Written by Dave Leikam Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:00
I have been a fan of the 24 Hour race format for years. When the Granny Gear series was in its heyday, the Utah Bikeman boys were perennial participants. I guess because this race takes place during the heart of cyclocross season, I couldn’t pull myself back into mountain biking again. This year was the eighth edition of the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow and it’s billed as the longest one day race which is true because it occurs over the time change. So glad I decided to give it a try. I asked a few of my friends if they were interested and before long, we were fully committed.
The race venue is located within sight of the entrance to Zion Canyon at the foot of the famed Gooseberry Mesa. The course totals 13 miles with six miles of single track and seven miles of double track. For the most part, the course is rolling desert hardpack with some dry washes, a fast single track descent and rock garden thrown in. Total elevation gain per lap is about 1230 feet. The rock garden section comes at the bottom end of the course and borders the Virgin River for a short time and then a steep sided canyon for about two miles. The difficult nature of this section spikes the heart rate and challenges your strength as well as your skill set.
I was part of a four man team called Single Tracked Minds. The other team members were Mark Pasternak, Kelly Glenn and Maine native Matt Dumond, all of the Salt Lake City area. We set our order with Matt getting us a great LeMans start followed by Mark, myself and the anchor lap by Kelly. Matt and Kelly posted some sub-hour times on a challenging course. We all survived and had a good time. In fact, there is already talk of doing it again next year. Thanks for reading.
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