I'm tired but wired. I can't think in a straight line but my head is buzzing with random thoughts. OP was good to me this year. Not so much for Dave. He'll blog his story later perhaps.
I finished first
I finished a lap up on the female geared winner and the male SS winner. Passing 1st place SS solo male about 6am I waved and gave a thumbs up cause I feared any words that might have come out of my mouth at that point :-0
29er with a 32x18 and 26er with a 34x17 both coming out at 52 gear inches. I had a whole library of other cogs at my disposal and was willing to use any of them but ended up keeping the gear the same the entire 24. I rode the first 4 laps on the 29er, 1 lap on the 26er and then 11 laps on the 29er.
On the pre-ride I visited the ditch I crashed into in 2007 and shattered my collar bone. It is a sleeper. It is inside corner of the second turn in a right-left "S" turn before you hit the 7-bitches. If you overcook the first one you swing out into the ditch. I lined up small logs and wrapped them in orange flagging. Dave said he still saw a racer go head first into it. Unless you are overcooking the pace it is a completely insignificant feature.
Every single one of my
Dave and I had a mechanic during the race and self supported all the food and clothing. I didn't change clothes - wash or toss that chammy now?? The self support thing turned out ok.
Pit at sunset
I love Ergon grips. I ran the
The OP course is full of fun single track and wads and wads of cacti. On every lap I guess I passed about 20 racers and was passed by about 10. Multiply that by 16 laps and it comes out to about 480 passes. Probably 90% were good passes. I apologize to the 10% involved in the not so perfect ones... Out of those 48 bad passes I never hit a cacti and saw only one dude full on nail a Cholla - he was an overeager passer. Some places you just sit and wait...
Other weekend highlights include meeting