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Big Mountain Enduro

Well, the season has officially begun with a monstrous one day, four stage, event held in the mountains of Santa Fe New Mexico. We arrived Thursday afternoon, with just enough daylight left to survey the venue of Glorieta Camps and we were not disappointed. The venue is a church based summer camp facility that brings in youngsters from all around the country. These young kids are able to participate in some of the most awesome outdoor activities you can imagine, in an all-inclusive private little compound, nestled in the mountains outside Santa Fe.

We got up early Friday morning and met up with some of the other Arizona based riders. The plan was to carpool on the shuttle ride to the top of stages 1 and 2. Even in fellow AZ rider Zach Ply’s Ford Raptor pickup, the shuttle ride took nearly an hour to complete. From the first course drop in, I could tell we were in for a great weekend of riding and racing. These courses had all the elements of an epic endure; from steep rocky descents to brutal extended uphill pedaling sections that stretched for miles. By the end of the day we managed to ride each of the four stages only once and it was clear we would need to do more recon.

Big Mountain Enduro

Change can be good...

It’s a little more than one month until my race season starts and I’m very pleased with how my training is going. 2016 began with big changes as I switched bikes and am now riding the Giant Reign Advanced 27.5. I have paired with a great local shop called Sonoran Cycles. Phil and his staff at Sonoran got my attention last year with the amazing support they provided to their team riders participating in the Big Mountain Enduro and it was clear to me that we shared an enthusiasm for Enduro riding and racing! I’m very excited to join their team for 2016.

The adjustment to the smaller 27.5” wheels of the Reign has been a much more fluid transition than I anticipated and I find I am able to go consistently quicker on all of my home trails. This level of comfort is a huge relief to me since I was so happy with my Niner bikes, WFO9 (Thor’s Hammer), which I rode last year with much success. My anticipation is that my competitors will be upping the ante this coming season and I feel the need to arrive at round one in Santa Fe New Mexico, in the best shape I’ve ever been, both physically and mentally.

Change can be good...
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