As we started to get closer and closer to the finish line, Juston kept motivating me with threats that we were going to get caught by the pro peloton. This is a serious threat. If they catch you, you have to pull over to the side of the road and let them through. The entire process takes about 15 minutes, which you obviously have to add to your ride time. Luckily, Juston’s threats helped me continue up and we made it to the finish line together. My ride time was 7:05 for the Ultimate Challenge. My elapsed time was longer with stops at aid stations, but I was extremely happy with my ride time. My goal for this ride was to finish between 6:30 and 7:00, so I almost nailed it. For the entire ride, our distance was 114.1 miles with 11,610 feet of climbing.
For you data heads, here is my information from the race:
Distance: 114.1 miles
Looking back, this was an epic ride. The reason I did this ride was because it was part of the Triple Crank Award. I am not sure I will do it again. I loved the route, but the aid station failures were a big deal to me. I counted on those stations being well stocked and ready. There is little excuse for this failure when everyone pre-registers. As a race director as experienced as Mr. Cowley, you should know how much water to plan for. Rationing water or other resources signals a failure to plan and it makes everyone involved look bad. Everyone but the volunteers that is. They get a free pass.
I was happy with my effort and appreciated Juston and Moj. Those two horses really helped me get through this ride. My other friends who were doing this ride all did well and I think for the most part were happy with their results. I would love to do this ride again, but it does fall one week after the Tour de Park City. In 2014 I will be doing the Tour de Park City because it seems that Ben Towery is much better organized. Not only that, but his race is a USAC sanctioned race, so I would prefer to spend my money there.