This race report was submitted by the 2018 Dirty Dozen’s overall winner, Maga San.
My only specific preparation for the event was pre-riding the course 2 weeks beforehand. However, I was still in good shape from training for this year’s Leadville 100 MTB. Also, I completed the Dragonslayer event (81 miles of rocky trails) the previous weekend.
I’m familiar with the 24hr race due to my participation in 2014 and 2015. I did 11 laps on a single speed in 2015, which was more than any other ladies category.
I was very confident and determined entering the race. My strategy was to ride the whole night and do more laps than I did in 2015. The reasoning was that it would be easier on a geared bike. Also, I planned to stay well hydrated with sufficient nutrition get me through.
I did 11 laps on a single speed in 2015
Being first in the Le Mans start was helpful to my success. The first lap was faster than planned due to pressure from my competition. In the evening I was shaken by news of severe injury to a fellow rider. The pain from riding was the worst at midnight; however I was able to power through it. As usual, I was listening to my favorite metal music which helped to inspire me. By daylight there was no concern about the competition. I could have stopped at this point, but managed to do several more laps for a total of 16. To my surprise I ended up with the most laps of any solo category. As planned, my fist stop post-race was for a cold beer to celebrate my efforts.
To my surprise I ended up with the most laps of any solo category.