Whiskey Off Road - Prescott AZ

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Attempting to prep for this 30 miler next weekend. Looking forward to getting absolutely smoked... ⚰

That California Winter
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We had a great time out in Prescott at the Whiskey off road. We cruised out there Thursday AM Early
Had the Subi and my steed all loaded up night before.
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Pulled in about Noonish and Unloaded everything. Stevey informed me we were going to go for a little rip. He wanted to get acclimated to the elevation a little bit before his race on Friday.

So we loaded his rack up and headed over to the Brown lee trailhead. for a little 8 miler
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Post ride we made a quick beer stop... Stevey told me to pick him up a 16 oz of something nice ... I did the only logical thing... 12 er of voodoo ranger.
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9% rule was full effect...

We hung out and waited for metcho to get back from work. While kids played
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This is what peak performance looks like folks
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Friday race day for Steve we got down there and pick up our number plates and Swag bags.
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Pretty rad they do a shot gun start for all the races..

The 15 proof "fun run" is a 19 miler and roughly 1600ft in climbing...We cheered Steve on as he cruised by and then naturally head over to the beer garden. Which had not opened yet. So we cruised into a local watering hole. Got the all the kids ice cream and us big kids had an adult beverage. Thanks Metchos
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We hung out a while longer for stevey @theycallmeWALLY to come across the line.
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He made it. I can't recall his time or placement I'll let him chime in on that
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We headed back over to Beer garden to get @theycallmeWALLY finisher beer
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The wives ended up taking the kids back to the house as they were over it. Metcho, Steve and I were watching the Women's fat tire circle race.. Holy shit these gals are absolute savages! Anyways mid-race I don't see Steve anywhere then I look behind us and spot him... Staring off into the Courtyard.... pondering life. hahaha

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Just absolutely smoked and rightfully so 20 miles at elevation is an ass-kicker. We finished up our beers and cruised back to the house... We gave him some shit for being a turd and also congratulated him for a job well done.
 

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Saturday AM came quick. It was now my turn to enter the pain cave. Prepped my steed and loaded her for battle.

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Wave 2 a 9:35am start: 32 miles and 3400 ft of elevation gain.

Had the squad there to cheer me on.
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Really tried not to overdo it right outta the gate. Ride started out with a pretty brutal climb something like 1600 ft in 7 or so miles I think it was. As I neared the top of the first climb probably had 50 or so folks in front of me from the start of our wave. Passing the first the 1st Aid station on the gas, Excited for a little break from climbing the first small fire road downhill...
 

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As the 30 proof ( my group ) and the 50 Proof coursed merged there were a few other riders that joined the fray. I end up chatting with a dude a little bit that was running the 50 proof. He was on a XC full suspension and was a unit. He'd start to drop me on some of the climbs, then I'd reel him in on the Downhill sections. At one point we hit a group of riders that were trying to work our way though. and my guy went OTB ! Dude just popped up got back on the pedals and took off. I was right there like o_O you good bud ? he's like I'm fine. a few miles later I notice his forearm had blood all down it into the glove. Again was like dude you good? "I'm good enough."

Rode probably 15 ish miles or so. Was kinda nice to take the focus off the "race" We passed quite a few folks and then also got sawed off by some faster guys. I ended up pulling off for a few of the 50 proof guys to pass me and I think he dropped the hammer to stay in the pack with them...



a few photos from mid ride

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Looking at my watch. I could see i was about 22 miles in 2800 ft or so of climbing or so and should be seeing the squad cheering somewhere along the trail. Metcho told me he thought it was mile 20-22 ish.. They were tracking me with the find my phone feature to see my progress, I randomly reach back in my bib pocket where I had a snack bar and my phone and only the bar was there..

😑 phone had left the chat! FACK! I had a minor freak out in my head and then was like welp nothing I can do about it right now...
As I was riding I started thinking hopefully Kayla ( my wife ) in worried that I'm not moving, etc. a few miles down the trail I came up to another Aid station with water and food.... Continued on the gas no stops! Rounded the turn and hear Goooooo Elliott! kids jumping up and down cow bell. I smiled and yelled to them that I lost my phone. Now it was go time! Was a nice little boost 24 miles in my watch told me I was at 3200 ft of climbing. It was all downhill from here or so I thought.

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Mile 27 my watch was now showing me 4200ft of climbing... dying inside and starting to cramp up in my quads. I let a few folks go by on a climb. I could hear some locals cheering people. They had shots of whiskey, water and pickles as I rode by all the mini solo cups of whiskey I pointed at the pickle one dude was holding... Somehow completely fumble it he like don't worry brother we got you. He hands me another and I was on my way with a Kosher Dill in one hand and the handlebars in the other... Pickles are supposed help with cramping... and well it worked. I hit the final decent on the gas still..Then on to the road decent, pedaling as fast as I could in 12th gear got passed by a pack of 10 older xc dudes. They passed me like I was standing still. Was humbling to say the least.

Full kill back to the finish. Dying inside but still cranking!
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Survived!

Total time was 3:19:13

Ended up 192 out of 897 that raced the 30 Proof
and 67th out of 289 in the Men's Open Class

First place in the class beat me by 1 hr and 2 mins! Which is insane! Considering other than pulling off to let people pass me. I did not stop at all! Super humbling. Love it!
 

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As the 30 proof ( my group ) and the 50 Proof coursed merged there were a few other riders that joined the fray. I end up chatting with a dude a little bit that was running the 50 proof. He was on a XC full suspension and was a unit. He'd start to drop me on some of the climbs, then I'd reel him in on the Downhill sections. At one point we hit a group of riders that were trying to work our way though. and my guy went OTB ! Dude just popped up got back on the pedals and took off. I was right there like o_O you good bud ? he's like I'm fine. a few miles later I notice his forearm had blood all down it into the glove. Again was like dude you good? "I'm good enough."

Rode probably 15 ish miles or so. Was kinda nice to take the focus off the "race" We passed quite a few folks and then also got sawed off by some faster guys. I ended up pulling off for a few of the 50 proof guys to pass me and I think he dropped the hammer to stay in the pack with them...



a few photos from mid ride

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Looking at my watch. I could see i was about 22 miles in 2800 ft or so of climbing or so and should be seeing the squad cheering somewhere along the trail. Metcho told me he thought it was mile 20-22 ish.. They were tracking me with the find my phone feature to see my progress, I randomly reach back in my bib pocket where I had a snack bar and my phone and only the bar was there..

😑 phone had left the chat! FACK! I had a minor freak out in my head and then was like welp nothing I can do about it right now...
As I was riding I started thinking hopefully Kayla ( my wife ) in worried that I'm not moving, etc. a few miles down the trail I came up to another Aid station with water and food.... Continued on the gas no stops! Rounded the turn and hear Goooooo Elliott! kids jumping up and down cow bell. I smiled and yelled to them that I lost my phone. Now it was go time! Was a nice little boost 24 miles in my watch told me I was at 3200 ft of climbing. It was all downhill from here or so I thought.

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Mile 27 my watch was now showing me 4200ft of climbing... dying inside and starting to cramp up in my quads. I let a few folks go by on a climb. I could hear some locals cheering people. They had shots of whiskey, water and pickles as I rode by all the mini solo cups of whiskey I pointed at the pickle one dude was holding... Somehow completely fumble it he like don't worry brother we got you. He hands me another and I was on my way with a Kosher Dill in one hand and the handlebars in the other... Pickles are supposed help with cramping... and well it worked. I hit the final decent on the gas still..Then on to the road decent, pedaling as fast as I could in 12th gear got passed by a pack of 10 older xc dudes. They passed me like I was standing still. Was humbling to say the least.

Full kill back to the finish. Dying inside but still cranking!
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Survived!

Total time was 3:19:13

Ended up 192 out of 897 that raced the 30 Proof
and 67th out of 289 in the Men's Open Class

First place in the class beat me by 1 hr and 2 mins! Which is insane! Considering other than pulling off to let people pass me. I did not stop at all! Super humbling. Love it!
Fucking awesome!
 
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