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High Cascades 100 Race Report

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For reasons I have previously mentioned on video, the East Coast Hundred Miler Scene was unacceptable to me due to its usage of a horrible thing called "doubletrack" for race terrain. But, the stupid part of me (my brain) still wanted to do a hundred-miler.

Combine that with some well-timed peer pressure from my brother, and I ended up at the High Cascades 100 in Bend, Oregon, on the 15th day of a MTB vacation with Christin. Some people might tell you that riding your bike for 3-4 hours a day, every day, for two weeks straight, is not a good prep for a hundred mile race. Well, those people are FUN KILLERS.

We rolled out in the near-dark at 5:30 AM on pavement. Five miles of pavement! Wasn't I just crowing about all the singletrack on this race?

The pavement rollout was exciting for two things. You know how mountain bikers have a rep of not knowing how to ride in a pack? And how it's 5:30 in the morning? And they have hydraulic brakes that could probably st…

Crater Lake

So there's this crater, inside this mountain, which is inside this lake, which is inside this crater, which is on top of this mountain. Cool, right?

Inside the crater there was snow, in July, because Oregon is magic, and snow means shredding, and shredding means GoPros, so here you go:



I am still sore from the High Cascades 100, but I'll get to that tomorrow. For now, if you want EVEN MORE VIDEO, here's my prerace interview:

Watch more video of 2012 High Cascades 100 NUE #6 on thom.cyclingdirt.org