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Sasquatch Dash 2014 #5 Results and Race Report


Another great event is in the books!  On a sultry August morning, 15 of us gathered at Cyclova XC to attempt the first ever pursuit start Sasquatch Dash.

Pursuit start?  What is that you say?  In skiing this is typically a two discipline event where you ski classic first and then later you start a skate race with starters beginning with the same gaps they had at the conclusion of the first race.  First skier to the finish wins.  In this case we used a handicapped pursuit start.  This means we took past results in attempt to predict finish times and then started people such that if our predictions were good, everyone would finish at the same time.

The sweaty post run crew.

So I'll be honest, I was a little worried my organization and spreadsheet magic was going to be an utter failure.  It would have been pretty straight forward if everyone had run this course before, but since we hadn't I needed to translate race times from other races to this course.  In the end, I was thrilled with how this turned out.  The majority of the group finished within 6 minutes and everyone finished within 11 minutes.  Given the nature of the course and the weather and what that can do to your performance that is fantastic.

Race Results

Without further ado, here are mixed gender finish results.  These will get divided up for scoring, but the cool thing about this style race is that it should be gender neutral, and the winner could be anyone.


So, since this is a little different than usual, we should describe the columns.  Time is the time since the first starter that the person finished.  Time on (course) is the actual running time and what would have been the time under a normal race format.

Talk about a good finish!  Check out Tammi and Tom sprinting it out with Starr just seconds back.  Congratulations to those three on being the top finishers.

In fact, here is an action shot coming up to the overlook.  Tammi and Tom are in the foreground with maybe 100m to go.  Starr is just coming off of the foot bridge.  Think about that, 5.4 miles of racing at different abilities and it comes down to that sprint finish.  Awesome job guys!

Tammi and Tom charging for the line.
If we flip to the bottom, a quick note about our lone DNF.  Jason is one week removed from running the 50k at Marquette.  31 miles of running and scrambling with 3,000' of rocky, rooty, ragged elevation gain.  So, we'll cut him a little slack and give him points for the two miles he ran and the pictures he took.

Finishers sorted by Time on Course
When we sort by time on course we see that again, Alex dominated the competition.  Tammi put in a similarly stellar performance for the women.

Overall Standings Update

With just the finale to go, we should take a look at the overall standings.  First a few notes to remind you of how the scoring works.  Your final score will be a sum of your best 4 race results plus any bonus points.  With 5 races completed some people are already throwing out some results.  Some of us who missed a few races are still hoping to accumulate a few more points.  Also, the finale counts for double points which could really make some swings.

With those notes, pay attention to the columns.  Total points is just that, all points that person has earned.  Final Points is more important now as that shows what that persons score would be if the series ended today.  I added a new column Smallest that indicates what the smallest race score is included in that persons score.  If that score is still zero that person has not completed 4 races yet and assuming they participate in the finale will score at least two more points (you always get 1 point for participating, but double that to two for the finale).


Men's Overall Standings

So we have a race on for first among the men.  Alex has a slim two point lead over Tom.  The pursuit race today netted him the winners points plus the shirt order bonus.  That said, assuming Alex shows up on September 13th, I think he wraps up the win.  I may have a shot at Sean and Tom, but it is going to be close.

Women's Overall Standings
On the ladies side Tammi has a pretty tight grip on the overall title.  Again, if she makes it to the finale she should walk away with the title.  Emma, Starr, and Lacey are all spread out reasonably well.  Some movement may be possible, but it will take some bigger surprises and movements on race day.

Race Report

At last, what I'm sure you were all waiting for.  My personal race report.

I don't like heat.  I don't like humidity.  I'm a skier.  Give me a race at zero before one with a dew point in the 70's.  Given the weather I wasn't overly optimistic about making improvements over the time this spring.

I started second to last, 21:13 after the first starter.  Tammi was the next starter ahead of me by almost three minutes.  That was scary.  I wasn't confident I could run faster than Tammi let alone by 3 minutes.  Then there was Alex starting 2:48 behind me.

As I hit Hamilton, no Tammi in sight.  I figured I should be able to see her up the road, but nope.  I wasn't going to look back to see if I could see Alex coming.  My best bet was to just face forward and run strong, but not too strong.  This is interesting racing when it isn't quite as heads up from the beginning to pace yourself against others.

I made it all the way up to the intersection in Wert before seeing anyone else.  It just happened to be my girlfriend heading the other way.  Just enough time to shout encouragement and continue on up the hill for me.

Making some split estimates against the returning runners who started ahead of me and then Alex charging behind me wasn't terrible.  I could tell I was making up ground on people ahead of me but could also tell Alex was definitely closing.

After that it wasn't until all the way across the field at the top that I pulled anyone else back in sight.  By that time I was fighting with a side ache.  I haven't dealt with too many of those in recent years thankfully.  It was never horrible, but it was definitely a distraction.

I caught a few folks on the bomb back to Lions Park.  As I hit Hamilton for the last mile I was a little dismayed by the distance up to the next couple of runners.  I'll tell you though, this definitely kept me on the gas for the last mile.  Usually this is the point in the race you are running by yourself and it can be easy to back off and coast in.

I also figured Alex was closing fast.  By halfway down Hamilton I could tell I was going to catch Ben Jonjak, but I could also hear footsteps and knew Alex was almost on me.  Moments after passing Ben, Alex came by.  I surged to try and stay with him hoping that might break any surge he was putting on to make the pass.  I didn't stand a chance though.  I couldn't even hold his pace for a moment.  Excellently executed pass by him.  Instead I settled for just barely picking up Lacey just before we hit the Overlook.

In the end I ran 37 seconds faster than I had back at the beginning of May.  I'll take that given the far less favorable weather conditions this time around.  I was also really pleased with how the pursuit start worked out.  I hope everyone else enjoyed the way this mixed things up giving everyone a shot at the win and pushing people at the end.  I definitely would like to try this again next year.

Sasquatch 2014 #5 is TOMORROW (Sat., Aug 23rd)!

Hey Folks!

Just a quick reminder that the 5th installment of our free trail run series is tomorrow (Saturday August 23rd).  This is going to be a fun event since we're running it pursuit style, which means the faster runners will be going last.  At this point in the summer running calendar, I kind of need something fun like this to inspire me to get out there, and I hope you all feel the same way.

For the sake of convenience, we'll be running the Wert Preserve course, which is the same course as Week #1.  You can see the file here.  I will go out and mark the course, but please check the file since there is a central junction that can be a touch confusing.  Essentially just remember to take left turns (Ben or I will explain this further at the race start).

Because we're doing this pursuit style, we'd like to start the racers at 8:30 rather than 9.  Please meet at CyclovaXC around 8:15 and we'll walk over to the overlook to start the event!

See you tomorrow!

The Willow River Trail Challenge is Coming October 4th, 2014!

This is great, I just got a request from the nice folks at Willow River to help promote their event.  This is a 10.6k and a 6.6k race on October 4th, 2014...(a great final prep before the Gandy Dancer Marathon on October 11th)!  The course description is as follows:

LONG-COURSE 10.6K • SHORT-COURSE 6.6K • KIDS-DASH 1K
You have trained all summer. Now it’s time to test yourself by running the Willow River Trail Challenge. These courses are a scenic-mix of challenging steep climbs and descents through Willow River State Park. You will run along the banks of
Willow River, between beaver ponds, past Willow Falls and
along the shores of Little Falls Lake.

For full information and to download their entry form, click here.

Tour de Pumpkin coming September 27th! (Root Beer Floats!)

I just got word of this little ride on the Gandy Dancer that promises to be a blast.  This is a very family oriented ride, and the fact that they give out Root Beer Floats to the riders makes this a slam dunk.  Here's all the info you need:

The price for the ride is $15 each with under 12 free. A max of $35 per family. Riders will be able to purchase LCP pumpkin shirts for $18 each. 4, 10 and 20 mile rides.  Start & End at Lodge Center Arena, Siren, WI at 9:15 AM. Register here!

The Gandy 5K is Coming on October 11th, 2014

Hey Folks,

I've been pushing the Gandy Dancer Marathon pretty hard, so you all know about that.  However, you might have overlooked the fact that we're also featuring a 5k that day.  The 5k is going to be a really fun event, especially for friends and family of competitors running the half or the full.  If you don't feel like running a half or a full marathon, but still want to participate in the day's festivities, come on out and run the 5k--it can be a run or a leisurely walk through the beautiful fall colors that line the Gandy Dancer trail!

A 5k is a great way to take a little bit of exercise and then grab a beverage and stick around to help cheer in the competitors. Eric Olson will be on the mic, so this is going to be a really fun day (should be just about the biggest thing to ever happen to Luck, Wisconsin we think).

The price is $25 and you'll be getting one of our rocking finisher's T-Shirts!  Remember that all the proceeds go to the Luck Fire Department so this is Win-Win!  Click here to sign up!

Chuck and Mike's Trek to AK

Hey Folks,
Here at Cyclova, we love to hear about people's wonderful outdoor adventures.  We were really excited to help set up Chuck Langeness and Mike Broten on a pair of bicycles for their ride/trek to Alaska.  Here's a little note from this intrepid pair which will tell you a little bit more about their adventure of a lifetime!  Good luck Chuck and Mike!


Hi, I'm Chuck Langeness. I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, and have lived in Luck, WI for the past 20 years. I graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas (where I met my wife, Sandi) and received my graduate degree at Drake University. With Sandi I have 6 boys and 11 grandchildren. I started walking seriously about 10 years ago, mainly because I didn’t want to run. I find that walking is a great time to pray.

When I retired From Hilti, Inc. in Jan of 2013, I created a “bucket list” at the suggestion of a friend in Arizona. Walking to Alaska was one of the first items on my list. Mike Broten, the father-in-law of one of my sons, decided to join me in on my adventure. He and I tweaked the walking a bit by adding biking, mainly because of the time factor. Adding biking would shorten our trek by a month. 

The Grace Fund is a result of and epiphany I had after reading the book “What’s So Amazing about Grace” by Philip Yancey during my men’s Bible Study Group. God spoke to me during my walks showing me that my "bucket list" dream could have a higher purpose. By raising awareness to the needs of my community, we can all help our local churches fill these needs".


To read more about Chuck and Mike's adventure click here, and be sure to follow them on their blog!

Sasquatch 2014 Scoring Update After Race #4


Hey Folks!

Can you believe we're already 4 races into our 2014 series?  Man, the summer is going by fast!  Before you know it we'll be out there skiing in places like Big Rock Creek and all the other trails we're running on right now.

But we still have quite a bit of summer yet, and remember that it was a scorcher last year on our 25k event.  We had a hot race on the 26th and it was a blast, as always, to see all of you!  Ben just sent me the current standings, and with the points available in the last two races, there is plenty that can happen in this series.

As I mentioned previously, we awarded 1st place points to both Alex and Marcus last time since Alex was over a minute ahead (by Marcus's estimation) but ended up doing most of a second lap before returning.  He then adjusted a later sign, and the result was that other people who took a wrong turn were guided in on a parallel path that didn't add much to the overall distance.  Nice work Alex!

Without further preamble, here are the results from Sasquatch 2014 #4 (some of the times are approximate for those that were left blank):

Men:
Women:

Now here are the current overall standings:
Men:

Women:

The way our scoring works, anything can happen in this series!  The next event should really shake up the standings as well with the reverse order start--hopefully we'll be able to do that provided we find an appropriate venue (it's going to be fun!).  See you all on August 23rd!

!Update from TREK WORLD 2015!


The Monday evening key note speech by Trek President John Burke, Fabian Cancellera, and others was a great way to kick off the event!
Greetings from Trek World 2015!  

Every year, I (Frank) come to Trek World to check out the coming year's hottest cycling gear - ranging from the full line of 2015 Trek bikes, all the Bontrager gear (wheels, tires, foot wear, helmets, apparel, and much more), attend seminars on best business practices, learn the nitty-gritty tech stuff, and rub elbows the the best bike shops on the planet.  I look forward to these long days which starts with meetings at 8AM, and the trade show going until midnight - yes, it's quite a party - an opportunity to make the most of!

We've been getting a ton of product inquiries on the Cyclova Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so I thought I'd share of pictures of the new 2015 product people are asking about (and some other stuff that I found really interesting).

Fabian Cancellera (near center with black shirt & dark hair, looking to the left), winner of countless Spring Classics road races, owner of many Tour de France yellow jerseys, and former World Champ was on hand to check out the new Trek Adventure bikes (920, 720, and 520 disc).  I bet he could cover the Mammoth Gravel Classic course in a hurry on one of these!  Note the Trek 720 multi-surface credit card touring bike in the front of this pic (complete with bag system that holds 6 pounds per bag, for the credit card tourist), and the new Trek 520 disc touring bike.
In what we believe will be a tremendously healthy thing for the sport, Trek is fully embracing "Bicycle Adventure".  Here they have a cool booth, showing what bicycle adventure means to many.  Bicycle Adventure is in the eye of the beholder - for some it's riding the divide, for others it's going out for a bicycle picnic - most fall somewhere in the middle! 

Here is the new Trek 920.  This is drop bar, go anywhere, touring bike with 29" wheels.  It comes complete with racks and is ready for what you can throw at it!

Fat bikes are here to stay.  Here are the 2015 Trek Farley 8 & 6 - beautiful alloy framed fat bikes.  Rumors leading into the show indicated that there were more fat bikes coming, but that didn't prove to be the case.

Speaking of Fat Bikes, this is an example of the scene in about 14 hours of seminars I've attended in the past 2 days.  Here, Trek Mountain Bike Product Manager John Riley presents the 2015 Trek Fat Bike product line.
WHEEL SIZE...  That WAS the question.  Trek has came to the table in 2015 with what I believe is the best option - one that we are incredibly excited about at Cyclova XC.  Wheel size aught to be proportional to the size of the rider - similar to a frame.  This is the concept behind Trek's "Smart Size" wheel sizing.  XC mountain bikes (for men & women) with wheel size 15.5" or smaller will use the 650B (27.5") wheel size.  Bikes 17" and bigger, will use the 29" wheel size.  In the end, the bike must fit!!!

Speaking of 650B wheels, here is the line of 650B ladies full suspension Lush bikes.

The NEW Trek Emonda, ultralight road racer got a ton of attention, and had a super cool booth.  This bike can be built complete at 10.3 pounds (and comes at many price points, down to under $2,000), climbs & handles like a dream, and will be in stock at Cyclova XC very soon!

I'll save my favorite for last!  If only bikes could talk!  Here is the top tube of the bike that Fabian Cancellera won his 2nd Tour of Flanders on this Spring.  Note the list of cobble sections.  This is a Domane Koppenberg Edition bike, which can be ordered at Cyclova XC - yes, you can ride like Fabian!


Preparing for Ironman WI with WiBA

One of our good friends, Doran O'Brien is preparing for Ironman Wisconsin.  He found a free, three day prep event and sent us this wonderful write-up.  Enjoy!

by Doran O'Brien

With Ironman Wisconsin in 5 short weeks, I had decided to do some hands on research about the course. Someone from my Triathlon Club, mentioned a 3 day event that does just this. It's called WiBA, Wisconsin Brick Adventure (pronounced wee-ba). Surprisingly, it's a completely free weekend with a request for donations. You are responsible for your own lodging and food of course, but all the day's events are prescheduled with each discipline as a focus. 

This year was the largest participant year they have ever had, over 200+ had signed up. Friday night was a meet and greet at Smokehouse BBQ in downtown Madison. We met other athletes participating in the weekend (about 50 people showed up), shared a meal, and had a brief presentation from the even host Rob. We also had the opportunity to hear from the IMWI race director Ryan Richards, who surprisingly has never done a triathlon (no joke). He is a shorter, stocky fella, with a full red beard. He looked more like a beer brewer than an IM race director. Having him at our disposal for Q and A was great. He walked us through a course overview and opened it up to questions. Very helpful information that I wouldn't have known otherwise. After some good laughs, a couple of beers, some pulled pork and mac-n-cheese, it was off to bed.

The next morning we all met at the IMWI swim start on Lake Monona. Two waves of swimmers either started at 6:00am or 7:00am. Rob set up two waves for safety purposes, he wanted enough kayaks in the water per swim wave. These are all volunteers mind you, which is pretty cool. They had buoys set up with a rough idea on the swim course. I ended up doing about 2 miles of the 2.4 mile swim, the water temp was in the mid 70s and very calm. This helped get an idea of the surroundings for sight lines, starting strategies, and exit view points. It was a good morning.
Now, off to the bike. There were two options. You could ride from Madison and complete the course in its entirety or meet in Verona at Rocket Bicycle Studio. I chose to start in Madison, ride the 16 miles to Verona, and at least complete one of the loops around Verona before heading back to Madison. I did just that, biking 78 miles! The course going out to Verona is a nice warm up before the hills in Verona, and oh boy are there hills. 

Here is a Strava map of the course, check out the elevation changes . The bike ride was unsupported, which was fine. During the entire time I was out there, I could always see another cyclist. Cue sheets were available, but you didn't need them. With all the bikers and arrows painted on the roads, it was easy to stay on course. The loop around Verona was technical, with many twists and turns, changing gears, and keeping a watchful eye for cars. With all the athletes on the roads, some motorists were not very nice, there were a lot of bikers. After the bike, you were invited to a cookout with brats and burgers in Verona (a $20 donation was suggested). I opted to not attend the cookout, but rather went back to the hotel for a beer, a shower, and some grub in Madison. I think I made the right call, plus I slept like a baby.

Sunday morning was time to run. We met at the Monona Terrace parking helix (the location for T1 and T2), it was already hot at 7:00am. You had the option of running the entire 26.2 mile course (minus running through Camp Randal, which you do on race day), or bite off as much as you would like to chew. I bit off 10 miles, the heat was too much for me without fluids (I didn't plan very well in that regard). The run course is fairly flat, some hills (biggest climb is less than 100 feet), with a few turns on the city streets. I've heard the spectators during the run is epic, I'll need it come race day.

I've been kept challenged by Ben Jonjak regarding activity and weight loss, it's been a huge help for sure. My goal weight for IM was 250lbs or less, I've got 20lbs to go in 5 weeks. It's a tall order, but I think if I keep focused it is attainable. My swim is strong, the bike is getting better, and the run will be the biggest challenge for sure. September 7th will be here soon and my only goal is to finish by the midnight cutoff and hear the announcer and crowd say, "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!"

Ladies Adventure & Tech Social Night- Thursday August 14th- Bicycle Adventure Presentation & Bicycle Maintenance Demonstration


Join us for a fun night with local women that love to ride bike! Female cyclists of all levels of experience and enthusiasm welcome!

Here's the scoop:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 6:30 PM at Cyclova XC in downtown St. Croix Falls:

Adventure:  Lisa Thompson, two-time finisher of the Gravel Conspiracy, presents on her experiences in gravel enduro-racing and adventure cycling. She'll also discuss her gear and how she packs it on her bike. The Gravel Conspiracy is a 300-mile route that traverses some of Northern Minnesota's most beautiful and secluded terrain. Don't miss out on this epic adventure tale!
 
Tech:  Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC demonstrates The ABC's of Bicycle Maintenance (Air, Brakes, Chain).  Frank's easy-to-master approach will equip you with the skills to become self-sufficient on your ride! Learn how to change a flat tire, care for your components, and perform a safety check before riding. 
There will be plenty of time for Q & A as well!


Photo credit: Dallas Wynne, photo taken on the 2012 Gravel Conspiracy route.


Skull-n-Bones Pre-Ride and Course Description

The end of a long day
Chris called me up the other day to pre-ride the Skull-n-Bones Gravel Grinder course.  His plan was to set up the cue sheets and he wanted some company...and he knew I was probably stupid enough to come along.

"I've got 32s on my wheels, do you think those will be wide enough?"

Silence followed by, "I guess we'll find out."

Since this is a brand new event, I thought there might be some people out there who are curious as to what the course is like.  To provide some context, I'll mention that I dropped out of Almanzo this year at mile 70.  That wasn't due to the fact that I was suffering--I dropped out because I ran into one of my friends who was sitting on a case of beer (I'm stupid...but I ain't crazy).  Also, I went into Almanzo more focused on marathon training than cycling.  Since then I've ridden my bike about 1,500 miles and run four marathons (well, actually two were just before Almanzo), but that gives you a general idea of my fitness.

On Friday, I hit my alarm at 5:30 AM and headed up to Bruce, WI to meet Chris for the historic first riding of the Skull-n-Bones course.  The forecast called for rain, which would have been welcome, but we never got it resulting in pretty much a perfect day.

Chris was riding a Salsa Fargo with 2.2" tires so we pretty much had the extremes covered.  I went ahead and pumped my 32s up to 80 psi because I'm a roadie at heart and I just can't make myself ride on soft air...although I might now be more willing to attempt it.

The Gravel
The first thing I'm going to mention is that Wisconsin gravel is not like Almanzo gravel.  Almanzo is basically like pavement with a little dust on top.  Around Bruce, you're sinking in a little bit (you can see the tire track in the above picture).  Still, even on 32s at 80 psi I got through this fine.

In terms of bike handling, I'd say that I'm on the bottom rung of competent.  Ever since I had kids I stopped taking any kind of risks and I'm kind of a wimp on the hills--especially early in a ride.  Throughout the whole Skull-n-bones, there was only one moment when my back end spun out sideways a little bit (sort of like Greg LeMond on the L'Alp D'Huez in the 1990 TDF...except LeMond slipped because he had a broken finger and couldn't pull his break, and I slipped because I'd just been bitten on the back by a horsefly).  I also walked down one hill early on because it was a little sketchy due to wash outs.  Chris seemed to get through everything fine on his 2.2" as you might expect.

We had a nice, pleasant ride for the first 45 miles or so.  Overall, I'd say this ride is about 65 miles of gravel and 35 miles of pavement.  The pavement to gravel ratio is a little higher than normal, but the gravel sections are pretty tough, and you're happy to get on pavement every now and then.  The pavement is also well placed--it comes just when you're needing it and is long enough to help you recover adequately for the next gravel section.

At 45 miles our average speed was 9.8 mph.  Then, at mile 50 (approx.) we hit the Tuscobia State Trail.

The Tuscobia State Trail
Here I am taking a surprise selfie in front of the Tuscobia State Trailhead--oh, and the idea of a "surprise selfie" is mine, so remember that when some Kardashian tries to take credit for inventing it!
So stupid me, I thought the Tuscobia trail was going to be a "break" on this ride.  I even said as much to Chris and he gave me the same look he flashed when I mentioned my plan of riding 32mm tires.  For those of you familiar with the Gandy Dancer trail, you really need to get out here and ride the Tuscobia state trail.

Why?

Because they allow ATVs on the trail which makes the surface almost impassible for cyclists (it makes you want to join an advocacy group to keep the Gandy non-motorized--what a special trail that is!).  Again, Chris was pretty much OK on his 2.2s, but I was rattling the teeth out of my head.  You'd get hundred yard sections where the going was pretty good, then there would be these washboard sections that took all your concentration to stay upright.  I found maintaining about 13mph minimized the jostling, if you went slower, you dropped down in the ruts of every little bump...faster allowed you to skim the peaks.

We were on Tuscobia for about 14 miles and I was ready to be done with it.  It's pretty much the presence of this trail on this course that makes me want to recommend a minimum of 40mm tires.  But honestly, if I can get through it on 32s, I'd say all the real cyclists out there will have zero difficulty.

We rolled into Birchwood which is about 64 miles into the ride and had a huge meal at the first gas station we came across (there's a restaurant in there...it's perfect).  There really is nothing between the start and the 64 mile marker though, and most riders probably aren't going to be carrying enough liquid to get them that far.  The route goes very close to another small town at about mile 35 (I think the town is Exeland...I'll get Chris to confirm that), and I'd recommend people stop there and find some water if it's a hot day.  Heck...if it's 50 degrees you'll probably make it to Birchwood fine, but I'd rather ride an extra two miles to fill my water bottles than to be stuck riding 25 dying of thirst...(being thirsty takes the fun out of things).
After Tuscobia

Once you're done with the Tuscobia trail, you're home free.  There's actually about a 15 mile pavement section, and then some really fun gravel sections before the final 7 or 8 miles of pavement back to town.  There is a super big hill at about mile...90 or so?  It's a nice little cherry at the end of a tough day.  Also, as you're coming down from that climb you hit a gravel to pavement transition which Chris referred to as "reentering the atmosphere."  It's true, high speed and washboard conditions make you lose track of the horizon line briefly.  The only thing you can do is close your eyes, keep 'er pointed forward, and wait to land.

On the way into Bruce, we saw a black bear cross the road in front of us.  That was fun, it was an excuse to accelerate.  They say that most people go through their whole lives without seeing a bear in the wild, maybe all the Skull-n-Bones riders will be as lucky as we were!

Strava Data

All in all, this is a very fun, challenging route.  Here are the stats from the ride:

  • Ride time: 8:38:51
  • Total time: 12:01:14
  • Distance: 102.4 miles
  • Elevation: 4,691 ft
You can access the Strava Data here.

Conclusion

This is a great ride and you really need to plan on being at the Bruce Fire hall on September 20th at 8 AM!  The official Facebook pages for this ride can be found here and here.  Plan on spending the whole day, and maybe even stashing some jugs of water out along the course!  Skull-n-Bones is EPIC, I think that's the longest amount of time I've ever spent on my bike!  But hey, if it were easy, everybody would do it!