Spring is coming and it's time to change the toys we play with. Over
President's Day weekend I was invited to race with riders from the Mad
Dog Cycles team at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo in Tucson, Arizona. It
was a wonderful change to go from the 10 ft. of snow in Park City to
temperatures in the 70's.
This great event took place in a beautiful setting, with great
singletrack rolling through an endless desert of sharp cactuses. I
have never seen that many cactuses in my life! It was quite
challenging, especially at night, to avoid them. On my second night
lap I learned the hard way that it is quite painful to remove big
cactus needles from your arm.
In many ways the course at OP reminded me of our 12 Hour course - fast
and fun middle chain ring riding.
It was very nice to see so many good friends and racers from The E 100
events down in Tucson. All of them are excited and planning to be
back for our '06 series, which will be better than ever.
Tinker Juarez, this years OP solo winner, and The E 100 reigning
champion promises to be back in '06 to defend his title. David Harris,
winner of the '05 12 Hour solo and The E 100 Overall Series champion,
will be back racing in all of our events. You can read his '05 series
review at: http://borisart.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=72
The E 100 women's winner, Lynda Wallenfels, who crushed the female
solo competition in OP, promises to win all three of The E 100 events
this year. Ladies, I think that is a direct challenge!
The registration for 2006 is filling rapidly, with a lot of new people
from all over the country preparing to make the trip to Park City for
The E 100 races. We are seeing hundreds of visitors daily to our
website. Remember that all events will have a cap of 499 riders per
race, so reserve your spot before it is to late!
In just a short time we have seen our races become some of the premier
events in endurance mountain bike racing. In 2005 Cannondale choose
our series to launch their new line of XC bikes. We are thrilled with
the way the series is growing, and we are looking forward to 2006,
which promises to be just as challenging, and rewarding as ever.
Our 2004 The E 100 TV program won two Emmy awards in the sports
documentary film categories. You can purchase the DVD ($20) of this
program from Park City TV: http://www.parkcity.tv
The 2005 race DVD is currently in production, but you can watch a
short clip of from each race at our website:
PC TV would like to interview racers from all three 2005 events.
Please contact Jason Ball, PC TV Director/Cinematographer, by email
at: [email protected]
to schedule your appointment.
Meanwhile, please visit our chat room:
To read posts from Jonathan Baker, a racer who just 12 weeks after
finishing intense chemotherapy found the strength and courage to
finish the '04 E100 in just over 12 hours! Also be sure to read up on
the incredible Bobby McMullen, who is planning to race in the 50 miler
this year, despite being blind. Jonathan and Bobby both are a real
inspiration for all of us.
See you all on the mountain this summer!
The Endurance 100