Sunday, August 24, 2008
ULTA - Widowmaker 8-16-08
After spending 3 great weekends off the bike I looked foreward to some challenging events. Starting with the Ultra- Widowmaker, http://www.sports-am.com/events/index765.htm. Called" ONE OF THE TOUGHEST HILL CLIMBS IN THE COUNTRY " .Combining 2 of the hardest hill climbs of the year ( road & mountain combined) into a single race. Starting with a 3000+ ft road climb in 9 miles. This road climb closely mirrors the profile of the " Alpe d' Huez" climb, the hardest stage of the Tour D France. Then transfering to the MTB bike for an additional 3000+ ft climb in 5 miles, for a total of nearly 6000 ft+ in 15 miles. Starting at 4700 ft elevation and cresting at 11,000 ft.
95% of the competitors (several hundered) competed in the road stage only. Very few (only 41) had the confidence to combine the 2 most difficult climbs of the year into one. Finishing the road section in 7th ( cat-3 ). 7 minutes faster than my 07 time. I transfered to the MTB and finished 8th overall.
P.S Last time I was 147 lbs I was 14 yrs old.