Wednesday, June 22, 2011

24 Hrs in the Enchanted Forest: 2011 Race Review

The Lt Col is triumphant! For the last time. The Lt Col smoked The Judd, Mad Rhino, The Morale Chairman and Prob-eee. The Lt Col thinks he is king. Well, he is. For one day. His minor victory has forced The Judd into a massive Paradigm Shift, again. His minor victory has sealed his fate as a dude that was 'once at the Front of the Back of the Pack'. The Lt Col's minor victory has finally awoken the sleeping giant - The Judd. Yeah right, I've lost it... again.

Anyway, even though The Lt Col smoked us all, even though The Judd was the one on the side of the trail crying - not The Lt Col, even though NO Back of the Pack racer broke the 200 mile barrier.... we all had an awesome weekend in the Enchanted Forest - The Zunis.

That's right. It was one wild weekend of racing at the World's Greatest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race. For those of you that just woke up from a snooze, a snooze Rip Van Winkle style , 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest - A Race to Solve CFS was held June 18th / 19th. And if you weren't there - you missed the best weekend of mountain biking - and that's no joke.

AND if you don't believe me (yeah, why would you) check out our buddy Brian Leddy's writeup in Mountain Flyer.

24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest Serves Up the Good Times

AND buy some damn pictures from the dude. Or come over to my house, The Judd's Palatial Estate, I have like 400 of his pictures. All of 'me' riding solo - of course.


BPR at 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest - Images by Brian Leddy

The Race through the Enchanted Forest:

If you haven't participated in the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest - then show up for 2012. We'll keep a spot for you in the B.P.R. compound.

Anyway, there is not much to say about the race other than:
  • Best 24 hour track in the world
  • Best 24 hour race in terms of organization
  • Best group of volunteers
  • Best group of search & rescue
  • Best 24 hour pre-race party, which is a preparty
  • Best 24 hour post party
  • The Best 24 hour beer - Black Porter Rhino... DLJ.
  • And... the best performance of the Star-Spangled banner by Hailey Fortin playing the tenor sax. Hailey is the oldest daughter in the B.P.R.'s favorite racing family - the Big Bad Joe Fortin Family.
So... after all that, not much to say about the race at the Back of the Pack. The Judd was turning the fastest laps - but didn't keep the cranks turning. The Lt Col turned the slowest laps - next to Prob-eee - but kept the cranks turning. That's just they way it goes. BUT The Judd is one smart dude, lesson learned... again.

And some Philosophy from The Philosofizer - in 24 Hour Back of the Pack Style:
Judd-fucius, like Confucius, says: If you're in the dirt and dirty with two wheels under you... you're probably mountain biking. 

The B.P.R. Award Winning Beer - Black Porter Rhino... DLJ Batch

the award winning beer and award winning label... Mad Rhino Style


The Mad Rhino Warning


The B.P.R. Social Summary:
We had an unbelievable time - in the social sense. We reacquainted with old friends, hung out with new friends, met some strangers that were stranger than us. (Is that possible?) Just another race in New Mexico with the coolest dudes and dudettes.

The Results:
  • The Lt Col: "I really don't have a job, I train 7 days a week and watch out when I officially retire in 18 months" Award, 11 laps ~ 177.0 miles, 4th in solo single speed.
  • The Judd: "Yeah I took 6 hours off, I was at the Casino, dude" Award, 10 laps ~ 160.8 miles, 6th in solo single speed.
  • Mad Rhino: "I have the best crew in the world, my family, therefore I'll turn laps with 20 second pit stops" Award, 8 laps ~ 128.4 miles, 9th in solo single speed
  • The Morale Chairman: "I may break a spoke then I'll break another spoke and another spoke then I steal The Judd's backup wheels and break more spokes. Yeah I don't need my own backup wheels" Award, 7 laps ~ 112.2 miles, ? in solo single speed. 
    • Results? There is a problem - The TeddNeck DIDN'T place 11th in solo single speed. A 7 second lap is not possible, I think. Yeah. I did the math, not possible.
  • Prob-eee: "Dude, I have an AARP card, I'm just fine 'coming close' to 100 miles" Award, 6 laps ~ 96 miles, 19th in solo single speed.
  • Ricky Bobby: The Best B.P.R. Pit Crew leader of 2011. I'm sure he'll be back to organize the ludacracy in 2012. Thanks Ricky Bobby. You're the best, even if you drink wine with Prob-eee.
The Back of the Pack Championship Series:
The Lt Col made up some ground in the B.P.R. Championship Series. Like it matters. The Judd has a commanding lead and the lead will grow during the 2nd half of the series
The B.P.R. Junior League:
  • Noah: 1st place in the 9 year old race - solo single speed.
  • Tyler: 4th place in the coed 10+ year old race - solo geared.
  • Avery: 6th place in the coed 10+ year old race - solo single speed.
  • Paige: Uh, Paige didn't race. Something about her pink single speed not matching her black B.P.R. team shirt. Just joking. Paige was busy reading her 4th book in a 24 hour period. Yep, Paige is an 24 Hour Endurance Reader - 8 year old Back of the Pack style.
  • Rhino's Daughters? They were busy tending to Rhino's scripted pit checklist. No Joke. Rhino runs a tight ship.
The Back of the Pack Kids starting at the Back of the Pack
...of course

The Psychology of the Philosofizer:
The Demonoid Phenomenon, as always
  • Lap 1: My legs hurt... My Cheetos Gut is causing performance issues... I should quit!
  • Lap 2: I'm hungry and need a Coke.... I should quit!
  • Lap 3: I just ate pizza, chips, candy and drank a Coke. I hurt all over.... I should quit!
  • Lap 4 I'm bored out on the trails. I'm Uncomfortable & the band EVOLUTION is about to crank up the tunes... I should quit!
  • Lap 5: The band is playing, the foxy mamas are dancing, the beer is flowing... I should quit!
  • Lap 6: I'm hauling ass! This is my fasting lap... I should quit at the top of my game!
  • Lap 7: I just ate more pizza in celebration of the Lap 6 performance. I'm about to puke. My Legs are toast... I should quit! Ok. Maybe I'll take 6 hours off and go to the casino.
  • Lap 8: It's 5:50am. My legs hurt. Is my Cheetos Gut really a Middle Aged Beer Gut?.... I should quit.
  • Lap 9: The beer is flowing, I'm thirsty, I'm hungry.... I should quit.
  • Lap 10: Game Over! No more time to race...I quit!
The Lessons Learned, some serious & some not so serious. You Decide:
  • Would you work an entire day without eating lunch. (You probably would, I wouldn't.) So why do SS freaks at the Back of the Pack eat breakfast before a 24 hour race (that starts at noon) but skip lunch? Weird. It probably would be wise to start the race on a full stomach instead of surviving 24 hours on an empty stomach.
  • Formula brakes are awesome. Formula brake pads suck. Scrub Components brake pads make it all awesome. Yep. The new Scrub Components brake pads take the screech out of the Formula brake assembly. Now I can 'race' in super stealth mode - watch out Lt Col & Rhino. Now I'll be able to scare the hell out of you guys whenever I want. 
  • Don't go 2 days without changing socks. 2 days without brushing your teeth is ok. But 2 days without changing (or taking off) the socks is GROSS!
  • If it's not 105 deg, Rhino and family are cold. Seriously
  • How much does a $5000 bike go for on EBay? I don't know. I'm sure Paul is glad that he doesn't know either.
  • Don't expect to find 'available' couches at Gallup Goodwill. If Goodwill has a couch for sale, there is a high probability that some old lady is cashed out on the couch or unwilling to move due to an extremely interesting crossword puzzle. Yeah, just a high probability.
  • B.P.R. must acquire a 'short bus' like the one our buddy Matt from Flagstaff rolls in. Yeah, a short bus is a must have.
The Ludacracy:
  • Ricky Bobby = Big Texan. Have you ever watched a Texan eat pancakes? Interesting.
  • You ever have a band jam out in your living room? Evolution jammed out in B.P.R.'s living room - or I should say lounge. Wicked!
  • The Pugsley dudes can rip a 1hr 10min lap on those sweet 36 lbs bikes. I was ripping 1hr 30 minute laps. Ludacracy with the BIG WHEELS!
  • Someone said 'Everything gets better with age'. Well, how about the endurance mountain bike freaks that I 'race' against. 
    • El Feako =  45 years old = 2nd place solo single speed. 13 laps
    • Big Bad Joe Fortin = 46 years old = 2nd place solo geared. 13 laps
    • Rich 'can you say bio diesel' Capener = 40 something = 3rd place sole geared. 13 laps
Back of the Pack Ludacracy says: 1) it's great to be a Texan... or at least eat pancakes like a Texan, 2) you're more comfortable dancing in your own living room, 3) You're a killer dude if you can cruise down a hill pulling a wheelie... Pugsley wheelie style, 4) The Judd (38) WILL get better with age - then the super freaks must watch their backs, i.e., will need to work a little harder to protect their podium spots.

The English Connection.... from England:
It's funny how use dudes at the Back of the Pack always run into the coolest people in the world. United States, Canada, New Zealand, England, Mexico - wherever - we hang with the coolest dudes and dudettes in the world.

Our new friends Roy and Judy made the long trek over from England. Dorking England, I think. The dude and dudette have an addiction to 24 hour mountain bike racing and a love of good beer combined with ludacracy. So, Roy and Judy belong at the Back of the Pack - obviously.

Hopefully I'll can swing a deal and head over to England and Europe in the next year or two.. head over to spread a little ludacracy and hang with killer dudes and dudettes. Roy and Judy have me convinced that 24 hours of Rome is a party I can't miss. I'm thinking 24 hours of Rome in 2012... on the Fixie Black Sheep - just because. Wanna go?

Yes. 2012 will be a year for The Nomadic Judd - New Zealand in the spring. England and Europe in the fall. Now all I need is a Sugar Mama. Or all I need to do is cut loose all the Foxy Mamas that use me as Sugar Daddy. (Yeah, I'm dreaming - in many ways.)

if B.P.R.'s buddies in England dig it, we dig it, of course


The Quotes of the Race:
  • Noah to The Lt Col: 
    • Noah: Dad, how come The Judd is so good at Math and rides a bike so fast?
  • Tyler (Lt Col's son) to Prob-eee: 
    • Tyler: Prob-eee what's that on your head?
    • Prob-eee: It's a skull cap
    • Tyler:  It looks like head spandex
  • DrunkCyclist.com to The TeddNeck at a 'beer station': 
    • DrunkCyclist: Dude! Cheers... stop for a beer and a shot!
    • The TeddNeck: Nah, got to keep cranking away.
    • DrunkCyclist: What, you think you're an athlete all of a sudden?
The Final Summary of the Summary:

You know, the weather wasn't perfect. But the experience was perfect. If you've forgotten... there is one massive forest fire in eastern Arizona and parts of western New Mexico. Many people are in a world of hurt. So we were all lucky to participate in the world's greatest 24 hour mountain bike race. Sure I'm still digging out dirt from previously unknown wrinkles in my inner ear. But that's cool.

The 2011 edition of 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest was an unbelievable experience. For Back of the Pack Racing it was a 96 hour adventure, an adventure that we will repeat in 2012.

AND... not only was the race awesome - the racers, the spectators, the volunteers, the workers were (are) all awesome. I've never been around so many cool dudes and dudettes. It's truly amazing how all us 'strangers' can get along so well. Must be lack of oxygen at 8000+ feet above sea level. (What's the elevation of sea level?)

The Videos, Because I like Videos:

Just remember - fully rigid single speed = no motion compensation. Enjoy the music and the views, dude.


24HITEF - 2011 - The Ride to the Start from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest, 2011 - a cruise to the start... Back of the Pack Style

YES. THIS IS NEW MEXICO. CHECK OUT THE ZUNI MTN TRAIL SYSTEM!


24HITEF - 2011 - The Race from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest, 2011 - just a cruise around the trail, Lap 1 ... Back of the Pack Style

The Pics:

Just a few pics. I'll add more later. Like you care. You're here for the B.P.R. Ludacracy and the videos, huh?

The Brothers Rohwer heading west with The Black Sheep 

Cougars are Cool
yeah don't run... I never run when cornered by a Cougar.... I think

The Bill and The TeddNeck marking the 24HITEF Trail

just because

The Back of the Pack Lounge

The Back of the Pack Compound

The Crew @ The Pit

The Crew @ The Start

the action shot - thanks Rick

If you're an expert in the B.P.R. Operating Instructions... 
you'd think The Judd doesn't do a damn thing
Well, The Judd changes The TeddNecks flat tires. Because someone must do it.

The Course Data:

Uh. My GPS (Garmin 705) is dead. Just like my Contour HD 1080P helmet cam. Sucks to be me. Wanna sponsor Back of the Pack Racing and my addictions to technology? If so, send me an email.

If you want to see the course data - check out this posting from my pre-ride and jazzercise session in the Zunis.

The Link: The Enchanted Forest, The Trails, The Jazzercise - B.P.R. Style

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest: A Few Thoughts before the RACE!

Well, It's on. The crew, the USA crew, is headed to 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest.

The results? Well the official results will be posted late Sunday. But we all know that The Judd will be at the Front of The Back of the Pack. The other dudes in the B.P.R. Crew will be battling it out at the Back of The Back of the Pack. Should be interesting. Show up, pound a few beers with the crew, and enjoy life. Because that is what it is all about - living life to the fullest in the Alternate Reality defined at The Back of the Pack.

A few honorable mentions prior to the biggest race of the year.

  1. Club Ride had grace us obese freaks with some killer plaid. We've put Club Ride to the test and all we know is that... the Foxy Mamas dig The Judd in Club Ride Plaid - The New West. It brings the BLUE out The Judd's beautiful, mesmerizing eyes.
  2. The Lt Col gave up on the 32 x 21 and is back to the 34 x 19. 2:1 baby! It's all about crank revolutions and pain management. It's all about standing up and saving the A$$ from the effects of SS induced chaffage.
  3. Prob-eee is bringing enough White Zinfandel for a small army. Just because he owns a White Zinfandel distributorship. Seriously, The Judd's addicted to titanium (Black Sheep titanium, to be specific) and the Prob-eee is addicted to White Zinfandel.
  4. The Founding Fathers can't keep Prob-eee in line, therefore B.P.R. favorite Texan, Ricky Bobby, is showing up with his boots, his hat, his RV and his Texas attitude.
  5. Mad Rhino is shipping in a few truckloads of Black Porter Rhino - just for the Founding Fathers. Can you say '3rd Field Promotion'.
  6. The Brothers Rohwer are in stellar (get it, Black Sheep Stellar) shape, but still obese. The Brothers Rohwer train at 215 lbs and race at 215 lbs. Ok, ok. The TeddNeck sits on the couch at 215 lbs. The Judd trains at 215 lbs.
So. We all have big expectations for 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest. Yes, we intend to maximize the fun, make new friends, and enjoy life. Because that's what we do.... 


Dude, A Conversation @ The Back of the Pack. You MUST Check It Out!
NO, YOU AREN'T TOO BUSY, DUDE!
NO, YOU AREN'T TOO BUSY, DUDETTE!


The Beautiful Nieces Rohwer Showing Off the New B.P.R. Banner

The Beautiful Judd Viburnum outside The Judd's Pad
No Joke, Jokester. The Judd Viburnum

A Red Hot Poker, Joker


And when I'm out on the trail - all alone for 24 Hours - I think about s*^t like this.

Except Bono says "went out walking with the Bible and the sun".

Johnny says "went out walking with the Bible and a gun". Big difference. I like the original, Johnny's that is.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Enchanted Forest: Some Trails & Some Jazzercise

What can I say? I'm a SS freak and a Jazzercise freak.

So, I was out cruising the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest course yesterday - Saturday, June 11th. I was checking the trail conditions & looking for some opportunities for Jazzercise. It was a very successful ride, I think.

Before the Action... a Few Pics:

uh, you should pay attention to the signs

traveling solo, as usual

I say Baby Bovine
Prob-eee the Vegetarian says VEAL!

the romance

some cows, some sheep

The Updates:
  1. The course is perfect
  2. The course is fast
  3. The 'green stuff' is green
  4. The air is clear - the smoke is.... somewhere else
  5. A few corners are 'soft' BUT it's a mountain bike race, dude. This ain't no road race. 
  6. And a few 'Daytona 500 30 deg banks' were built at a few fast 'soft' corners. Just because. And they're bitchin'. Lay it over, dude.
  7. No loose rocks, all have been cleared by the Gallup Trails and the Gallup Youth Conservation Corps - or whoever does the maintenance.
  8. There are still rough sections - because it's a mountain bike race - so your sidewalls could feel the pain. Yep, it's a mountain bike race.
  9. If you're a complainer - you'll find something to complain about. And I'll call you a complainer, complainer.
  10. If you're loving life at the back of the pack - you'll be loving life at 24HITEF, dude & dudette.
Well. Life is good. It's a bit crazy now. I had no intention of cruising out to the 24HITEF staging area - but I was 'instructed' to show up. Yep. I can't say no. I'm there for anything and everything that relates to Back of the Pack Racing. You say 'jump' and I say 'how high - if it's for Back of the Pack Racing.' Yeah, I'm just the 'YES MAN'. One of these days I'll ask for some cash-oh-la. Ok, no I won't.

Actually. I'm full of it. I'm the master at saying 'No'. That's probably why all the Foxy Mamas are allergic to The Judd. Below is an example a few conversations that took place in the last week:

Foxy Mama: Hey Judd, Wanna go to dinner?
The Judd: No.

Foxy Mama: Hey Judd, Can I make you dinner?
The Judd: No.

Foxy Mama: Hey Judd, my back hurts. Will you give me a massage?
The Judd: No.

Foxy Mama: Hey Judd, can I have a drink of your beer?
The Judd: No f'n way!

Foxy Mama: Hey Judd, Can I have a bite of your cheeseburger?
The Judd: Are you crazy? No f'n way!

.... AND LIFE GOES ON ....

The Course Video:

Sit back and enjoy the tunes. If you are an impatient fool - go to the 4:30 mark for some Zone 1 and Zone 2 training via Back of the Pack Yoga and Jazzercise.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest - Preride


Just Jazzercise:

For all you impatient fools - this videos is all Zone 1 and Zone 2 training - just Yoga and Jazzercise. No trail stuff. So, kick back and Jazzercise! And if you're too cool to Jazzercise - then you're just too cool.

Back of the Pack Jazzercise in the Enchanted Forest

The Course Data:

The Track: Ride it Clockwise, Dude!

Ones and Zeros

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

24 Hours in the Canyon: 2011 Race Review

I know, I know. This is a long blog posting and YOU DUDES & DUDETTES don’t have time for it. Well, you know what? There are dudes and dudettes that make the B.P.R. blog required reading EVERY DAY - Not just “I’ll read the blog instead of watching ESPN” It’s more like “I’ll get to my work emails after I start the day off with the B.P.R. blog.” No Joke, Jokester. The Lt Col will verify this. Yeah, and ask our new buddy Will in Amarillo.

So quit crying, put your emails and work duties aside - and read this blog posting from beginning to end. You may learn something useful - OK, you definitely won’t learn anything useful. But you’ll learn something about the Back of the Pack Lifestyle.
SO.... to the race info...
24 Hours in the Canyon - What a Challenge! 
Yes. The trail is only 8 miles long with 520 feet of vertical. Simple. Right? Well, how about ~7.5 miles of technical and rough track,  some wicked leg aching climbs & some brutal west Texas heat. Tackle this beast on a rigid single speed - you’ll walk away with blisters - EVERYWHERE. 
24 Hours in the Canyon is ONE MAJOR CHALLENGE. And it’s a great challenge. It’s a unique challenge that we’ll face head on again next year.


A Lap Summary:
Lap 1: The Lt Col snaps his da Vinci drive side crank. Was his race over? Not really. He cruised into town in the B.P.R. pinto and found a spare crank assembly.
Laps 2 - 4: The Judd and The Morale Chairman rumble through the heat and put The Lt Col 3 laps down... then decide to take a siesta. The Lt Col returns and puts in 3 fast laps while the Brothers Rohwer drink Coca-Cola and eat baloney sandwiches. At around 6:30PM all B.P.R. dudes are in with 4 laps. The battle at the Back of the Pack is about to rage.
Laps 5 - 7: The B.P.R. crew puts in some tough laps around dusk. The Morale chairman decides a bedtime story is more important than Lap 8.
Laps 8 - 9: The Judd and The Lt Col battle it out. The Lt Col meets his match with a catcus. He’s out.
Lap 10: The Judd is in the zone & puts down a fast lap. At 12:50AM he stops in at the B.P.R. Motor Lodge to check on The Morale Chairman and finds the Lt Col pulling 1000 cactus thorns (spines?) out of his A$$. Game Over for the Lt Col?
The late night chaos: The Lt Col and The Tedd are curled up and counting sheep. The Judd? The desire to ride was long gone. The battle at the Back of the Pack was no more. BUT.... the Lt Col could be planning a 3am offensive. So... The Judd gets horizontal near the door of the motor lodge - just so any movements by the Lt Col would be detected.
Laps 11 - 13+: The sun rose ~ 6:30 am and so did the desire to put down some laps. The Judd and The Morale Chairman headed out. Fast laps... until the heat hit 100. Disaster struct the Judd on lap 14, but the B.P.R. championship points were secured. The Morale Chairman fought off a hard charge by the rejuvenated Lt Col. In the end, the 3 founding fathers laughed off the events and went on a mission to find all those empty calories that make life at the back of the pack so much better.
Great Time racing in The Canyon, dude.

And some Philosophy from The Philosofizer - in 24 Hour Back of the Pack Style:
Judd-fucius, like Confucius, says: IT'S not about dreaming of the ideal reality, IT'S about the pursuit of unworldly challenges to conquer.

before the gory details
how about.... a late night snack before the race
Jalapenos stuffed with Carne Adovada
The B.P.R. Awards:
  • The Judd: 3rd Place. B.P.R’s “I may be in pain, I may be in a battle with The Demons, but I’m in the lead and The Lt Col is sleeping” award. 13 laps + a major blowout on Lap 14.
  • The Morale Chairman: 4th Place. B.P.R. “I’ll walk when I want, I’ll sleep when I want, I’ll smoke The Lt Col when I want” Award. 12 Laps in 12 riding hours and 12 sleeping hours.
  • The Lt Col: B.P.R. 5th Place. “I’m done, I have 1000 cactus needles in my A$$ and I can’t get them out” Award. 12 Laps. Dead Last Doesn’t Mean Loser, dude.
The Back of the Pack Championship Series:

The Obvious - The Judd's dominating the 2011 standings. 


Lessons Learned:
  1. The B.P.R. Motor Lodge: Unless you want to be sucked into the Vortex of easy living, stay away and ride. Glory at the Back of the Pack cannot be earned while horizontal in the B.P.R. Motor Lodge. Just saying.
  2. Don’t do a ‘Pete Rose’ into a cactus: The Lt Col was slowly losing ground to The Judd, then around midnight he lost concentration - probably while thinking about a new way to count cards in Vegas - he lost concentration and lost control. The dude crashed right into a cactus field. Game over. His chance for a repeat ended in a cactus. Ouch.
  3. Head on with a Deer: The Judd almost had a head on with a deer on the 7AM lap. That was a bad idea. Stay away from frightened deer. 
  4. The open sore on the A$$: The heat almost ended The Judd’s race prematurely. But a massive ‘sore’ opened up on the ‘you know what’. And you know what.... it hurt. It hurt so bad that I had to take a picture to assess the damage. It was (is) bad. But I decided that excuses are unacceptable and the race goes on. And the lesson - once the pain becomes severe - the pain will soon go away. All the nerves shutdown due to the swelling and infection. That’s just the way it is. Now I know.
  5. When The Morale Chairman Gets Motivated: Not many things motivate The Morale Chairman, but when he gets motivated... watch out. The dude was 2 laps down to The Lt Col early Sunday AM. But something happened. The Morale Chairman jumped out of the sack and hit the trails. He quickly made up those 2 laps and crossed the finish about 10 min ahead of the Lt Col.  Yikes. Will The Morale Chairman challenge The Judd at 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest? Yeah, keep dreaming.
The Video & Course Data, Dude:

The standard disclaimer: 29 Inches, Single, Rigid = a rough ride and rough video. Just a warning. Go easy with the criticism.


just a cruise around the campground
Just a Cruise Through The Canyon - Palo Duro Canyon

 The Trail: Google Earth Style

The Lap: GPS Style


Demonoid Phenomonon:
In 24 Hours racing - solo style - it’s all about the battle with The Demons. AND The Demons are different for everyone. 
Examples:
The Morale Chairman: This dude doesn’t have many issues with The Demons. Why? because he scares them all off. Yes humonoids and demonoids ARE ALL scared of The TeddNeck that resides within The Morale Chairman.
The Lt Col: This dude has demons lurking in this subconscious, I’m sure. But the dude is a) a pilot and therefore deaf - he just doesn’t hear the demons most of the time b) flat out ignores the demons - because he is too busy eating burritos and pizza, scraping himself off the ground and/or repairing busted bike parts.
Prob-eee? Prob-eee & The Demons. Well. Prob-eee’s favorite move is “TAP OUT” thus he’s easy prey for The Demons. Enough said. 
Rhino? Hell. The jury’s still out. The Demons may be ‘tenderizing’ Mad Rhino and waiting for the inaugural onslaught at 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest. 
The Judd:carne adovada pizza, a cold burrito, a small case of hypothermia, a bee sting, a sore throat. Hell, The Demons can even show up as a Foxy Mama or a fellow Back of the Pack Racer. That’s right. The Demons are supernatural - thus they show up as anything and everything that can take The Judd of his game. 
The Demons at 24 Hours in the Canyon: Let’s just say that The Battle with The Demons was legendary at 24 Hours in the Canyon. During Lap 4 The Judd was ready to curl up in the desert and cry like a baby. The heat induced pain almost sent The Judd to the loony bin. But real men don’t cry - The Judd doesn’t cry. Thus the battle raged on. 
The Judd was almost victorious in his battle with The Demons. That’s right, at 1AM  The Judd had declared victory and assumed The Demons were history. So... The Judd cruised over to The B.P.R. Motor Lodge and saw The Lt Col pulling cactus out of his backside and The Morale Chairman reading a comic book. The Judd quickly realized that he was 1 lap up on The Lt Col and 3 Laps up on The Moral Chairman. Yep. The Judd saw no need to continue on with the 1AM lap and decided to chill out with the crew. Why take unnecessary risks out in the dark while the competition was taking it easy is the air conditioned motor lodge. Yep, The Demons pulled off the victory. B.P.R. glory was stolen again by those creatures that lurk in the subconscious of The Judd.

Link to Rob Zombie - Demonoid Phenomenon

Almost DQ'd - Back of the Pack Style:
There are a few (many) unwritten rules in the Back of the Pack Rules & Regulations. (Of course the B.P.R. Operating Instructions are well documented.) One such unwritten rule is Pukage. That’s right. If a B.P.R. dude / dudette pukes TWICE during a race he (or she - positive thinking) is DQ’d from the B.P.R. standings. It’s a simple rule to protect the environment and fellow racers.
So. The Judd (that’s me) was almost DQ’d during the late night laps. Violation #1 occurred around 10:30 PM near mile marker 6. It wasn’t a ‘full belly ejection’ but it was chunky. No problem, wipe the crap off the face and shirt - keep cranking. The next upchuck episode occurred near the same spot, the next lap. BUT I can honestly say that no biological hazard left The Body of The Judd. Just as a good college kid would do on the dance floor - swallow the debris and keep grinding away.




The Good, The Bad, The Ugly:

The Good: Club Ride Gear survived the west Texas test. The Crew started out with the classic plaid - 100% cotton... the control group. Then we shifted to the high tech plaid that protected us from the elements. Great stuff. The Lt Col’s gear survived a run in with a big cluster of cactus. The TeddNeck’s gear survived a nice quiet night in the B.P.R Motor Lodge.


The Bad: da Vinci cranks. Ever see a crank break in two. Yeah. I ditched my da Vinci cranks 2 years ago. I’ll stick with my White Industries Eno Cranks. Lt Col, he’s a loyal dude - loyal to his busted da Vinci cranks.

The Ugly: Ever blow out the bead from a Schwalbe sidewall? Cost me 2nd place. I was cruising on lap 14 with 15 easy laps in mind. Then BANG. It was a hot long walk to the road - after some unsuccessful trail side surgery. I’ve always known that Schwalbe tires are less than durable - but blowing a bead off a sidewall? I’ll stick with Maxxis from now on.

Quote(s) of the Race:

Lt Col. “You know what’s awesome about 24 Hours in the Canyon, you get last place and earn one awesome trophy. Come to think of it, my trophy - my piece of wood - is bigger than yours.”

Will & Rob. .... Censored by the B.P.R. Legal Department. The quote had something to do with Mini Me. (OK, I'm using a bit of artistic license. The conversation wasn't really about a Mini Judd. But it should have been.)  Anyway, now we have an idea for our next T-Shirt. Stay tuned. 

Summary:

1st of all. Congratulations to our friend Big Bad Joe Fortin. He pulled off the victory again - 21 laps to lead all solo racers. Unbelievable effort. Joe discussed with us his secret to success in the canyon. Next year... I'll give Joe a little competition. I hope.

So... What a crazy weekend. Three dudes, three sheep and a great time in west Texas with awesome Texans. Will we be back in 2012? Of course. How could we pass up one of the ultimate mental and physical challenges in 24 hour racing? AND one of the best organized endurance races this side of the Mississippi. 


Some More Pics, Dude:


The Cargo - The Precious Black Sheep

The Fuel of Champions: Back of the Pack Style @ 1AM

Will & Rob's Bungalow: B.P.R. Headquarters

The Night Before The RACE

The Night before the RACE: What else is there to do @ The Back of the Pack?

No Spooning in the B.P.R. Motor Lodge

21T? What the Hell? Did Prob-eee really show up in The Canyon?