2007 Year in Review
I feel I had a successful racing season in 2007. I am quite satisfied with my results for most of the events. There are a
couple of exceptions but overall it was a good season.
In January, I did the San Diego Brevet Series 200km (125 6,500 feet of climbing on my fixed gear. I was dropped
early on as we descended into Rancho Santa Fe. I expected it. I caught and passed plenty of people later in the day. By the
time I got to Fallbrook (Mile 80ish) I was in the lead position. I did the 125 miles on two water bottles. I still had plenty of
power left over as I climbed Torrey Pines at mile 120. I finished 2nd, a good result considering I was alone and the three
lead riders worked together. I wasn't in good form yet. But my first Ultra was complete on a Fixed Gear.
In February, I did the Butterfield Double Century. I did it on my Fixed Gear and helped Brandy complete her first double
century. It was my first double century on a fixed gear and I had no trouble completing it. At no point did I feel the fixed
gear was too much.
In March, I completed the Solvang Double Century for the first time. I was choosing my doubles based on what I thought I
could do on my Fixed Gear. It was Brandy's second double century.
April I did the Mullholland Double Century (200 miles 16,500 feet). Overall it was a great event for me with a good
result. I had a goal of going
under 14 hours and I did that with a time of 13:49 I took 1 hour 43
minutes off my time. Although, I took that much time off I dropped 8 places to 19th. MDC was the first of three
climbing centuries for the King of the Mountains Challenge.
The following day I did the Mullholland Century Challenge 112 miles with 12,000 feet of climbing. It was a great
weekend of climbing. I ended up with 312 miles and 29,000 feet of climbing for the two days. I wish I had the ability to
train like that more often.
In May - competed in the Breathless Agony Century. 114 miles 12,000 feet of climbing. Another successful event.
Breathless Agony. 11,000 feet climbing in first 73 miles. We climb to a max altitude of 8,443 up to Onyx Summit. I had a
great day on the bike. My goal 5:45 and top 30. I did even better than I expected. In training I had done the course in 5:51 so
I thought 5:45 was doable. I finished in 5:40 and 21st place overall and 7th out of 144 in 40-49 age group
Also in May Heartbreak Double Century 200 miles 16,500 feet of climbing. My goal was sub 14 hours I finished
13:28 for 5th place. I'm quite happy with the end result but the process to get there was one of the most challenging days on
the bike in recent memory.
In June-- I crashed out of the Eastern Sierra Double Century at mile 70ish. I was so exhausted from working the previous
week and on the Friday night before the event. I arrived late the night before the event and of course they all have early
starts. It was my first ever DNF. It was also 10 days before Race Across America.
Also in JUNE 2007 I competed in Two Person Race Across America. It was an extremely tough event for me. My
partner seemed to be able to fall asleep immediately after his pulls. He helped our team when I was having my troubles. I
struggled for four days with no sleep. By day two I had a cold and then I had hemorrhoid issues. My partner DNF'd with
about 400 miles to go with a blown Achilles tendon and I finished the event. Now that is a perfect example of teamwork
Rick Schulze was there for me when I was struggling and I brought it home so that the both of us could call ourselves
Official Finishers of Race Across America--- the toughest bicycle race in the world.
In July 2007- I concentrated on training for my goal event of the year the Furnace Creek 508. I commuted from
Huntington Beach to Encinitas about 3 times a week on my Fixed Gear. The goal was to ride as much as possible on the
Fixed Gear leading up to the event. The commute was 130 miles round trip.
In July, August and September 2007- more concentrated training for the Furnace Creek 508.
In October 2007 Furnace Creek 508 I completed the "toughest 48 hours in sport" on a Fixed Gear. It is a 508 mile non
stop bicycle race through Mojave and Death Valley Deserts and points beyon. Don't be misled that because it goes through
the desert that it's flat. In fact there are 35,000 feet of climbing. In 33 editions of the race there have only been 7 riders to
complete the course on a fixed gear. This year there was a 44% DNF rate. Interesting fact-- all the fixed gear riders that
have attempted the 508 fixed have completed the event. I guess that means only those with the fitness and mental toughness
are brave and tenacious enough to enter and complete the 508 on a fixed gear.
ADDITIONAL YEAR IN REVIEW REPORTS