This dude is awesome. Despite it being the Summer of Brad, July will certainly be the Month of Arvid. In eight days he sets out to set a new record for riding across Canada, all for a good cause. You can follow along and track his progress at grandpascan.com.
Good luck, Arvid. May the chicken be tasty and the wind on your back.
In less than 2 hours Michelle and Artur embark on a 100 mile back country ultra marathon, the Bighorn 100 in Dayton, WY. Why? Good question. As a cyclist, I don't get the allure of running—why run when you can bike? Anyway, they've been training hard and fighting through injuries to prepare for today.
The Bighorn 100's course description reads like this:
"Although it is a very difficult course, it has been a great success and participants have encouraged its continuation. This race is extremely challenging due to the rugged terrain of the Bighorn Mountains, and has become a favorite among avid trail runners (despite the lame branding). The course, an out-and-back, is at elevations of about 10,000 feet, among fields of wildflowers and breathtaking scenery. The majority of the course is on rugged mountain trails and 4-wheel drive roads sounds more or less like an out-and-back jumble of up and down in what looks like beautiful country."
Sounds to me like this is country that is better traveled on a mountain bike.
Michelle and Artur pulled into Dayton yesterday and almost immediately ran in to Paddy and Naomi at registration. Naomi is also running in the 100 mile event. It's a small world...last summer Michelle and Artur finished the Canadian Death Race with Naomi.
The local area forecast is calling for about mixed sun and cloud with a high of about 24 degrees. Paddy reports on Facebook that it poured during the night, so the trail could be sloppy and I suspect humidity in the canyon could be less favourable.
If you're interested, you can follow along and see Michelle, Artur, and Naomi's split times at the various checkpoints throughout the course by clicking here.
The best part of the Bighorn 100? Finishers get belt buckles. And you know what we think about buckles. They are awesome.
In case you missed it, you can find last night's TTT results here. Thanks to all that showed up and those put in the extra creative effort in their team's entry. Thanks to Mike and Adam for taking on the organizational responsibilities, to the volunteers for their assistance, and to the fearsome commissare duo of Colin and Brad.
In case you missed it, the TTT Race Bible has been added to the race's website. Check it here.
Not sure what you can do to up your chances for the Team category? Here's a hint courtesy of the Original Butter Belt Champion™: make your own time trial helmet. See what you can dream up on your own, or refer to this handy-dandy d-i-y guide.
The combo of cycling sandals and hairy legs on a Pugsley is another good option too. (man, this shit is gold; I should be selling these ideas)
The Challenge is good and truly dead. Even its spirit has given up the ghost. That is if Sunday's race at Falcon was any indication. Racers representing either FGBC or RRR totaled exactly one. Yes, the heady days of the challenge were good times. Who knew they'd be a one-hit wonder?
The race itself was very enjoyable. The course was remarkably dry, as it tended to stay on the high ground. Make no mistake, it was a mountain bike course well suited to those with good bike handling skills. There were some very sweet drops down rock faces and a triple arrow downhill. Unfortunately for me, my chain snapped after the first climb, just as the trail headed into the "Top of the World" section. As I walked back to the chalet I got some much needed links from a volunteer (thanks Jason) and despite my DNF status was able to do two laps for fun.
The prize table was one of the best I've seen in a long time, and with the smallish attendance it meant that every rider went home with something. What was up with the low numbers of racers??? The men's comp had only 3 riders. Are these numbers just a one-off? Hopefully the low turnout was just a blip on the radar and that future races get back to some healthier numbers, and even healthier rivalries.
Long live the challenge.
Huge thanks goes out to those who made the Falcon race a reality.
I'm assuming most of you have seen the pics and vid, but here it is anyway.