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Conquering Cannon Mountain

Posted Jun 14 2012 12:30pm

Sunday was the first annual Littleton Bike and Fitness “ Sufferfest ” at Cannon Mountain . It was a cloudless day and hot. I arrived at the start at the Franconia Inn where around 100 mountain bikers and runners prepared to tackle the daunting trail and mountain course.

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Dave Harkless, owner of Littleton Bike and Fitness

Bridget and I met up with some of the other Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks before the start. Of course we had to show our chick power in our cute Skirt Sports skirts. What is more bada$$ than a strong woman racing to the top of a 3,150 ft mountain?

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Strong Chicks in Skirts (Skirt Sports)

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Ready to Conquer Cannon

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Best Training Partner and Friend

The race started with mountain bikers first followed by eager runners. Not sure how to pace this and still unsure of my post-marathon legs I decided to race and have a blast. The first part was on beautiful trails through the woods. The air was pretty motionless and hot. I was definitely glad I chose to bring my camelbak.

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Ready to Suffer

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On your marks, get set, bike! I mean hike!

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Runners Ready to climb

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Ham Branch Trail. Beautiful

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On the move

The trails wound around until we came out of the woods at the base of Mitersill adjacent to Cannon Mountain . At that point the climbing commenced and running turned into a steady power hike. I was definitely happy to be on foot and not on bike. The mountain bikers had to hike too either pushing bikes or carrying them. They definitely endured the true “sufferfest!”

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Are you ready? It’s time to start going up!

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I guess the chairlift is not an option

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Mittersill

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I think one of these trails is called “Gremlin.”

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Echo Lake . . .a swim would be nice right about now!

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Beautiful view of Franconia, NH

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Tough chick on the mountain

It was very hot on the way up so I was happy to be able to cool off along the way with fresh mountain water from the cold mountain streams. The volunteers handing out water were definitely busy and very appreciated!
I was thrilled to finish in a time of 1:33.28 and was psyched to find my friend Bridget the overall women’s winner in a blazing time of 1:13! The cheering at the top was extra awesome with super chick Tricia giving the racers energy into the finish line. Toni chick pushed hard to the top making a stellar comeback from a donkey related shoulder injury this winter (true story!).

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I made it! What an awesome adventure!

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Fastest chick in a blazing 1:13!

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Go Toni! Go! Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks were speedy up the mountain!

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Way to push it to the finish on your bike!!

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Love ya’ B!

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Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks! Challenge Accepted and Acoomplished!

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Ready for the ride back down on the tram!

Overall the race was a blast! The tram ride down was definitely welcome though (we rode in ketchup). I will definitely be back for more next year!

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