As my finishers T-shirt reads "We're not in Kansas anymore". As a past finisher of a few 200 miles mixed terrain races, including DK200 and Michigan's "Coast to Coast", I can vouch for that claim.
Diablo's Tim Patterson and Jeff Abitz accompanied Marc Salm and the Loaded group, in conquering one, if not the hardest, "one day" mixed terrain rides (races?..no rides...let's go with experiences) in the country. Was it a challenge? Well, yeah. Was it stressful? Yep. Was it scenic and fun? Absolutely.
Over 32 hours and 247 miles of riding "in the middle of nowhere" left us all, lets just say, quite satisfied.
I had to include many images to do this ride justice.
The "225"Mile Bike:
For 2020, Jeff Abitz had a goal of completing (stretch goal of buckling) the Marji Gesick marjigesick.com/ in the duathlon (ride then run) category. After investing most the year running trails he received the disappointed news that the race was postponed to 2021.
However there was an opportunity to adapt and he eagerly directed his hard work to a new challenge.
The Crusher FIST! This required completion of the 225, 100, and 40 mile bike events and the 50 mile run.
So Jeff completed them, thus joining a group of 26 who earned themselves the hand forged FIST.
The "40"Mile Bike:
The "100" Mile Bike:
The "50" Mile Run:
Although these did not feature Diablos I thought I'd tack this swell video produced by The Lumpy Rim.
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Tour the Trace
Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville, TN
to Natchez, Mississippi.
November 19th thru 23, 2020
THIS IS A BIG DEAL...
The Tour the Trace is a four day time trial race, covering 444 miles along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. Starting at 60 second intervals, cyclists rode alone, encountering beautiful scenery, great pavement, armadillos, wild turkeys, white tail deer, no stop signs, and no traffic lights.
Diablo Cycling's Jon Lester smartly rationed his power and endurance, securing a thrilling, come from behind victory in the last stage. Congratulations to Jon for taking the overall win!
Here is the overall (scroll down for individual stage) results:
November 7, 2020
Wern Valley Sportsmen's Club
Presented by the Hampshire Cycle Club
Adam Koenig gave it his all at the only cyclocross race in Wisconsin this year.
Without the cyclocross specific fitness, I know I lacked the courage (JA).
Masters 35+ Cat 1,2,3: 4th
Men's Cat 3: 6th
Sunday, November 1
Brown County Reforestation Camp in Suamico, WI
Presented by the Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
Several Diablos celebrated the fast, leave blown single track of the last, and one of the only,
mountain bike races of 2020.
20 Mile Results:
Jon Lester - 2nd in 40-40 Male, 3rd overall
Megan Lester - 2nd in Under 19 Female
Macy Lester - 3rd in Under 19 Female
10 Mile Results:
Adam Koenig - 4th in Fat Bike
Sally Lester - 2nd in 40-29 Female
Scot Rajsich - Fat Bike