The Park City Endurance 100 mile race is this Saturday, Aug 26. This is quite possibly the finest (and hardest) one day MTB event on the planet. Roughly 95% singletrack, never highly technical, but never non-technical either - riders are continually paying attention or paying the consequences. Fueling it tough on this course. It's got over 18,000 feet of climbing. It occurs mostly between 7,000 and 9,200 feet. Yep, it's a good'n.
This year the race has some extra status: it's the final stop of the
On the mens side, Thane Wright and Kip Biese are among the guys vying for top honors in the RMU series (and Kip may have his eye on the national series as well); singlespeeders Dan Jansen and
The womens field looks strong as well. The riders I'm aware of include Monique Sawicki (that's really cool!!!), Hillary Harrison from Whistler, CA - she was very strong at TransRockies - and of course that crack head LyndaW.
There will also be many riders who hope to complete the event - no small task. The 6am start has us in the dark for 20-30 minutes, and leaving the last aid after 5pm requires lights - that will likely happen to more than half the field if history repeats itself. It's a massive undertaking and requires your 'A' game simply to finish...respect to all those who have prepared and will line up Sat morning.
Am I ready? I thnk so, but I'm really in uncharted territory. It'll either be a PB performance, or I'll go down in flames... TR was a 2000 TSS week, and since then I haven't done much, so TSB is high. But I'll shut up now and let the legs do the talking.