here is how it went down for me.
to start, there has been 2 months of taunting by Los and LUis.... TTG crew (the taint gout crew as Rob Coulter calls them)
mike and i drove up 75 instead of 95. we caught a quick ride at Dauset. nice. why drive 10 ass numbing hours straight, right?
we got to Brevard around 6:30 met Los and Luis at a borrito joint. 2 fish tacos and beer later we head off to set camp.
TTG TRY to sneak off and get preregistered the night before.... without telling us... i guess they realize they need every advantage possible?
race starts at 8 sharp Saturday morning and the knuckle-heads and hammer-heads go out hard for black mountain. we stay and read the map, talk strategy, and ride up at the moderate pace of the mid-pack crowd. 10 minutes into the climb.... Karlos is walking....... Luis is waiting.
mike did an OUTSTANDING job of route planning. here is the route:
up black mountain>down maxwell>down clawhammer>up 477>down 276>right on 5041>right on 225>CP1>back out 225 and 5041> up 276>right on 1206>up pilot rock (in 50 minutes)>CP2>down laurel mountain>left on 1206>water at North Mills Creek Camp>up 5000>CP3>down 5000>up 1206>down yellow gap/5015>CP4>up laurel creek>up squirrel>CP5>finish squirrel>S mills river>up buckhorn>down clawhammer>up maxwell>down BLACK MOUNTAIN (in the day light)
good for 13 out of 100 or so teams. by the looks of the score board the DNF rate was around 40%.
pisgah is tough.
also ran into Valerie Naylor (of Nayls trail fame). she was hanging out at the finish. been 3-4 years since i saw her last up at ORAMM.
my GPS file said.... 19000 feet climbing and 78 GPS miles. bike computer has 82 miles but that didn't count the hike-a-bikes. call it 84 and be done.
things i remember... leap frogging with jon and leanne from CP3 to buckhorn. not crashing. a leaking sidewall - that cost us 10-15 minutes with all the stops to refill it. getting passed by team DICKy on the way up to CP5. borritos at the finish. being exhausted after and going to bed early.....