This year's Gila was special as well and I felt an obligation to support the race with my participation even if the race did not really fit in with the training for Race Across the West. I did my best to adjust the training schedule, and to use Gila as a last opportunity to refresh the legs with quality, altitude, and climbing. I descended conservatively, and took no risks in the criterium. I still did a fast 100 mile ride the Saturday before Gila. However, I can assure you that Gila is not an easy race when one is not specifically prepared, especially considering the Masters A are a combined 40+ field. For nearly everyone, Gila is the priority race of the year, the race the entire season of training is focused. I felt like a diesel truck among sports cars, but stronger each day and near the ends of the stages.
My RAW Story, Day 178. 34 days, 22 hours to RAW 2019.
My interest in ultracycling dates back when I first started seriously riding a bike in college in the early 1980s. This is my RAAM story preparing to compete in the Race Across the West in 2020 and RAAM 2021.