Seven Springs Recon: COMPLETE
After a No Ride Saturday (more on that later) I rolled up to 7 Springs Mt. Resort to pre ride the 24 Hour course. Not much changed from last year except they took out 1 monster climb (nice) added some sweet single track (sweet) and they royally f*ck you on the final climb. Last year was hard, but fine. A switchback fire road up the slopes. NOW they have you traversing the sloaps twice, through high-ass grass THEN to the final ass kick part of the climb. Not a big deal just through the grass is a tad dumb.
It was hard to follow some of the course do to a lot of construction at the top of the mountain. MUST. BUILD. MORE. CONDOS. MUST. MAKE. MORE. MONEY. But I found it after some petering around. Did 2 full laps plus some scouting at the beginning. Looks like my better laps will PROBABLY/hopefully be around 1:30/1:35. Both 24 courses I've done this year have been kinda long 12.5+ miles or so, with some steep, slow climbs and false flats.
On my first lap just as I went to start the final climb I hit a rock square on and pinch flatted in the rear big time! A quick change with a C02 and then up the climb. I blew a tear in the tube about 1/8" long.
The temps were 10 degrees cooler up on the mountain but the sun was baking hot.
3 mph up a 15% grade. You could hear the skin sizzling.
The El Santo was spot on. I cleared 98% of the rocks. And cleaned the rocky decent on the 2nd part of the course both times. Sweet! And the Fox 100 was a dream.
Saw a chick on a sweet ass Moot's YBB that was my first dream bike. Never got it. Never will. But man, that's a sweet frame.
Just before the last climb on my 2nd lap I ran out of water and HEED. DOH! By the time I got to the Soob I coulda drank toilet water. I have to make a new Hammer order soon. I'm nearly out of HEED and only have a little bit of gel left. Drat!
The highlight of Saturday's birthday festivities was seeing my Bro-in-Law's brother rocking a "Wolves howling at the moon" T-Shirt. AAAAHhhhhooooooooo! I hate to judge (actually I love to) but that shirt was unreal man! Where do you even buy a shirt like that??
Wifey picked me up some whole wheat pasta so it's time to get some grub and enjoy a Penn Pilsner.
Hope you all had a good weekend and got some miles in. Ride now for in a few months winter will be holding you down firmly over a frozen barrel of suck.