally felt like I had the tools to get out of the road Cat 4s and into the Cat 3s. I’d spent the winter in Chicago training seriously and was working with a coach. I’d planned an early season of races that played to my strengths, and I’d even done some weight lifting. But after getting crashed out of 3 of the first 4 crits of the year, I said fuck it, and decided to accept that I’d be a Cat 4 road-dogg for life. Since then, even though I’ve given up hope on doing well, I still like to do a road race or two a year and I decided that in 2014, one of those would be the Gorge Roubaix. A newer OBRA race that combines gravel and tarmac on some of the best roads found directly behind the Dalles.

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ECHO Red 2 Red

Echo just like most XC races (except mudslinger…) always end up being way more fun than I ever remember.

The morning started off really cold with temps in the 19 F range and only a supposed high of 29 for the day. One of the many ‘features’ of this race includes a blistering 20+ mph neutral rollout down a paved road and gravel road before the first singletrack. This year I was better situated and hung with the lead group for the first 5 miles which was being driven by Barry Wicks, so…. real fast. All this effort made me overheat and I had to pull over to take my coat off. This when maybe 20 people went by me (Loren/DanG included).

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