What went well?
The Enve Melee was a great choice for this race as it took a wide tire for the dirt and has a lot of aero benefits for the road. The Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels are very light, have a 25mm internal width, and are 40mm deep which is a perfect all-around wheel. My fuelling was on point, targeting 90-100 grams of carbs per hour in my bottles and 4 bottles of Delta G ketones spread over the day.
We talk a lot about bike setup, nutrition, race results etc. but the best thing about these races is the people. Two friends invited me to stay in an Airbnb with two others I didn’t know. I met the Opicure Foundation team on a pre-ride, we ended up having dinner together, and I rode with three of them at different points on race day. I spent hours riding and talking with Remko Rinkema. At the end of the weekend, I have seven more friends that I’m sure I’ll see again at future events. I caught up with numerous others at the expo and post-race that I met in previous years. The community grows and strengthens with every event and it’s amazing.
I would highly recommend any of the BWR events. They put on a good show, provide a lot of support, and the two courses I have done (Utah and California) have been challenging and unique.
A massive thank you to our ambassador Nick for sharing his write up! Next up for him is Unbound on June 3, a gruelling 200 gravel mile race in the Flint Hills region of the Great Plains around Emporia, Kansas. We can't wait to work together to prepare the ENVE Mog that he will be riding for that one.