Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Most of all, I'd like to thank Laura, Andrea and Mark. Without them, we truly could not have done nearly as well as we did. Driving the RV, the daily 'pump and dump', and making sure that we were properly fed and equipped goes beyond any thanks I could ever express.
We'll probably be doing a 'wrap up' update.... but for now, I need to get back to work.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today also happens to be Blaine's 31st birthday. What a way to celebrate!
The race starts a little later today at 8:30 am so Blaine and Laura have walked over to pick up their bikes from the mechanic and enjoy the last few moments of relaxation prior to the start gun. Today's leg is 78.8 km taking the racers into the beautiful town of Fernie, BC. Mark, Laura and I have had several opportunities to stop in Fernie for errands along the way and we are looking forward to returning. The town has events planned all day in celebration of the Transrockies, a bike derby for the little kids, a BBQ in the afternoon and a huge welcome as the racers pull into town. Tonight is the Transrockies Finisher's Party with DJ and bar. We were told that last year's competitors managed to party until 11 pm before crashing!
More to follow!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today's stage to Blairmore is 102.4 km with 2,998 m of climbing.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Today's course was tough - but nowhere near day one or day two. That said, it is clearly obvious that the field is thinning. As well, we are passing more people than are passing us - our strategy of 'slow and steady' is clearly paying off... one way or another.
Thanks for all of the comments - keep 'em coming! Only a couple of days left... woo-hoo!!
Day 2 was a real tuf one as well but I was much better mentally prepared then the day before so I just pounded through it. Day 3 was god, nice easy single track and a short day, only 50km or so. Day 4 had some climbs in it, 2 big ones to be exact, but what goes up must come down, nothing like burning down 20 km of down hill! My hands and shoulders have never hurt so much before. day 5, (today) well I think they tried to shake off a few more riders, the last 20 km were brutal and took alot to get through, nasty little rock garden put me over the bars as well, so I guess I match Ted with shedding some blood on the trail. Our mechanic that we hired is keeping the bikes in great condition and really putting some extra effort into them, best wrench the giant has ever seen! But really what it all comes down to is that we are having an awesome time out here, awesome views and best of all Ted and I are actually still in this thing! ha ha, thought we would have been cut out for not making a time cut off by now but here we are! We really wouldn't be able to do this without our support team either, Laura, Andrea and Mark, who for some reason seem to end up in their own little Trans Adventures daily, honestly, they have more stories than we do!
However, on days like today when we have to cover a lot of ground, we have to get extra creative!
Our boys pulled in today at 8 hours and 15 minutes. INCREDIBLE!! They have now moved into 81st place! Many teams have dropped out of the race at this point, in fact my mom picked up her RV yesterday and an English team was dropping theirs off, declaring this competition and all of its participants insane and heading home a week early. Insane? We take no offense; we know this isn’t for everyone!
We survived our treacherous drive into Whiteswan Lake, in reality the drive was much easier than they made it out to be.
Ted’s addition to the blog for Wednesday
Yep… I had a little bit of a boo-boo today. We were about 30km from the finish, screaming down a logging road. Blaine was in the middle of the road; I was off to the right of him, on the other side of a huge rut. I tried to jump across it when my cleat released from the pedal, and decided to test the hardness of the road surface. Nothing broken or anything; but I did get a couple of nasty gashes on my knees. No worries – I’m still clicking!
The rest of the event has been awesome. The big thing with being ‘in the back’ of the pack is that all of us feel pretty much the same way: we want to finish; but we’re not killing ourselves. Therefore, we’re having fun.
Have to run off for dinner – thanks for all of your comments; we’re reading them when we can! Cheers!
The moon after dinner.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So, it’s been three days of racing. I have been meaning to do some blog updates (when we had internet access – we’ve spent two days at Nipika which is an ‘eco-resort’ which means that power comes from solar panels, water is treated from a glacial river that runs next to the property… and there are no phones or cellular access), however our days have been really quite busy. After a day of racing, the first thing I want to do is get into bed – so sorry for not posting before today!
The race ‘courses’ have been… well, interesting. I now have a new appreciation for trail building in Ontario. The course designer is in the forestry industry here, and describes courses better than any sales or marketing executives I know. If you people think I use creative, positive phrases to describe ‘interesting’ or ‘challenging’ situations, then you have no idea. For example, “There’s just a bit of tracking up this part” means bring a rope and climbing gear. “Singletrack” means a goat trail that may or may not be rideable, depending on how much water happens to be running down it at the time. And it’s been a heavy snow year... which means there are rivers running through it.
So, our day has started kind of like this: breakfast at 6am, followed by suiting up and getting ready to race at 8am. Most days, we get in around 5pm. We drop off our bikes for service, get cleaned up, have dinner and watch an awards and slide show presentation, as well as find out what they have in store for us tomorrow.
Because we are just here for the adventure, this means is that we can enjoy the scenery and people that much better. Most of the people we are ‘racing’ with are from places around the world. And BC really is an incredible place. I’ve seen some sights that few people will ever get to enjoy. The most incredible people have truly been our ‘support crew’ of Andrea, Laura and Mark. When we’re either getting ready to head out or truly beat up after a day out on the ‘trails’, they’re always there to cheer us back in to the finish area, take care of us and make sure we have what we need. As well, we secured the services of a local mechanic, Adrian Harding, who has been excellent in undoing the damage that we did to our bikes over the course of the day and make sure they are in top shape for another day of abuse.
Remember to track us on the Breathe Mag web site at www.breathemag.ca/track and you can read the TransRockies version of what has been happening at www.transrockies.com /trc and click on ‘race’. And hopefully I’ll find some time to write something a little more interesting one of these nights. Cheers!
All smiles and wheelies as they pass us at the 2/3 point.
Coming up the finish line at Nipika after a 9 hour + ride
Finishing in Nipika!
We spend the night of Monday and Tuesday at the beautiful Nipika ecolodge. We are surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but are without cellular phone or Internet access.
Monday, August 11, 2008
And what does the support crew doing while the boys are climbing ski hills, traversing beautiful mountain tops and taking in unspoiled, rarely seen rugged vistas? We are currently about 15th in line at the Pump and Dump station. No explanation needed, it is exactly what
Geared up and warmed up, ready for Day 2.
Blaine and Ted with our gracious hosts, Bob and Barb Shaunessy, the owners of K2 Ranch.
Today will be the toughest day both physically and mentally for Blaine and Ted, please leave your comments with words of encouragement for them! They need to know that you are behind them, and it was one of the first things asked when they got off the trail yesterday! They have 10 hours to complete this portion of the race. Today is 74 km and over 3,813 m of climbing. They enter the Rocky Mountains today, yesterday's route took them through the Purcell Mountain Range. This is the point that 20% of the riders will drop out of the race.
We have met teams from Australia, Italy, Switzerland, all over the US, New Zealand, Japan and England. Be proud of your local boys!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
First stage completed in approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The support crew and RV and headed into town for supplies and then onto K2 Ranch!!
Send strong and fast thoughts for our team!!!!
The support team: