The Inaugural Ultimate XC Race is happening at Mt Tremblant on June 27. Seeing Dan Des Rosiers' announcement about it got my blood flowing. 62 miles, 80% singletrack, >8000' of climbing and a warning about its difficult nature, I said "That's for me!" Dumbass. Dan's races are a product of imagination and inertia, i.e. the moment he asked me if I thought a figure 8 course for a ice crit race course would work back in Feb of 2008, I knew I'd have to do any and all races Dan promoted. In Chaos We Trust. No one was injured in the making of the race except maybe Racin' Rick's ego when he almost took us all out on the final turn ... singlespeeders...
Last night I spoke with Dan and I learned that he's added a twist: $500 to the best or most disturbing costume. Which got me to thinking along the lines of "What would Thom Parsons wear?" It's a take on "What would Jesus buy?" as a Christmas theme, only I am referencing the one MTB racer who earnestly delves into the realm of heroic disturbation. (Disturbation: process of repeatedly evoking mindfocks in the hopes of inadvertantly revealing a profundity) or something like that. I'm thinking paint-on speedo. It'd go nice with my hairy back. Haven't figured out the chafing issue though. Anyone offer some expertise in this area? On second thought, I don't think I want to know how such expertise was developed...so nevermind. Still, the contest is for real.
The race is part of a three day contest of kayaking, running and MTBing. Anyone wanna share a condo or rooms at the village? I promise not to wear the speedo except in the race. Peace yo.
2017 Vermont 50
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