A mazing pal!! Can't wait to see you next weekend. Enjoy some rest today!
You crushed it, again! Congratulations Brian. You are Hard Coere!
I'm proud of you for working so hard to beat the 100 mile record! Perfect execution. It was great to see you zoom into the parking lot at Hunting Hollow ahead of schedule!
I was just talking about that too! The way you flew into the parking lot, Jersey flapping in the wind, was quite the sight!!!
Wow! What a ride! I guess the OTT was just a training ride for this!
Today had perfect temps for the HardCoErE 100. Janet and I slept in the bed of the truck the night before, and a few other riders did the same - though we didn't socialize with them because we all wanted to try and get some sleep. In the morning, car after car showed up. It was hard to socialize because it was dark. We didn't know who was who. I was pleased to briefly meet Ben Salthouse, who had just done the inaugural Kyrgistan Silk Road Bike Race. I got a few questions in about that, and also met Bob Steed who I'd seen on Strava a bunch. Bob is a real stand up guy - waiting for hours after the end of the event to cheer people in as they finished. I really wanted to stay, but we had people staying at our house. The first half of the ride was uneventful. I briefly said hello to Julie (Shredchick) who has been doing some cool bike packing races lately, including Stagecoach 400. I was feeling great all the way to headquarters and saw Jimmy there by the water. A guy named Sean (and his buddy) graciously let me fill my water bottles ahead of them, and then I was out of there. I ended up hiking my bike up some of the later pitches on bear mountain, and felt great until Phoneline trail when my tire got a huge slash! Suddenly, I was not so happy - this could have been a race ender. I quickly took off my shoe and wrapped my sock around the tube as a boot of sorts. I inflated the tire gingerly as the sock started bulging out of the gaping hole. I maybe got in 15psi, and realized that it would blow through if I went any higher. Frustrated that I had invested so much work in 60 miles... and nearly certain that I was going to have more tire troubles, I carried on gingerly in a sad mood. Thankfully, the bike kept going... and going. I abused the crap out of that bike, grinding the howling brakes down on every descent. I saw Paul and Eric a few times as our routes crossed, and Brian Warkentine near the end. As I got closer to the end, I started pushing the tire harder - figuring that I could alway run the bike in if the tire exploded or if the rubbing of the sock would wear through the tube. It never did! Yes! Janet and co. were in the parking lot when I finished before dark. It was great to have everyone there and catch up on ride stories!
Great story, and a great repair job!!!
Incredible! Glad your tube held! Was this the same tire you won the Tour Divide on?
Fantastic effort, and what an unbelievable time, sub-12... i've just calculated that the added drag force and rotating mass of the sock cost you at least 23.4 minutes, so there is still room to improve next time ;). Congrats again!
Stan Hooper - And two of our bikepacking trips together - including Idaho! strava said the tires have 3,676 miles on them! Just before we left, Another sidewall cut blew open! I used the Hutchinson kit to repair that, and was already worried about these frayed, worn down tires. We were about to leave and it was too late to buy new tires. In retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t have a brand new tire on there because whatever made that slash would have destroyed a new tire as well.