Saturday, July 31, 2010

Back of the Pack High Altitude Championship

The Summary:
The 1st Annual Back of the Pack High Altitude Championship was held on June 30th in the San Juan Mtns, Colorado. The course is extreme and includes three of the most scenic mountain passes in the United States. Ok, three of the most scenic mountain passes in the world. The course layout is basic, the riding / hiking is brutal. Start in Ouray, ride Red Mtn Pass (pavement), ride / hike Black Bear Pass, food + beer in Telluride, ride / hike Imogene Pass. This isn’t a race for SSTS (stuck up single track snobs = Lt Col), this isn’t a race psychos that refuse to hike (Lt Col), this isn’t a race for those that shake uncontrollably when faced with treacherous / life threatening conditions. This is a race for freaks that enjoy high altitude pain, high altitude scenery and high altitude camaraderie. (Did I do a good job of laying down the Challenge to The Lt Col, The BPR Elder Statesman? Will The Lt Col’s Foxy Mama grant approval for his participation in 2011? We will see.) 
Actually the plan was for a 41 mile joy ride with teammates and a 200 yard sprint at the top of Imogene Pass. The sprint is required just to ensure that The Judd ‘runs’ away with the Back of the Pack High Altitude Championship. There is no plausible scenario where The Lt Col, The BPR Morale Chairman or even Prob-eee could pull out the victory. It just can't happen, it won't happen.
The 1st annual race was dominated by Judd, because I (Judd) was the only one to show. The July 30th race date was picked around July 20. Two other Back of the Pack racers quickly chimed in... “I’m In”. (The Lt Col was not one of those two - check the paragraph above.) But only I showed, only I raced - therefore I dominated.
The start was postponed from 6AM to 7AM. Why, because it’s easy to delay the start of a one man race.  So, at 7AM the gun went off, and I was on my way. The ride up Red Mountain was uneventful, if you call the cliffs on Red Mtn Pass ‘uneventful’. The ride over Black Bear Pass was unreal. (Pansies would use the word ‘gorgeous’, but I am not a Pansy, I pride myself is being an old fashion tough guy. Yeah right.) Lunch in Telluride was fun, the Ska Pinstripe provided the motivation to hit the road and climb up Imogene. Yep, motivation. 
At 12:31 PM the action started. Imogene Pass was brutal. The 32 x 19 setup was anything but appropriate. (32 x 21 will be the setup for 2011.) The rain, freezing rain, started in at mile 4.5. No problem only two miles to go, right? Yeah, 2 miles and 2000 ft of vertical, which took The B.P.R. Hiking Champion 1hr and 35min to climb. Yikes! The thunder and lightning added to the ominous tone, the jeepers turning around and running for cover added to the experience. What could I do? Turn back? Yeah right. I was cold, my hands were freezing, my body was drenched, but there was no turning back. Why? Because, I forgot my bike lock in the GMC Yukon, therefore if I went back to Telluride I had no way to lock the bike up and hit the bars - while I waited for the B.P.R. Rescue Crew. I’d have to sit with my Black Sheep, in the rain, in a corner of an alley and wait for the rescue. Well, that was out of the question. So, I continued up and up and up. I hit the summit of Imogene pass around 4:08 PM. It was cold, it was raining, the lightning was eerie, so I took a few glamour shots and headed down. Check out the video. Sweet stuff. The descent into Ouray was 10.5 miles and 4800 feet. Yeah, my brakes were smokin’.
The end, I sprinted across the finish line around 5:30 PM. It was a long day, it was a challenging day, it was a day that will go down in B.P.R. history - documented by The Hustorian, of course. 
A huge B.P.R. Thank You to the B.P.R. Crew Chief and B.P.R. Rescue Crew - that would be The Padre - Theodore (Ted) Rohwer. Without the B.P.R. Crew Chief who would be out there to worry about the fate of The Judd. No one, obviously.

The BPR Crew Chief, heading up the BPR Rescue Crew, if needed!

So, that was the race, now it’s time to discuss the race and the plans for 2011.
The Rules:
  1. The Winner Wins, The Loser Loses!
  2. The last person to Telluride pays for lunch and the beer
  3. The last person to the top of Imogene gets the tattoo. (As in Single Speed World Championship fashion, where the winner gets inked, the LOSER of the Back of the Pack High Altitude Championship gets inked. 
  4. The racers design the tattoo at the pre race beer feast, held in Ouray the night before.
  5. The tattoo may be optional, we may rewrite the rules. Maybe the LOSER should pay for the custom B.P.R. High Altitude Championship t-shirts. (But the B.P.R. Morale Chairman doesn’t like options, doesn’t like changes, changes are bad for Morale.)
The Course, The Why:
The B.P.R. High Altitude Championship was an idea of The Judd. The Judd and The Morale Chairman (Tedd) grew up in Durango and traveled the State of Colorado to ski races and swim meets. The Brothers Rohwer each have favorite spots in this beautiful country we call the United States of America. Tedd’s favorites? Who Knows! The Judd’s favorites, The San Juan Mtns, Durango


The Track: Google Earth Style


The Data, The Proof

The Basics:
  1. Red Mountain Pass: Ouray to Black Bear Pass. 
    • Why the pavement? Because with The B.P.R. Morale  Chairman and The Judd grew up in Durango, The Brothers Rohwer ALWAYS rode the pavement to the trails - Raiders Ridge was the primary destination. The Brothers Rohwer NEVER drove to the trails. Thus, the B.P.R. High Altitude Championship starts with a 13 mile ride, a ride over one the coolest mountain passes in the country. 
    • Can’t handle pavement? Well, ask for a B.P.R. waiver, you might get one, maybe. Well, probably not.
  2. Black Bear Pass: The ride over to Telluride Colorado
    • Black Bear Pass is the ultimate in Colorado Jeep lore. In the 1970s and 1980s The Family Rohwer jeep’d over most of the famous (infamous) jeep roads in Colorado. The Family Rohwer never attempted Black Bear pass. Back in the 70s / 80s the road was not maintained by the forest service as it is today. (Black Bear was actually closed for a number of years, the ‘road’ into Telluride slide away, basically.) The danger, the potential of death, the potential of wiping out The Family Rohwer was too great. So, it didn’t happen. Well, Black Bear Pass is still wicked - actually only about 1/2 mile is intense. The rest, cake walk. But Black Bear Pass is an experience that all should experience. Walk it, ride it, jeep it. You won’t regret it, unless you and your jeep take a 2000 ft plunge to a permanent dirt nap. That would be a bummer, for you.
  3. Imogene Pass: Telluride to Ouray. 
    • One must get back to the party in Ouray, right? Well, the only option is Imogene Pass. Some people claim that Imogene pass is the second highest ‘road’ in the United States. (I wouldn’t call it a road, but no one asked me.) The Family Rohwer jeep’d over Imogene a number of times, back in the day. So, it was a no-brainer, bike the beast and live to tell about it. The danger lies in the altitude and the weather. The ride, the timing, puts the racer at the summit of Imogene in the late PM, just when the thunder storms roll in. So, the challenge is a) the altitude, b) the fatigue, c) the life threatening weather, i.e., lightning. But what the Hell. Eating pretzels and watching football is dangerous too. 
The Course, The Details:
  • Race Totals
    • 42.97 miles, 9530 ft / 8972 ft Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
    • Why doesn’t up = down? Don’t ask me!
  • Red Mountain Pass to Back Bear Pass
    • 13.56 miles, 3297 ft /30 Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
  • Black Bear Pass: The Up
    • 3.29 miles, 1748 ft / 90 ft Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
  • Black Bear Pass: The Down
    • 8.69 miles, 122 ft / 3997 ft Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
  • Imogene Pass: The Up
    • 6.91 miles, 4291 ft / 14 ft Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
  • Imogene Pass: The Down
    • 10.53 miles, 72 ft / 4840 ft Vertical (Ascent / Descent)
The Lessons Learned:
  • Must have Water Proof Gloves
  • Must have Water Proof Pants
  • Don’t forget the Bike Locks
  • Recruit multiple BPR Rescue Crews, to support the decision to quit, because quitters quit, at times.
  • Be prepared for major blisters, blisters on the feet / heels. It will happen
The Plans for the 2011 Back of the Pack High Altitude Championships:
  • The Red Mtn / Black Bear / Imogene route is fixed, no deviations required or allowed.
The Back of the Pack High Altitude Championships could be organized as a 3 day stage race
  • Durango to Ouray via Coalbank Pass, Molas Pass, Red Mtn Pass. Required: single speed road bike or fixed gear. Fixed gear will get you extra points, maybe.
  • Ouray to Telluride to Ouray via Red Mtn / Black Bear / Imogene
  • Options for Day 3
    • Ouray to Telluride to Ouray via Red Mtn / Black Bear / Ophir / Red Mtn
    • Ouray to Telluride to Silverton to Purgatory via Red Mtn / Black Bear / Ophir / Molas / Lime Creek Road
No matter what the organizing committee (The Judd) decides on, the 2011 Back of the Pack High Altitude Championships will be unforgettable. 
The Video:
Check back later. It will take days to process / produce / edit the footage.

The Pics:
Check out this link for all the data and all the pics! The Link, Dude!

If you want to scan a million pics of Black Bear Pass, check out the pics from The 2009 BPR Exploratory Ride.

A face that only a mother could love!

The Moon is Cool!

Red Mountain Pass: I picked the route for the challenge, obviously.

Black Bear Pass: 12,840 ft, nice weather

The Shale Steps on Black Bear Pass. (Some call the steps... 'stairs', ok)

Last racer off of Black Bear buys the beer - fuel for Imogene Pass

Did I say FUEL UP for Imogene Pass - Yes I did!

A view down Imogene Pass, I was down there - hiking the bike, of course

A view of the Black Bear Switchbacks from Imogene Pass

A view up Imogene Pass. I'll be up there - in the rain - in 1 hour - or 2


A shack and The Sheep above Tomboy Mine

The top of Imogene Pass: 13,114 ft. Cold? 
Yeah right. If it's above ZERO, I'm not cold, by definition

Safe and Sound, back in Ouray, putting The Sheep away

When there's a Ted in the car (or a Tedd) The Judd does not drive...
 as defined in the B.P.R. Operating Instructions

Clouds are Cool!
The Final Roundup:
The race will be held next year, sometime in late July or early August. It all depends on the B.P.R. race schedule. I’m shooting for July, the Colorado Trail Race is early August. We will see if 1) The Lt Col even acknowledges the race, 2) If Prob-eee finds ANOTHER baby shower to attend instead of racing, 3) If the Morale Chairman can handle the idea of racing up the ‘paved’ Red Mtn Pass. The only thing that is certain, is that Judd will be there, Judd will dominate --- Unless some real freaks show and blow the doors off of the B.P.R. crew.
If interested in racing in the 2011 epic Back of the Pack High Altitude Championship race(s) contact judd@backofthepackracing.com. (If I use the word ‘epic’, will I be cool?) The Back of the Pack Board of Directors will put you on the list, the rules are documented above. I’m sure the rules will change, because rules should change, if there is a clear advantage to be had.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Back of the Pack Flyby

Many people wonder how The Back of the Pack racers afford the Back of the Pack lifestyle. Well, we are all trust fund babies. JUST JOKING! We all have real jobs, I think. 


For 16 years Tedd (B.P.R. Morale Chairman) and The Judd have wondered, out loud, if The Lt Col really has / had a job. We have NEVER been able to catch The Lt Col "on the job".... Until last Friday. 


But now I have PROOF that The Lt Col has a job and actually is responsible. 


For all you rookies out there - check out the position of the engines / rotors during takeoff and departure (vertical) - check out the engines during the Back of the Pack flyby - horizontal. Wicked! 

And - remember, the length of the video is not a function of the action, it's a function of the music. So relax, enjoy The Clash - the action is at the end of the video, the end of the song, Dude!

And - remember - you should look up to The Lt Col, because he is like 6' 3", no other reason.

The Video:


Pimp that Ride - BPR Style from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
The BPR Flyby

Those are some big.....propellers

When I grow up I want to be just like The Lt Col

A C-17 Flyby: nope not the Lt Col

Albuquerque in the middle of the night


The sun rising over Albuquerque


The Future: Back of the Pack team bus? Maybe

The Parents: this is how they rolled - back in the day

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Fixed Gear Experiment: Back of the Pack Style

What the.....? Yeah, the fixed gear experiment - Back of the Pack style. What does that mean? 

Back of the Pack Style means: a) The Judd comes up with a psychotic idea, b) The Judd follows through at an insane pace - the pursuit of the idea is the challenge, c) The Judd makes 1000 mistakes pursuing the idea, d) The Judd finally figures it out at an extreme CO$T, that's CO$$$$$T.

So, the goal was to build a commuter bike to ride into work. I live in Sandia Park, I work on the SE side of Albuquerque - Kirtland Air Force Base. The commute is 22 miles, one way. The drive takes about 30 minutes each way, unless there are traffic issue. The idea was to build a commuter, a bike to 'experience the experience'. Well, I found a descent Surly Steamroller frame. No much $s. BUT, in standard Judd nature, I bought the best of the best to go on the Surly. Well, that's the way I roll. If I can commit to the bike commute then I will drop the $$$$ on a Black Sheep commuter - A Black Sheep design just for The Judd. So we will see.

The BPR fan may ask... "Why this Goal?" It's easy dude! I'm a 24 Hour solo bike racing freak. I'm not fast - but I love the challenge. AND I need another challenge. In 2011 or 2012 I want to compete in the Colorado Trail Race. I need to put in some series miles, day after day, to compete in such a race. PLUS I need to figure out that whole bike packing thing. So, I have a lot of work ahead of me. Putting in ~ 45 miles a day seems like a good idea. It will be a very bad idea if it pulls me off of the Black Sheep SS mtn bike - so I am realistic and I won't let the asphalt suck me away from the dirt. I promise.

This is where you, the Back of the Pack fan, begins to laugh. Just don't laugh in my face. All it takes is one dude / dudette to throw down the challenge - then I off 'to the races' and won't stop until I complete that challenge. So...tell me I can't do it. That's all I need to hear, dude!

Well, there is only one problem with this goal, this idea, this theory, this dream of racing in the Colorado Trail Race. What's the problem? The problem....I'm afraid of the dark. AND it gets dark in the middle of nowhere, it's DARK in the mountains of Colorado. So, I have some personal issues to work through. Can you imagine all the creatures stalking The Judd on the Colorado Trail? Unreal. Creatures are scary. The known, the documented, the freaky creatures are... scary - like bears, wolves, mountain lions! The undocumented creatures are scarier. (Is that a word - scarier?) Skin Walkers, Vampires, Werewolves, ALIENS! Yikes!

Anyway, so I ordered all the parts with the goal of building the bike - all by myself. 

Most of the parts arrived - I purchased the parts from Universal Cycles, Jenson USA, BikeBling and Phil Wood. Just a few problems - like a damaged rear wheel. It also turned out that I missed a few important tools. So.... I sent the rear wheel back to Universal Cycles and cruised down to the Bike Coop. I've been in the Bike Coop a number of times; I've always left the Bike Coop feeling good about the world. So, two trips to the Bike Coop, a new rear rim, new handlebars, brake lever, tubes, tires, tools and.... the bike came together.

Then the maiden voyage(s) at Paa-ko. Go all the way to the end of the post for a maiden voyage review.

Check out the photos below, dude / dudette.

The Parts - The Parts in Cheetos Dust - Says The Lt Col


The finished bike - Fixed Gear - for now


Judd doing what Judd does best on a Friday night - NOTHING!


Commuter bikes are like house pets. The bikes stay inside. Right?
Oh yeah, and I live in a loft - in a warehouse - in the mountains - of course.

The Paa-ko Experience - 23.41 miles & 1801 ft of vertical


Another view. See, I don't live in Albuquerque. I live in ISOLATION! 
Yeah Right! That's why my neighbors are always pissed at me....
Because I DON'T live in ISOLATION


The Data of the Paa-ko Experience.


So, the plan is coming together.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Leadville Silver Rush 50: B.P.R. Race Review

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Summary, in as few words as possible:
  1. I love to ride bikes, I love to race bikes - single speed / rigid / titanium, of course
  2. I can't quit my day job, I'll never pay the mortgage by racing bikes
  3. Something must change, something will change. 
What do I mean by that. Nothing, really. BUT.... I am gearing up for a big 4 months of racing. (Check back in a few days, I'll post the race Official BPR schedule for Aug - Nov.) The Leadville Silver Rush experience was awesome, but I failed to achieve my goal. My goal was simple: Ride Faster, Hike Faster. It didn't happen; I'm not thrilled with my performance. 


So, I need to modify my training and must modify my lifestyle. Modify my lifestyle? Yep. I'm going to work on my nutrition, which means I'm going to cut back on Cheetos. I'm in much better shape than 2009, but I still weight 210 lbs! This is unacceptable. I need to be 170 and 2% body fat. So the Cheetos addiction is a thing of the past. No joke, jokester. No more Cheetos Burritos, no more Cheetos for breakfast, no more last night Cheetos snacks, no more Chocoloate Mint ice cream with Cheetos topping. (But I'll still eat Cheetos for lunch!) Anyway, enough of this serious stuff. Let's get on with the race review.

For the Silver Rush 50 I traveled solo, camped solo, raced solo, and meditated solo. It was a solo trip. I met some cool dudes / dudettes. Not my doing, as people know I very seldom start conversations - but I can keep one going. Anyway, Andrew / Mo / Stacy from Denver / Boulder were camping next to me. It was fun talking to the crew. Nice to meet new people and converse about crazy stuff - like UFOs and Sasquatch. No joke. I saw a UFO in Feb 2009, Stacy saw a Sasquatch a few years ago. Talk to enough people, all the mysteries in the world are not so mysterious.


Ok, back to the race, again:


The Basics:
  1. I was 10 min slower than last year. 
  2. When on the bike, I performed better than last year
  3. When hiking, I hiked slower than last year. My legs were destroyed - hiking only. A solution - start cruising Walmart. The Walmart shuffle might be good training. Just need to get the guts to go into that Hell Hole. 
  4. The blind led the blind. 10 of us missed a turn. The data does not lie, we rode an extra  mile and climbed an extra 150 ft. Just what I need prior to the final 2 wicked climbs (The final 2 climbs were about 1350 feet of vertical in 4 miles. Brutal. But I powered up them in BPR fashion.)
What I think:

Check out the data and the pictures at the following link. The Data and Pics - Dude! 

It's clear, to me, that my riding was faster and my hiking was slower. I broke out the data in 6 splits. 3 on the way out, 3 on the way back. The splits this year are fairly close to the 2009 splits EXCEPT split 4 and 5. Split 4 is the massive hike up from the turn around point, a peak altitude above 12,023 ft. The hike this year was 3 minutes slower than last. Split 5 shows the mistake, the wrong turn. I rode an extra mile (check the distance on Split 3 and 5 below) and was 9 minutes slower. What does all this say? Nothing, really. I have some work to do. I have a very good idea on why my hiking was substandard. But that is a private situation. This is public forum, let's just say I suck at hiking. This is unacceptable. I will be prepared next year, maybe.  

To all the Foxy Mamas out there that gave up on me and told me to get lost because I refused to go on hikes - well, I'm now a fan of hiking, so give me a call and let's go for a stroll. But...don't get jealous if I bring along one of the 'sheep'. That is just the way it is. And don't get hacked off if I break out in a sprint. Life is all about the situation, training for the situation via a race simulation. There will be times where I simulate The Lt Col encroaching on my usual Back of the Pack lead. If / when this happens, I will take off like a bat out of Hell - it's all about the race simulation, the mental imagery, dominating from the Back of the Pack.


The Results:


The Link: Silver Rush 50 Results
  1. Overall: 156 out of 505 finishers, I think
  2. Single Speed Category: 11 out of 46, 55 registered? (results say 10th, but James / Black Sheep Bikes was not correctly classified as Single Speed. James smoked me by 18 minutes, just like last year.)
  3. The Numbers: 620 started, 763 registered, I think
The Stuff:

A basic Google Earth image of the race. Can you pick out the wrong turn?

Another View: 
Split 1 = Start to High Point 1
Split 2 = High Point 1 to High Point 3 
 Split 3 = High Point 3 to Turn Around
Splits 4 - 6 are the reverse, dude!

The Data: check out the difference is Lap 2 and Lap 7. (Throw out the turn around lap, Lap 4, and the lap numbers will equal the split times on the webpage - link above. Confused? You shouldn't be.)


The Judd: waiting for the start, catching some rays

A View of the Start: the "Finish" sign says "Start" on the other side. No Joke.


The Hill: the race started with a 'sprint' up this hill. Took me 1 min 30 secs. I'm fast.

Celebrating the Day: solo style, of course

Tedd, it's your turn to drive. Tedd? You There? Oh crap, Tedd stayed home. 
No wonder it's so quite. Yeah right.


Sunday Breakfast: Boathouse Cantina, Salida CO. BPR's favorite hangout.


Prob-eee is so sick of the hazing implemented by the B.P.R. Founding Members that he is preparing to take the dive into the Black Sheep lifestyle. Good move Prob-eee, funny poem Prob-eee. 


A Poem by Prob-eee, The Ancient One.

Baa Baa black sheep, have you any Ti?
Yes sir,yes sir, may I ask why?
One for The Judd who climbs up the hills;
One for the Lt Col who likes to take spills.
One for Tedd who boosts our morale;
One for Prob-eee to be a member with his pals.







Monday, July 12, 2010

Back of the Pack Racer Profiles

The B.P.R. Fan club has been asking..."Who are these Back of the Pack Racers". Well, the profiles are up - check the B.P.R. Profile Page. Follow the link on the below or use the link on the right side of the bog.

Back of the Pack Racer Profiles

The profiles will be updated, as required. Send questions or comments to the B.P.R. Public Relations office - the gmail email is easier found on this page of blog postings.

The B.P.R. Founding Members and the Lone Probationary Member. Can you Tell?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Firecracker 50: Race Review

Pop Quiz! Back of the Pack Racing fans - What are the 5 most important words in single speed mountain bike racing?

Dead Last Doesn't Mean Loser!

Let's just hope everyone agrees!

The Firecracker 50 was an awesome race with less than awesome results for the Back of the Pack team. Oh well. We aren't a bunch of sprinters, we are a bunch of heavy weights just trying to keep the cranks turning.

The Basics:

The Judd (Back of the Pack Founder, Leader, Philosofizer, Hustorian) was not firing on all cylinders. A bad chest cold caused some problems. But just minor problems, compared to the major problem. The major problem - I clipped a tree at mile 8. At mile 9 I discovered that the HD helmet cam was ripped right of the helmet. Depression set in. It's hard enough to produce a decent effort when the body and mind are successfully tuned. But it's nearly impossible to achieve one's goals when the body and mind are suffering. Well, lucky for me I don't really know how to quit. I forced myself through Lap 1 with the hope of finding the helmet cam on Lap 2. Good Idea Judd! The helmet cam was located in the woods near the site of the angry tree with the low hanging branches - the depression was cured, but the lungs were still on fire. Not a big deal, everyone needs a good 50 mile training ride at altitude. In the end my time was ~ 10 minutes slower than my 2009 race. My goal was to finish with a time 20 minutes faster than 2009. So, simple math says I was 30 minutes off my goal. That's a bummer, but that is reality. There is always next year.

Tedd (Back of the Pack Morale Chairman) had a leisure race. Tedd successfully made the cutoff at mile 36 with 15 minutes to spare. Not bad. Tedd had a simple race strategy: hang out at every aid station, make a few friends, smell the roses and then pound some beers at 'the jump'. Yes, there was a cool group of July 4th partygoers stationed around mile 2.8 / mile 28.3. The dudes / dudettes constructed a fun little jump and provided free whiskey and beer. So, Tedd hung out at 'the jump' for a good 15 minutes, visited with the B.P.R. crew (Denise, Avery, Paige + Mark, Lisa & family), and downed some brew.

Tedd was not the only one enjoying the suds provided at 'the jump'. I hit the jump on both Lap 1 and Lap 2. My award or reward? Well the shot of whiskey at 10:15AM and at 10,000ft woke me up. On Lap 2 I 'earned' two good cups of P.B.R. Yep, P.B.R for B.P.R.

Word of the Trip:
Molybdenum

Quote of the Trip:
"What do you think? Are there more gears here or more people watching the parade?"
...and there were thousands of people watching the parade!

Check out the data and photos:, click the link below:
Firecracker 50: Data and Pics

Check out a few videos. Nothing exciting. Just some cool video and cool tunes. There is not much racing video due to the man vs. tree altercation at mile 8. I turned the helmet cam off around mile 2 - I wanted to save the memory and batteries for the last half of the race.

Firecracker 50: just for fun


Firecracker 50 - July 4th from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
Firecracker 50 - 2010


The Firecracker 50: The GPS Track

The Firecracker 50: The GPS Data

The Brothers Rohwer, doing what the brothers do - mental imagery before the 50 miles of pain


Judd finishing Lap 1, heading out for Lap 2. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Mapes of 24HITEF and  Dawn til Dusk fame.


Judd, crossing the finish line and thinking of free beer


Tedd (B.P.R. Morale Chairman) thrilled that the race is over.

The Overall Summary:

The Firecracker 50 is a great race. It is truly a 50 mile sprint - for all the bike racers out there. For us Back of the Pack racers the Firecracker 50 is a fun event held on one of the greatest days of the year - July 4th, Independence Day. It's hard to complain about anything when we stop to think about July 4th, Independence and the freedom that we all have as citizens of the United States of America.