George “Red Eyed Vireo” Vargas after completing his record sixth straight SOLO Furnace Creek 508 (508 mile 35,000 feet of climbing non stop Ultra Cycling race) a feat not previously accomplished by any other cyclist in over 30 years since the event’s inception. The Furnace Creek 508 – the toughest 48 hours in sport.
I am an Ultra Cyclist and father to two wonderful boys, Nicholas and Alexander. I have been named a legendary Ultra Cyclist– a title I consistently work hard to live up to because of what it means in the small ultra cycling community. As a Hall of Fame member of three distinct cycling organizations I owe a lot of “giving back” to the cycling world.
I have completed 2- Person Race Across America (RAAM) in 2007. I have finished the Furnace Creek 508 (508 miles 35,000 non-stop ultra bike race) a total of 10 TIMES. SOLO a record six consecutive years in 2006, 2007 (Fixed Gear) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 I completed the “toughest 48 hours in sport” on a tandem with his tandem partner Lori Hoechlin. In 2017, I raced the Silver State 508 with teammate Lori Hoechlin in the 2X Mixed Relay team. We finished 2nd overall and set the course record for 2X mixed team in all age categories.
I have completed the “toughest 48 hours in sport” 10 times! One of only a handful of racers to do so. I was inducted in the Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame class of 2011. I am a Trans Iowa finisher (only 57 finishers out of 250 participants in the previous five years). Trans-Iowa is 320 mile totally unsupported gravel race held under adventure racing format. I have also attained Super Randonneur (200km, 300km, 400km and 600km unsupported events) multiple years. I have also completed over 50 double centuries. I am a cycling coach with clients ranging from endurance cyclists, to triathletes, to beginners just entering the sport of cycling.
I am a member of three cycling organization’s Halls of Fame. The Furnace Creek 508 and Silver State 508 with 10 finishes and the California Triple Crown with over 50 Double Centuries (some of them triple centuries) and Everesting Hall of Fame.
I have found a new challenge, Everesting. Everesting is when you take one hill and do consecutive repeats until you reach the cumulative elevation of 29,029 feet, in ONE ride, which is the height of Mount Everest. Currently, I have completed NINE Everest Challenges.
And now that you read all of that — I am also just an everyday Joe, just like you. I work 50 plus hours a week, have a family, have a coaching business, own a high-end bike shop and manage an endurance focused cycling team/club and try to do ultra events on limited training time. I’ve never been a professional cyclist. I do what I do out of passion for the sport. I suffer just like you do and probably more because I expect so much out of myself even with limited training time! I get it done out of pure stubbornness, pride and perseverance.
I have been a bike fitter for over 15 years. In those 15 years I have fit thousands of recreational and pro cyclists as well as triathletes. My experience with all types of riders and bicycles benefits any and all riders that I work with.
My latest endeavor is forming a new and completely different cycling organization. REV Endurance Cycling Team – an organization focused on bringing up the next generation of endurance cyclists. REV is a development team with experienced coaches dedicated to taking you to the next level. As part of its rider development strategy REV is very keen on introducing more juniors and women into Ultra Cycling. REV is about making and maintaining a lifestyle change with personal health, fitness and cycling as priorities. REV will take the “couch potatoes” coach and train them to complete their very first century or Gran Fondo. REV is very interested in developing triathletes for the 70.3 triathlon events and beyond. REV is also interested in developing riders in non- competitive endurance riding as well such as brevet riding. REV will train a rider on how to be self-sufficient and self-reliant on a brevet. REV will prepare you for “the toughest 48 hours in sport”, the Furnace Creek 508.
REV Endurance Cycling is always looking for corporate sponsors and individual donations. Please feel free to contact me with your interest in assisting REV Endurance Cycling accomplish its goals.
REV Endurance Cycling official charity is The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. My mother, rest her beautiful soul, died from breast cancer.
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California Double Century History 54 Doubles as of December 2018
Three Triple Centuries and so much more