Mother Nature wasn’t as nice to us this weekend as she was two weeks ago. The weather was warm and dusty with a slight breeze. The first battle fought was the heat while waiting on the starting line. Some riders from the mini class were still missing and the big bike race couldn’t start until they were found. Riders battled the heat for over two hours while waiting. Thankfully the riders were found and the race was on! Each loop was 40 miles, making a total of 80+ miles. This was the 58th anniversary of the Cherry Creek Desert Race.
The first loop had a little bit of everything. My start was terrible, just like last week, so I ended up eating dust for awhile. I have some work to do! There were tight washes with some two track roads and sand whoops. My old, trusty XR got me through some steep, rocky hill climbs and just kept chugging. Loop two was a different story. I hit a wall part of the way through and just went into survival mode. For 40 miles it seemed to be a never ending “turn track” through tight cedars and anything that was open was sand whoops as far as you could see. I managed to make it to the end and live to see another day. Below is a short piece of the battles fought through the first loop and the never-ending dust cloud!
Congratulations to the overall winners! And to anyone else who survived, you’re winners in my book!
1- Taylor Robert
Pictures from the Race
If you are interested in watching Round 4 National Hare and Hound Sageriders 2018 click here.
Congratulations to all those who made it to the podium, as well as those who simply made it to the finish line!
If you need tips for getting your bike ready for the next desert race click here. If you have anything you think I should add, shoot me an email and I’d love to hear your ideas.
If you have any questions, let me know. I would love to hear your comments.