20070814

Location =  Cibola National Forest  
Distance =  35.34
Time =  4:48:40
Ave. Speed =  7.3
Max. Speed =  45.0
Monthly Dist. =    94.66
Yearly Dist. =  1294.51

I went to Leadville, Colorado last weekend, to volunteer for the Leadville Trail 100 Bike Race. I want to do the race next year, and I'm hoping that by volunteering, it will improve my chances of getting accepted in the lottery. They had me directing traffic on County Road 10, where the riders come off of the trail, and head down the road. It's one of the most dangerous spots on the course, because it is downhill, and the riders tend to swing wide out onto the road, making it very important that we stop the cars.

This is a picture of the lead racers, on the way out to Twin Lakes. Floyd Landis is in the lead, rider #1220, but he couldn't hold on, and ended up finishing in second place. Rider #1, Dave Wiens, was the eventual winner. Those guys were really moving fast, when they came through our area. A while later, the normal riders came through, and we starting getting reports of a rider down, just beyond a little rise, near our spot. I called for an ambulance, and it took quite a while for it to arrive. Once it got there, they determined that a helicopter was necessary to airlift the guy to the hospital for repair. He broke his femur, and was in bad shape.

Watching the race has me motivated to begin my training, to get ready for next year. I took the mountain bike out for a ride, and headed over to the Albuquerque Open Space. I'm still trying to learn all of the trails over there. I found another new one that I hadn't seen before, and I followed it to see where it went. At times it was barely perceptible through the meadows, with only some bent grass to clue me in on where it was going. At one point I lost the trail completely, and couldn't find it by backtracking. Eventually I stumbled across it again, and I followed it down to see where I went wrong. I stopped at several places where the direction of the trail was questionable, and piled sticks up, to better define which direction I should take. Sometimes a little trail maintenance, can be very helpful.

I left the Open Space area, and went back to the Oak Flat area. I took Mahogany Trail to Gambel Oaks, and promptly fell off of my bike. I fell pretty hard, but was uninjured. I took the Pine Flat Loop Trail, and on a downhill rocky section, I fell again. This time I didn't fall very hard, but I did manage to injure myself. I jammed the pinky finger of my left hadnd into a rock, and it swelled up, and turned purple. Bummer.

It was a great day for a ride, with partly cloudy skies to keep the temps in the upper 80s, instead of the 90s. Except for the messed up finger, it was a most excellent ride.



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