After the big show in Leadville last weekend, the burros moved south to the town of Buena Vista for the final race in the Triple Crown series. I headed down there to see the action first hand once again. I found George and Jack over getting signed in and weighed in pre-race…and making out? George says he is the Ass Whisperer so you do what you gotta do to get your donk to run!
Justin came out of ass retirement to run today. Could he be a factor? We will see. I had a feeling it was more up to Willy than it was Justin.
The blessing of the burros. Yes, they threw water on the asses. George was getting some saddle tips from Bill Lee (white beard) minutes before. There is always an old guy with a crazy beard in any mountain race.
The scene at the start line with only a minute to go! Lots of burros this week. Not sure if the short 11 mile course attracts more competitors or what.
Brooks and I were spectating together. So we jumped in the truck and drove down to the far end of the course and ran about a mile in to catch the racers doing their thing in the wild. George was in the lead pack but wasn’t breaking away like in previous weeks. It was more running this week combined with a bigger field combined with more singletrack. Jack just didn’t seem to be able to find that open up and down to make his move.
We got back to town to await the finishers but figured it was going to be tight. 3 racers pulled onto Main Street together. George had about a body length on them.
I took video of the start, mid-race and finish. See the live action!
So I was a bit back when they finished. I wasn’t thinking it would be such a “horse race” to the finish. I regret not being up at the line to see the noses come across. Proud of George and his work with the burros this summer. I personally would have been stoked to win at Fairplay and Leadville like he did. Buena Vista? Eh. Great job, buddy.
Overall, I met many people who have changed their racing to include animals in it. Who’s next?
That’s it for my 2012 burro coverage!
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