Tonight kicks off the Whiskey 50 mountain bike race in Prescott, Arizona. Our Steamboat local GrassMoots racer and action figure Kelly Boniface is coming out of what seems like an Endless Winter to kick off her 2011 mountain bike season. She has been dodging snow storm after snow storm here in the Yampa Valley to get those base miles in, complete her interval workouts and get settled onto her new Mooto X RSL race machine.
Kelly loves the longer endurace lenght events and claims that 50 milers are just about perfect, anything shorter than that is a quick ride in her mind. She trains on the road a good deal and when you recieve as much snow as our little corner of Colorado does you have no choice if you are riding locally. This winter has been brutally hard with record amounts of snow, that even as I write this contiues to pile up outside my window. The photo below was taken last week at the top of Buffalo Pass above Steamboat….185 inches of snow, still at the summit. …..let me write that down again…..185 INCHES OF SNOW…..that’s just about 15.5 feet….we won’t ride the high trails until August…if then.
Kelly and the rest of the stacked pro field got started the Whiskey 50 with the downtown FAT TIRE critirium in Prescott on Friday night. A nice leg opener for the long event that goes on Sunday morning. Kelly made it through the crit without issues.. With the promoters offering up $4,000 dollars to both men & women divisions for the winner alone, the race has recieved more interest than in past years. World cup competitors will be in attendance, just coming off last weeks Wourl Cup round in South Africa. Kelly has her sights set on a good finish, despite the winter and despite the competition.
To help Kelly in her efforts she is aboard a new Mooto X RSL. This lightweight, stiff and durable rig will carry her through the season. Below some photos of the new rig….