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I had this video ready to post before you even finished the ride;
So that was you, I was the one hanging with Roy.

Dang Ratpick, that was a small novel, when your old you can put these together in a book and peddle them to kids in the hunting hollow parking lot "you know kids...." ;)

Was fun to tag along with you guys, takes a lot of metal fortitude to pull off a ride like this.

The only interesting story I have is up on top of steer ridge a couple of the young guys had just caught up with me when I noticed a pig trap up ahead with 1 huge pig in the trap with at least 2 babies, another large one outside the trap with another one or two babies outside of it. As we rolled up to it the one's outside shot off quickly and the ones inside started going crazy. Just then the BIG one (guessing maybe 300 pounds?) blew out the door which was chain locked open to my surprise, pretty impressive seeing this huge pig run out just a little ways from us, luckily it was interested in just getting space between us.
 

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So that was you, I was the one hanging with Roy.

Dang Ratpick, that was a small novel, when your old you can put these together in a book and peddle them to kids in the hunting hollow parking lot "you know kids...." ;)
Ha, yes it is. Perhaps we need a tshirt for anyone who successfully completes reading it all!
 

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I get through Burra Burra Trail, walking the hills and soon Center Flats Road is upon me. I walk most of the hills. When I try to ride, I am falling asleep. Delirious. I have no power. The breaks are plentiful and I am grateful. Grueling and painful. How can I continue on and stay on the bike. I catch myself from veering off the trail constantly. If I fall I won't get up. I will curl up and sleep forever. The lateness of the night is a huge factor. I'm normally home asleep and dreaming. I feel like a zombie. Sleep is forcing its way and taking over my body. I shake my head. When I stop, I put my head down and doze instantly, in another land but still there. I have to keep going. If not to finish the route at least to get back to the car. Soon that is all I am thinking about. I can't imagine doing 20 more miles at this point. How?
F'n awesome. I'm saving Ratpick's epic writeup for later in the day. Work to do now...
 

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I was going to do a full writeup as well, to complete a Rashomon-style three-point perspective, but can't seem to get around doing it (when I do, it will probably first appear <a href="https://www.mtbguru.com/trip/show/20324-2011-hard-coere-100-2011-10-1">over here</a>) and since Plymmer and Ratpick covered everything pretty well, I'll just add an executive summary and some photos...

Lots of activity on Hunting Hollow in the morning, we'd start out with about nine riders. Seven going after the hundred miler, five amongst them for the full Everest Challenge. After a long and eventful day and night, three would finish the 100 miler at the crack of dawn, leaving the tantalizing heights of Everest for another occasion...

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Early morning hustle and bustle on Hunting Hollow
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Daybreak on Lyman-Willson
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Dawn patrol
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Ratpick ascending Steer Ridge
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Lead group at the top of Cross Canyon
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TahoeBC's new best friend
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The Mighty Mahoney Wall; the yellow spot in the back is Plymmer taming the beast
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Regroup and festivities at HQ
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Middle Ridge anticipation
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All that fun had a price...
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... a steep price
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This guy offered me some distraction during the neverending climb of Bear Mountain
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A message to us from beyond
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Trailside repairs by night
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Pondering options
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Done
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As usual, my post-ride ritual is to write as much detail down as I can so I can "free my mind" and move on! There are probably drugs that would do this more easily, but I like going back and reading these recaps months (or years) later......

.....So, the Everest Challenge remains unclaimed. I think that we are going to do it one day. It may need a special course of its own to avoid the temptation of returning to Hunting Hollow prematurely, and the start time is clearly going to be critical. We may need to do some food stashing, or arrange for a trail angel to deliver us some mid-ride. But with coordination and determination (and stubbornness) I think we can do it!
Great writeup; it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Great accomplishment.

-D
 

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You guys are inSANE!

That was the hardest ride I've ever done, and I didn't even finish. It was impressive to watch Roy clean the Mahoney? wall just before China Hole... that was a beast, I couldn't help but think he shouldn't have later that night!! I also didn't realize Dirk had blown his ribs, I can only imagine that sucked for the following eighty miles. It was truly impressive to watch Patrick riding away up all the nearly verticals on Center Flats, while I was trying to convince Aaron we should cut it short (he only relented when I reminded him we'd probably have to ride the last couple hours on our tiny LEDs)... Patrick's effort made me certain that the Everest challenge can be done.

I'm definitely going to have to return one day to clean at least the 100, though I think I'll start in the afternoon and catch a few hours sleep at night, and stop where I drop the following evening. That way the mentally easiest section from HQ to Mississippi could be done at night.

Aaron (black Mojo) and Dain (BlurXC) have some great photos, I'll try to aggregate and post some.

Thank very much for planning out such a legendary beast of a ride!

-Sean
 

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You guys are inSANE!
Hey Sean!

Our insaneness was a known quantity though since we've done this before :) I was truly impressed by the four you attacking a ride like this without having ridden the depths of Coe before. *That's* hard core!

And I hope you realize my use of "newbie" above is entirely ironic :)

Great riding with you guys!
 

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You guys are inSANE!
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I'm definitely going to have to return one day to clean at least the 100, though I think I'll start in the afternoon and catch a few hours sleep at night, and stop where I drop the following evening.
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Thank very much for planning out such a legendary beast of a ride!

-Sean
This ride was indeed completely insane. Really at the human limits of super-fit performance.

I'm glad to hear nobody was seriously hurt. Just a lot of pain from pushing. And the reports of the attempt were amazing to read. Thanks to Plymmer and Ratpick for the great detailed writeups.

It seems Sean might have the secret to finisihing this ride. Start early, get some sleep as needed to allow yourself to finish.

With that approach I might just be tempted to do this ride myself next October,... and November. Maybe a little of December too.
 

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recap

Copy/pasted below from 2011 Hard COEre 100, 2011/10/1
... I'm sinning with the non-use of mtbr handles, and am also reusing some of my previous and Patrick's photos, but you'll have to give me a pass on those.

Hunting Hollow, 2011/10/1, 6.35 am
The contrast with last year's edition (midnight, 3 vehicles on the entire parking lot, near freezing temperatures) is striking: the large lot is now buzzing with activity; the night has been relatively warm with only a few high clouds obscuring the skies. We exchange our hellos, greet new partners-in-crime and prepare to get started. About 10 riders are lining up: 7 of them going for at least the 100 miler, 5 for the full Everest Challenge, among them the 3 veterans of last year. Eric the Nightrider will be embarking on his own solo expedition, which he'll dub the "Four Corners of the Apocalypse"... we don't ask many questions, Coe park has a tendency to attract the adventurous and the eccentric. My buddy Tom is there, providing moral support and spare lights, and Jeff, aka TahoeBC, shares his brave intention to join us as long as his recently-dislocated shoulder would allow him. Some unknowing campers are a little startled by the early hustle and bustle, but take it with a smile.

I hold a short briefing, before we get started with the steep 2 mile/1200 foot climb up Lyman-Willson trail, a good introduction if anything to what lies ahead. On this first climb of the day, I push the pace a bit to see how the crowd responds and it becomes quickly clear that we have assembled a fine and fit group here - once on the ridge, we witness the day break in pretty spectacular fashion and a quick photo stop is in order.

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Camp Willson
Three guys in the group are Coe-virgins and one is a second timer. While a bit concerned, I'm admiring their gutsy move of taking on this thing as their first (or second) ride in Coe. From our previous email correspondence and quick conversations in the morning I was convinced they knew what they were doing, so I quickly put my worries about their well-being to rest, and encourage them to go for it and hammer out the course if they would feel inclined to do so - their biggest obstacle would be navigating the often tricky maze of trails in this vast place. I send them off to Steer Ridge, and start the climb a bit later alongside Patrick, Roy and briefly Tom. We reel in Jeff, who took a bit of a head start and he reports back the sighting of some wild boar near and in the pig traps on the ridge. Coe's fauna has a special affinity to Jeff, as we find out repeatedly.

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Coit Road
Everyone is loving the Spike Jones / Timm descent, a fast and furious singletrack combo, and the switchbacked Anza trail (fun going both up and down) generates additional grins. On the fireroad climb toward Cross Canyon the bunch regroups, while Jeff plays snakemaster with a small constrictor on the side of the road. Patrick and I lead the group to the steep climb on lower Cross Canyon trail, starting with a tricky left-hander that I was intent on not dabbing. I make it, only to drift slightly off-course and be forced to put a foot down fifty yards farther; a duh-moment, though today would not be about cleaning, but surviving, as Roy will remind me. Soon we reach the crest and are looking forward to a fine descent into the canyon.

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Cross Canyon
I'm picking myself up from the steep patch of loose gravel right before the first creek crossing; the crash left me gasping for breath and I feel some dull pain on my right side. During the dreaded fraction-of-a-second of enhanced consciousness right before impact I saw my front wheel jerk to the left after giving apparently too much front brake, anticipating the dried out creek crossing. My bike is set up with two small handlebar bags as well as a stem bag (all loaded with food), so I decide to blame the incident on my unfamiliarity with its altered handling, rather than dismal descending skills. The bike is suffering some minor damage as well: a broken fork remote lockout lever. And my bar mounted LED is whacked off, but I will only notice after I will have climbed out of the canyon.

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Willow Ridge road & trail
A little shaky and sore, I'm moving cautiously during our passage through the canyon; after the long climb out - the Cross Canyon Wall looking as daunting as ever - we run into the rest of the group again on the ridge and head to Hoover Lake. At the airstrip, Jeff takes a tarantula along for the ride. On Willow Ridge trail, as fine a downhill as they come, I regain my confidence, just in time to dodge the plentiful bushes of poison oak sprouting along its thread near the bottom part.

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Coe Headquarters
Some amazing contrasts on this ride: from the dark solitude of our pre-dawn climb to the Tarantulafest party & barbecue at headquarters; this is a benefit event of its own for Coe park, and going on in full force when we arrive. The long climb up here - over the mighty Mahoney Wall (Roy cleaning it as if it was a speed bump), Lost Spring trail (additional quality time with poison oak), China Hole (nice, gradual), and the reviled Manzanita fire road, has been troublesome for me - with sore ribs acting up, and the impending dread of the many more hard miles coming up I start to fantasize about joining the party then calling it a day. We run into the always cheerful Paul L., who's doing some impromptu GoPro video interviews, and he inspires me to put my game face back on. Some caffeine-laden drinks at HQ, the food on the grill, the buzzing activity and the party chatter put me back in business, and after a long break during which the entire bunch has regrouped, we take off again. Scott and his buddy Dane, who were traveling light and fast, decide to peel off at this point. They probably could have gone faster if they'd known their way around here, but weren't prepared for the deep dive into the backcountry at night. Aaron and Sean, the other two relative Coe-newbies, radiate fortitude, are good with the map and stay on course, taking off toward Flat Frog trail - I wonder if we'll see them again.

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Middle Ridge
The thrills and adrenaline this trail dishes out never get old; Poverty Flat road and Bear Mountain don't seem that insurmountable anymore... or will the delirium wear off quickly, once confronted with the hard facts? We'll see. Jeff splits off now and heads toward the Creekside trail. He's been going pretty strong, for not having ridden in a few weeks, with a semi-functioning shoulder.

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Bear Mountain
After we dragged ourselves over Poverty Flat, sporting an odious dusting of cake mix in spots, there would be time for recovery on a few flat miles, before we'd tackle the toughest climb of the day. At least, if the Narrows trail wouldn't be such a bumpy mess. The final stretch of flat fireroad afterwards is easy enough though, an ominous counterpoint to what lies behind the bend. When the first, ludicrously steep pitches of Bear Mountain become visible, we immediately spot Aaron and Sean struggling high up the hill, probably about 20 minutes ahead of us. Until now, Roy, Patrick and I mostly rode together, but during the ascent it becomes clear that Patrick has the most fuel left in the tank, and is most eager to crank out the power. He'll be dropping us on most of the climbs during the remainder of our journey. Roy and I retreat in our respective pain caves and while hiking the steepest pitches of Bear Mountain, I find a receptive audience for my complaints in a rare horned lizard, taking in some sun on this hottest part of the day.

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Pacheco Camp
The five remaining 100+ mile riders are briefly reunited at Pacheco Camp. Patrick has laid down a fast pace on these past few miles. Heritage trail was a beautifully primitive and fine descent but I didn't quite enjoy the subsequent passage of Pacheco Creek trail. The upper parts were overgrown and rough, and took a toll on me. I remember feeling very strong here last year whereas now, all I can think of is the possibility of some trail angels making an appearance at the camp, handing us out various goodies. Alas, it would turn out Charlie and crew indeed came by here, but missed us by about 45 minutes. The golden hour has almost passed and doubt creeps in again... this place is an easy bailout point. But no, that would make for a sad, depressing and lonely ride home, after having come so far. And thus without further ado I join the others, install lights, filter water and prepare for a long night.

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Dutch's trail
I'm a bit dismayed to see that many snagging branches I had trimmed down on this fine trail months ago seemed to have grown back together. On one of the short steep uphill pitches I feel my chain break and curse. The drivetrain had been acting up for a while, probably a link was bent earlier on. After Patrick's flat on Phoneline trail (quite a trip in the dark), this is our second night-time mechanical. Luckily the fix is quick and we carry on. Approaching the lower section of this fantastic ridgeline trail - a genuine 'Blair Witch project' experience by night, with heaps of weirdly shaped chamise lighting up in our headlights - we see what must be Aaron's and Sean's lights, moving apparently slightly off course.

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Dowdy Ranch
After we had swept them up, Aaron and Sean decided to stick around with us, probably not a bad idea in this confusing and remote section of the park. I feel somewhat revived on the usually brutal Kaiser-Aetna climb toward Dowdy Ranch and am surprised that Patrick and I seem to be dropping the rest. It must be the absence of heat that makes this thing easier. My helmet light had come off its mount and I thought the mount had broken, so I zip tied it together, making for a slightly more wobbly light spot than I cared for (I found out later that it was just a screw that had worked itself loose - Magicshine owners, beware). A break at the deserted facilities is welcomed by all, but it is getting colder, so we layer up and quickly start to get moving again, onward to Burra Burra trail.

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Center Flats road
This is the section of the course that can really break a rider. The relentless grades of Center-non-Flats show no mercy. Patrick is still going insanely strong and cleaning an impressive amount of the steep rollers thrown at us; Aaron, Sean and I are limping along, but I'm getting a bit concerned about Roy. He's often falling behind, seems to reside in a catatonic state and hardly utters a grunt when I talk to him. I hand him some chocolate covered coffee beans, my late-night secret weapon. There is talk about bailing. I don't want to hear about it and suggest we'll decide once we hit Wagon, and are back on trails with civilized grades.

Wagon road
The call is made. Roy, who somehow came back to life, Patrick and I continue and take on the final 20 miles of the 100 mile course; Aaron and Sean are running low on lights and batteries and will take a shortcut home. They are a pair of impressive riders, having taken on this challenge in style, on pretty much their first real ride in Coe. I'm convinced they have the capability to pull this off in a strong time, with their newfound experience and some preparation; when we say our goodbyes I urge them to come back and get it done next time.

These last 20 miles go by in a dreamlike daze. Slow fireroad grinds alternate with frigid singletrack descents, while sleep deprivation and an immense fatigue take a hold of us. The eerily moonless sky is lit up by an unfathomable amount of stars. When Patrick and Roy, who has made an incredible resurrection, take short naps, I joke with them that lethal hypothermia may set in anytime and urge them to get going again. Not sure why I stay awake; the coffee beans, perhaps. We survive the rutted Vasquez-Long Dam debacle, and climb the tough final 500 vertical feet on Wagon road, ridden clean by all three of us, as a matter of honor. Our final descent home is obscured by a dense fog bank, making for dicey conditions, but we all make it safely to Hunting Hollow road. Patrick hammers out the last three miles, but I don't have the energy to keep up with him and ride my own pace, Roy not being too far behind.

Hunting Hollow, 2011/10/2, 6.17am
Once we regroup on the parking lot, few words are exchanged and we start to clean up; I'm feeling elation and satisfaction, because of the successful finish in difficult conditions, but mixed in is a slight sense of disappointment, as I knew I was in no shape to even attempt the Everest 'bonus route'. I think the others are sensing the same. Patrick may have come closest to giving it an honest shot, but he seems overwhelmed by sleep, and soon retreats in his car. I look at the time and can't believe it's past 6am; the sky is slowly lighting up. Taking on the long night ride after a full day on the bike had slowly drained our energy and worn us out, more than expected. Last year - with a midnight start - we were able to maintain our pace and finished about three hours faster. I dig out some caffeine, and like Roy, prepare to drive home. The Everest Challenge may have been unmet, but with some new lessons learnt we think it can be done. Some time.

I would finally like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the Coe Everest Challenge and CPPF; it's people like you who make the difference, and real results can be achieved, as proven by the successful effort in keeping Coe park open.
 

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We reel in Jeff, who took a bit of a head start and he reports back the sighting of some wild boar near and in the pig traps on the ridge. Coe's fauna has a special affinity to Jeff, as we find out repeatedly.
Great writeup and now we have recaps from the three of us. You're such a stoic Belgian that I had no idea you were suffering, other than frequent grabs at your ribs.

I'd love to hear Sean and/or Aaron's version of events, just to fill a few gaps!

I'm beginning to wonder if I do these rides just to relive them!
 

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Seriously HARD COERE

Wow….that was nuts, just a crazy day. I must admit, I underestimated this ride – I’ve done some hundred milers before easily under 12 hours, so I thought we’d be able to get it done in 15 or 16 hours max. I remember saying to Sean in all seriousness before we got started: “dude, I bet we can finish before dark, and then we’ll have plenty of time to knock out Everest.” HAHAHA! Little did I know what awaited us…

By the way, mtbr won’t let me post images since I haven’t posted at least 10 times (seriously?) but I do have lots of great pictures. If anyone has a good way for me to post or share them, let me know.

Here’s my recap: The start was HARD! I was not ready for the pace that was set up the first climb, and dangled off the back up until the first downhill singletrack. What have I gotten myself into?? It took about 2 hours for my legs to warm up, and I didn’t start feeling good until that rocky, technical climb along the creek (sorry, I can’t remember trail names). This was where the four of us newbies took off ahead of the main pack, we were riding strong. Dain on his Blur XC was especially hard to keep up with. The morning is pretty much a blur of constant climbing and descending, but I loved the long singletrack climb up to the final fireroad to headquarters, which Sean and I did together. We were both getting super hungry so just decided to push it to HQ and wait for everyone there.

Over 6 hours to do 34 miles! I was getting worried we were way behind schedule, so Sean and I took off a bit before everyone else after lunch at HQ. We felt AWFUL traversing along Flat Frog Trail because we stuffed our faces with sausage, cheese, and brownies from the Tarantula Festival, but I knew those calories would come in handy later. Middle Ridge descent was crazy fun! Coe has some damn fine trails it turns out! We slogged our way up the moon dust fireroad feeling strong, got kind of lost going up Narrows (ended up in the creek for a few miles instead of on the trail beside it!), and couldn’t believe our freaking eyes when we saw the Bear Mountain climb looming ahead. Are you kidding me! Let the hiking begin. About half way up, we turned around and could see the rest of the group about a half hour behind us.

Finally made it to the top, hauled ass to Mississippi lake, decided not to stop for water and try to make it to Pacheco. Heritage was yet again another bad-ass descent, but Pacheco Creek trail was simply annoying – I’m still picking those damn pricklies out of my leg hair. We chilled at the campground for probably too long, and were surprised to see the rest of the group catch us! They were obviously riding really well, and I was glad they were close by, as I feared we’d need their help in the dark.

It was getting dark by the time we left camp (at mile 60 something……Sean and I were laughing at my proclamation that we’d finish before dark). We got a bit lost trying to find the new Phoneline trail, but finally found the entrance….fun little descent. We got lost again at the end of Turkey Pond singletrack, but quickly got back on route. We were flying, both of us surprised at how good our legs felt, and made it to the top of Dutch’s in no time, even stopping to poke at a tarantula for a bit. Dutch’s was great fun, I can’t wait to come back and do it in the daytime. At the bottom of Dutch’s is where our trouble began. We were trying to find Yellowjacket trail, and came upon a sign pointing to Yellowjacket lake. Somehow we lost that trail, did pretty much a complete 180 without meaning to, and ended up on some random goat trail that we thought was Yellowjacket. We descended/bush-whacked our way down through the dark, looking desperately for the lake, but ended up in a dry creekbed instead. Crap! We consulted the map, Sean did some stargazing to orient us, and we realized we went down the wrong valley. ARGH!! Time to climb back up! On the way back, we could see lights descending down Dutch’s, and realized happily that the rest of the group was near and could show us the way. We sheepishly waited for them and allowed the Coe masters to show us the correct way. Patrick was charging! Riding super fast, and Roy and Dirk, although looking a little tired, were riding strong as well.

Patrick and Dirk took off on that horrible long fireroad climb to Dowdy. I hung back a bit with Sean, who I realized was literally falling asleep on the bike! We stopped for a quick Coke and caffeinated gu recharge as Roy passed us. We were beginning to be concerned about battery life, and rode this climb on our emergency LEDs. Stopping at Dowdy was not fun….Sean was asleep, I was cold, and not looking forward to 30 more miles. Did I mention it was midnight!! This is insanity!!

Burra Burra and Center Flats were pure misery. Sean and I DEFINITELY would have missed a critical turn there without the rest of the group, so thank you guides!! We couldn’t fathom how Patrick was cleaning all those climbs on Center Flats…we could barely walk up them. Unfortunately, when we got to Wagon, we had to pull the plug – not enough battery for another 4 hours in the dark. We bid adieu to our fellow racers/guides, and told them we’d be back to finish some day! The ride back to Hunting Hollow was quick and relatively painless…..although I was shocked at the steepness of Lyman-Willson and couldn’t believe we had ridden up that so fast earlier in the day!

2:30am….20 hours on the bike….Footlong spicy Italian subs were devoured immediately….too tired for beer….set up the tent in a daze and passed out hard. I was woken up at 6am when the three strongmen finally finished their journey and cheered them on a bit before passing out again until 9am.

All I can say is – ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RIDE. Patrick, Dirk, and Roy deserve much applause for pioneering this route and so far being the only people strong enough to finish it. The course was both beautiful and brutal, and was a great intro to Henry Coe. Sean and I had a great day - no mechanicals whatsoever, no crashes, ate and hydrated well, but we weren’t prepared enough to survive an entire night on the bike! We will definitely both be back to crush this ride, now that we know what to expect!

Cheers!

-Aaron
 

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Great writeup and now we have recaps from the three of us. You're such a stoic Belgian that I had no idea you were suffering, other than frequent grabs at your ribs.
It wasn't too bad really, with the Ibuprofen. The days after have been more painful. I was mainly pissed at myself for such stupid tumble and losing my bar light, but I tried to take it in stride.
 

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Wow….that was nuts, just a crazy day. I must admit, I underestimated this ride – I’ve done some hundred milers before easily under 12 hours, so I thought we’d be able to get it done in 15 or 16 hours max. I remember saying to Sean in all seriousness before we got started: “dude, I bet we can finish before dark, and then we’ll have plenty of time to knock out Everest.” HAHAHA! Little did I know what awaited us…

By the way, mtbr won’t let me post images since I haven’t posted at least 10 times (seriously?) but I do have lots of great pictures. If anyone has a good way for me to post or share them, let me know.
Aaron, thanks for chiming in, and it was great fun riding with you and the others, and show you a bit of our little playground. Feel free to email me the pics, I'll post them up.

Coe has some damn fine trails it turns out! We slogged our way up the moon dust fireroad feeling strong, got kind of lost going up Narrows (ended up in the creek for a few miles instead of on the trail beside it!), and couldn’t believe our freaking eyes when we saw the Bear Mountain climb looming ahead. Are you kidding me! Let the hiking begin. About half way up, we turned around and could see the rest of the group about a half hour behind us.
We were looking at your tracks and could see you got a bit off course in the Narrows. It is tricky at times to find the trail on the side. But yeah, Bear Mountain is hard to miss... such an iconic view, so horrific that it becomes a thing of pure beauty ;).

Dutch’s was great fun, I can’t wait to come back and do it in the daytime. At the bottom of Dutch’s is where our trouble began. We were trying to find Yellowjacket trail, and came upon a sign pointing to Yellowjacket lake. Somehow we lost that trail, did pretty much a complete 180 without meaning to, and ended up on some random goat trail that we thought was Yellowjacket. We descended/bush-whacked our way down through the dark, looking desperately for the lake, but ended up in a dry creekbed instead. Crap! We consulted the map, Sean did some stargazing to orient us, and we realized we went down the wrong valley. ARGH!! Time to climb back up! On the way back, we could see lights descending down Dutch’s, and realized happily that the rest of the group was near and could show us the way.
That's why that area is the Bermuda Triangle of Coe - many riders have disappeared here without a trace ;).
But that intersection of Burra Burra and Dormida is probably the most treacherous of all... take a wrong turn and you end up in a hellhole. I will update the site with some extra warning for it.

All I can say is – ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RIDE. Patrick, Dirk, and Roy deserve much applause for pioneering this route and so far being the only people strong enough to finish it. The course was both beautiful and brutal, and was a great intro to Henry Coe. Sean and I had a great day - no mechanicals whatsoever, no crashes, ate and hydrated well, but we weren’t prepared enough to survive an entire night on the bike! We will definitely both be back to crush this ride, now that we know what to expect!

Cheers!

-Aaron
Thanks much, looking forward to seeing Sean and you back next time!
 

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Aaron's pics

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Wow….that was nuts, just a crazy day. I must admit, I underestimated this ride – I’ve done some hundred milers before easily under 12 hours, so I thought we’d be able to get it done in 15 or 16 hours max.
Now you know why we love Coe so much - extreme is an understatement!

Great writeup and great to have you guys out there. It provided an extra level of incentive (and distraction, perhaps) and made this year a very different beast from last year.

I suspect that this ride will be like that - an entirely different ride each year, even if the course is the same.

If we can find a solution to the sleep "problem", the full Everest is definitely within reach!
 

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Just published, Hard COEre Everest Challenge in XXC Magazine

ElHombre sent this along:

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<div style="width:800px;text-align:left;"><a href="http://issuu.com/xxcmag/docs/xxcmag14?mode=embed&viewMode=presentation&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true&pageNumber=20" target="_blank">Open publication</a> - Free <a href="http://issuu.com" target="_blank">publishing</a> - <a href="http://issuu.com/search?q=adventure" target="_blank">More adventure</a></div></div>

<s>Not positive that the above will be permanently available so read it now.</s>



And I don't think this has been posted here yet:

 

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Not positive that the above will be permanently available so read it now.
The embed doesn't seem to work (on my browser)... clicking the link below should work - we're on pages 20-27, yay!

XXC Magazine #14

The entire XXCMag backcatalog (14 issues) is accessible for free online reading, so I think it will be available for a while. Though I will encourage folks to buy the pdf download (~$2) or print version (~$11); publisher Jason from, ahem, Soiled Chamois fame, is living and breathing mtb, turned his passion into his job, and I will only encourage such behaviour ;).

His about page is pretty funny, an excerpt:
The goal of XXC Magazine is to combine all the things I love about cycling magazines and try to leave out all the stuff I hate. I don’t want to do bike reviews, have more ads than content, talk about the latest and greatest parts, or tell you how to bleed your brakes (especially since I don’t know how to do that myself!). I don’t want all the efforts of a 100+ mile race summed up in a 50 word blurb. What I do want is for XXC Magazine to capture the beauty, pain, and emotion of long rides and races in the dirt with words and photos by the folks who are doing them.​

Their backcatalog makes for excellent reading during these short winter days; just to be clear: we're not getting any cut from the proceeds or something, so I'm not shilling this for any financial gain.

Finally, many thanks to the CPPF, everyone who donated or was otherwise involved in keeping Coe open! Though one can argue about the merits of having to use private funds to support public parks, it shows that a positive difference can be made, by anyone.
 
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