TS100 & Summer Schedule
Just as I finished and celebrated my first run block of the year with the Zion 100, I happened to find the Tahoe Sierra 100 race to celebrate my first block of the year back on the bike. After making the rounds and getting a NEW BIKE I could not think of a better way to rip my legs off this weekend.
The TS100 is what I would consider a “real deal” race. It is a point to point race in the mountains over technical single track trails with loads of climbing (~17,000-18,000ft) and even more descending ~20,000-21,000 feet). The race also covers some beautiful historic areas of true endurnce races. From the website
“The Tahoe Sierra 100 is one of the most challenging ultra mountain bike races in North America. A true 100 mile course, no laps here my Brothers and Sisters. Due to the remoteness, this race differs substantially from other ultra mountain bike races. Racing on the rugged roads and trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, now accessible only to hikers, bikers, horses and 4Wheel drive vehicles. The TS100 is being held on some of the same trails as the two biggest endurance events in North America. The Western States 100 ultra trail run, and The Tevis Cup horse endurance race….
It is also going to be hot. As my friend Josiah say’s, “Africa hot”. Forecast is calling for triple digets in the canyons. After getting a few emails from the race director I also know it will be a true adventure. Here are a few gems from his recent updates about the course.
“Lets make sure you all have new brakes for the TS100. Last year we changed out way to many brakes!! They should be at least 80%. Theses canyons are no JOKE!! A few of the riders in this weekend all had brake problems.
Lets hope that the weather holds out and there is no heat. If its over 90 then you better drink a lot. Spots to drink up at are:…Deadwood aid station. You will becoming up from Hell at this point. There is a Old hand pump at Deadwood so put your head under the water there…I was out in the high country this monring and saw a Mountain Lyon. He was moving fast across the trail. It’s nice to see the wildlife up there. I didn’t have my hand gun with me today. See two bears this year also”
“Old school racing with old school rules…”Be nice to the aid station workers”…”If your special and think you need special food then you will have to carry it as most of the racers do”…”Its getting dusty up there so be ready for some moon dust…”
I am stoked that Ryan and my buddy Pete will be suffering along side me and it will be a long day no doubt. Last year, the winners times were around 9-9.5hrs and the race was only 88.5 miles and 12K of climbing so with 103 miles this year and over 17K of climbing I am expecting to have about 12hrs in the saddle. A new saddle at that… I have been on a 29er now for about 5 years, about as long as I have been riding but soon I sold the two fullsuspension bikes that I had during that time. I just felt like they were too mushy but the EPIC is something like I have never ridden before. There are a lot of little things that make the difference but one ride on this bike and it was overwhelmingly obvious that they_got_it_right. I put in a effort required to get the funds to pay more for this than any bike I have yet but I think it is worth every penny. So far I have been faster on every climb, downhill and turn I could find. That makes me just want to RACE! Stoked that Derek hooked me up and dialed in some added bling too. SUPER stoked on it so far and the extra brain suspension and 1.5lbs lighter package over my last hard tail should serve me well tomorrow.
That pretty much wraps up my schedule for the summer and about 8 weekends in a row at elevation. I am not sure where that is going but I like it! I have been holding back all year to keep my weekly hours under 20hrs but now it is time to TRAIN!
Here is what the rest of my summer lineup is looking like
5/27-6/3 – Big Bear 50mi MTB Races
6/10 – Holcomb Valley 33mi Ultramarathon
7/1 – Tri training / Baldy Quad Melt
7/15 – Tahoe Sierra 100 MTB race
7/23 – Rim Nordic MTB Race
8/5 – The Wonderland Loop!
8/26 –Bike for Bender 6hr MTB Race
9/9 – Wasatch 100 – Pacing for Mike Le Roux
9/22 – Leadman 250 – Bend OR
Last weekend, I got in another long run with Keira and Jesse at Baldy and I was reminded why Monique and I save the special term “Baldy Sore” for our trips around those hills. It is Friday and my quads are still sore to the touch. I have been keeping the volume going and geting back in the pool too so with my sumer schedule finalized the hammer is down for the rest of the season now. Nothing like a smooth taper into the TS100! I hope to see YOU out there!
Here are some pictures from last weekends long run.