Final Week– Countdown 2012 Furnace Creek 508

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The 2012 Furnace Creek 508 is less than a week away.  I will attempt to post daily to give you an idea of the things I do on my final week of preparation for the “toughest 48 hours in sport”.

Today I usually do a stock take of my gear.  I have a blue storage container that has been affectionately named “the 508 kit” and also as “the big blue bin”.  In it I store the reusable and non-perishable  items needed for the 508.  Such as:

1.  Safety Lights

2. Totem Signs

3. Duct Tape

4. Bungee Cords

5.  Dry Ease message board

6. Fix-A-Flat- for the crew vehicle

7.  Crew loose leaf binder – Or what I call the 508 Race Bible

8. Admin supplies pens, pencils, highlighters

9.  Booster Cables

10. Cleaning Supplies– Paper Towels, Simple Green, Trash bags, Zip Lock bags (assorted sizes)

11.  Rags, work gloves, and/or food handling gloves

I then air up all my tires on my tubular race wheels, take them for a spin and then check them in the morning to see how much pressure loss if any, they’ve had overnight.

Today being October 1 and the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I changed my bar tape from black to pink.  My mother died from breast cancer a few years ago and it’s my way of remembering her during the 40 hours of racing at the 508.

Racers of the 508 please join me in sporting pink bar tape in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is PRO bar tape and it’s quite ornate 😉

Everyone needs a super hero to believe in 😉 Who is your superhero?


2012 Furnace Creek 508 – Crew Announcement

It is with great pleasure that I present the crew for my 2012 Furnace Creek 508.  This will be my seventh consecutive 508, a feat not ever accomplished.  This will also be the least amount of training I have ever had going into the event.  My crew will have their hands full getting me to the finish line.  I owe my success on my previous six 508’s to my crews. Without a good crew I would not have finished.  I am happy with my selection for this year’s crew and I know this year my success will be in their hands.  I thank Christina Rose, Gregory and Roland from the bottom of my heart for their selfless act of volunteering for this Epic Adventure!

This is the year that I have dusted off my athletic goals and decided it’s never too late to get out there and go for it!  My first significant goal I accomplished in 2012 was the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, which was so much fun I can’t wait to do it again next year.  My next goal is set for March, 2013 to finish a triathlon.  In the meantime, I’ve done several 5K runs, a sprint relay triathlon and will be doing a half marathon.  But it’s time to work more on my swimming and cycling of which I just got my first serious bike, yeah!Over this past year in my pursuits, I have crossed paths with some of the most extraordinary people, none more than George.  I have come to know that he is an inspiration to so many, including myself, and I’m looking forward to the experience of this true “epic adventure.”  I love the idea of being a part of something and the whole “team” concept of working as one for a winning outcome.  The journey is going to push our limits but I am so confident, honored, excited and ready to work with this crew to get George across that finish line in his best time yet!

Christina Rose





I started riding 12 months ago after a long hiatus from the sport. I was inspired to ride by my frustration with my weight and general health. What started as short ride down the coast with a friend turned into a passion. I’m not the fastest rider out there, but I love epic rides. In the past year I’ve lost 37 pounds, ridden two double centuries, with a third on the calendar, completed all five passes of the Death Ride and had some epic rides in the San Gabriel mountains (I love Dawson Saddle and GMR). Next year I’m going to keep extending my rides longer and longer until I stop having fun. If I keep having fun along the way then I’ll tackle the 2013 London – Edinburgh – London ride. In addition to riding, I’ve got a beautiful wife and two beautiful children aged 4 and 6. My eldest has started to ride the local bike path with me and already knows the difference between good and bad pain. I also skipper a Catalina 37 sailboat in the summers and run my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. I’m so excited to support George in his 2012 Furnace Creek 508 attempt, because when I first started riding I put the 508 on my list of “big hairy audacious goals”. Now, maybe after watching and supporting George’s attempt I can have a go at it myself. Go George!
– Gregory

Roland von Kriegenbergh, 1969, Software Engineer, born in Zurich, Switzerland, lives in Temecula, California.
I was born and raised in Switzerland where I raced bicycles on the road and on the track for most of my teen years. In 1998, my wife Nicole and I moved to California to enjoy its abundant sunshine, deserts and beaches. In 2009, while teaching our son (and later his sister) how to ride a bike, I rediscovered my passion for cycling after almost 20 years off the bike. During one of my first centuries, I noticed someone wearing a yellow California Triple Crown jersey that said ‘200 miles in one day. 3 Doubles in one year’. I thought she was crazy and told myself I would never ride ‘200 miles in one day’ in my life. A couple of years later, I finished 3 Double Centuries (Death Valley, Solvang, Grand Tour Malibu) and got my own Triple Crown jersey. I guess I am as crazy!
Crewing for George, one of the most experienced 508 riders in history, will be a great learning experience for my own ultra-rides that go beyond 200 miles in the future. It will teach me the course, show me the ups and downs a rider goes through and what’s required from a crew.
My goal is to help George make it all the way to the finish line just like in his previous six 508 finishes.