As Cupcake so eloquently pointed out a few days ago, it is a holiday weekend around these parts. No, we aren’t talking about George Washington. We are talking about 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo weekend!
Usually this race as my own personal vision quest every year. A solo endeavor, where I push my self to see how many miles of singletrack I can ride in one day. Although I am never really competitive, I push myself a little more every year and I always learn something. Even last year when things didn’t go so well, I still walked away with a great experience. But this year is going to be a little different.
Although I have probably ridden more days in a row the past 3 months, I still didn’t feel like I put in enough work to really give it a go. I didn’t have the stoke needed to punish myself for 24 hours but I am already registered solo. So I did what any respectable MTB addict would do. I bought a new bike.
That right there is the Klunker from Transition Bikes and she is going to be my ride for 24 hours. All 35 pounds of her coaster brake glory. As you can see, I’m taking a really serious approach to the race this year. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
We also decided to come up with some new “kits” this year. A little tribute to our friend Kyle and the original DC jersey worn many years ago at this very race.( I will have a few at the race to sell if you want one, and any left will be put in the store next week)
Besides our own personal shitshow, the event this year has some pretty great things happening. The new title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center, is celebrating the opening of a new building that specializes in fixing broken athletes (among other things) and you can take a pretty slick virtual tour right here. They have also teamed up with the other main sponsor,Moots, to raffle off some Titanium goodies to anybody who signs up here. All sponsor business aside, this race also gives back a tremendous amount to the Tucson community. This year’s main recipient will be a group called BAG IT. A cancer awareness group that helps educate newly diagnosed patients . I had never heard of them until a few weeks ago and I would encourage you to check them out.
Cupcake and I will be drinking ourselves around the course all day and night. While our two duo teams will be battling it out to try and move a couple steps up the podium from last year. You can follow along with our suffering here:
We will also be trying to update the Facebook page as we go along and our instagram accounts @drunkcyclist and @dirty_biker
See you guys on the other side.by