The VT3 MTB Stage Race was advertised as a celebration of the singletrack presented by riders, for the riders. Both the @craftsburyoutdoorcenter and the @barkermountainbikes crew did not disappoint — they totally provided 3 days of awesome racing, and the after riding entertainment was spot on as well. The VT3 showcased some of the most spectacular riding that the NEK has to offer. The 3-day race format started off at Hardwick Trails with a paired 5 mile Time Trial. This format made for some super fun racing and ensured it to be competitive. Day two brought us to Victory Hill, which consisted of long climbs and some fun descents. This course had riders in the saddle for up to 2:45. Day three wrapped up on some fast, flowy single track held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. All in all, it was a rad weekend of racing and laughs!
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Back in Texas and still thinking about the experience and fitness gained from Saturday. I wanted to give you an idea on what it took to get me across the line in under 8.5 hours:
• Sworks Epic
• @iamspecialized Sworks Evade helmet • SL Pro jersey and bibs - Sworks 5 XC shoes
• Fast Track 2.3 grid on the front (23psi) loaded with @orangesealed • Fast Track 2.1 grid on the rear (25psi) loaded with @orangesealed • @esigrips chunky style
• @biketogs for extra grip options
• 3 enduro bites
• 6 hammerhead gels
• 2 gu gels
• 1 pickle juice
• Chicken noodle soup broth (at the top of the mountain at 12.4k)
• 5 bottles of accelerade
• 2 bottle of water
• 1 bottle of coke • @topicaledge for the legs
• @altredbysur for the betalin ~~~~~
I burned over 8k in calories throughout the race and consumed 2k-3k. Pretty wild to think about!
6 days ago6104
Trying to show what a well loved and well worn in #esichunkygrips look like. You can see how they’ve taken the form of my hand. Love these things! #esigrips Also love how they work so well with #biketogs
7 days ago330
Woke up this morning feeling like I got hit by a @ltraceseries leadville 100 bus. Heck of a day on the bike yesterday. Floated around 100th most of the day, broke top 100 at some point. Started fighting cramps at mile 70, which sucked. At that point, the mental took over to try and block as much pain as possible. Met and rode with a handful of cool athletes throughout the race. Ended up crossing the line in 8hrs and 26 minutes. 109th o/a out of the 2k starters and 20th in pro. We improved on last year’s time by 1 hour and 10 minutes, which is pretty dang cool. The legs and lungs still struggled at altitude, but I know once we live in the mountains it will be a different story. A huge thanks to @stylesbylauren and @alancaffey721 for helping with the feeds. .
Everyone has a different strategy for success at the Downieville Classic. This year I opted for a slightly longer travel bike with burly tires so I could really send it on the downhill day, the bikes no slouch on the climbs though.
Here is a quick bike check of my All mountain set up from the race.
Frame - 2019 Trance Advanced Pro 29.
Fork - DVO sapphire 130mm.
Rear shock - DVO Topaz 115mm.
Tires - Maxxis minion DHF 2.3 front, Minion SS 2.3 rear.
Drivetrain - Shimano M9000 XTR.
Brakes - M8000 XT Trail.
Wheels - Giant TRX1 29.
Pedals - HT m1.
Bar - Raceface next carbon, 760mm.
Stem - Raceface next 55mm.
Accessories - purple Togs & Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt.
Total weight 27.12lbs
11 days ago14345
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Meet us this weekend at Bonanza Flats for the Final @midweekmtb Dig Day (http://midweekmtb.com/dig-days/), partnered with @mtntrailspc