GrassMoots racer and thrill seeker Andrew Carney has been putting in some BIG rides in prep for the Colorado Trail Race coming in early August. His latest rides find him in the Southwest corner of Colorado high above Durango….he writes:
July has been manic the last few weeks. I started things out right with a 9 day vacation and riding binge in Durango to pile on some final big hours before the Colorado Trail Race in a few weeks. The first day I was in town, I raced the Durango Dirt Century which is put on by a good friend and fellow Moots rider Matt Turgeon and man did he lay out a killer course. The stats are something like 100 miles and ~14k in climbing but what the numbers don’t convey is the difficulty of the trail. Lingering snow, down trees, talus fields, rough trail, and hours spent above treeline all added up to a slow but amazing day out. I finished up in ~14.5 hours and with a big grin plastered across my face. One to put on the calendar for next year for sure!
The rest of the week I rode everything I could get my wheel on….both in and around Durango, including lots of the Colorado Trail and other favorites. The plan was to ride myself into the ground and then spend 3 weeks recovering before the start of the Colorado Trail Race on August 1st. Mission accomplished.
Last weekend, I headed up to Breckenridge for the B68. I opted for the shorter 68 as compared to the 100 which I’ve usually raced in years past as to not dig too deep of a hole. As can be expected after a giant riding binge, my legs were a tad sluggish but I duked it out for a 5th place finish in a pretty deep SS field.
T-minus 12 days until CTR!!!
Also, I ran into Sam from Moots on course at the 68 and he was riding strong!!