I had five days to ride my ass off with some friends and get back into shape. We pedaled for about 300 miles and climbed 18,000ft. Not bad, its more than I had ridden over the course of my miserable damp winter up here in Seattle.
If you get a chance check out the Shootout on Saturdays. It’s a big fat group ride full of competitive guys. I had the opportunity to ride a large chunk of it in two man group after a mechanical, but thats ok, we avoided a few crashes that way.
The “queen stage” was Mt.Lemmon, despite the fact that I couldn’t catch my breath and had to stop several times to summon my inner demons as fuel to keep going (plus I was tired from the previous day of headwinds) its a very solid climb, challenging but easy to find a rhythm. Followed by a nearly brake-free descent.
A friend of mine, Joe (on the right), was in Tucson for about a month to train for Marathon MTB Nationals in Idaho this summer. The rest of us did all we could to hang on to his wheel. I did all I could to hang on to theirs.
I also had the pleasure of riding with some fast guys from NYC, Deux North. They can haul and had great spirits when we all got lost in the middle of nowhere on what can barely be considered dirt roads. You know, desert stuff.