It all started with a simple email from a lawyer in Olympia known as the “deal breaker”. He request that I join him and some friends to ride a mystery ride aptly named the Ride Sick Puke 101010. He said that this was going to be an epic ride. It is very hard to say “no” to a mountain bike ride. So of course, I said yes! For me, it was the last big ride of the year.
The six-annual Sick Puke 101010 mountain bike adventure took place on October 10, 2010 at 8 AM. It is a loosely organized sick singletrack adventure through the back woods called the Capitol Forest near Olympia Washington. The Capitol Forest is riddled with hundreds of miles of singletrack, logging roads, ORV trails, illegal gun ranges and the occasional meth lab. The route covered a distance of 44 miles, which is a long way on a mountain bike.
It consisted of a mixture of singletrack, ORV trails, logging roads, 3 mountain top finishes and 12,000 vertical feet of climbing. The event even had some support, which consisted of a truck and trailer that was equipped with a portable generator, fire pit, A DeLonghi espresso machine, hot soup, tasty treats and bike tools to fix any trail induced mechanical issues.
Based on the ride description, I needed a light weight and fast rolling bicycle for the task at hand. So I decided to roll the Bronto Reverend 29er. It was perfect for the challenge. Unfortunately, the weather took a major turn for the worse. Over 2 inches of rain fell the day before and night before the ride. As a result, the trails turned in to a soggy mess. An estimated 25 plus riders showed up for the ride. They say the puddles in the Capitol Forest can be bottomless and it was true. These adverse conditions didn’t deter the Rev from performing her best. In fact, the Rev performed like a rock star!
Overall, the ride was a blast and I am also completely sold on the 29er revolution. When the final Sick Puke ride numbers were tallied, we logged almost 9 hours on the bike including some short stoppage time for food, shots of espresso and some minor mechanical issues such as flats tires and the occasional occurrence of chain suck. Distance wise, we covered 48 miles due to making a few wrong turns. From a vertical perspective, we climbed 11,240 vertical feet and consumed 9,600 calories. Not bad for a hard day in the saddle. – IMP