For my birthday over the past five years I have entered the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race.
I have five posters from the past five events hanging in my man cave.
This year for my 52nd birthday I needed to kick it up a notch by doing the event on a single speed rigid.
This year I did the 25 proof and could not have ask for better trail conditions as well as the company of over 1000 mountain bikers from all over the nation.
The course this year was the same as it is pretty much every year except for the large amounts of snow we had in the months approaching the event. The week prior to the race we had a crew out shoveling snow off a section of trail 48.
The snow really kept everything on the trails in perfect condition…..tacky and fast is the only way to describe this years dirt. It was what contributed to records being broken by the top riders as well as helping me beat my time in for the previous four years.
Last year I did the 50 proof in just under a week – haha
But the other three years I did the 25 proof in 5:13 , 4:27 and 4:13. This year my goal was to break the four hour mark. I reached my goal by finishing at 3:57:17.
Very happy with this years time.
This year I dedicated my ride to our best friend and companion Cody. Cody passed away Saturday morning April 16th and he will be missed dearly and beyond words.
If he could have physically been able to, he would have ran the entire course right beside me. I so admire his dignity and desire to live.
The Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Race of 2010 is history now but the memories and friendships will be with us for a long time.
Again, thanks to http://www.epicrides .com for an amazing weekend and fun. Thank you to the community of Prescott Arizona for your amazing people and wild west Spirit.
Here are just a few pics of some great people that made the weekend such a great experience.
Bikes fill up the town every year in April thank to the Whiskey
Hal Hayden Nate Woods and Mike are great buddies that make life in Ptown the best.
Everybody loves Tomas and we all respect his riding ability. He is the real “Mayor” of Preskitt.
Tina Ooley road the 25 on a single speed and podiumed the event in honor of her brother Nick who passed away just weeks before the event.
Dave Sewell and I
Bren always meets me at the finish line with a kiss and a cold root beer 🙂
No wonder I am in a hurry to finish the race.
Next year I plan on being in a support role for some of my friends here in town. I have never seen the race from a spectators side and look forward to watching the hammerheads climb the water bars.