Sunday, July 16, 2017
Summer Epic 8 Hour Mountain Bike Relay, July 15 2017
Adam and I both rode as solo entrants repping the Black Fly colours, and I think we did the team well.
Conditions were sketchy at first, with moisture from the previous day's rain making the course quite slippery, but after a few hours of sunshine, it dried out to a more civilized level. With temperatures feeling to be around the high 20s, it was hot, but not quite as stifling as last year's humidity slugfest.
As usual, our man Adam killed it with 12 laps completed. He's a trail monster, and a humble one at that. Way to crank it out, Adam!
At some point in the afternoon I thought I'd be able to hit the 10 lap mark, but it wasn't in the cards. I finished with 9. My back was killing me after 4 laps, and I found myself wishing I'd been riding a full-suspension bike. I love riding a hard tail, but on longer runs like this one, it's murder on this 40+ dude (or, -50, depending on your perspective).
Overall, it was a great day of racing. If you're thinking of riding solo, I think this is the one to do it in, as it's likely the least attended of all the relay races.
Until next time!