The Double Dare: El Guapo One Step Closer to King of Pisgah

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Mention the words Pisgah 111 in Juggernaut company and you will get a mixed set of reactions. Some will tell stories of a land that time forgot and root ladders that ascend into the clouds. Others will crack a wry smile and tell you of punishing climbs, fast technical descents, and bottomless coolers of burritos at the finish. All will visibly cringe when recalling a finish line stunt that may prove to outweigh the greatest misdeeds against humanity that history has ever witnessed. Bottom line, the 111 is a nasty mofo.

But quite possibly the only thing nastier than the Pisgah 111 itself is having to race its little brother the Pisgah 55.5 the following day. They call it the Double Dare. Although the 55 is only half the distance, it packs more than ¾ of the climbing of the previous day’s 111. In total the two races equal over 100 miles of distance and 18,000+ feet of elevation in the unforgiving Pisgah backcountry — including back-to-back days finishing on the horrific Laurel Mountain/ Pilot Rock/ Black Mountain route of death and despair.

Guapo was asked in a pre-race interview what he thought his chances were for finishing the back to back challenges:

“It is much easier on a bike than say on a burro, or an old mining cart. I’ve got this,” he said in a voice that sounds like Tuco from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Although there were some dark moments in the primordial forest, Guapo was able to bring glory to the ESF with bike and self physically, if not mentally, intact. Another step in the quest for King of Pisgah bragging rights.

El Guapo Results:
Day 1 – Pisgah 111K:  22nd place overall, 4th place Masters (7hr 56min)
Day 2 – Pisgah 55.5K: 13th place overall, 3rd place Masters (5hr 18min)

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Editors note: Proper podium technique. El Guapo is too busy drinking beer to get out of the blackout kit.

Greenbrier Classic 2015: MTB Wonderland or Seventh Level of Hell?

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List of Event Grievances and Eventual Forgiveness
1) Races that start at 2pm on a Sunday = automatic bummer. 2) There were freaking huge snakes. Huge. Snakes. 3) Nobody hung around to drink beer – except me. Two post-race Deviant Dale tall boys. Whooot! 4) I’m convinced there is a powerful magnetic field deep within the Catoctin Mountains that can render my drivetrain semi-useless. 100% useless would be OK, semi-useless is worse because it means you have to keep pedaling. Like dragging a boulder. 5) It was too hot to punch dance my rage out in a nearby wooded glen.

Buzzkill.

Then again, the course does rip. Punchy climbs, nasty rock gardens, a couple screaming descents. Awwwww yeah. Freaking fun. Maybe you’re not the seventh level of hell Greenbrier. I take it back. You’re somewhere in between.

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Thor: Cat 1 42-44 Bronze

PMBAR 2015: Fang’s Great Sacrifice

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Editors’s Note: This site is mainly comprised of plagiarism.

Bicycle racing is nothing without sacrifice and in the 2015 edition of PMBAR Thori “Fang” Wolfe set the standard in an incomparable “beau geste.” Starting the race as a support rider for the legendary El Guapo, Fang proved to be the revelation of the race. Easily the day’s most thoroughly chamois creamed rider, Fang drank several beers after midnight the night before the race, rivaling his leader El Guapo. He also had a cooler backpack than Guapo. When El Guapo destroyed his bike on the descent of the Pen de Turquie, his chances to win “King of Pisgah” appeared over. But Fang came to the rescue. While eating a Baybel cheese, Fang, who once dreamed of winning PMBAR, handed his bike to El Guapo and said “No, no, you must carry on. Win PMBAR Guapo. Bring glory to the ESF. Also, FYI, the front brakes don’t work.” He then sat on a stone fence, waiting for help to arrive and wept, knowing his own PMBAR chances were over.

And as Fang wept, the remaining four Juggernauts rode off into the wilderness for another 7 hours, each wishing that they had been wise enough to sacrifice their bike and spend the afternoon drinking beer at the HUB.

Race report: Guapo, Thor, Dyno, Gorka – two man teams, 15th and 16th places out of 75 with a little over an hour of f’ing around with broken stuff thrown in there. Respectable. This is where we went:

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El Guapo Brings It at Pisgah Stage Race Right Up Until the Moment His Bike Implodes

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The race report from El Guapo:
La carrera cubrió casi todos sendero clásico en Pisga. Cada día era un sistema de áreas / sendero diferente. Las cosas empezaron bien. Día 1 Tengo segundo en el Masters. Día 2 Me resbalé un poco, pero terminando cuarto y bajando a tercera acumulativo. Día 3 se puso mejor, terminé con un fuerte tercero y solidificó mi 3er puesto en la general de nuevo. Las cosas se veían bien. Pasé los primeros 3 noches en el podio de rotación entre mis 2 Juggernaut camisetas para las fotos (… ya que nuestros equipos no están en todavía!). Las cosas se ven bien … hasta el día 4. La lluvia había sido un factor de toda la semana y el día 2 solo yo fuimos a través de 2 pares de pastillas de freno y un nuevo rotor delantero. Creo que mi moto estaba cayendo lentamente aparte (el mismo que no quería llevar al Valor de ley porque pensé que no iba a sobrevivir … De alguna manera pensé que sería ahora sobreviven con 5 días de Pisga su lugar). De todos modos, las ruedas se desprendieron en el Día 4 … o debería decir la rueda trasera encerrado, literalmente. Tengo un DNF después de no llegar más allá del punto de verificación # 1, donde el mecánico pasó 45 minutos rascándose la cabeza. Yo estaba bastante fuera de la carrera en general en este punto y fuera del podio por esa etapa y el resto de ellos. Mi bicicleta fue básicamente se retiró en ese momento, ya que no había aún permanecía marco y los temas de la horquilla. Afortunadamente, tenía una bicicleta nueva en el orden y era capaz de utilizar que en el Día 5. quinta Terminado en la última etapa y cayó al séptimo general. Todavía una semana increíble a pesar de los contratiempos!

Stage 4 bike break dramatic reenactment:

Pisgah Stage Race profiles:
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