Who we are

Northern Colorado Grassroots (NCGR) is a team of mountain bikers based out of Fort Collins, Colorado who like to have a good time and love riding bikes. We like to race our bikes, be good stewards of the trails, give back to the community, and be all around good advocates for the sport of mountain biking.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest & the 1st Laramie Mountain Bike Series race of 2012

It's been a busy week for NCGR!  Several of us went down to New Mexico for the 3rd annual 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest over this past weekend and a crew went up to Laramie last night to race the first event of the year.  None of us sucked.

Mike, Bryan, and I stole away with Doug's suburban (thanks again) to head down to NM for 24 hrs of racing fun.  Mike and Bryan went after the male duo category and gave it a pretty good run too!  If it weren't for dead cell phones and no alarm clocks they probably could have been on the podium with the lap times that they were putting down!  As it was, they finished 5th in their category!
I gave my best effort at my first single speed solo attempt.  It was awesome!  It's pretty great to start riding your bike knowing that you will be able to keep riding for (almost) as long as you want; of course, your body has to oblige...  I felt like I was really well prepared mentally and physically. Funny thing about life, you always learn a lesson when you think you've got it all figured out.  My arms, back,  neck, and to a certain degree my hands and feet, were destroyed by lap 6 and mile 96.  My legs felt great and my head was in a good place but my rigid bike abused me on that course.  I was able to put one more lap in during sunrise, after a nice nap, for 112 miles and 10th place.  Next time I roll in a race like that I will add a bit of suspension to keep my body a bit happier.
We had a great time and left wanting to ride our bikes some more.  I'd say that's a good sign considering that we rode a total of 288 miles in less than 24hrs.

Laramie Mountain Bike Series
Looks like it was nice weather for the first race.  Seeing as how I wasn't there for it, maybe I can talk one of the guys into giving a better write-up of how it all went down.
For now, here are the results:

Open Men
Brian - 5th
Doug - 11th

Advanced Men
Ralph - 4th (missed 3rd by a 0:01!)
Jeff - 13th

Open Women
Libby - 3rd

Great rides!