The National Hare and Hound, put on by Sageriders was one for the record books! With rain and snow the day before and mild temperatures and sunshine the day of the race, what more could a desert racer ask for. Riders came from all over the nation to battle the beautiful desert country of Jericho, Utah. The first loop was approximatly 45 miles and the second loop approximately 52 miles. Novice riders were sent on the 52 mile loop first, while the Pro, Experts, and Amature ran the 45 mile course and then merged into the 52 miles.
Jericho offers a variety of terrain such as sand, rocks, swamps, hills, and sand whoops as far as you can see. What an awesome ride! It’s been a while since I’ve done a national race so my main goal was to simply finish! Many battles are fought when ripping out through the desert. Some may be bar to bar with another guy trying to hang on, finding the last bit of strength to push through one more corner or up one more hill, or mentally finding just what your made of when you have nothing left and you’re out in the middle of no where. You somehow find the strength to keep going! Check out the pictures and video below and you can also check out my checklist for race day here, to help you prepare for your next race!
Perfect conditions for race day!
Check out the Race Video- Amateur
Congrats to the top 4 overall winners! Good job guys!
1st place- Taylor Robert
2nd place – Kendall Norman
3rd place- Nicholas Burson
4th place – Dalton Shirey
The Sage Riders and National Hare and Hound Association did an amazing job!
I got off to a terrible start but paced myself and made it to the finish. I battled through a couple swamps that many riders got stuck in. I got lost a couple times by taking a couple wrong turns but make it back on track pretty quick. Tried to stay consistent and not make mistakes. Finished 9th out of 17 in my class and was just glad to make it to the end without any breakdowns or major wipe outs.
Many other riders we not so fortunate to finish due to flat tires, bike failures, etc. Fortunately, no riders were seriously injured. Overall, I have some work to do, but I was happy to make little steps to getting better. The Pros are amazing at their fitness and riding skills. Congratulations to all those who made it to the podium, as well as those who simply made it to the finish line!
Special thanks to my brother who ran the pits for me and my nephew and awesome mom who supported me in the pits!
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.
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