Riders survive the heat at the Boneyard Brawl
EAGLE ￢ﾀﾔ So how hot was it at Wednesday￢ﾀﾙs Boneyard Brawl?
￢ﾀﾜIt was hot,￢ﾀﾝ men￢ﾀﾙs expert rider Dan Findley said. ￢ﾀﾜEveryone was struggling today.￢ﾀﾝ
The riders of the VRD Westin Athletic Club Mountain Bike Race Series are a hearty lot. They take on Vail Mountain. The series ends in two weeks with the Beaver Creek Blast. In between there￢ﾀﾙs the Davos Dash, which is simply excruciating.
But heat is something to which mountain-bikers are not accustomed, especially in this part of the world.
￢ﾀﾜAs hot as Africa,￢ﾀﾝ joked Jenn Ventura of Team Vail Valley Medical Center. ￢ﾀﾜTypically, I ride early in the morning. It￢ﾀﾙs about 60-70 (degrees). I try to be on the bike at 8:30 a.m.￢ﾀﾝ
By the way, Wednesday￢ﾀﾙs high in Cairo was 100 degrees, but Ventura￢ﾀﾙs point is taken.
￢ﾀﾜI￢ﾀﾙd much rather be rained on,￢ﾀﾝ singlespeed ace Ciro Zirate said. ￢ﾀﾜI￢ﾀﾙve been doing the town series for about eight years and today was one of the hottest.￢ﾀﾝ
With riders doing as much as 18 miles in 85- to 90-degree heat, it was a challenge on the East Eagle Trail and The Boneyard.
￢ﾀﾜYou￢ﾀﾙve just got measure your effort and how hard you can go, try not to blow out,￢ﾀﾝ Zirate said. ￢ﾀﾜMaintain your rhythm.￢ﾀﾝ
That￢ﾀﾙs easier said than done when you have only one gear on your bike.
Janel Klug, who competed in the Firecracker 50 last month in Breckenridge, was enjoying an ice pack after the finish after sliding off her bike on the downhill section.
￢ﾀﾜThe downhill was pretty fun even though it was brutal in parts,￢ﾀﾝ she said. ￢ﾀﾜIt keeps you on your toes.￢ﾀﾝ
While Klug dinged her left knee a bit, she was fortunate on that part of the course. Multiple riders had flat tires there. But the good news was that there were cold drinks at the finish line.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.