Category: Events


Matanza

A traditional “matanza” starts early in the day with the slaughtering, butchering, and pit cooking of some sort of livestock. Pit cooking requires enough wood burning to surround the meat with a couple of feet of hot coals. On May 5th, a statewide fire restriction made the burning of wood all but impossible.

Ben consults with Nate on an ‘alternative’ plan for pit cooking.
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El Tour De Tucson 2013

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Even in the pouring rain, the crowds came out to cheer us along the final eight tenths of a mile finish corridor. At this point I already knew that I would attain my goal of finishing in under six hours, but still couldn’t deny the overwhelming urge to surge this stretch across the finish line.

I watched the digital numbers ticking passed 5 hours and 44 minutes on the official time clock while stabilizing the bike over a final series of slippery bumps routing the timing cables in the finish area. I had just made gold!

If you’re interested in the raw numbers then you really don’t need to read any further. If you’re like me and enjoy the ‘ride’, then please read on…

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2013ETTRouteMap

Accepted a challenge to sign-up for the 2013 El Tour De Tucson.  111 miles at 2000 feet elevation and 2200 feet of vertical climbing.  A nice way to finish out the 2013 riding season and insert a HUGE goal for the remainder of my 2013 training.

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The sky above, a striking powder blue, capped the valleys spreading below surrounding Molas Pass. I didn’t need to look at the annoyingly accurate GPS clock on my handlebar to know that it would say, 11:30am, reinforcing the fact that the train had just pulled into the station seven miles below…

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To Race The Horse of Iron

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Day Of The Tread 2012

From Day Of The Tread event info:

Whichever path you choose, all participants enjoy a Sunday pre-event motivation gathering, a post-ride celebration, courses full of music, entertainment, themed recharge zones and crazy contests. Costumes are encouraged but not required; we will be awarding prizes for the best human costumes and best bike costumes. So! If you like dressing up in costume, putting on face paint or wigs, come join us as your favorite witch, ghost, goblin or monster. Participation ensures a ghoulish-good time!
Come join the fun and show your support for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and Casa Esperanza.

Here’s a little video of that day!

 

Sandia Crest road cycling with friends.

Durango Fall Blaze… (and some BEARS!)

Hosted by Fort Lewis College, the Durango Fall Blaze offers three different tour options, including a 37 mile, 60 mile, and 100 mile ride. A cannon blast starts the tour and a police escort leads the riders out from the center of campus. There are 5 food/aid stations along the way, support vehicles on the course, and a party at the finish line back in the center of campus!

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Century bicycle rides come in various shapes, sizes, locations, and difficulties. There are names like Enchanted Circle Century, El Tour de Tucson, Santa Fe Century, and Tour Of The Rio Grande Valley. No matter how varied though, all have one thing in common: a “century” offering. (Ride your bicycle on a challenging predetermined course for one hundred miles)

 

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Enchanted Circle Century 2012

It is 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. It is a brisk 40 degrees at the starting line. Off goes the gun, and downhill go the riders. With speeds up to 50 mph for this portion of the ride, you should dress warmly. You leave Questa, and immediately face a long substantial hill. Time to shed clothing.

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