Here's how it went down: Actually, it almost didn't go down. As I mentioned in my Whiskey50 post, Shannon had an allergy flare up in Prescott which turned into a full fledged sinus something. Not only did he barely ride his bike in the week leading up to Mesa Verde, he was still on antibiotics. I was okay with staying home, but Shannon, being a bit stubborn, insisted we race. So, after work Thursday, we loaded the TDI with 3 bikes and Dizzy and drove the 3.5 hours to Moab for the night. The following morning we rolled into Cortez before noon to burn a lap on the racecourse. I had packed my beloved Pivot Les hardtail race bike as well as my brand spanking new Pivot 429carbon full suspension bike. I was honestly torn as to which bike I should race. My hardtail is so fast, but the dualie is sooo fun. In the end, I decided to race both, but I'll get to that in a minute. First, with the exception of a little hiccup, Friday's pre-ride was amazing. Even though I have raced Mesa Verde twice before, I had forgotten just how fun the course is! We ripped a lap and then I took Dizzy out to burn some puppy energy. This is when the little hiccup occurred, one minute Dizzy was running behind me, the next he was gone. I'm sure he just got distracted for a split second, but I was worried. Some other racers pre-riding stayed on lookout while I rode back to the parking lot where I thought perhaps he got distracted. Well, he eventually turned up on the trail where I lost him. Thank you Tara and Chris for helping me find the little bugger. Good thing he's so darn cute because he was in big trouble!
Naughty hound puppy
Back to the racing. Saturday morning we woke up at the butt crack of dawn to eat before the 7AM start. Shannon was to go first which made me especially happy because it was a LeMans start. A couple hundred bike racers in carbon soled shoes running a 1/4 mile or so to their bikes is a pretty hysterical sight.
The LeMans start
Now to the bikes: Pivot Les versus Pivot 429Carbon. Honestly, it is a toss up. I rode the Les for my first lap. It is so light and stiff that it is a huge advantage on the climbs. I absolutely love racing this bike. I switched to the 429Carbon dualie for my second lap. The full suspension was so smooth and effortless through the rock sections plus it was just plain fun to launch over roots and rocks. In the end, due to the nature of the course, I stuck with the 429. The fun factor and smooth riding over six hours of racing won out!