The Baily Hundo – 2015

by Josh Tostado on June 26, 2015

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A new addition to the NUE series for 2015 is the Bailey Hundo. Being just a little over an hour from my house, I thought I give this race a try. The Bailey Hundo is a fundraiser for the trails in Bailey and for the high school cycling league in Colorado so the race is for a good cause. I come to ride Bailey in the late winter and fall when the trails in Breckenridge are snowed in, so it’s a great way to give back.

This year because of flooding on the front range of CO, the road section of the course had to be cut out, instead the race promoters decided to do two laps of the single track section. While this shortened the course to 85 miles it made the race much more fun. Start time was 6am in downtown Bailey, and the weather was looking to be perfect, but maybe a little hot for the mountain folk at 85 degrees.

We had about 8 miles of dirt road to spread things out until we hit the Colorado Trail and the start of the single track, this section had three good climbs and by the second climb I found myself with one other guy at the front.

When we hit the single track there was one racer ahead and three guys one minute behind my position. I quickly took the lead and worked my way through the trail system of Buffalo Creek. Since I do come and ride these trails on a semi regular basis so I know most of them pretty well. I definitely enjoy the riding here since it has lots of fast flowing single track and cool rock formations thrown in to spice it up a bit. I was feeling really good and had built a lead of a couple minutes or so and came up to the 5th aid station, where my drop bag was supposed to be. Unfortunately my drop was not there, this was problem because I had a pack full of Infinit Nutrition, which was basically all my calories for the next 3 hours, and now I had nothing…

I fumbled with the pack I had, filling it with water and grabbing some Gu’s. While this was going on, Zach Guy passed me and by the time I got back underway he had a couple minutes on me. I was definitely not a happy camper but I had to just push on, stay steady and try to grab more fuel from the aid stations on the way.

Nearing the end of the trail section I caught back up with Zach, we rode together for about 15 minutes but when we hit the 4th aid I had to stop for food again. I needed something for the last big climb to the finish. Unfortunately they were all out of race specific nutrition so I had to grab a cookie and part of a PB&J sandwich, not the best fuel for a big climb.

Zach got a 30 second gap on me with this stop and I just couldn’t catch back up. He wasn’t pulling away from me but I had him in sight for the next 40 minutes to the finish. Zacg ended up in first and I came in a minute behind him despite my bag mix up I had a great day of racing! I felt strong, my bike ran perfectly and the riding was great. I’ll take second place any day of the week but could I have won? Maybe, but Zach was riding strong and I couldn’t stay with him at the end, congrats to him and my next race is right around the corner.

Mohican 100 – 2015

by Josh Tostado on June 6, 2015

It has been several years since I’ve raced the Mohican 100 in Ohio, mostly because it’s so far and there’s more racing closer to home for me. The Mohican is one of the largest 100 mile races in the country with 600 racers entered and with stiff competition, it presents a very challenging race.

The course is comprised of one giant loop with lots of twisting, fun single track, jeep road, dirt roads, and some very primitive trails. The weather was calling for rain on race day but when we woke up that morning, it was clear as a bell. The start of the race is in downtown Loudonville and basically 600 racers sprint down Main Street into a steep quarter mile road climb, it definitely hurts but this breaks up the pack before the first single track section.

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I was sitting in the top 10 entering the trail and we mostly stayed together for the first 30 miles of racing, this section of the race is great riding, almost all single track, it was super fun being in a train of fast riders as we snaked our way through the Ohio jungle.

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As we exited this section our group of ten began to splinter with a lead group of five and the rest of us were slowly falling of the pace. I rode a while by myself before teaming up with a guy named Ron from Michigan. We worked together back and forth for a couple of hours, both of us were suffering cramps from the heat and humidity.

My least favorite section is a 10 mile rail trail that’s a false flat and I was out of water to make things worse, Ron dropped me here and I was starting to go backwards. I finally made it to the mile 76 aid and got some water and I was still feeling bad but, you just need to push through in these situations. Nearing the end at mile 90 I started to feel better and rallied for the finish to put an end to the suffering.

In the end I held on to 8th place, it felt like I had great fitness coming into this race but things don’t always work the way you want them to so you just have to role with the punches.

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12 Hours in the Wild West – 2015

April 13, 2015

One of my priorities this season is to check out some new races, so for April I decided on the 12 Hours in the Wild West in Ruidoso NM, put on by Zia rides. I kind of had a picture in my head of how the both riding and the town would be. I was […]

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True Grit – 2015

March 23, 2015

The True Grit 100 has become one of my favorite races of the season. Even though it’s still the middle of winter at home and I usually only have a month of riding in at this point in the season. I really enjoy the location vibe and terrain of this race and it’s a great […]

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Vapor Trail – 2014

September 15, 2014

The Vapor Trail 125, what a great race, 125 miles of some of the best riding in Colorado, 20,000 feet of climbing and all at night! What’s not to love? The weather in Colorado this year has been pretty iffy so I was a little nervous about getting worked over by rain and or snow […]

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Park City Point 2 Point – 2014

September 2, 2014

I was really excited to get back to Park City this year for the Point 2 Point, I missed last years race because of a broken collarbone. For anyone that hasn’t had a chance to ride in Park City, do yourself a favor and check it out! They have a very extensive trail network and […]

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Pierre’s Hole – 2014

August 25, 2014

After racing Pierre’s Hole several years ago I’ve been wanting to make the trip back to Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Wyoming to try this race again. If you’ve never been to Grand Targhee you should just come for the mellow vibe and the insane views. I knew that they added miles of single track […]

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Laramie Enduro – 2014

July 30, 2014

This was my first time making the trip to Wyoming to race the Laramie Enduro. I’ve heard so many good things about this race that I was excited to go and check it out. I knew that the 111K race was a fast one with lots of roads and trail riding mixed in through the […]

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Breckenridge 100 – 2014

July 16, 2014

For the 10th time I toed the start line at the Breckenridge 100, you would think that it would get easier after doing a race so many times but it only engrains the suffering that is to come in my mind. I decided a couple of years ago that I would do this race 10 […]

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24 Hour National Championships – 2014

June 17, 2014

I made the trip back to Gallup NM again this year for 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest which served as the 24 Hour National Championships for the second year. After having a horrible race at this event last year, I was ready to come back for redemption! The weekend weather was looking good with daytime […]

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