Laramie Enduro – 2014

by Josh Tostado on 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 course and there’s not a lot of climbing in this race, so I was pretty much out of my element in every way. The race venue was beautiful, rolling hills and cool rock formations peppered the landscape everywhere you looked which made for great scenery for the entire race.

The morning of the race was comfortably cool and with some cloud cover, the first couple hours were very nice. Not so nice was the start, with an all out sprint up a ¼-mile hill onto the first singletrack. I managed to get onto the trail in 4th position so despite being out of breath, I was happy to be up front. After a mix of double track and trail we dumped out to a dirt road for the first of many road sections. There were five people in our group and we started a draft line and moved along quickly. When we got to the next single track section we quickly shed two of our group and it was down to Alex Pond, Thomas Spannring and myself. We stayed together through this section and into the next road section but Thomas was riding very well and gapped us. On the next singletrack section, I got ahead of Alex for a little but when we hit the road again he caught me fairly quickly. We worked together for a while, but the road was killing me and Alex was much stronger here, eventually he pulled away and left me to push into the wind on my own.laramie enduro 2014 finish

By about mile 50, I was feeling all the hard effort in the beginning starting to take its toll on me. Fortunately the last 20 miles is a good amount of singletrack and my energy and spirits began to lift, I was glad to be almost done, then just ahead of me was Alex I didn’t think I would see him again and I think he was just as surprised to see me. We both pushed hard to the finish but I just didn’t have it to catch him. At the finish we found out that Thomas had followed the race moto the wrong way and was now behind us, which was a shame because he was very strong and deserved the win, but that meant Alex got the win and I took second.

It was a really fun weekend of racing in Laramie, great venue with free camping and the after party was really fun with a great band to end the day with, definitely not the type of race that I’m used to but it’s good to get out of your comfort zone from time to time and try something new.

laramie enduro 2014 podium

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Breckenridge 100 – 2014

by Josh Tostado on 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 times then I would give it a break. After finishing 2nd for the last three years I was hungry for the win.

The 6 am start was not the coldest it has ever been but it was chilly enough to want to get the race going. The first climb over Wheeler Pass went well I was feeling good and the trail was in great shape, a little snow to cross but for the most part it was a beautiful morning and warming up quickly.

breck 100 2014

After two and a half hours I finished the first lap and was quick to start the second lap of three, this lap is the hardest but the most fun with lots of climbing but with that comes lots of descending. Halfway through this lap I had one of the worst crashes I’ve had in a long time, riding along the Little French Flume I caught my handlebars on a tree and flew off the flume backwards, down an embankment, into some logs. When I finally came to rest, I was 15 feet below the trail and not sure if I was broken or not, after a minute or so I gathered myself together and climbed back up the to the trail. Other than a couple scrapes and bruises luckily I was ok and continued with the race.

I was in the lead from early in the race, but really didn’t know how much of a lead I had and pushed hard all the way to the end. I was really glad to take the win again this year in a race that I feel a little bit of ownership with, I still can’t believe that I’ve done this race 10 times, I feel very lucky to have been healthy enough to be able to do this race for 10 years and to have won 7 times is just incredible to me.

breck 100 2014 podium

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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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The Gunnison Growler – 2014

June 1, 2014

It is my third time doing The Growler and I look forward to this really great mountain bike race. The trails out at Hartman’s rock in Gunnison are a good mix of fast, flowy, bermed-out, rollercoaster riding with plenty off technical riding to keep you in check. There’s not much for long climbs, but there […]

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12 Hours of Mesa Verde – 2014

May 13, 2014

This year I decided to go back to Cortez and Phil’s World for the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde. I have done this race before and was excited to go back. The course is super fun with lots of twists and turns, a pump track style trail with technical sections that make for a very […]

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Whiskey Off Road – 2014

May 3, 2014

I have heard a lot off good things about the Whiskey Off Road for a long time, it’s not the best distance for me at 50 miles but I wanted to check the event out, so I made the trip this year to Prescott, AZ for a weekend of racing. The race consisted of a […]

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True Grit Epic 100 – 2014

March 19, 2014

My new favorite first race of the season is the True Grit Epic 100 in St. George, Utah. This race has everything that I want in a mountain bike race, challenging and technical riding, fun fast sections of single track and a good amount of climbing, not to mention the incredible views of the surrounding […]

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Winter Park Epic 50

September 15, 2013

The last couple months have been tough after breaking my collarbone in the middle of my race season back in July. Instead of just sitting on my ass and feeling sorry for myself, I’ve tried to stay as busy as possible and do what I could do to be on a bike no matter what. […]

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Breckenridge 100 – 2013

July 15, 2013

This was my 9th time racing the Breckenridge 100, for better and worse, I know the course like the back of my hand. The good part is being ready for every twist and turn on a very difficult course. The bad part is that I know the level of pain and suffering that is about […]

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June 2013 Race Reports

July 5, 2013

This year the 24 Hour Nationals were in June, falling earlier then normal in the race season. I gave it my best effort to be in 24 hour race shape by starting my riding season a month early. Unfortunately my plan didn’t work and I had the worst 24 hour race I can remember, six […]

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