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Round Top Enduro Fundraiser

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

2017 Round Top Enduro Fundraiser – June 18th

My Father’s day present for this year was to race the Round Top Enduro. This event is a fund raiser for the Round Top Mountain Bike Association to maintain/extend their trail system.

I have not been racing due to a rather slow recovery from a concussion I endured last June but I was cleared to race again! To make matters even worse, my brand new Kona Hei Hei Race Supreme has just been sitting around waiting for some action.

Last year, against all odds, I was on the top step of the podium. Based on my poor results in enduros in stage races I would have expected me to be on the lower half of the results. At the riders meeting I saw Tim who had placed second last year so we decided to race it together….no pressure!

We had about 4 hours to complete 6 timed stages in a total of about 11 miles of riding. The first two stages were the longest and had a fair amount of pedaling in them so this is where I would have to make most of it as I am too conservative on any jumps/drops in other stages. The first stage is windy, rocky with lots of shale and I have to say the Kone HHRS just smooths it out allowing lots of power transfer making it a fast bike. I came in at 4:01 and looking at the heartrate I saw a 180…maybe not good so early on.

The second stage had a nice drop, some fast technical sections, and the “Grand Canyon”, not my favorite as it is steep with a hard left at the bottom. Most enduro guys were talking air…I was thinking brakes…This was the longest stage (4min21s) and due to a long flat section in the middle and end I managed to do well again.

The transfer from 2 to 3 was long and hot as it was mid to upper eighties, but scenic. The remaining 4 stages were all in the last 5 miles of the course. Stage 3 and 4 were twisty, swoopy downhill segments under the cover of the trees. We were awarded with popsicles between stage 3 and 4.

Stage 5 was the fastest as it came straight off the mountain with some roots and rocks, taking about 2 minutes. The final stage 6 is also fast with big rocks that meant serious air (hah) or you can take the merry line! Fortunately, the final part was all uphill so I could make up this lost air time. At the finish line we were welcomed with a cold towel and great German food and drinks.

I finished third and upon looking at the time duration per stage it all became clear to me…..4-4-3-2-2-2 minutes per stage, high heart rate….hmmm…..kinda looks like a CX workout. That’s it! I am going to have to start training for the fall!

Happy Father’s Day!

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