The very first thing I would like to do is thank my crew; Brandy, Colin and Julie. No Solo Finisher is ever …Solo! Thank you for sacrificing a long weekend of your personal lives to help me in pursuit of my FOURTH FURNACE CREEK 508 SOLO FINISH. Thank you guys you kept my fed, hydrated, motivated and safe!
04 Oct 6:00 am 71 25 18 S 28
04 Oct 5:00 am 72 28 19 SSW 27
04 Oct 4:00 am 73 30 20 SSW 18
04 Oct 3:00 am 76 31 19 SSW 15
04 Oct 2:00 am 78 28 16 S 25
04 Oct 1:00 am 79 27 15 SSE 23
04 Oct 12:00 am 81 27 14 S 20
03 Oct 11:00 pm 82 27 13 S 24
03 Oct 10:00 pm 84 26 12 S 23
03 Oct 9:00 pm 86 28 12 S 23
03 Oct 8:00 pm 88 27 11 SSE 22
03 Oct 7:00 pm 89 28 11 S 20
And last but certainly not least the racers and crews you DNF’d this year’s event I wish to say if you gave it your all and you left it all “out there” then don’t worry too much about it. It was really a tough year with the headwinds. This event isn’t easy but when you add a little weather (high heat, high winds etc.) it makes it that much tougher. Remember it’s called “the toughest 48 hours in sport”.
By my calculation there were 59 Solo Starters two of them Fixed Gear.
There were 7 Solo women including one Fixed Gear. There was only one solo woman finisher– 14% Finishing rate
There were 52 Solo men including one Fixed Gear. There were only 28 solo men finishers– 53.8% Finishing rate
For the Solo field there were 29 Finishers out of 59– 49% Finishing Rate
Also interesting is that of the DNF’s in the Solo Field 20 (out of 30) were veterans of the Furnace Creek 508.
Just goes to show not only was it a tough year but there are no guarantees you’ll finish just because you’ve finished before. Far too often I get comments from friends and customers who don’t know enough about Ultra cycling say things like “Oh you’ve done it before you’ll finish no problem.” No, just ask those veterans that DNF’d if they thought it was in the bag at the start line at 7am Saturday morning and then again in Death Valley during the windstorm.
Race report and pictures as soon as I can get my life squared away from this race.
All for now.
In and out of the time station at Baker! 15:13.
Brandy checking in. The crew and I are in Baker. We left George about 34 miles back, stocked with nutrition and flat repair so we could come ahead to Baker to have the blown van tire replaced. We are at A1 Towing and Tires and Ramon is helping us out! Thanks Ramon!!!
It’s been rough going so far. George broke the cardinal ultracycling rule and changed his nutrition before the race. He was bogged down and nauseous for quite awhile until we were able to get him back on a familiar nutrition protocol.
He looked great climbing Towne Pass and kindly rode the brakes for us on the descent since the spare tire on the van had a max speed limit of 50mph.
The headwind coming into Furnace Creek was very strong and in Death Valley itself it was relentless. 35+mph winds and George rarely topped 4-5mph. As the hours dragged on I asked him to take a break and wait it out an hour. Renewed he was able to fight again!
We are in the biggest junk of a rental van! We blew a tire last night on the descent down Trona bump. The tire wasn’t even flat, the VERY bald tread simply split off, taking the back side panel of the van with it. FC508…always a new adventure!