Over the weekend the 24 hours of Old Pueblo mountain bike race kicked off at noon on February 19. The event is promoted by Todd Saddow so it helped to collect canned food as well as money for the Arizona Cancer Center. I had not planned on riding this event but had always wanted to. So when I got a call asking if I would like to be a last minute substitute on the Bad Assets team with Kevin, Mary, Tom and my new friend Dan I could not turn it down. I figured it would be a fun opportunity not to be missed.
Boy was I right. My team even chipped in and covered my entry fee. The food and beer was all set when I came on board. In fact Tom prepared what proved to be the bacon highlight of the trip so far. This took the form of a breakfast burrito featuring a fresh tortilla. The bacon was of course good but what made it special was the whole package. Of course food cooked on a camp stove always tastes better.
The racing action was fun since the course was well laid out and offered up some fun challenges. A flat straight course is a curse on a 24 hour event since it gets boring. This course was exciting and fun to ride even in the cold. The Cholla cactus thickets required constant concentration in the wind and claimed one unknown rider early on. I sure hope they are alright and wish them a speedy recovery! The weather was truly awful with high winds, rain, fog and drizzle. This only cut into the number of laps we did but not the fun.
Thanks again to the Team for a fun filled weekend!