This past December I signed up for another Ouachita Challenge. An event that I have been racing since 2008. The course is hard and challenging but with the proper training, mental toughness and if you can get through Blow Out mountain without bike failures or bodily harm you should be able to finish. Against my better judgment I also signed up Christopher.
We got a bit of bad news two days before the race. During our final ride on Wednesday he said he was having trouble shifting. When I checked everything out I found a broken link on the non-drive side. No bike to ride. Not really the news you want to hear a few days before your big event.
Luckily we had a spare bike. My Ritchey P-29er was built up for gravel and still had CIRREM mud all over her and a rigid fork. It took a long cold evening (and several beers) in the garage to switch everything over. With no saddle time on her we loaded up and headed to Tige's house Saturday morning.
After 6+ hours of Smokey and the Bandit type driving we somehow safely arrived in Oden, AR. Tige wanted to get in a little ride and Christopher wanted to at least ride the P-29er once before the race on Sunday. I am glad we did ride because we ended up doing several adjustments on the bike to get Christopher somewhat comfortable.