The folks from Team Jeni's braved the weather and headed to Michigan this past weekend for the Stony Creek 6 and 12 hour endurance mountain bike race.
We quickly set up the tent in the sun while Amy fanned back her hair and I arranged all my things in a parking spot we were supposedly saving in case other teams needed a spot...
The crowd and race pool was much smaller than the times we had been at this race before, but at 8am Jen quickly started off for our women's 12hr trio and Chris of Team SixOneFour headed out for the men's trio. The course came in just shy of 10 miles and it was pretty fast with 3 climbs, a small technical section, a few puddles in low areas, a fast gravel section and a gravel section that felt like quicksand (to me anyways...)
Jen and Chris finish up the lap as Sarah and Amy (6 hour duo team) skeptically listen to what we've gotten ourselves into. And "uuummmm" Jen thinks dirt is soooooo tasty!
The day progressed with fun, fast laps and no real issues. Reports were made of a black squirrel, multiple snakes, snapping turtle and dead crayfish.
Sarah and Amy started off for the 6 hour at 2pm and about 3 times more teams showed up for that, which made the course fun. Prior to that, the main obstacles were pedestrians, boy scouts, a family trying to hike with loaded packs, stray toddlers, dogs off-leash and folks cruising (slogging) around on hybrids.
Then around the 6/7th lap, Noah (Backroom Roasters) took a banked turn with a little too much heat for the sandy, washed out terrain. He ripped off his read derailleur & wreck his seat and had to run/ride to end of lap from about half way in. The guys were able to rig a single speed for the next lap.
Then during that lap, he had further mishaps and with mid-lap repairs and having to then finish in an even worse gear, he was still able to finish the lap within 15 min of normal lap pace time they were keeping.
12 hour 4 person team:
Eric, Chris and Noah took 2nd, finishing just one lap shy of the top team whom didn't have any major mechanical mishaps and had 4 people. PLUS!! It was Eric's first race since having major hip surgery 9 months ago. And he crushed it!
And most importantly, we actually had ice cream to give out this race! Backyard Mint was the day favorite, and this dog was the happiest recipient!