A Lowlander Racing in the Highlands – How to Not be Crushed Competing at High Altitude.

I grew up at 7000 ft. altitude in New Mexico, spent my early adult life living in Utah where I trained and played in elevations above 8000 ft. regularly, but I now live in Oregon at 3000 ft. and am learning the unique pain and challenges of racing in high altitudes when I live and … Continue reading A Lowlander Racing in the Highlands – How to Not be Crushed Competing at High Altitude.

Breck Epic Stage 5: “Damn it Jim, I’m a biker not a hiker!”

It turns out that competitive hike a bike is a misery loves company affair.  Today’s stage began as a TT start based on our overall standings in the race to keep us spread out on the single track start.  Quickly the trail turned upwards and we climbed to the top of Wheeler Peak in under … Continue reading Breck Epic Stage 5: “Damn it Jim, I’m a biker not a hiker!”

Breck Epic Stage 4: Doh!

I’m feeling pretty darn good.  I’m thirty three miles into a beautiful ride that has taken me from Breckenridge to Keystone and am headed back.  I easily climbed Vomit Hill, kept my wits about me on the Aquaduct trail with a very exposed traverse, and steady-Eddie’ed the eight mile grinder climb out of Keystone.  I’m … Continue reading Breck Epic Stage 4: Doh!

Breck Epic Stage 3: I now know why it’s called Epic!

Todays stage had a bit of everything: Climbing over two 12,000 ft mountain passes Biking up a river Descending a snow field Lightning and thunder (fortunately I was in the valley between the two big climbs) Ear to ear grin downhills Walking my bike for about a quarter mile because it was too steep (even … Continue reading Breck Epic Stage 3: I now know why it’s called Epic!

Hopi Gods at the Chile Challenge Pro XC

In the depths of winter when my trails were buried under feet of snow I began putting my 2016 race season together.  It was with utter delight that I saw a new UCI race venue; Angel Fire New Mexico!  I grew up in northern NM and my parents still live in Santa Fe.  I could … Continue reading Hopi Gods at the Chile Challenge Pro XC

Hip Hip Horray for Nationals

“Go Evelyn, Go!” “Drop her Evelyn, you can do it!” That was the cheering I heard for my first three laps racing Mountain Bike National Championship XC in Mammoth, CA. And no, I was not sad the crowd was supporting Evelyn Dong (2014 USA World Cup Team member) instead of me (new and unknown lady … Continue reading Hip Hip Horray for Nationals