That’s right folks I’m going outside my comfort zone of road bike ultras. I will be doing the Park City Point to Point Mountain Bike Race. The organizers say it is about 80 miles with 14,000 feet of gain and 90% single track. Starting elevation about 7,000 going to 9,500 feet. I wish to thank my good friends at The Pro Bar (the best tasting bars 😉 ) for getting me in entry to the event which sold out in 6 minutes!! By some accounts it is much harder than Leadville because it is much more technical without the fire roads and paved sections. I function relatively well at altitude but I’ve also been doing CVAC sessions which will help me race at altitude.
I have only been on a MTB three times in my life and it doesn’t look like I will get much time between now and September 3 to train on a MTB.
What are my expectations?
1. To finish
2. To not crash too badly so that …. refer to #1
3. To ride comfortably and finish mid-pack…refer to #1
George, you are freekin amazing! I’m not sure of your route but at 90% singletrack that’ll be one tough course. I have no doubt you finish up front.
I equate dirt miles to road miles at a 3:1 ratio. For every mile on the dirt would be the same as 3 on the road. But I’ve always enjoyed mountain bike racing over road racing. The hardest ride I ever did was the Brian Head 100 similar to this but with some fireroad which made it some what easier but the whole race took place over 8,000 feet and we ended up climbing a total of 13,000. It took me 12 hours to cover those 100 miles and I would of given up if there had been a way out but there was no one out there to help bring me back in, so I ended up doing the whole ride. I finished within the allotted time too but it was and still is the hardest ride I’ve ever done. I wish you the best of luck on your new endeavor and look forward to your ride report.
Thank you for calling me amazing but I haven’t finished the Park City Point to Point race …yet.
I’m hoping it won’t take 12 hours to complete this event but I’m mentally prepared for it.