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Saturday, July 30, 2011

the Laramie Enduro 2011- report, images, and some western music

queue up the jams:

the 2011 Laramie Enduro was held on a hilly, 111 kilometer parcours on the high plains of the Wyoming Territory. approximately 400 competitors took to the trail, including many friends and other "usual suspects" from BikeTown USA and western Colorado.
sunny conditions and a bluebird sky made for high temperatures and plenty of hot racing action as racers climbed more than 2600 meters on the day.
the following is a sampling of images and some brief results of our favorite local scorchers.

some images have been edited (cropped) because i haven't quite figured out how to get the new camera to do quite what i want it to... or maybe i don't have the skills just yet. i like to run images raw, unedited and full-size. if they don't capture what i want as such, they usually go into the "B" file or get scrapped altogether. soo, anyway...

Barkley Robinson representing Orange Peel  Bicycle Service, LLC rode himself to a highly respectable 4th place overall in the pros. it's a long ways back to the next rider, tell ya what.

Kelly Boniface claimed 2nd step of the podium in the pro women's category. she rides for Moots Cycles out of Steamboat Springs.

my personal favorite, Jen, (riding for LiveTrainRace.com out of Grand Junction) blazed to 3rd place in her age group and 6th overall in the sport women's category in her first-ever marathon/enduro event. not too shabby for someone who has never ridden more than 100 k at one time before. way to go!

Jen (back) rolls into aid station 2 at 50 k into the race. some minor suffering was becoming evident at this point.

Kate Rench did support for the Honey Stinger team. Pete Kalmes gets a bidon as he rides to a high overall placing. Pete is from Steamboat, too, btw.

Kate's husband Craig gets a bidon at aid station 4, finishing not too far behind Pete.
Kate and Craig hail from... Steamboat Springs.

Pat West of Steamboat Velo comes in for some beverages and a spot of chain lube. Pat had a great ride today as the parcours is much to his liking and style. that's soigneur Pete Boniface in the Moots colors.

Pete was doing support mostly for his wife, Kelly

there was no time for messing about in the feed zone.

that streaking red, black and titanium freight train would be none other than the Kent Eriksen/Katie Lindquist duo of the Eriksen Cycles factory team.

hailing from Steamboat Springs. 

riders appearing out of the "hoodoo rocks" like a mirage. Jen rolls into feed #4 at 80 kilometers, still riding strong on her 650b Eriksen full suspension custom.

not much later in the afternoon, a familiar looking tandem is headed for the awards ceremony with a couple of riders attempting to go incognito. not only does this bike win races, it also won best tandem at this year's edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. it ain't no trailer-queen show-bike, that's for sure.

Jen rolls into the finish after 7'20" in the saddle. that's seven hours and twenty minutes.
the cold beverages were well deserved today. Jen and i live in the 'sade now.

here's 2/3 (or 4/6) of the tandem-class podium.

sport women 40-49 podium. (Jen, left, took 3rd)

old lady power will kick your ass, don't fool yourself.


pro women's podium recognized 5, as is the new MTB style. Gretchen Reeves- 1st, Kelly Boniface- 2nd. others will be named after results are posted on the official race website.

well done and chapeau to all of the competitors and podiums. i will be back for next years race... but as a rider rather than the soigneur (although it was a fantastic and rewarding experience supporting Jen in her first-ever marathon distance event).

enjoy the ride and we'll see you next year in Laramie.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a sweet adventure! Thanks for the great post!