There’s a popular MTB/CX race in upstate NY called the Black Fly Challenge. So named for the dreaded Adirondack Black Fly, particularly menacing in NE North America, in wet and mountainous areas, during the May and June months.
So on June 12, 2010, this is a 40 mile race on mostly good dirt roads, through a wet and mountainous portion of the Adirondack mountains in upstate NY, US. They say there’s little or no single track, and even some paved road riding.
I just got emailed permission from the race director, so I’m DEFINITELY* IN! (*unless Rose, my wife tells me a good reason I can’t, or, well, any reason)
It’s looking like it could be muddy, which is going to up the difficulty a bit, but hopefully slow down the bikes, too. We’ve had a bit of rain, and there’s more rain possibly coming on race-day. This may end up being the hardest ride I’ve ever done. 30+ miles on dirt roads and 8ish miles paved at the end. The good thing is the first 20 miles are the hardest and hilliest, and the last 18 miles are mostly downhill.
Steve, I hope you had a great time. I so would have tried this had I read it in time. Probably would have come in dead last, but it still would have been fun. Maybe next year. I hope you let us know how you did and if you have pics I for one would enjoy seeing some.
Unfortunately, nooo, not yet, just really started riding this year but coming along well. I can do normal trail riding with little technical. I have been managing hills up/down pretty decently, some on cement, some dirt hills.
I guess I got the impression that it wasn’t going to be too gnarly mainly a distance thing. Maybe by next year, probably good I didn’t see this in time, would have killed myself…instead of it :o
Glad you had a great time and hard always makes it a fun ride to look back on.
That’s my response from last year.
Unfortunately my response is the same this year. I know I’m stronger and better, but I still tend to do no more than about 2 hours of riding at a time… though often on hilly singletrack. Usually no more than 12 miles.
Maybe I should make this race a goal for next year.