Marathon Mania

The season's first NORBA marathon in Fountain Hills, AZ was a real ripper.  It turns out a lot of folks were chomping to get the season under way - the field was deeper than any marathon to date.  Without a published start list prior to the event, you never know who is going to be there.  I knew there were some guys coming over from Cali, and some from CO...but it had the feel of a pro xc start.  There were something over 40 guys in the open/pro field.  I don't think I've done one of these with more than 20 in the past.  You could taste the start line anticipation, it was that thick.

The forecast was a warm one - so Team Big Bear cut the race back from 5 to 4 laps.  Everyone but myself breathed a big sigh of relief on that one.  The longer the better I say.  So off we start position wasn't so good in the 3rd row back, but the first 100 yards were wide open so I gave it stick and snuck up into the front of the group.  That position didn't last long.  The course funneled into wide singletrack quite suddenly, so of course we're riding 4 abreast (or more) where there is space for 1 or 2...and both my left and right barends get hooked by riders pressing in on me.  Crap!  Next thing I know I'm that guy who crashes off the start.  Although I had the presence of mind to see the humor in the situation, it was a bit annoying to be suddenly DFL.  The course is 100% singletrack, so the first lap I spent a lot of time and energy passing.

After that first hectic lap, it was all about staying smooth, eating, drinking, and working with folks from time to time.  It was super fast, super fun racing, nearly all big ring stuff.  I was taking in about 50-60 oz fluids every hour and still finished a bit dehydrated...also was taking in about 400-500 cal/hour and lots of electrolytes.  The heavy eating/drinking seemed to work pretty well.  I did slow down a bit towards the end, but steadily moved up throughout the race, finishing 14th.  A couple of Canadian guys took the top 2 spots, followed by Travis Brown (on his singlespeed, or course!).  Lots of DNFs, 15 or so. 

These results come courtesy of solo goat.

I used the PT for this race, the power file is here


Published Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:32 AM by Dave
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# @ Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:24 AM

all fyi, info on new National Endurace Series

Jeff fyi...
All, I am excited to see so much positive energy about the series. As one of the promoters of the Breck 100 we are just excited to be a part of it and showcase our event to an even wider spectrum of riders. This race is and will become a must ride endurance race in North America. The air is hard on all of us. I would not worry too much about even the locals having that much of an edge over you. I live right next to the course and it burns me. It is the type of race you are obviuously going to need the lungs and guns for, but in the end it will be those that have the mental advantadge that get out in front. We have the course even more dialed in this year and have "improved" some routes. We have some great sponors and prizes set up, and should be an exciting race. We do have a relationship with a resort in Breck(very nice place) Beaver Run Resort. They are one of our sponsors and give our race participants a very nice deal above and beyond their off season pricing. It is all on our site. Going to have a bar in town doing a post race party, in the same park that day is a national ultimate frisbee championship, so it should be a killer weekend. Come out to Breck!!! What I would recommend you do is come two weeks before the Breck100 and spend the July fourth holiday in the high country. You could come to a two day race / festival at Eldora Ski Resort west of Boulder and race in our two days of extreme XC madness, check it out at our site . That is on the 1st, and 2nd of July. The resort is opening up the area to camping, and will be serving beer and food, music ect... Then from there you could come to Breck and race the Firecracker 50 in Breck on the 4th. Great place to be on the fourth! Then you have another week to ride the course and get ready for the Breck 100. Hope to see you all out here!

Scott - Warriors Cycling

Written by: scott - Warriors Cycling at 2006/03/25 - 17:15:38
Oh, by the way we do award the NORBA SS State tilte at Eldora....

Written by: scott - Warriors Cycling at 2006/03/25 - 17:30:37

scott- warriors cycling

# @ Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:49 AM

Nice report on the Marathon. My friend was trying to get me to come down but I just couldn't make a Friday race work with traveling and $$$. Travis Brown in an animal! 3rd on his SS, damn. Good job on your race and all these race reports are starting to get me anxious to race.

Chris Plesko

# @ Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:50 PM

Great job. Can't imagine big ring the whole time! Must have been some pace. What's up with cutting the length? I know there's safey but it IS a marathon. Preparing and dealing with mother nature is part of it which I'm sure you know. If the XC guy want to go ballz out and drop that's their problem. JM


# @ Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:18 PM

Sounds painful, but fun! Good job on a nice finish.

Adam Lisonbee

# @ Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:48 PM

Nice job Dave!


# @ Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:01 AM

Great job everyone! Ernesto M.(Speedgoat), from Ohio has been a real force over the past few years in our parts. Nice to read the great write-ups and see local riders from the NE head out to contend! Looking forward to more.


# @ Thursday, April 06, 2006 10:11 AM

Nice blog here Dave. Good luck to you in the futures races.



# @ Friday, April 07, 2006 8:11 AM

Nice ride, Dave. Keep hammerin!