Finally a First Place Finish at Death Valley


I’ve been coming to Death Valley for the Double Centuries since 2003.  AdventureCorps holds two doubles a year with different courses. Today, under some of the worst winds I’ve encountered since 2009 Furnace Creek 508, I came in first.  I guess it’s true what they say, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” I will get a race report together and post it soon… stay tuned.

25 thoughts on “Finally a First Place Finish at Death Valley

  1. Well done! With your experience and strength of training in adverse conditions I’d wondered if you’d come in first. My husband said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done and most people DNFed. Will be watching for details!

    • Rubay,

      Thank you for reading my blog. How did you stumble upon it?

      Wow you had more foresight than I did 😉 I was just trying to finish and you wondered about me coming in first. I need more people like you sending those positive vibes my way the rest of the season! Who is your husband? What distance was he doing? And how did he do? By the way, you mention my experience in adverse conditions, that was the key to me finishing. Here is a teaser to my race report – as bad as the wind conditions were they were only half as bad as the wind conditions on 2009 Furnace Creek 508! Yes they were bad but honestly I have “ridden” in the worse.

      Stay tuned for the race report. Once again thank you for reading my blog please pass it on to your friends!

      Cheers,
      george

      • He is brand new to cycling and this Double was only his third organized ride-on a large Surly LHT (about 32lbs-purchased originally for a long work commute and possible future unsupported tours). So clearly not a serious contender- yet. 😉 I was sitting at home googling like mad for weather information pertaining to the ride. I knew it was going to be less than ideal for him and kept an eye on your blog for feedback.
        After scrolling down to read more and figuring out that you are the Red-eyed Vireo I’d seen mentioned on other blogs, I thought you should have a strong chance of being one of those few he said continued on- and of finishing well.
        When I got a call from him he said he did not finish- that tons of people dropped out… I know you said it’s better to DNS than DNF, but he was expecting better weather from past reports and didn’t fully realize what that wind could do or he’d have trained another year before trying it I’m sure (or at least signed up for the century instead)- live and learn! He said it was still an amazing experience and we’re proud he got as far as he did. 🙂

        • BTW, he didn’t get sagged in, though! He finished the Century instead. He wasn’t cold like a lot of people he saw at the lunch stop (first big group didn’t get in till about 3pm) but he did get some weird nausea very early on after drinking some Hammer Perpetuem that took a long time to shake off. I’ve read of it not sitting well with some people.
          I see only 11 people got in in time on the preliminary for the Double–don’t be so modest! That’s some serious bragging rights. 😉

          • Rubay,

            You’re very sweet thank you! Good to hear you hubby didn’t SAG in. Hammer Perpetuem doesn’t work for everybody but it is a good fuel. Dosage and effort are the key to keeping the bloat away. It takes time to learn how to ride hard on liquid fuel only. I didn’t eat any solid foods all day. I fueled only on liquids. I’m working on the report but I have sooo many things to catch up on.

            Keep reading my blog and please pass it on

            Cheers,
            george
            Red-Eyed Vireo

  2. Congratulations, George! This seems to be a true
    testament that dedication, perseverance, natural talent and agility can prove to be a hard to beat combination. What’s truly amazing is that this time you beat your own expectations, coming into this double with a humble “early in the season” mindset. Hope you embrace and ride this momentum for a fantastic 2011.

    • Butterflies,

      Thank you for the kind words. I really didn’t expect to do that well. But once I saw my opportunity I seized it! I hope to have a good season as well.

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

    • Bal,

      Thank you! The challenge of keeping up with you made be a better cyclist lol! Working on the report but life takes priority when I get back from fantasy race land lol!

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

  3. Holy crap! Wow! You’re the man!

    I was there for the century, I DNF’d at mile 86 and I swear it was due to knee pain.. it didn’t help my wife was at Badwater with a car either.

    I know how hard those conditions were and I saw it drizzling with hard winds on my way out. It was spectacular and just frickin awesome.

    All 11 finishers must be monsters, heartless beasts that don’t feel any pain. And you were number 1!

    Wow.

    • Ben,

      Thank you for the kind words. TRUST me I feel pain lol! It sucked out there. But you know if I didn’t finish the double then I would have sat around wondering if I could have. I went through a lot of emotional stuff being alone and off-the-front for the last 150 miles, about 10 hours time. Never have a plan B. That is how I ride and that’s how I finish. I have harder times on the bike. 2009 Furnace Creek 508 the wind was twice as bad and I was already 250 miles into a 508 mile race. Or Furnace Creek 508 2007 when I did it on a fixed gear- 508 miles 35,000 feet of climbing. If you care to read about those adventures let me know I’ll provide you with links. 😉

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

  4. AWESOME Results! I so took to heart your post about going out to train in all kinds of weather, as you never know what race day will bring. So true, but easy to avoid. I will print and keep your words to keep me motivated this year as I train
    Carol

    • Carol,

      Thank you so much for your comments. I train in headwinds but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced out there. I’m glad I can still motivate you to get out and train. What are you training for this year?

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

  5. Honey! That’s our George, you know the guy that helped you pick up my stuff at Bike Religion. Way to go George.

    I stumbled across this blog by looking for the Carbon Canyon Century that led me to epictrain.com that linked to Training Peaks that eventually led me here. Whew!

    Regardless, I’m honored to be in such great company, you just kicked up my interest in cycling a notch or two.

    • Fernando,

      Thank you for reading my blog. I’m honored that you followed the links to get to my blog. I hope you find it interesting and if you would like a certain subject matter covered just let me know. As you can see I like to write so lay it on me lol!

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

  6. I’ve done this double and know how hard it can be. Add wind to the mix and it’s down right insane and then you go and come in first,WOW! What was your total time?

    • Mike,

      Thank you for reading my blog. It was freakin’ windy out there. My total time was 13:44 which was good enough for first this year. Last year I did 11:07 and that was only good enough for second place. People were dropping like flies. Hundreds of riders DNF or DNS’d.

      Cheers,
      george
      Red-Eyed Vireo

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