Last weekend the Leadville 100 grabbed the headlines; however, to the North of the border our friends Ted & Sandy Weiss from Missouri were competing in the TransRockies Challenge.
As you can see from the race stats at right, the TransRockies is a monster: 248 miles broken up into 7 stages with nearly 40,000′ of vertical gain as riders make their way from Fernie, British Columbia to Canmore, Alberta.
Ted & Sandy were apparently the only tandem in this year’s TR and placed 5th in the 80+ Mixed – General Classification, competing against teams of two riding single bikes. For context, Ted & Sandy are probably the strongest tandem team whom we know… on-road or off.
Sandy shared some insights from the TR on the Double Forte discussion forum this past week that were eye-opening, to say the least. Here are a few choice extracts:
We’re home from Canada. Still sorting through all the gear. We had a great time! TransRockies exceeded our expectations by a long shot! The views, the fun, the challenges, the efforts, the wonderful company. We can’t say anything more about it than what you have already read on the website. What a great international event!
So many new friends from so many places around the world. Our new bike did great and our bodies gave us as much as we asked of them and more sometimes. Our minds and our wills were stretched as well. Although the climate we trained in was no match for what we rode in, we did survive.
Now, back to the usual! However, we will never look at the usual quite the same
Other comments from other another posting discussed the cold and damp 40F days, injuries, rain gear that didn’t work all that well, treacherous terrain, forging streams and other bike portage events, hypothermia, course closures, equipment challenges, great memories, epic fun, and the like. All-in-all, an amazing adventure to be sure.