This past weekend was the second annual Golden Giddyup mountain bike festival. First, I would like to say that this was one of the best events I’ve ever attended. Everything from the expo set up, course/route, timing system and results, to the creativity and level of professionalism that everyone involved contributed to. I will elaborate more on why I had so much fun and why I think every mountain biker needs to experience the Golden Giddyup.
It started off with a neighborhood rollout with some buddies at 6:45 Sunday morning… it felt like our normal Tuesday morning group ride! We pedaled into downtown Golden and I snapped the above pic when we arrived just as the morning sun had hit Lookout Mountain (Stage 1 climbed up Chimney Gulch). I decided to race my hard tail Alchemy Oros instead of my new Arktos. Lots of people have been asking, “Why?!” My response: 33 miles with 50% give or take, uphill, I knew that I needed all the help I could get on the climbs. Going downhill was the easy part, especially since I am familiar with all of the trails because I ride them regularly… some weeks, daily!
At the start it was about 50/50 in terms of riders in spandex vs. baggies. You have the endurbro crowd in baggies and the xc racer crowd with spandex,mixed in the same race… and then there was the one CX guy that showed up on a hard tail and spandex! I definitely brought the xc race mentality and was anxious to get back to the park and hang out at the creek with Lauren! I pinned it up Chimney and felt pretty good about my effort. One strategy I had was not eating a huge breakfast at 6am, but rather wait until the first uphill stage was done and eat a pb&j near the top. The picture below shows the spot I chose to pull over and take a little break on a mossy rock.
When we got over to the top of Enchanted Forest descent for stage 2, I let Yeti Chris roll first. (Pictured above) Mr. Heath is wicked fast on the dh and put down an impressive 8:33 minute time with a flat tire. Come to find out it was the fastest time of the day -Unreal, man! He also works for Yeti and I run into him regularly on lunch rides on this exact trail – kinda cool.
With luck on my side I was able to take home the win. It’s not so much about the win, but the fact that I was able to put together 6 solid segments without any major issues. It was the perfect day and it was awesome to see so many friends out there getting after it! The highlight of my day was tubing the creek with Lauren after the race and before the podium. The venue was perfectly situated in the heart of Golden, CO, adjacent to the creek at Lions park. Lauren and I had so much fun wandering the venue, listening to bluegrass from Rapidgrass, playing corn hole, eating Biju’s Little Curry in the park, doing the REI barrel races, talking to vendors, enjoying several ice cold la croixs compliments of Yeti Cycles and being a part of our community! This place is magical!
Some key reasons why the Giddyup is awesome and you should sign up next year:
- local trails closed down to race your brains out!
- mountain bike trail advocacy
- trail maintenance
- Several more reasons here
Someone asked what it was like to race on Golden trails for the very first time and to have the parks closed for this event. My response, “It was like racing in my backyard, front yard and living room without any of the crowds. Getting to ride from the house and finish off 33 miles with a tube float down Clear Creek made for a pretty awesome day.”
I’m super thankful for my incredible sponsors. Weehoo (#1 kids bike trailer in the world), Alchemy Bicycles (handmade bikes that will make your wildest dreams come true), Primal Wear (custom spandex and baggies for any and every ride), Kask Helmets (safety, style and comfort first), Kogel Bearings (ceramic bottom bracket, hub bearings, derailleur pulleys and some exciting new bits that I can’t spill the beans on quite yet!), Enduro Bites and Beta Red (nutrition goodness that I will NOT race without), Industry Nine (wheels that are damn sexy, light weight and stiff!)
In other news:
- I’ve been loving my new Arktos. It is one helluva mountain bike!
- Our daughter turned 5 months old and our son started preschool.
- My wife did her first cyclocross race!
- We have been doing demos for Mountain High Yoghurt, Epic Bar, Larabar and a few others in our free time (when grandma is in town!)
- I’m coaching again for the cyclocross season with GBX Juniors
- I’ve been building some fixture prototypes for a new tech business that I’m starting up with 3 partners. Check us out at etekkers.com and if you know anyone tech savvy looking for a sweet job in Denver, send them my direction firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks for reading!