As I mentioned previously, Alpine Shop was rolling 6 deep to the 2013 edition of Bonk Hard's Berryman Adventure. Because this race was so close to 2 national races, Bonk Hard shortened the normally 36-hr event into a "12+ hr" race. We weren't really sure what that meant, but when we were recruiting our 6th man, Brad, we just told him it was a 12-hour race and that we would be hiking all of the trekking sections because of Carrie's knee. Brad is a very fit dude and has done adventure races before so he was totally game-on, and we were stoked to be joined by such a positive and light-hearted guy.
The six of us meet up at our favorite commuter lot and we take 2 minivans (best adventure vehicles ever) down to Rolla, MO. Brad, Doug and I take a short side trip to visit Dan Fuhrmann at Route 66 Bikes. Brad is a SRAM rep so he just wanted to say "hey" and check out the shop. I always love visiting bike shops, and it's a good chance to pump Dan for local intel...where are the trails? What's the water level in the river? He guesses that we'll probably be paddling the Big Piney River, but there isn't any dedicated singletrack around that area so we'll probably be on horse trails and forest service roads. With that info, we head over to the host hotel to piddle with gear and food until the pre-race meeting at 7.30p. As we are packing, Carrie discovers she left her mountain bike shoes at home! Ahhhh! We run through our options and decide to call Dan at Route 66. He agrees to keep the shop open past the advertised 6pm closing time so she can buy new shoes and pedals. Dan, you are a lifesaver!! Thanks so much! Everyone go visit Route 66 Bicycles in Rolla, MO!
TREK 1 (CPs 1-5, 5k)
|Jeff, Brad, David, me, Carrie, Doug, all ready to rock!
BIKE 1 (CPs 6-10, 17 miles)
We roll out of TA with 12 happy knees and are soon able to organize into a paceline. Brad picked up an Alpine Shop jersey so it's an incredible sight to see 5 matching kits all lined up in front of me as we motor on down the road. Pretty soon we hit some horse trails/double track which are really rocky and eroded, but since my mtb mojo has returned, I'm totally loving the challenge. We meet up with several other teams at CP7 which is a cave/natural bridge. The map and terrain are pretty confusing and everyone's milling about trying to figure things out. It takes us a while too and we use the opportunity to put a tube in Doug's rear wheel which has gotten squishy in the opening miles. There are some more trails where we get to ride with my FG100 road trip buddy Laura and her husband Will who are a 2-person coed team. We sort of leapfrog with a couple other teams once we hit the pavement and after almost no time at all, we are rolling into the paddle TA!
PADDLE 1 (CPs 11-12, 7.5 miles)
|Put-in at CP10. We had to get CPs 41 and 42 before CP14 (not shown, but after CP12).
- Option A: beach the boats near CP11 and ride bikes up "Ticket Road"
- Option B: beach the boats near FS174E (north part of riverbend) and ride bikes up
- Option C: beach boats near CP12 and trek up.
|Brad and me paddling!
TREK 2 (CPs 41-42 worth 2 points, 3.5k)
Except, instead of taking out on the right side of the river, we beach the boats on the left and change into trekking shoes to go after CP41 and CP42. David is feeling especially fast so he puts trekking pants on too, and then gleefully leads us (still in shorts) through large patches of stinging nettle. What a great teammate! Pretty soon we're climbing out of it and approaching CP41 where there is a crowd of racers including our friends on 34 Down. What the what? They know better than to chillax around the flag! But as we get closer, we see Bonk Hard volunteer Dan Dougan with a clipboard! Gear check! It's actually really fun to chat with the other teams to see where they attacked these points from. There are two other teams who used our Option A and report that the road wasn't that hard to find. But they still have to deal with the inefficiencies of an out-n-back route, so we are happy with our Option C. We run the road to CP42 and then back down to the boats with a lovely return trip through the stinging nettle! The river here is shallow so Brad and I decide to just wade across it with our boat, and the water is really refreshing on my nettle-d legs. Once we hit CP12, it's time to build bikes and ride out!
BIKE 2 (CPs 13-14, <5 miles)
|Carrie, David, and Doug rolling into CP13.
Started at CP12, then rode to CP13 (location approximate), where we learned the location of CP14.
TREK 3 (CPs 15-23, long)
|Team BOR at CP13 checking the location of CP14.
PADDLE 2 (CP 24, maybe 4-5 miles??)
|We paddled from CP23 to CP24.
BIKE 3 (CPs 25-29 plus 2-pointers 38, 39, 40)
We ride up the large hill out of CP24 which helps a lot to warm up my soaking wet body. We collect all of the 2-point CPs. These were all located quite a ways off-road and require trekking in mtb shoes to get them. We realize that we won't be able to finish the whole course in the daylight, much less before the final cutoff, which is a little worrisome since not everyone brought good night lights. But, between the six of us, we distribute enough lumens to keep everyone moving decently along the gravel roads and trails. We decide to drop CPs 27, 28, and 29 in order to make it back to the finish line comfortably. There is no reason to cut things close when Carrie's knee has been a trooper all day and we're way beyond the "oh it's just a 12-hr race Brad, come join us" point. So we go punch CP26 which requires a big hike-a-bike up a seriously gnarly horse trail, and then back down and we cruise into Race HQ, greeted by the signature Bonk Hard Racing cowbells!
|Jeff, Carrie, David, Brad, me, Doug, all smiles at the finish line!
ROCK Racing: http://rock-racing.blogspot.com/2013/10/berryman-adventure-race-2013.html
ROCK Racing Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103902132@N04/
Team Roadkill: http://www.justinrummel.com/2013-berryman-adventure-race/ with a super cool GPS map!
34 Down: http://sunnygilbert.blogspot.com/2013/10/race-report-berryman-adventure-race.html Pin It