On the south side of Pikes is an incredible collection of rocks called Cathedral Park. It's breathtaking. We couldn't stay and play, though, because we had to do our final big climb of the trip which would take us up to an exposed 11,400 feet and bad looking clouds were quickly approaching.
We beat the weather, barely, and began our rewarding descent.
James and I embarked on a 2 day ride to circumnavigate Pikes Peak on Saturday morning, August 17th. We started from our house and would use the current segments of the official Ring the Peak trail system, and link them up as seamlessly as possible in-between the official segments. The route would take us counterclockwise around the mountain. The purpose of the trip was to have fun together doing something we'd wanted to do for a long time, explore some new areas around Pike's, and to take our new bikes on a christening event.
The beautiful weather, meadows, and flowy single-track gave us both riders-high on day 2.
We successfully biked (and enjoyed) the entire RTP trail and celebrated over some good BBQ. Ahhh....real food!
Results: First in Division (2 person coed); 2nd Overall
Further Race Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/527000374008557/
Short Race Recap:
I raced the Golden Goose with Julian Tonsmeire as my teammate on Sunday, June 9th. Julian was strong; I was not. I had done a full-course dry-run of the Big Mountain AR course the day prior to test the course. With the full Saturday of fatigue, lack of eating a solid meal that evening after my dry run, dehydration due to not taking care of myself Saturday, I was sensitive to the heat and puny for the entire training day on Sunday.
The Golden Goose was a fun course, and Ryan did a great job of course design. The race started on foot in some steep, fun trails. Then we came back, jumped on the bikes and biked in Red Rocks, and East of that. Great trails. Julian made some great nav calls which saved some time and fatigue on the tail end of the race and we got to enjoy Dinosaur Ridge all the way back to the race finish.
Things I learned:
- I need to make sure to eat a lot of good food following a big day if I need to fully recover for the following day. If I haven't topped off the reserves the day prior, I start behind on calories and I can't get caught up.
-I am sensitive to dehydration/heat if not taking care of myself as I would normally.
Chelsea loves to explore the mountains and trails and wants to share her discoveries with you.