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Dawn to Dusk Race Report: Removing the Asterisk


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Dawn to Dusk is an Arizona classic mountain bike race held every December on the Pemberton loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.  This year would mark my fourth time participating in the race, second solo effort, and Danielle’s first time on a female duo with her teammate Ashley.  I started looking forward to this race  last year when I managed to win the solo singlespeed category.  Despite the win in 2015 I always felt like there should be an asterisk next to my name. (more…)

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TOWM: Off to a Good Start


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A few months ago I impulsively signed up for the fifty mile single speed race at the Tour of the White Mountains, a mountain bike event put on by Epic Rides in Pinetop, Arizona.  I had never been to Eastern Arizona and knew almost nothing about the course, but Epic Rides puts on great events and I had the weekend free so I decided to give it a go.  As the race quickly approached I was a bit nervous, due to my lack of knowledge on the course and inability to get a pre-ride in I still wasn’t sure which gear to run.  I asked everyone I knew trying to get a sense of what to expect.  I heard everything from smooth and flowy to ‘you will curse your life on the hike a bike section’.  A wide variety of responses left me flying blind so I decided to go with my standard 34×19 gearing and see how it would play out.  The one thing I did know about the race, the altitude, was also contributing to my pre race nerves.  Historically, I haven’t done well in races at altitude and this one starts at 7,200 feet..not crazy high, but high enough for this desert dweller to be worried. (more…)

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Crusher in the Tushar: Damage Control


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Our friend Kaolin has talked up the Crusher in the Tushar race for the last few years so when the open spots were quickly dwindling and he was bragging about his entry Danielle turned to me and said let’s do it, to which I casually replied “sure.”  After we guaranteed our spots I didn’t give it much thought because I was head deep in training for 24 hours in the Old Pueblo…fast forward to July, with months of training behind us, we had the bikes loaded up and headed north to Beaver, UT.  We rolled into the small town of Beaver Friday afternoon and picked up our race packets and then settled into our condo for the weekend up the mountain at the Eagle Point ski resort.  Kaolin, his family, and some other friends were staying right next door so we passed the evening hanging out with them and watching them do some last minute maintenance on bikes.  Around 9 pm it was lights out while we rested up for the day ahead. (more…)