WORLD F*CKING CHAMPION!!!!!

8 10 2015

Folks, Drew went and did the unimaginable.  Solo 24 Hour Worlds was last weekend in Weaverville, CA.  Drew went up against the best in the world in a knock-down, drag-out, knobby-tired brawl.  When the final piledriver was thrown down from the top turnbuckle, and the dust finally settled, one man stood alone–victorious.  In the words of MacLeod of the clan MacLeod, “There can be only one.”  Drew, you are a sexy beast.

His account below:

Start of Solo 24 Hour Worlds

Start of Solo 24 Hour Worlds.  Drew amongst the leaders

24 Hour Solo World Championships
a true test of a superior chamois (editor’s note: Drew’s words, not mine)
I just returned from the 24 Hour Solo World Championships in northern California where I won the masters (55+) world title – riding 24:17, 208 miles and over 24,000 feet of climbing. 
Designing chamois is hard. By chamois I am referring to the whole package of cycling bibs and the “chamois” padding. The pads of course have not been made of chamois for years but the name sticks. If the short is baggy is chafes. Too tight & it cuts your thighs. The pad can’t be too big or too small or it will rub. Riding a 24 hours rough technical mountain bike race is a true test of what works. Jeff’s Alchemist 2015 chamois is a champ! Not a rub, chafe, numb spot after 24 hours solid riding over 200 miles.
The Weaverville course is not exactly my kind of course, a thought echoed by pretty much every rider I talked to. To race 24 hours on a mountain bike it is most fun (& less painful) to have short repeated climbs & fast twisty sections. This course embarked on a 5km slog up a 9%-19% grade. That is not an un-doable climb, once or twice but for 16, 18 , 20 laps it was going to be rough.  After this “interesting” climb was a piece of showcase trail worthy of racing. There was a 10 mile descent on single track mining flumes. It was fast, smooth & fun. The grade was gradual & required pedaling, not a piece to be coasted. This section is on par with Monarch Crest or Wasatch Crest. Anyway – the course is what the organizer picks & we were all on the same trail.
Dr. Pepper should pay us for this adworthy shot

Dr. Pepper should pay us for this adworthy shot

When a race is titled the World Championships you expect to get good riders. I figured no one would fly over here from Europe or Australia unless they thought they could win. The field was  not huge but  everyone could ride. Most 24 races also have relay teams combined with solo riders. This race was solo only. That is a nice feature because riding solo in your 18th hour and getting passed over and over again by riders heading out on their 2nd lap is discouraging. 
I like to start a race fast & then dial is back a bit and have trained accordingly. As expected everyone was pretty sure they should  get up the climb first. The steep 15% + pitches were tough and the key was to not stress the quads early on those.  I slotted in between the 2 ladies leader on the descent & got pulled along a bit faster than planned – not wanting to hinder the 2nd rider nor pull over.  I felt great after lap one – almost done; only 23  hours to go. I was in the lead in my category. 
Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
The support crew in 24 hour racing is critical. I had Toni as my sole crew and she knows exactly what to do. She had detailed splits of how my competition was doing. She also had an added advantage with great cell coverage – the Alchemist crew in Boulder was texting coaching tips & encouragement all night long.  
Jeff Wu’s plan:  “build up a lead & take a nap” 
Paul Hooge & Jon Pulley immediately responded “NO – keep moving”
Every lap I would pick up a bottle or two & a bit of food. I  Toni would do a quick wipe of the bike, re-lube & I was out of there in 1 – 2 minutes. I have never raced a 24 hour race without breaking a bike. After lap 3 my fork control broke. I grabbed my spare bike for the next lap & Toni quick got it fixed & ready to switch back for the next lap. My main bike held up the rest of the race.  Many of the riders swap between two bikes every lap so their mechanic can tune & lube the bike for the next lap.  My gearing on my spare bike was not great for this course so I stayed on my primary bike all but a single lap. 
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Naps are for sissies

Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
Even though we are racing the other riders are really nice. Everyone here is a fantastic rider. Jason English, who won the elite race & has won the last 4 years would chat a bit & encourage  me every time he lapped me – & that was a few times. The elite pros here are outrageously fit. Sonya Looney, friend of Alchemist ended up winning the Elite women with a stellar effort. 
The first night lap is always fun. Descending fast though the trees with complete darkness & just your helmet & frame light is a kick. It was very spread out by now & I saw very few riders on the downhill. After a few night laps the novelty wears off & it gets tedious. I always have a big lull at2 AM. You are very tired, it is dark, lonely & cold. I have decided, at 2 AM, on every 24 hour race & have ever done to never do another. I always seem to forget.
My taint may feel fine, but every other part of me feels like pure Sh*t. And yet I keep going . . .

My taint may feel fine, but every other part of me feels like pure Sh*t. And yet I keep going . . .

3AM: “WTF is with this climb. I am never doing another 24 hour race.”
One of the Aussies passes me on the steepest grade. He is walking faster than I ride. “Hey mate – rest your legs”
Sunrise – light off and it warms up. It should be a fun lap but the climb has eaten up my legs. Lights off & just 5 more hours. I remain in the lead by just under an hour. 
Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
Time for some tactics. I really don’t want to do any more laps than I have to. 24 hour racing has some quirky rules that can decide the race at the end. You can start a lap anytime up to 24 hours and finish in more than 24. I was a lap up on 2nd place with 2 hours to go. The question: Can he ride one lap & start a 2nd in 2 hours? If so I have to go out on one more. If not I can stop now.  Toni checks in for advise:
Jeff – “That’s enough. You got it”
Jon Pulley – “NO – you have to go out again”
Who you going to trust – a math teacher or an ER doc?  (editor’s note: For what it’s worth, Drew would have still won on time even without lap 16 in the books.  Having said that, I would also trust the math teacher)  This is the worlds. Out for my final, 16th lap. 208 miles, 24,000 feet of climbing. Masters 24 hour solo world champion. 
The elite pro men put in 20 laps for 260 miles. Sonya Looney won the elite women with 18 laps. 
Thanks to everyone for all the support. I really pushed me to stay on the bike & keep moving.
I’m not doing another 24 hour race. 
Property of World Champions only.

Property of World Champions only.





Doing more Epic Sh*t

3 10 2015

About the enter the Pain Cave.

About the enter the Pain Cave.

Following up on his Everesting Flagstaff adventure, Drew is in Weaverville, CA for the 24 Hour Solo World Championships.  Tonight Toni and I are hanging out in a motel in Weaverville California. Tomorrow is the 24 Hour Solo World Championships. Everyone – elite pro and age group all racing together.  I have the privilege of racing other old guys instead of open. Course is wicked hard. 3 mile climb, 9-19% grade, than a fantastic enduro type DH for 10 miles. 1700 feet climbing per lap and it will take 15 laps plus to win my age – 20 for the elites. Almost another Everest adventure.  Toni is my pro support crew, wisely electing not to partake in such nonsense herself.”  Global endurance badass and Friend of Alchemist, Sonya Looney, is also toeing the line.  Multi-National Champ and Friend of Alchemist, Josh Tostado, out there looking for a World title.  Follow their World dominating progress here.

In the Multisport world, Emily has been slaying all comers.  Here she is after her recent aquabike win.

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Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Category winner. 2nd overall. Beat all the men.

Category winner. 2nd overall. Beating all the men.

Winner gets a bowl of ramen. And bragging rights. And a spot on the Alchemist blog.

Winner gets a bowl of ramen. And bragging rights. And a spot on the Alchemist blog. Big Ups Emily!







Everesting Flagstaff (Do Epic Sh*t). Revised images.

7 09 2015

There was a problem with the images the first time.  This is a repost of the blog with revised images. Thanks for reading!

This post was going to be about Leadville and the Breck Epic, but that will have to wait.  Drew just pulled off a far more nauseatingly epic feat.  His story below:

“Everesting Flagstaff”

There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.”
Richard Nelson “ The Island Within” 1991
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Toni met Drew at the Flag summit for dinner. Still looking fresh!

“Everesting” on a bike is not actually climbing Mt. Everest – that would actually be hard. It is an arbitrary and perversely attractive event dreamed up by a group in Australia to climb 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), the height of Mt Everest. The rules say you have to ride the same single climb over & over with no loops (oh and no walking allowed).

First of all, I am not a climber. I am more of a Rouleur – an all rounder. I can climb well enough to get up hills but would have to give up beer & loose 10 pounds to climb any better. That is not going to happen. Climbing 30,000 feet in a single ride is a big epic adventure for me. A pure climber could make short work of this adventure.

Dan Busse, a fellow Alchemista, actually started all this nonsense for me by suggesting the “Flagstaff 100”. His plan was 100 miles of climbing up Flagstaff. Flagstaff is almost exactly 5 miles from Chataqua to the Super-Flagstaff summit. That would take 20 laps & 40,000 feet of elevation gain to complete. That adventure is still completely open for any takers. I ran across the Everesting concept (http://www.everesting.cc) and decided to pare back my attempt to a mere 29,029 feet of climbing. After some night shift brainstorming with the Hooge-master we decided on the classic Flagstaff summit route. I go uphill the best at a moderate grade – 6% to 9%. The Super Flagstaff route kicks up to 16% and I felt I could not maintain that for the required 15 laps.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney design socks – “Do Epic Shit”

Flagstaff is the route ridden as the finish climb of the 2012 Colorado Pro Challenge. The leaderboard for times up this route are full of current & former pro tour riders – Joe Dombrowski, Peter Stetina, Taylor Phinney, Kiel Reijan … The KOM is held by Levi Leipheimer (perhaps a bit enhanced) @ 13:15 from Gregory Canyon to the top of Summit road.

I initially underestimated how difficult this would be. Three weeks ago I made an attempt on this course thinking I would knock it of in 12-14 hours. After 9 hours I was only half way & was 100% cooked. I stopped after 100 miles planning on re-tooling for a more reasonable attempt.

I started this ride at 4pm Friday afternoon and rode very easy or the first few laps. I had parked my car at the top & was easily able to refuel every couple laps. Lights on @ 7:30 for my favorite riding. Night riding on Flagstaff is fun. There are very few cars & there is always a great view of the Boulder lights below. My main worry is critters – primarily deer jumping out but bears & lions do hang out there and the bears would like to break into my car for bit of my food. However, I did not get to see any bear or lions and the deer behaved themselves. I hit my usual 3 AM lull with very heavy legs & really slow laps times. I took a brief break & picked up the pace after the rest. At sunrise the usualSaturday Flagstaff riding crowd showed up. I was getting trounced by hundreds of riders, grand-moms on townie bikes, dads towing Burlies … My goal was a finish – not speed & I rode really, really slow – over & over.

27 laps up & down Flagstaff should get me over 29,029 feet of climbing. I decided to add a safety lap in case there were any errors in my calculations. I did not want to start over again. After 28 laps I had easily reached 30,000 feet of climbing but found myself at 196 miles. I certainly did not want to go all the way back down again so I rode 3 laps on the summit road to pick up 4 miles & complete a double century as well as meet the Busse criteria for the “Flagstaff 100”.

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1k extra. Just cus.

Epically tired now. That was the hardest ride I have every done. Everesting is out there for everyone. You can pick any climb & launch your own project. I’m happy to discuss logistic & will join you for a lap or two but not the whole thing again. A “dirty Everest” would up the adventure level. Maybe Chapman on a mountain bike. Start planning.

Drew Geer

Check out the suffer score!

Check out the suffer score!

footnote: Drew suggested I do this ride on a singlespeed, since it has never been done.   Um.  No.




Everesting Flagstaff (Do Epic Sh*t). Revised images.

7 09 2015

This post was going to be about Leadville and the Breck Epic, but that will have to wait.  Drew just pulled off a far more nauseatingly epic feat.  His story below:

“Everesting Flagstaff”

There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.”
Richard Nelson “ The Island Within” 1991
IMG_0169

Toni met Drew at the Flag summit for dinner. Still looking fresh!

“Everesting” on a bike is not actually climbing Mt. Everest – that would actually be hard. It is an arbitrary and perversely attractive event dreamed up by a group in Australia to climb 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), the height of Mt Everest. The rules say you have to ride the same single climb over & over with no loops (oh and no walking allowed).

First of all, I am not a climber. I am more of a Rouleur – an all rounder. I can climb well enough to get up hills but would have to give up beer & loose 10 pounds to climb any better. That is not going to happen. Climbing 30,000 feet in a single ride is a big epic adventure for me. A pure climber could make short work of this adventure.

Dan Busse, a fellow Alchemista, actually started all this nonsense for me by suggesting the “Flagstaff 100”. His plan was 100 miles of climbing up Flagstaff. Flagstaff is almost exactly 5 miles from Chataqua to the Super-Flagstaff summit. That would take 20 laps & 40,000 feet of elevation gain to complete. That adventure is still completely open for any takers. I ran across the Everesting concept (http://www.everesting.cc) and decided to pare back my attempt to a mere 29,029 feet of climbing. After some night shift brainstorming with the Hooge-master we decided on the classic Flagstaff summit route. I go uphill the best at a moderate grade – 6% to 9%. The Super Flagstaff route kicks up to 16% and I felt I could not maintain that for the required 15 laps.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney design socks – “Do Epic Shit”

Flagstaff is the route ridden as the finish climb of the 2012 Colorado Pro Challenge. The leaderboard for times up this route are full of current & former pro tour riders – Joe Dombrowski, Peter Stetina, Taylor Phinney, Kiel Reijan … The KOM is held by Levi Leipheimer (perhaps a bit enhanced) @ 13:15 from Gregory Canyon to the top of Summit road.

I initially underestimated how difficult this would be. Three weeks ago I made an attempt on this course thinking I would knock it of in 12-14 hours. After 9 hours I was only half way & was 100% cooked. I stopped after 100 miles planning on re-tooling for a more reasonable attempt.

I started this ride at 4pm Friday afternoon and rode very easy or the first few laps. I had parked my car at the top & was easily able to refuel every couple laps. Lights on @ 7:30 for my favorite riding. Night riding on Flagstaff is fun. There are very few cars & there is always a great view of the Boulder lights below. My main worry is critters – primarily deer jumping out but bears & lions do hang out there and the bears would like to break into my car for bit of my food. However, I did not get to see any bear or lions and the deer behaved themselves. I hit my usual 3 AM lull with very heavy legs & really slow laps times. I took a brief break & picked up the pace after the rest. At sunrise the usualSaturday Flagstaff riding crowd showed up. I was getting trounced by hundreds of riders, grand-moms on townie bikes, dads towing Burlies … My goal was a finish – not speed & I rode really, really slow – over & over.

27 laps up & down Flagstaff should get me over 29,029 feet of climbing. I decided to add a safety lap in case there were any errors in my calculations. I did not want to start over again. After 28 laps I had easily reached 30,000 feet of climbing but found myself at 196 miles. I certainly did not want to go all the way back down again so I rode 3 laps on the summit road to pick up 4 miles & complete a double century as well as meet the Busse criteria for the “Flagstaff 100”.

IMG_1161

Epically tired now. That was the hardest ride I have every done. Everesting is out there for everyone. You can pick any climb & launch your own project. I’m happy to discuss logistic & will join you for a lap or two but not the whole thing again. A “dirty Everest” would up the adventure level. Maybe Chapman on a mountain bike. Start planning.

Drew Geer

Check out the suffer score!

Check out the suffer score!

footnote: Drew suggested I do this ride on a singlespeed, since it has never been done.   Um.  No.




Boulder Ironman

1 09 2015

Herb completed his second Ironman, knocking off 20 minutes from his previous time.  Big ups, Herb!  Steve Johnson, friend of Alchemist, won his division and took 3rd overall in his Alchemist made tri kit.  Not too shabby.

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Here is Herb at about mile 13. The cup of drink he is holding is for show. He couldn’t hold anything down for most of the run. Ewww.

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Looking sharp in the Alchemist Epic Pro Tri Kit.

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Hurting but still smiling.

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Still running too.  Congrats on a huge day, Herb!

 

Leadville, Breck Epic and more to come in the next post.

 





Ready to Rumble in Leadville

7 08 2015

As the Team riders get ready for Leadville, here is a little something to get you jazzed.  Thanks to Lucy Stylianou, Andy Jackson, and Paul Humphries for putting this video together.  Set to Chlouber’s famous prerace speech.

“If you think you can approach this race by avoiding Pain. You can not. Make Pain your friend, and you will never ride alone.  NO CRYBABIES!”

Go get em next week.

Leadville 100 MTB from Andy Jackson on Vimeo.

Keep an eye out for Breck Epic updates.  Stuart and I are going duo singlespeed.  We made that category up.





Firecracker 50, Winter Park Rendezvous, and Max at Short Track

31 07 2015

Firecracker 50 has the best start to a race of all time.  If you haven’t done it, or seen it, the race starts on Main Street in Breckenridge, and leads the 4th of July parade through down before heading up Boreas Pass.  As a middle of the pack rider, it is my one chance to feel like a rock star.  Kids line up along the street and high-five you as you speed by.  A little sketchy, yes.  But super fun.  Tyler rode men’s duo in the race.  We had some other duo’s including the Pulleys and Disco and Dice.  Tyler’s race report for the Firecracker and Winter Rendezvous below.

 

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Tyler’s Race report for Firecracker 50: As I am sure you are very aware, Firecracker 50 was last weekend. A friend wanted to race duo male with me which was a great intro to a race I have never done! He started and it was cool to see the race roll out on main street in Breck. My parents and I enjoyed the parade for a little bit before we went over to the finish to watch my team mate come in and so that I could take off. We waited for quite a while and were starting to get a bit worried until we finally saw him coming down the last section above the finish. When he came in he was missing our number plate. He had had a crash right after the start and the number plate had come off in the fall. We got that sorted out so that I could go and I took off shortly thereafter. The course was amazing! I heard rumors about the little frenchy climb and it lived up to its reputation. I almost cleaned except for a couple dabs. Damn! But I had a great time and the fact that they finished us on the jump trail was awesome. At the end of the day, we finished in 9th… Not to bad for a crash and a total newb

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Today was the Winterpark Renezvous race. What an awesome course! I talked to several other guys and everyone said how much fun they had and how great the course was! The pro field was really big today with around 20 guys starting! The start was crazy because there was only a short double track before the single-track started. I would say that it was important to get a good position but Im not as fast as some of those other guys so I just took my time and got to the trail mid pack. The field started super fast and there was lots of place shuffling. I lost a few spots on the climb and had to wait a while to make them up on the descents. I battled really hard with two other guys. I spent most of the race between them. Trying to catch one and keep one behind. Unfortunately right near the end of the race, I took a wrong turn and the marshall didnt say anything. So I probably lost around 1min and four or five places… I was pretty upset to say the least but the course and racing made up for it!

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Dirty

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So cool.

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