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Team Osprey Packs crosses the finish line first!!

October 30th, 2010

Team Osprey blasted through the final bike leg and crossed the finish line at Red Cliffs Lodge at 3:02AM. All four team members felt strong but cold from the long decent back to the finish, and totally thrilled to finish first. Team Yogaslackers came in at 3:25, with the next teams finishing in a cluster around 5:30AM, led by Wedali, Odysssey and Dart-Nuun. Now it is up to Will, Jenny and Paul to figure out all the penalties to determine the final winners. Big huge congrats to Scott, Travis, JB and Gretchen for a super strong effort all throughout. They had high praise for the course and loved their Talon 22 packs!!!
Cheers all!!
Here is the victorious team at the finish this early morning!!

Travis, JB, Gretchen and Scott celebrate at 3:00AM!!

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Heading to the finish

October 30th, 2010

It is 2:00AM and we are off to the finish!! The two leading teams departed from Slickrock right about 11:00PM for the long haul up into the LaSals and then racing down to the finish at Red Cliffs Lodge. Should happen sometime in the next hour or so!!!

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Close race to finish in middle of night

October 30th, 2010

Team Yogaslackers passed Osprey during the Slickrock checkpoints and departed on the way to the final checkpoint with a 16 minute lead. Should be a great finish!!

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Sun sets on Day 1 of Adventure Racing National Championships

October 29th, 2010

It is now 7:15 pm here in Moab and the sun is down. Teams are heading out on the bike leg, lights blazing, with high hopes of a strong ride through the night and finishing by Noon tomorrow. Team Osprey and Team YogaSlackers continue at the front of the field.
Race directors Will and Jenny Newcomer patiently wait at Checkpoint #13 for all teams to complete mesa top trekking section and hope that they do not need to go searching for lost teams during the night. The red rock canyons and mesa tops that Will and Paul Angell (from Checkpoint Tracker) chose for the course this year are stunning and impressive but surely can lead to get turned around out there, especially once the sun is down. Many teams reviewed their race strategies and chose to bypass several mesa top checkpoints so as not to get caught out in the dark. Here’s wishing safe travels to all the teams still out there!!!! May the winds be at your backs and the moon light your way!
Off to Slickrock to track down the lead teams on the bike leg!

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Team Osprey takes over race lead!

October 29th, 2010

Osprey has taken flight!!
Led by captain Scott Swaney and star navigator Travis Macy, Team Osprey took off from Checkpoint #13 for the start of the long bike leg with a 2 minute lead on Team YogaSlackers.
Rumors also floating around that the YogaSlackers crew may be subject to a sizable penalty for an infraction during the very first leg. May all be a mute point, as Team Osprey is out front setting the pace and with famed mountain bike studs Jon Brown and Gretchen Reeves setting the pace, it will be a tall order for the chasers to catch Osprey!!

Captain Scott Swaney leads the team out onto bike leg


Once on the road, Team Osprey put the hammer down, and as the light starts to fade on the first day of racing, they have extended their lead by a couple of minutes within the first few miles!

Team Osprey Packs extends their lead on the bike leg

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The Race is On!!

October 29th, 2010

Team Osprey and Team YogaSlackers continue to lead the pack and have distanced themselves from the rest of the teams in this race. Many teams have chosen to head straight from the Via Ferrata over to the Tyrolian, to avoid any additional congestion. Word from the course is that it took almost an hour to clear the logjam at the VF so teams are now reviewing their strategies, and it appears many are willing to take the 2 hour penalties for each missed checkpoint so they can make the cut-offs and get back to the Gold Bar transition area for the start of a long bike leg that should take most teams through the night. Rumors abound that the bike leg will take riders through the famed Slickrock trail before heading on up into the LaSal Mountains!!! Wow, riding Slickrock at night should prove fun and challenging.
Jan and Kim Bear, the Famed Santa Fe Bear Pair are entered and once again racing super strong!! These two continue to balance jobs, child rearing and racing at a top level!! Kudos to them as they are one of the first teams to ride through Moab:

Bear Pair (along with a solo rider) heading into Moab under setting sun!


Darkness is now approaching and teams are heading out for the long bike leg!

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First Teams to the Tyrolian Traverse

October 29th, 2010

Team Osprey and Team YogaSlackers continue neck and neck across the mesa tops, picking up checkpoints along the way and arrive at the spectacular Tyrolian Traverse together at 2:05pm.
Dave Madera and Jay Smith have once again set a spectacular ropes section for an adventure race, with the Via Ferrata and then this amazing Tyrolian. The teams quickly slid across the Tyrolian and dashing off down the slickrock, in search of the rappel. After a little canyoneering, and a manditory swim into the top of the rappel, both the leading teams chose to blitz back up onto the mesa top to pick up two remaining checkpoints.

A racer drops off the rappel into a cool grotto

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Team Osprey 2nd into Transition#2

October 29th, 2010

Team Osprey jetted into shore just 2 minutes behind Team YogaSlackers (from Seattle) as both teams were well ahead of the rest of the field. After a quick transition for both leading teams, off into the slickrock canyons they headed, in search of the next checkpoint – at a long Via Ferrata, which they hit at 1:00 in the afternoon. This would take the teams from Corona Arch up through a labyrinth of ramps and narrow ledges to the top of a large mesa. The two teams would race neck and neck across the mesa tops, picking up checkpoints along the way. The third place team would get to the Via Ferrata a mere 9 minutes after the leading pair, so it is still a tight race!!!

Waiting line at the Via Ferrata

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Friday Round-Up: Bring on the Bikes!

October 29th, 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

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From Elephant Journal:

With bicycling infrastructure taking its sweet time to make it to American streets, some kids are taking things into their own hands. A group of high school students in Florida wake up early every morning to meet up and bike, as a group, to school.

“When I ride my bike, I feel better throughout the day. Like school is worth going to if I get to ride my bike.”

Some are there because they want to help the environment, others are psyched to be part of a sweet Florida bike posse (my words) and all love to ride their bikes.

“Riding your bike gives you so much freedom. You don’t have to wait for you bus. You don’t have to wait for your parents. It’s just you and your bike. You just pedal the speed you want.”

I found this over on Copenhagenize and all in all, it’s a sweet little video about a group of kids taking action to change their world. We could use a little more of this.

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And we agree. We could use A LOT more of this!

So for our final bike-themed Friday Round-Up, we’ve decided to give you a couple more inspiring videos to get you on your bike…

Read more…

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The Race is Underway!!!

October 29th, 2010

Under very chilly skies as the sun started to peak over the background bluffs, the 2010 Adventure Racing National Championships got under way. With a loud GO from race director Will Newcomer, the teams dashed off for the first leg – a river swim!! Brrrrrr!!!! Team Osprey jetted to the front of pack with a few other teams and all three set the pace during the swim. A quick half hour downstream and the teams started hitting the first transition, to a long downriver kayak leg. Teams should begin to warm up as the sun crests the deep canyon walls and they work their way downstream to the next transition, where rumor has it they will head off to a most amazing ropes section. We shall see!!

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