Tracy posted up a report of last night (I think)….strangers with firearms, headlights and the “security” a bathroom can offer.
When I pulled into Helena I went directly to the bike shop. As we all know the MOOTS has been flawless but I needed to take care of her….a little TLC was in order. As the mechanics worked I planned. I looked at maps, talked to locals, and yes, I googled the route out of Helena to see how long it would take me to get to the camp ground at the top of the pass. Google said three hours, it was 6:30 so I decided to push on. Let me tell you it was a HAUL. Twenty some odd mile climb…. in the granny ….huffing and puffing …and…. I do not think google ever did it on a loaded bike at the end of the day. At 10 pm I am finally at the turn for the camp ground. As I turn this guy in a pick up comes by (I have not seen a car on the road in four days except in Helena). He stops and we talk for a minute and then he hops out of the truck. I notice he has a firearm on his side. That kind of shakes my nerves a bit. He goes to the back of the truck where he has a cooler and pulls out an ice tea and hands me one…and I think … Okay he is a nice guy. Right? Then he offers to drive the little bit to the camp ground to show me the way, its only a quarter mile, its off route and he insists so I say okay. I figured when I got among other campers things would be fine. When we arrived there were no other campers….none. Not even an empty trailer. He looked around, I looked around, he looked me up and down and then said …”you gonna be alright?” I said “yes absolutely” and he left. I went directly to the rickety bathroom and locked the rickety door. I should have moved on but I was cold, tired and hungry. The bathroom won out over more miles. I ate, laid my stuff out, fought the mice for floor space and finally dozed off. The crunch of gravel and head lights through the glazed bathroom glass woke me, my heartbeat crowded out any further sounds. The lights shone in the window for a moment then moved toward the direction of the campground. I stared out the window and watched the lights take a slow path around the sites and back down to the bathroom. I ducked below the window and was swallowed by my heartbeats once again. Then the truck moved away and toward the exit… I was wishing for a bear.
Our “Girl on the Moots” Tracy Burge continues to make progress on her goal of becoming the oldest women to complete the Tour Divide ITT. Her latest photos put her near Salmon, Idaho….Elk Park to be more specific. She is up beat and staying focused. She looks pretty happy (from the photos) anyway.
Fine words from Vecchio’s…Boulder, Colorado.
MOOTS MX DIVIDE FRAME
KING IN-SET 44MM HEADSET 1.5” LOWER
MOOTS OPEN TRAIL STEM
SHIMANO XT GROUPO
HANDBUILT (TIED & SOLDERED) DT HUBS & RIMS 15mm THRU (FRONT) 142 X 12 (REAR)
CRANK BROS. DROPPER POST
FOX TALAS 34 110-140MM
Follow along with her: TRACY SPOT TRACKER
Tracy has pushed on and seems to be making a name for herself along the Tour Divide Route. She continues to roll south on her journey, making friends and taking in all that the wide open road/trail/campsites have to offer. We have only spoken to Tracy on the phone and never met in person, but I think when she reaches Steamboat we will have to ride along with her for a while. She posts on her blog:
and another from Tracy:
“Sometimes I wake up and I think ” why” ” what am I doing?” another pass , more wind … And “where am I going?” Last night and this morning gave me plenty answers. I pulled into Wise River and stepped into mosquito heaven. I was swatting and dancing when a local offered some ” bug dope”. I took some, and got an offer of margaritas and camping as well. I took that too. I went into the restaurant and there were five other riders ….and they said to me ” are you the girl on the MOOTS?” We talked and shared stories and had some food then three of us headed to the campsite offered. When we got there it was a bonanza in many ways. Food, liberal people , good conversation and open arms. They also knew all about the race. One guy in particular went over and over my bike…he loved it ….and of course I told him it was flawless. In the morning he came to tell us good bye and wistfully looked over my bike again. We took off for the day and waved our goodbyes. Later half way up the pass as I was taking a picture I heard a bike roll up; I liked over my shoulder. It was Ed the guy at the campsite. He couldn’t stand it….he had to ride the divide even for a little bit. He was so excited, so was his wife. Later someone else from the campsite handed a dark chocolate candy bar out the window to me. People were smiling and hooting and hollering. It was great. It was also a wonderful reminder.”
Ride on Tracy!
Our Fort Collins GrassMoots Racer Andrew Carney checks in this week with some insight to the Bailey Hundo. Andrew is known for his one gear adventures and lightweight overnight bike touring antics. Seems that even in the “shorter” races he finds some bad weather and tight racing.
He writes in……
What’s up? I headed down to the Bailey Hundo again this year trying to repeat my win from last year. The day started early with a 6 AM start from downtown Bailey as we headed out on a 7 mile road roll out before the singletrack started. As last years SS winner I got a first row call up, but on the road I was spinning with all I had to get a decent position into the singletrack.
Ready on the start line….3, 2, 1, ….Once off the road we were treated to 50 miles of fast, rolling, and flowing singletrack. It’s pretty dang easy to keep things red lined when you’re grinning ear to ear railing corner after corner. At the 60 mile mark we left the singletrack for good and finished the last 40 miles out on pavement and dirt including climbs up and over Windy Pass and Stoney Pass. I kept on the gas as much as possible even through a good 15 minutes of hail and rain near the top of Stoney Pass
For the last 10 miles I was trading blows with another singlespeeder and we took it to the line with him coming across only 30 seconds after I did. Racing down to the wire is type 2 fun at its best! All told it was a great day riding with good friends for a good cause as the event proceeds help to benefit Trips for Kids and the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League. Add this race to your calendar for next year!!
Our fearless friend from Ohio continues on her path to become a finisher of the 2012 Tour Divide. Tracy has been moving forward after a very hard start to life on the bike for almost 30 days straight. She is making her way through the very rough mountains just west of Helena, Montana at this moment. She had a trail angel lead her to this resting spot for the night. Notes of encouragement and fuel for the tired body. She rolls forward getting closer to finishing with each day. We can’t wait to see her in Steamboat! Track Tracy Live
The Summer Solstice is upon us and the mountain bike race season is reaching a peak around Colorado. I had the chance to catch up with Moots mountain bike Pro Kelly Boniface after a storming weekend of racing….literally.
On Saturday Kelly was on hand in Colorado Springs for the Ute Valley US PRO XCT race. The race featured a 4.2 mile course which the women did 5 laps. Kelly in the past has been primarily a long 50-100 miler, however this year she has been doing many shorter more intense races and coming out doing really well. She has also been racing our local Town Challenge series with the Men Open group. Racing with the men has done a couple of things for Kelly…now she starts faster than she would when racing the women and also has to chase the faster carrot that is out in front of her. Kelly attributes some of her great results to the quicker start, faster pace she is doing with the men. It seems to be working….
Back to Saturday…..she lined up on a dry start line with the best in the business….Women that pin it from the start and keep it there for the duration of the event. In this case a 5 lap race that should have run about an hour and twenty minutes. Once the chaos of the start was sorted out Kelly was positioned in a top 10 spot and feeling great. About mid-race a pounding storm turned the dusty dry track into a mud/clay fest. The thick clay mud packed up drive trains and wheels rendering her bike into an overweight single speed for most of the race. Kelly pushed on and rode well in the tricky conditions. Going into the final lap she was sitting 5th and looking to make the podium at a very high level national event. Then just 2 miles from the finish her bike would go no more. She had to stop on the side of the course and resort to scraping mud off the tires with a nearby stick. Kelly got passed by 3 races and she rolled in with a fine 8th place on the day.
Talking with Kelly after the event she was optimistic and up-beat with her accomplishment. She attributed her great finish to those days spent riding in snow during the winters around Steamboat Springs…”it was about being tenacious and keeping it upright as much as possible”.
Next up for Kelly is a little rest before hitting our next Town Challenge race, a Winter Park XC race and then capping off the 4th of July with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, CO. Once that event is finish she’ll take a vacation with her family and then get back on the bike and continue the last half of the season.
Moots could not be more proud of Kelly. She takes it all in stride, as she balances the full time work of a mom, business owner, and Pro bike racer.
Nice work Kelly!
Our school teacher from Ohio has been laid up in Whitefish for 2 days nursing, well…everything. The first 400 miles took their toll on Tracy, a very irratated IT band to edema. From the update on her blog she was taken in by a family to rest up. After two days off the bike, she is now underway.
The above video was shot at the start of the race. Tracy is one tough cookie and pretty much smiles most of the time.
Take a read of the events around her two days off the bike here: CONQUER THE DIVIDE.
We are looking forward to seeing her in Steamboat soon!
We are getting some sad news this morning that our good friend, hardman and multi-Tour Divide athlete Erik Lobeck has had to drop our of the race due to ankle injury.
The above photo (which I hi-jacked) was taken over the weekend as he tackled one of the early sections of snow.
Not too sure if he tweaked his ankle in the snow or what. Hopefully we get more info soon.
All of us at Moots wish him the best.