I plan to post a write-up about this epic weekend, but I'm still in withdrawals from riding and simply being outside, so for now, I'll sum it up in a few words and post some pics...and then head back outside to play.
Coconino 250 Bikepacking Race -- 250 miles of bikepacking. Self-supported. Over 33000Ft of elevation change, to include 3 pretty significant mountain 'ranges'.
sweet singletrack at night
via coffee packs galore
burnt bike shorts
breakfast burritos, 2 days old
sunset full moonrise for 1000+ drop off schnebly straight home
although, after all that, home seems to be back 'out there', not 'in here'.
|My trusty steed.|
Phantom Pack Systems served me well.
Endo on the switchbacks.
Long sustained climb up Mingus. Can you see any riders ascending?
Hike-a-bike (HAB) sucks. Doing it w/double your usual bike weight, double sucks.
(Btw, SM&CB routiers are cruel!)
Out near the old Perkins homestead.
|After a point, you don't worry too much about taste, just making sure ya get all that you need. That's a messy mix of river water, bleach, greensuperfood, 1/2 Hammer Heed and of course CAFFEINE! :-)|
Cruising w/4 YEARS of gear (thank goodness). San Francisco Peaks on the far horizon.
|Photo from Cocomingus (scott & chad) from bikepacking.net....same sunset view!|
Thanks Scott, Chad, et al (Arizona Endurance Series AES) for an epic weekend.