This past Saturday Jen and I raced the Laramie Enduro for the second time. This time we both did it SS. Last year Jen was the 3rd woman behind Gretchen Reeves and Melissa Thomas. She had a great race. I finished just behind Gretchen. I did not have a great race.
This year was quite different. While the course isn’t great for a SS, we both tend to love racing the light bikes more than the heavier dual suspension. It also forces you to be more efficient and keeps you from killing it on the descents….you can only spin so fast.
At the 30 mile mark I was the 4th SSer when a large bent nail stuck in my rear tire. I pulled it out and the sealant wouldn’t hold it. I ended up pulling the wheel off, popping off the tire, adding sealant, and airing it back up. It held! During my tire change I had to take a leak. That was the second one of the race. The first time was on a super long road descent and I did it on the move. One guy passed me and made a comment about that being totally pro!
After my flat, I dropped about 5 places in the SS category. I didn’t kill it or anything to get my position back. I just raced at the same pace. At the last feedzone with ab out 7 miles to go and a crapload of climbing, I caught the 3rd place SSer as he cracked hard. I ended up dropping a group of geared guys on a road descent before the big climb up Headquarters (my aero tuck is insane!!) and finished about 10 minutes faster than the year before. I was stoked!
Jen rode as the 3rd placed woman most of the race. She along with many others got way lost at about mile 50. She still finished as the 3rd woman, 1st SS woman, and only about 10 minutes slower than the previous year. She’s pretty sure she lost that 10 minutes when she went off course.
Now for the bad news. We were headed up to Rapid City to ride in the Black Hills. We were about 70 miles north of Cheyenne when we blew a piston. 91,000 miles on the Duramax. Not good. We are stuck in Cheyenne now trying to decide if we want a new motor or a new truck. We’ve found some great new trucks. And I mean new! But that would mean no money for a couple of years. Wish I had bought a warranty for my truck. Lessons learned.