Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Furnace Creek 508 2010--Caretta Caretta!

I just got back from California--witnessed a truly amazing race--508 non-stop miles through the eastern California deserts. A really epic ride, made even more heroic by Chris, aka Caretta Caretta, on his fixed gear. Think of it this way--he pedaled every inch of the 508 miles--no coasting--no rest whatsoever on the bike. I couldn't fathom the feat before I saw it--I thought he was totally crazy when he told me he was going to do it, and not to sound corny, but I am totally awe-inspired after watching him finish it. I wish there was a way to convey how much suffering, and I truly mean suffering, Chris and the other 200+ competitors endured.

I'll write a full post on the crewing experience later--in the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from the weekend.

The monotony of the long, straight roads, baking in the 100+ degree heat.

I can't even remember where this was--this photo sums up the course pretty well--miles and miles of roads that go on and on before dropping over the horizon, or worse, disappearing into a mountain range.

Although it looks as though the wind is really howling here, the conditions were pretty nice early on. The punishing headwinds were to come on Day 2.

Climbing Jubilee Pass Road as the sun rises on Day 2.

We just missed a hailstorm--the light rain was quite welcome, as the temperature dropped 20 degrees--only 108 miles to go.

As the sun set on Day 2, Chris still had about 10 hours to go--a brutal day--wind and unbearable heat.

Congratulations, Chris--a truly amazing accomplishment!


Anonymous said...

What an unbelievable honor it was to crew w/ you this year, Dr. J! Can't wait to chase your tight ass from the crew car next year. Oh, and, I heard you like your shorts in white? All the better. --Mama Bear

Dr. Matt said...

White shorts--ahhh--love 'em.
I may have to get me some for next year--jackrabbit style, of course!
It was a pleasure to crew with you and Ryan.
I thought you were riding next year, no?