That’s what this guy thinks about the Puzzler. I haven’t yet tried to do the entire 50 yet, but the 35 mile loop is a killer. I usually include a ride to and from the trailhead when I do it, so that adds an hour. What’s scary is that the big climb is at the end of the 35 mile loop and the additional 15 mile loop is freakin’ slow. It’s so techy that it may be a cause for concern on race day. I’ll be doing my best to evaluate everyone who makes the time cut before they head out for the final loop.
I would dare to say that it is the toughest race in Texas and probably a lot tougher than some other endurance events around the country. Breck 100 sucked. It was really high altitude. The techy portions were all downhill, so that helped, but being 100 miles makes it a different game.
The Puzzler is definitely the toughest 50….by far. I can’t wait for this year’s race. I hope that by having the sag vehicles, more people will be willing to give it a shot. Completing a course this tough on your own or for training is more difficult than in a competitive setting. So I’m hoping that more people give it a shot this year.