Numbered up and ready to race.
This last weekend we had the 2nd Annual Honey Stinger 50 in our backyard….The race covers a 25 mile loop that by my account is about 22.25 miles of single track. If you have ever been to Steamboat and ridden on Emerald Mountain (which sits 5 minutes from the Moots doors) you have ridden part of the course. If you haven’t, please come check it out….a “gem” right here in town. The race lap pretty much touched on 95% of the trails up there. Loaded with steep climbs, rooty cambers and descents so fun you almost forget it’s a race….plus it’s based out of Howleson Lodge that has a history deep in Colorado skiing. What’s not to love?
The day started out with rain at 6am the morning of the race. That is something that has not happened in Steamboat in many months. Looking out my window at Emerald Mountain while I drank my coffee I remained optimistic on the course conditions as it would really take a ton of rain to make the trails a mess. The rain came and went all morning leading up to the 8 am Solo Men start. Tacky conditions greeting racers until mid way through the first lap…then the rain came down again, soaking the 500 riders on course. It was a nice rain that only muddied up bikes depending on where you were on course when it came down.
#422 Patrick West took the first lap for the winning Duo Team of West/Cariveau
Categories varied from solo men, women, pro to citizen, as well as Duo team’s men/women & coed. The second lap set up to be “glory dirt”…the rain passed and the trail rolled out to some of the best conditions I’ve seen all summer. Out on course the racing was great with Honey Stinger Feed stations positioned at key points along the route. At one point as I was reeling in some of the back markers of the Men Solo category, I would pass them and then they would notice I was from Steamboat and they would shout out…”you’ve got some sick-ass-trails-here!”….Yes we do I would reply….yes we do!
The event ended under sunny skies, beers in hand and podium places being taken by many of our local stand-outs…after all knowing the course is part of the battle, and our local cyclist have been really steeping up their game in the last few years.
Dynamic Duo…Sara Uhl & Andrew Carney (GrassMoots) worked & raced.
The Stinger crew did an amazing job putting on the event….super organized and handing out those waffles/chews and gels at every turn.
To view full results you can go here: 2012 STINGER 50