Monday, July 23, 2007

New n Old

I have had 4 years of bad dreams about Ramsey's Draft ascent. Blair, Wes, Pat and I did 2 days of training on the Shenandoah Mountain 100 course, so I finally got the chance to visit my poison. I remember the climb, which is about 50 mile point on the race course, playing a big role in my decision to abandon the 2003 race at mile 72. Sunday as I climbed this off-camber, rock garden-laden monster, I realized it wasn't nearly as bad as I remember. Old memories, new perspective:

Other weekend perspectives:

The huddles around the GPS VS. the huddles around the map. The guys did a great job navigating using both methods.

My new shoes VS. Wes' duct tape fingers. I had no idea the "chrome" in these Diadoras would be so flashy when I ordered them. I kept trying to get them dirty but the chrome is like teflon. Oh, well, maybe the glare will keep deer out of my path.

Wes' new Element VS the decades-old singletrack.

Blair's climbing gears VS. Wes' only gear. Wes defended his singlespeed with all the passion one would expect. He did about a dozen old style gear changes, switching from a 36x23 to a 36x20 depending on terrain.


Marco said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

buzz cycling about said...

The Shenandoah 100 is really do-able with a few long rides under the belt, road/mtn-bike. The Bridge Hollow climb is tough and a little dangerous. Pat and I both crashed on the wrong side but, we survived. There is a ton of service road in this race which makes it do-able. September should be cool and we lucked out with a cool July weekend.

The camping, food and wine was very good - along with showers.

ciao, buzz about cycling

Kevin said...

can't wait to do the sm100!

2drunk2shift said...

goin mtb'ing at Freedom Park around 4:30/5:00 Tue. until dark. and grabbin grub after. spread the word. Jimmy