Monday, June 20, 2011

Race report: 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

Our first time out to the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest was a success! We didn't successfully win anything, we ended up 4th place out of 5 teams in the 4 person singlespeed category. But we did successfully enjoy ourselves the whole time, and that was our only goal anyway.

We rolled in late, having closed the shop at 6pm like normal. Luckily, the trailer was already there waiting for us, thanks to Tony (not our Tony, another Tony), and beer was waiting for us thanks to Rick, who was rolling deep with 2 pony kegs. So we threw some tents down and got to business, race prepping for the next day:



In my hungover state the next morning, I volunteered for the first lap. This was a bad idea, as the course was extremely dry, and the tight traffic for the whole first lap meant I ate huge amounts of dust, which I think effected my breathing for the whole rest of the race. In fact, I'm still blowing sandy boogers out my nose all the time.  It's lovely.
I should have tried to be more like our boy Alex, who finished the first lap in 2nd place overall. I'm guessing he didn't eat much dust.
I also decided that I should do the first lap dressed as Grover.  I wore the Grover suit at Mesa Verde, but that race started at 7am. This time I was out at noon, and it was definitely a little hot. Still, riding through camp and lining up at the start (obviously I pushed my way near the front), all the parents were pointing me out to their kids, lots of smiling faces, it was worth the sweat.  The headwind I could have done without though. That thing was like a freaking sail.
I don't have any pics of myself in the Grover suit, but if anybody reading this does, please send them my way via the shops email and I'll get them shared.

At one point, I finished my lap to find Danny eating a bowl of something or rather doing his best Monkey impression:

He is a special kind of special, that one.

 We were camping next to the Leonard family, and Alex, his brother Elliot, their Dad Andy, and our friend Rick were on a 4 man team together (Clown College was the team name, if you are looking through results).  Elliot was only willing to race under the condition that he would do one of his laps on a unicycle.  Here he is, suiting up for the Uni-lap, in his super suit:


His lap time was something like 2 hours. Average lap times for the course were typically about an hour and a half. Most people can't ride a unicycle period. So I'm gonna go ahead and say that was pretty studly.  Also, he rode a unicycle frame and hub that he built himself. And it was nice looking stuff. 29" wheel. It was cool.

Here is a pic of Charlie, heading out for a lap. But first he asked Matt how his butt was looking.  Matt said it was looking kind of big, and that Charlie wasn't really his type anyways, and that THIS IS A FREAKING RACE AND YOU ARE RUINING IT FOR EVERYBODY!

I'm just kidding, none of that actually happened.  I don't believe Matt has ever yelled at anybody.

Here is a pic of Danny trying to blow himself up with our new tabletop grill that we assembled 3/4 of the way into the race.  We initially attempted to assemble it without using the instructions (my idea) but gave up eventually when fear of being blown up settled in.


The race was a blast. The course was extremely fun, I was still enjoying it on my fifth lap out (which is one more lap than the rest of my teammates did, by the way).  We raced hard but did a good job of never taking it seriously enough to not have fun (i.e. plenty of beer was drank in between laps). 
The whole race was very well organized with plenty of fun perks, like free beer, free wine, free massages, free yoga class toward the end, free coffee all night and morning.  The lap timing seemed to go flawlessly (at least as far as I could tell), and awards were up and running just a few minutes past noon, which is very impressive to all of us who have stood around for hours after a race waiting to see final results posted.
Those gals really know how to take care of their racers!  We will certainly continue to attend and support all races put on by Zia Rides.

I didn't stick around for awards though. We weren't on the podium, and I was super anxious to get home after 2 days of not seeing these little guys:


They are so cute it melts my brain.  Oh yeah, I was missing my wife too.

Lastly, I want to give props to my old man and his team, "Real Men of Genius" who won the 5 man category.  He's like 90 years old, and was putting in lap times to keep up with the youngsters, and got to stand on the top of the podium. Hell of a job Dad!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Closed Saturday June 18th

We will be closing to go race once again. This time is will be the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest, New Mexico's only 24 hour mtb race.

I am expecting there to be fun times.

For all of you planing on going already, I would love to have as many of the Bikeworks regulars, friends and families all camping out next to each other if possible. I think that would make things more fun. I have no idea on how we would accomplish this though. We most likely won't be arriving til late-ish Friday night. Also, I wasn't there last year, and I have no idea of the camping situation/layout. But if anybody has super powers and can make that happen, go ahead and do that for me okay? Great, thanks.

http://www.24hitef.com/

I will be out racing on my brand new Lynskey Ridgeline SL, which I don't even have yet, but is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. I then plan on building it sometime on Wednesday while I give customers a ton of attitude for wanting their bikes worked on. I will then most likely not ride it once before heading out to the 24 hour race. I will show up so late at the race that I will definitely not pre-ride the course. I figure the odds of me flailing are pretty good. It's going to be stupid and really fun.

http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/store/mountain/frames/single-speed/ridgeline-29-sl.html

Hope everybody made it out to the mountains last weekend, because we have been told a few times now that Cibola forest will be closing this week. Oh I'm going to miss Otero for a while. I never even made it to anything around Sandia yet this summer. Bummer.

Hope to see some people out there this weekend! And if it's too smokey to race, we'll all just wear gas masks and drink our beer through straws.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer bike park fun!

Angel Fire opened last weekend. They have been working hard on building new trails, a skills park, and all sorts of things up there. They have every intention of making that mountain a serious bike park destination.
Our buddy Long was up there last weekend, and as usual, he took some killer photos. Check it out:

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Angel-Fire-Mountain-Resort-Opening-Weekend-2011.html

This weekend is the Chile Challenge up in Angel Fire, where they will be racing XC, Dual Slalom, Super D, and Downhill.  It is always a fantastic race to go and watch, if you don't feel like racing yourself.  I recommend loading up a large backpack with as many cans of beer as you can carry, taking the lift to the top, and slowly hiking down to the bottom along the side of the DH course during the race. Of course, screaming your head off at every passing racer, and parking yourself at the gnarliest rockiest spots and causing a ruckus are a must.

Check out details and schedule of events here:

http://www.racemsc.com/schedule/chilechallenge.html

Or, you may want to got to Pajarito this weekend, for their opening weekend running the lifts and to partake in Summerfest, where there will be 16 New Mexican breweries with beer to share, as well as live music.  If I were able to go, I would probably plan on a morning of downhill riding the lifts, then spend the remainder of the day drinking and listening to music. Camp up at the ski area, and then spend sunday riding cross country to work through the hangover.  But I can't go, so somebody will have to do it for me.


Lastly, if you haven't heard, Sandia Ski Area has shocked us all, and has actually been doing some trail building up on their mountain.  I haven't been by myself yet, but I've been told that so far Golden Eagle trail has been worked on, with some berms added in, and some of the long flat sections taken out. Generally the trail will be faster and more funner than ever!  That may be the extend of the work for this season, but the story is that next season we will see some legitimate DH trails put in, which has the potential to be amazing. Lets keep our fingers crossed!

That's all I got. Hope everybody finds some time to have fun on bikes this weekend.  Be safe out there.