THUNDER ROLLS 24hr AR
with Andrei and Erl, racing as GearJunkie/WEDALI
BERRYMAN 24hr AR
with Justin, Andrei, and Erl, racing as GearJunkie/WEDALI
About one month later, I'll have a chance to storm through central Missouri in a reprise of the team from Thunder Rolls, this time with the addition of Justin, another super-strong racer. The Berryman Adventure Race is Bonk Hard Racing's signature event and this year promises to be extremely challenging. The race will start at 8am at Council Bluff Lake, which features a tough 13 mile singletrack loop that will almost certainly be incorporated into the race. We'll also probably have the chance to bike on the IMBA-Epic Berryman Trail, a piece of singletrack I've come to know and love from a victory in the 2010 12hr Berryman Duathlon (and also training for this year's BTEpic mtb race). Competition will be fierce from Alpine Shop, Kuat, and this one totally rando team "We're Kind-Of-A Big Deal", captained by the former owner of Bonk Hard Racing, Jason. We know he is extremely familiar with lots of reentrants in the Mark Twain National Forest!!
CHECKPOINT TRACKER NATIONAL CHAMPS 24hr AR
with Andrei, racing as gearjunkie.com
This just in! I've been on the fence about CPT Nationals all summer. It's sorta far away, it's expensive for an AR, it will require a multiple days off from work, and I didn't have a team. But, in the last few days, plans have come together, and Andrei and I decided to race as a 2-person coed team for the season's grand finale in Oak Hill, West Virginia. The race is HQ'd at ACE Adventure Resort, a sweet lodge located in the New River Gorge National Park. Nationals will feature the usual mountain biking, trekking/orienteering/trail running, and paddling, but we will also be river boarding and whitewater rafting...rad! This race is only 1 week after Berryman so recovery will be the name of the game. The competition will be fierce from the top teams in the country, and I can't wait to see how we stack up!
I am beyond stoked at how this fall's schedule came together. I am teamed up with some incredibly strong teammates; both Justin and Erl have accomplished so much in adventure racing and their experience will be a huge benefit to the team. Even though Andrei and I are newer racers, I trust his judgement and am motivated by his "super nav, super fitness, super helpful carrying stuff and being encouraging" (as I wrote on his AP log after the MNOC Adventure-O. Now it's time to make final preparations for Thunder Rolls, and then prepare for a busy September. (And busy October: Burnin or Perfect 10 ROGAINE, and BTEpic!)Pin It