In only its 3rd year, The Reveille Peak 100k will go down in the record books as truly EPIC! This year’s race was scheduled for November in order to miss the grueling heat experienced on the granite rock slabs from past Septembers (2 years ago the temperature was 107 degrees). We can now say that Terra Firma has had their hottest and coldest races at Reveille Peak Ranch. With winter storm advisories in effect, temperatures in the mid 30s, and wind gusts to 22, the racers had their work cut out for them. It was not only survival of the fittest, but also of the most cold tolerant. In these conditions, a few of the racers found out falling in the creek was NOT an option. The race had over 6,000 feet of climbing for the day, just over 1,500 per 25K loop. With only 70 riders showing up in these kind of conditions, Terra Firma kicked in some extra to make the cash payout the biggest in the 3-year history of the race ~ $800 for men and $400 for women. 32% of the field did not complete the full 100k, while 48 riders proved they had the GRIT to go the distance. 14 solo riders (40%) out of 35 were able to complete the course in under 8-hours and received the Reveille Peak 100 embroidered hat.
Our host, Reveille Peak Ranch, had the fires built by 5:30am on race morning. It was inviting to see the warm flames dancing in the early pre-dawn hour, but by the time the race kicked off at 9am, many toes and fingertips were still numb. The mass start went up a climb to help spread the field out. Everyone seemed grateful to start on a climb to warm the body up. The top 5 riders hung together for the first 5K, then Nathan Winkelmann (WTF) and Jason Savill (Mellow Johnnys) went off the front in some single track. Winkelmann got a small gap on Savill, but 10k in, through a creek crossing he noticed the rear tire was low and stopped to fix it. Then, the worst noise of a bike racer’s life: Pssssssssssss. The tube was bad. So he sat around, asking riders coming by if they had a tube. Keith Pitman (Extreme Missionary Adventures) came to the rescue with a spare tube. While valuable time was being lost by Winkelmann, Savill came through transition first on Lap 1 of 4 in 1:22:14, followed closely by Yuri Cook – Fast Frog Racing, at 3:43 back. Nathan was 8 minutes back, but steadily chipped away at the lead and by end of lap 2 was a little over 3 minutes down. Nathan made his move on the last lap, recording the fastest lap time of the day in 1:21.28 (including a 2nd mechanical with a chain into the spokes and cassette) and turning in a solid win for Solo Open Males in 5:39.41. Yuri was 5:45.19 for 2nd and Richard Kensey – Bicycle Heaven, rounded out the podium for 3rd in 7:09.34. Savill had gone down in one of the creek crossings and was too cold to continue after lap 3.
For the women, Leia Schneeberger from Wisconsin rode steady and held the lead all day, capturing the win in 6:59.16. Lorinda Putter (Fast Frog Racing) put out another steady effort placing 2nd and Sarah Ginsback (WTF) was 3rd.
The solo sport male division had some close racing, with Michael Terrell posting the winning time for 1st place in 6:28.44. Michael went home with a nice wheel set! Steve McNary (Revolution Race Team) was 2nd and Keith Pitman – Extreme Missionary Adventures was 3rd.
This race is a fundraiser for the Texas High School Mountain Bike league, and a few of the students set up an aid station at mile 6.5 and mile 10. There, racers with greeted with a warm bonfire, plenty of Gatorade, water, Sport Beans, and other goodies. The kids ran beside the racers and cheered them on. $10 of each entry fee went to the league to help promote mountain bike racing at the high school level.
This year, a category for under 21 was added to the 2-person teams. Awards were given out 3 deep in all team categories, and a raffle followed with some fun schwag for racers to choose from. The fastest 2-person male team was “Mo Lassus Beer” (Doug Hargis & John Wylie) in 6:03.42. See website for complete results of teams: http://redbarnsystems.com/timer/2013/RP100/mtbResults.asp
The sponsors and vendors had a great time. Pure Austin Fitness was the title sponsor and helped underwrite the event. Trail LED had the warmest tent with the aid of 2 blasting propane heaters. Kuat Racks gave away a bike rack in the raffle, and Barry from Richardson Bike Mart kept the riders rolling all day. There was plenty of sponsor schwag to go around as well. Thanks for all the goodies to Pure Austin Fitness, Richardson Bike Mart, Kuat Racks, Zoe Fitness, Sport Beans, Paul Mitchell, Ultimate Face Cosmetics, Plano Cycling, Zanfel, Trail LED, Cadence Cyclery, Ride Away Bicycles & Bluebonnet Bicycles.
On 11/26/2013 4:08:00 PM
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