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
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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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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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Boulder Triathlon and Winter Park Super Loop

18 07 2015

Lindsey and Emily all smiles with their hard earned hardware.

Lindsey and Emily all smiles with their hard earned hardware at recent Boulder Triathlon

Emily strutting away with her first place Aquabike (swim,bike) medal.   Big ups, Emily!

Emily strutting away with her first place Aquabike (swim,bike) medal. Big ups, Emily!

Winner, winner, pork ribs dinner.  Lindsey took first in her division and 4th overall.  Drop-kicking most of the pro field.

Winner, winner, pork rib dinner. Lindsey took first in her division and 4th overall. Drop-kicking most of the pro field.  Baam!

Tyler sporting the new school Alchemist kit with his old school Walt Works Steel ride.  His race report: " I did just get back from WinterPark today after racing the super loop!  It was a blast!  The Pro Mens field was about 15 or so deep and after a ridiculously fast start we all settled in.  I was in a group of about 5 with 5 or so ahead of us.  It was cool to work with the guys in my little pack.  On the road sections we each took turns pulling and really battled it out on the climbs.  Right before the top of the race course, I lost contact with my group and had to descend the rest of the race alone.  It was awesome out there today!  The weather was amazing, the course was really hard, fast, and technical and in the end I pulled out a 9th place.    Still feeling super humbled to wear the Alchemist kit and get plenty of compliments on it!  Thanks again for the support!".  No Tyler, we are humbled, sir.

Tyler sporting the new school Alchemist kit with his old school Walt Works Steel ride. His race report: ” I just got back from WinterPark today after racing the super loop! It was a blast! The Pro Mens field was about 15 or so deep and after a ridiculously fast start we all settled in. I was in a group of about 5 with 5 or so ahead of us. It was cool to work with the guys in my little pack. On the road sections we each took turns pulling and really battled it out on the climbs. Right before the top of the race course, I lost contact with my group and had to descend the rest of the race alone. It was awesome out there today! The weather was amazing, the course was really hard, fast, and technical and in the end I pulled out a 9th place.  Still feeling super humbled to wear the Alchemist kit and get plenty of compliments on it! Thanks again for the support!”.   No Tyler, we are humbled, sir.  Way to hang with the Pros out there.

When Tyler isn't throwing down with the Pro field, he's helping out damsels in distress on the trail.  He happen to come across an Alchemist Women's ride just as they needed some technical assistance.

When Tyler isn’t throwing down with the Pro field, he’s helping out damsels in distress on the trail. He happen to come across an Alchemist Women’s ride just as they needed some technical assistance.

 





Bailey Hundo and Ride the Rockies

28 06 2015

Bailey Hundo/dito and Ride the Rockies last week. Alchemist riders representin’! Some great finishes and photos below.

Great showing for the Team at the Hundo.  We were 4th in the Team fundraising campaign and fielded 12 riders for the Hundo/Hundito.

Jim L. sporting his Bailey Hundito Trophy.  This was Jim's first race ever.  I remember the day when he could barely pedal across the Pearl Street mall without sucking wind.  He put in loads of miles and training this past year to crush the Hundo course. Congrats, Jimmy!

Jim L. sporting his Bailey Hundito Trophy. This was Jim’s first race ever. I remember the days when he could barely pedal across the Pearl Street mall without sucking wind. He put in loads of miles and training this past year to crush the Hundo course. Congrats, Jimmy!

Rob taking home the gold inMens' 30-40, and 4th overall at the bailey Hundito.

Rob S. taking home the gold in Mens’ 30-40, and 4th overall (crushing Pros) at the Bailey Hundito.  According to Rob before the race, “Racing is stupid. You never win.”  Rob, you should have that engraved on your 1st place trophy.

Steven P. knocking out a 2nd in the fat bike cat and top 10 overall at the bailey Hundito.

Steven P. knocking out a 2nd in the Fat bike cat and top 10 overall at the Bailey Hundito.  Did I mention he did that on a Fat bike?  

Surprising 3rd for mec in single speed at the Hundito

3rd for me in singlespeed at the Hundito.  Awww, who needs an ACL?  Carlos V., with Gates Carbon Drive and friend of Alchemist, destroyed the course, winning the cat and taking 2nd overall.  Griffin (in white), took second. He and his dad are responsible for building the trails in and around Buff Creek.  Big thanks to the Turnipseeds!

Alchemist Boys on top of the World.  Ride the Rockies 2015

Alchemist Boys on top of the World. Sean B., Brian H., Ben K., Looking and riding like sex machines at Ride the Rockies 2015.

Ben getting a ticket for speeding.  One of the hazards for wearing an Alchemist Team Kit.  5.0's often mistake you for a hot Ferrari.

Ben getting a ticket for speeding. One of the hazards for wearing an Alchemist Team Kit, 5.0’s often mistake you for a hot Ferrari.

Another hazard of wearing the Kit.  Naked women just seem to want to hang out with you.  Sean B. with his perennial Stud ride with lovely ladies of Naked Juice.

Another hazard of wearing the Kit. Naked Women just seem to want to hang out with you. Sean and Ben with the lovely ladies of Naked Juice.  Every year, Sean rides with Naked Women at RTR (aka Stud Ride)

RTR Paceline

RTR Paceline.  Make sure that kid does his share of pulls!

Sean in another Naked Women Sandwich.  The Naked Women jokes never get old.

Sean looking dapper in a Naked Women Sandwich.

Alchemist Road block. Looking good fellas!

Ben and Brian rode this stage side saddle.

Scouting out ideas for the 2016 Team kit.

Scouting out ideas for the 2016 Team kit.

Next Post: Look out for pics and updates from the Boulder Triathlon, Winter Park Super Loop, and more!





Cayuga Trail 50

19 06 2015

Pics from Cayuga Trails 50.   Paul took 3rd in the US Track & Field 50 Mile trail Championships.  Kick-ass, Paul!

Going fast

Going fast

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Climbing

Climbing

Beer in hand on the winner's stand

Beer in hand on the winner’s stand








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