You can read all about the fun I had at this year’s Alpine Challenge here. I wanted to take a moment to say what a wonderful event it is. Aside from the course being fantastic and every bit as challenging as it is advertised, the event itself in wonderfully organized and supported.
The start/finish area in the Alpine Community Center has everything a rider needs. With your registration you get a free t-shirt, a swag-bag and most importantly, a free beer in the beer garden. It was really cool hanging in the beer garden with Mark, enjoying our “recovery beverages” and getting to know some of the other riders. We just wished that the line for the free massages was not so long.
The road support is also top-notch. The course is very clearly marked, usually with an actual person pointing the way with a big sign. Each SAG stop is amply stocked with bars, gels, water, gatorade, fruit – anything you need. The all-volunteer staff was super helpful – you’d be surprised how hard it is to get Gatorade into a water bottle when your heart rate has been 165 for the last 3 hours
Oh, and did I mention that they got Andy Hamptsen to ride with us? Yes, the winner of the legendary 1988 Giro d’ Italia rode with us and signed autographs, etc.
I’ve been to a few cycling events now and I can say that the Alpine Challenge is one of the best events I’ve participated in. Ride it next year.