At 6 AM this morning, I woke everybody but Kayla up to see the bike race come by our corner of Leadville. We bundled everybody up as it was only 30 degrees outside.
At 6:30 exactly, I could hear the shotgun go off in town…since I was listening for it. I directed the crowd that had gathered at the corner into formation and we waited the couple minutes until the bikes came by us at about 30 MPH downhill.
The pictures don’t do this justice. The bikes are from the lead car to the horizon where the road turns. Then there are more behind that. Watch my video from 2011 if you want to see how impressive it is.
For about 7 minutes, bikes just come by and by and by. Its amazing. The wind picks up and blows you backwards from everyone moving by.
Then we went back to bed! I got a text later on that said JT couldn’t make it up to crew Tim. Damn. Well, I watched the results coming in live pretty timely. I wasn’t going to Twin Lakes. That’s too far and its a mad house. So I opted to hit Pipeline and catch Tim there with his drop bag of gear to load him back up. Pipeline for the bike race doesn’t look like the run race at all. Its like somebody had a sale on Easy-Ups.
Within 15 minutes, my rider arrived. I had to yell at him to get his attention. Got him fresh hydration and reloads on everything I had with me. Told him he was on pace for 9 hours. Somebody else had just said that nearby and he sounded smart so I passed it on. Figured it might keep him pumping. But he was bitching about bonking. Wah. Ride that bike, boy!
I sped back out of Pipeline like a maniac and caught him again along Halfmoon Road for a few more photos.
I was kind of in race fever mode now. So I sped by a cop and ripped into Powerline minutes later. Ran down to the bridge and waited. Here he comes again.
Need anything, I yelled. Nope. OK. Later dude. He had to then ride (or push) that bike up Powerline. Holy crap that’s got to suck. Hiking it is not bad but pushing a bike up with bike shoes on. No fun. Jogged back to my truck and headed home to get my work done.
Check Tim’s blog for his write up.
I continue to be intrigued by this race. I have no doubt with some specific training I could ride a bike again and do this thing. My lungs are there. My legs need to adapt. I need a bike with disc brakes. Then I just need to learn to sit in the saddle for 9-12 hours. I sort of do not like the fact that these bike dudes have something different going on here. I feel like I need to ride it once to get the full cred. Not sure if that means Leadman or just the bike race. Maybe its just worth doing Leadman given that’s the only missing component this season. (The 10K doesn’t count.)
Well, the runners saddle up next weekend. That’s my rodeo. And I am ready to ride.
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