Friday, June 11, 2010

SuperFly SS - Rocket Ship One...Blast Off!!!

This last weekend I rode my Fisher SuperFly SS (that's a 1-geared bike to you) to a solo overall win in the Adventure Sports Week 8-hr Mad Dash Mountain Bike Race...Whoohoo!!!

What a great ride that was - 7.5 hrs total riding time, 91-miles travelled on Rocket Ship-One...the first 4.5 hrs of riding was in fast, dry conditions. I started at the front off the starting line and stayed out front the entire time...

After a short distance I was riding with 3-other guys and after I realized that they were all 4-hr solo guys I let them go, but no one else (team or otherwise) passed me the entire time so I knew where I was at in the standings without a doubt.

I had rolling pit stops with the help of my pit man - The Kevinator!

The real fun started when it started to down pour rain during hours 4 through 7 making the course ultra-sloppy, wet, and muddy...

I was smiling every time I hit a corner and stayed upright during 2-wheel slides. I never went down, but had a few close calls nearly sliding into trees. I did experience two hard rock strikes on my right pedal which broke, but amazingly remained functional. I loved riding my SS in the mud-yuk - I knew it was the ultimate ride for this course and the conditions. I'm not so sure anyone else had my appreciation as I was passing them (smiling big).

The wet stuff really slowed my lap times down due to that slickness, but I figured everyone else was having the same issues with traction.

Next up? Hmmmm...I'm not absolutely sure yet, but the Butte 100 looks kind of interesting...but I'm not so sure about 16,000-ft of climbing over a 100-miles on my single speed.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Flying Single Speed

The Spokane 24-Hr Race was a blast...low stress, high output riding was my plan upon arrival. However, I was stressed out until I got to my first lap which was late in the day and in the dark with lights on (due to the size of the team - The Cranky Bottom Brackets). I volunteered to do 2-night laps back-to-back for some insane tortuous reasoning that I have yet to recall. I was sooooo happy to get started and waste my fresh legs on maximum speed...I had way too much fun ripping around the course on the Fisher SuperFly single speed (SS) in the dark. My Ay-Up lights provided enough lumens to allow aggressive riding on a dark rainy night...whoohoo!!! My lap times at night were only a few minutes more than my day lap time the next day. Our team plan was to have fun and that we did. I'm glad those insane Sandpoint, ID guys invited me.

The suspects - aka "The Cranky Bottom Brackets"

Next up is the 8-Hr Mad Dash Mountain Bike Race this weekend put on by Adventure Sports Week. I rode this event last year and thought it was so much painful, fun that I decided to ride it again this year. However, last year I rode my super-butt-saving Ellsworth Truth full-suspension bike (which I sold last fall), this year I am riding the Fisher SuperFly SS (aka RocketShip-One). I'm curious to find out how many miles I will get in on the SS compared to the previous year...hmmmm???