Descending from Horseshoe Meadows (22 mile climb 6,000+ feet of gain elevation 10,000 feet) in the Eastern Sierras of California 2013 St Paddy’s Palomar Plus- Del Mar to Palomar Mountain 131 miles 11,600 feet of gain George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas pictured with his record six consecutive Furnace Creek 508 finisher’s jerseys and medals.
2012 Grand Tour Highland Double Century 11 hours 20 minutes- Third Place
George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas with Lori Hoechlin
My weapon of choice Cannondale Super Six EVO Di2 w/7900 SRM Power Meter
George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas, Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame member, pictured at the 2011 Furnace Creek 508 finish line with six consecutive solo finisher’s medals– a record
George “Red Eyed Vireo” Vargas Furnace Creek 508 finisher’s jerseys and medal.
One of my favorite climbs 35 miles (with a few dips) from 600 feet to almost 8,000 feet
Milestone summit on the way to Dawson Saddle
One of my favorite pictures of any Furnace Creek 508.
508 miles 35,000 feet of climbing non-stop bicycle race for more information FURNACE CREEK 508
Another great picture taken of George Vargas at the Tour de Francis Winter Edition
Furnace Creek 2007 Fixed Gear Solo – at the time one of only 7 Fixed Gear finishers in 33 editions of the race. This is what you look like after 45 hours on a Fixed Gear bike over 35,000 feet of climbing and 508 miles. Yeah pretty destroyed. By far one of my proudest achievements!
During Race Across America 2007 in Monument Valley
Race Across America Finisher’s Medal 2007
In a six-man break at the 2010 Spring Death Valley Double Century
Custom Steel Serotta CSI aka Sarah. I tell people if someone held a gun to my head and said “you can only keep one of your 10 bikes which one would it be?” Without hesitation or reservation my answer would be “Sarah!”
The oldest bike in my stable. A 1988 Bianchi lugged steel. Like a dummy I took off the steel fork that came with it when some young kid in a bike shop said “Why are you riding a steel fork …EVERYBODY is riding carbon forks now. You will shave 2 lbs off the weight of your bike immediately!” I wish I still had that fork now 😦
Cervelo Soloist SL or SLC-SL aka Sasha
Climbing Fargo Street in Los Angeles max grade 34%
Gettysburg Race Across America 2007