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Fall Stage is Almost Here

The Fall Stage is almost here.  Have you requested Monday off yet?  Let's make the Monday of each stage an unofficial holiday in the FoCo.

So what's an equinox anyway? Nothing is ever simple but here's a definition.  By the way, we're missing the official equinox by a day (or two) depending on when you ride the course because it occurs on September 23, 2015 this year at 2:22 am.  

Here's some info on average temperatures for Fort Collins between September 19th and 21st.  

The average high sits right around 69°F and the average low sits around 42°F.  The record high (in 2003) was 87°F and the record low (in 2000) was 32°F.  
 

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Spring Stage Wrap-Up

There seems to be unanimous consent that the spring stage was awesome.  The link to the leaderboard is buried below.  Like the gift shop at the end of every Disney World ride, I'll make you wade through the rest of this post's pap before you get to it.

All three days provided great weather and some fast times.  There were a few folks who even rode it twice to try and improve their first time.  There were also a few grumblings about course congestion but let's face it, even non-un-events (aka "races") have bottlenecks.  Anyone who has ever found themselves walking in the cavalcade that is the entry to the singletrack of the Firecracker 50 can attest to this.  I've actually been kicked in the face by a dismounting Jordan due to the intimacy caused by course congestion at the Dakota 50! 

One thing I am noticing about this event that I hadn't anticipated is the difficulty actually determining where people are vis a vis those around them in the standings.  The 10:00 time bonus for riding all four stages, the ability to defenestrate one's slowest time after finishing four stages and the fact that some really fast folks have only ridden two stages makes it impossible to know how this sucker will play out. Even the course has only now revealed it's true nature! 

Left:  Indian Gharial/4SOH course   Right:  4SOH course/ Indian Gharial

Left:  Indian Gharial/4SOH course   Right:  4SOH course/ Indian Gharial

One thing seems certain, Ben Parman and Linda Travis already have one hand on the prizes that don't exist....

Having ridden three stages now, I could opt out of the summer stage. Indeed, I've signed up for the Bailey Hundo and it occurs the same weekend as the summer stage.  Will I be as hard as this awful blog implies and ride a hundred miles on Saturday (assuming I finish) and the 4SOH on Sunday or Monday?  Only time will tell.

Anyway, here is the link to the final Fall + Winter + Spring Stages Results.

Stay hard.

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Beet Juice's Race Fuel

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Beet Juice's Race Fuel

The best part about having a blog nobody reads is you can give people stuff they don't request.  I've decided, because nobody has requested it, to post my famous beet-infused race fuel recipe.  You'll need a juicer.
 

  • 1 large Beet
  • 4 green apples
  • Seeds from 1 Pomegranate
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (trust me on this one)

Beets aren't just for making your micturations incarnadine, they have endurance biking benefits too.  Check out this article which references science and stuff.

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Seasons Change - See You There

Just a few more days to go!  For some of us, this will be our third stage which means: 1) we don't have to ride the summer stage if we don't wanna; and 2) we'll probably see some Hands On A Hardbody*-like attrition.  


*Quite possibly the greatest documentary of all time and filled with so many quotes related to perseverance on the bike that I can't do them justice here. I actually had this on VHS....but I digress.

Friday is the official March equinox but per our tradition, will start the stage on Saturday.  We're also keeping the Monday open for those  that have to work over the weekend (and because the weather on the Winter Stage's Monday was so atrocious there were zero entries and we couldn't determine how badly we need the extra day). 

What the hell is the Vernal aka March aka Spring equinox?  Find out here

According to the Internet, the March Equinox in Fort Collins occurs on Friday, March 20th at 4:45 pm MDT which puts the Spring Stage of the Four Seasons of Horsetooth on March  21st - 23rd.  

The average high on March 20th in Fort Collins is 54° F.  The average low is 27° F. The record high, set in 1997, is 78° F and the record low, set in the next year in 1998, is 17°F.  

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