Opus Spring Epic 8 Hour

Juliette and I are both feeling a bit stiff and sore after racing the Opus Spring Epic, part of the Dukes Epic 8 Hour series race on Saturday. The premise of these races is that you ride for 8 hours straight and try to complete as many laps as possible. Whoever completes the most laps in the least amount of time wins.

The course this year was a blast with more great single track riding than I expected. As always, it started with a long climb then quickly got into fun twisty riding. There were some great technical downhills, enough climbing to keep you honest and some fun, fast riding.

Despite starting the race with stomach problems, both Juliette and Tecla did great, coming in 6th and 9th in Solo Women respectively, both with 11 laps. I managed to squeak into 4th place in Solo Men 40+ despite some strong competition this year.

A big thanks go out to the True North racing team for their support and encouragement during the race. As always, they are a great crew to ride and hang out with. Congratulations to Mari Evans and Jennie Jackson who came in 1st for female tag-team and to Dave Dermont for his 1st place in male tag-team.

Juliette wrote a great race report on her blog and Jennie has a report on the True North racing blog. Head over and give them both a read.

Next up is the 24 Hours of Summer Solstice in 4 short weeks. I’d better get training… To keep us motivated, here is a video from last year’s 24 hour that I found on YouTube.

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