Firebird Eagle, CO
Bike racing is happening! After a weekend off I was back at it this weekend in Eagle, Co for the Firebird. Amber and I pushed off early on Saturday morning for the drive over. We went up through Breckenridge and were treated to some pretty amazing views. Spring time might not be the best for playing in the high country, but it is so gorgeous to see this time of year.
As I mentioned in my last post, I had been planning this event as a Singlespeed race for me all along. I wanted this season to have a handful of SS races lined up and this one worked out perfect because it was the week before the Growler- which is my A race for the Spring. It allowed me to mentally be more relaxed and to save some bullets for training early this week so I can unleash all I can on the Growler course next weekend. Singlespeed racing is just pure play time. There is absolutely no better feeling for me than lining up with a bunch of other dudes to smash my one gear around the course as hard as I can. Yeah it can hurt going up climbs but there is always mandatory rest times where you spin the legs fresh and get ready to crush again. It is a combo of me riding and racing SS for so long and the fact it just suits my mentality but it is absolutely the ideal type of punchy effort that I love.
I had ridden once in Eagle and loved the Boneyard and other trails I rode. Unfortunately those were NOT in the race yesterday. The course had to be changed because of snow still remaining and BLM red tape, which was a major bummer because the course we did race was pretty frustrating. There was multiple laps, two way traffic, and crazy cow hoofed double track that rattled your teeth out. I was actually happy knowing the Indian Creek race had been cancelled because had I missed that amazing course for this one, it would have been seriously disheartening. My recommendation to the crew of the Firebird is to keep using the awesome venue and doing an A+ job of creating a great scene, but move the event to the a time of year when we can for sure race in the high country on singletrack. We need more rad fall events and this one would be perfect. The only other wish I would have is let the SS racers do the long course!
We rolled out in a neutral start up the bike path. I rode to the front and was by myself after the first climb. I did want a good workout so I really did try and stay focused on pedaling hard and riding the trails quick. There was one piece of totally cool singletrack ripping down by the river. It felt great. The course looped around on itself and had a section of about 1.5 miles of two way traffic. That was no good for sure and I had several close calls with people surprised to see me coming.
End of the day I was still stoked from racing bikes and the totally AMAZING custom skateboard that I won! Amber and I laid around in the shade sipping Mate and Beet juice and laughing about how good life is.
One huge highlight was getting to sit in the Elevated Legs product that I have been hearing about from racer mates Jonathan Davis and Kyle Taylor. 20 minutes getting the compression therapy from Elevated Legs felt amazing! The drive home was way more comfortable and instead of the normal post-race stagger from the car to inside my house, I felt totally fine. I can’t wait to ride today because I already feel good. That will make for a much more enjoyable Sunday recovery ride and likely a far more profitable workout Monday. I foresee I will be shelling out the bucks for these very soon!