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My Secret Leadville Plan

August 2, 2010
My Secret Leadville Strategy

I finished the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in 11 hours and 24 minutes, and I have to say I am rather proud of that. This 100-mile MTB race is aptly nicknamed “Race Across the Sky” for starting above 10,000’ and topping out well over 12,000’. It took everything I had to finish […]

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Getting Ready for the Big Event

July 1, 2010
Make sure your bike is ready for the Big Day!

I’m riding the Triple Bypass in Colorado next Saturday. It’s an amazing 120-mile journey over three high passes in the Rocky Mountains – the 3,500 rider event sold out in just a few hours. I’m riding with a big group of friends, many of whom I haven’t seen in a year. We’ve all been looking […]

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How I became a Cyclocross Racer

September 23, 2009

I couldn’t stop staring at the cover of Velonews. The February 2009 edition had just been tossed in front of my while I sat munching a sandwich in my kitchen. The cover depicted a wet, slimy, muddy and yet intensely focused cyclist – I was completely captivated. What crazy sport was this? Cyclocross – what’s […]

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Three times the screw

September 4, 2009

Thirty-six hours before I was to board my flight to Colorado to race the Leadville 100 I was riding peacefully in my backyard canyon, trying to keep my legs loose. That’s when I felt a terrible “ker-chunck!” from somewhere and felt my bike sag depressingly towards the ground. Shiny metal fragments flew off my bike […]

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Are you still using inner tubes?

June 3, 2009

Are you still using inner tubes? I’m not. My journey to tube-freedom started while researching tires for the Leadville Trail 100. According to what I read online, tire choice seems significant for a 100-mile mountain bike race and a lot of people were talking about “tubeless”. Find the thorn – © 2009 Barry Munson. All […]

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