Night Jamming

A full moon at 10,500 feet somehow shines even brighter. At least that consensus for the Colorado Crew gathered at the Tennessee Pass Cook House and Nordic Center for the 16th annual Tennessee Pass Night Jam. This is one of the best races in the Leadville Winter Bike Series, with a fun course and a very welcoming atmosphere at the Nordic Center following the race with food and Adult Beverages. It's a grand mix of groomed ski trails and packed in single track, with plenty of challenging climbing and twisting descents. There was evidence of carnage on all the descents, including a few very obvious face plants in the snow.


Results for the Colorado Crew:
Leader - Middle of the Front of the Pack (1:22:28. She was feeling like her computer the entire race with a "low battery" warning going off at the start. She still managed to mostly keep the phat tires rolling on the groomed Nordic trails and single track.

Pit Boss - Middle of the Front of the Pack (1:04:38). The hole shot for the downhill start was the key for his performance, however the nose-wheelie into the snow later certainty didn't help. He finished out strongly, railing the final singletrack descent.

Daniel "The Byrd" - Front of the Front of the Middle of the Pack (1:08:09).  He was flying through the course with a big smile around every corner. Leader saw him at the start and then not again until the finish where he was already enjoying an Adult Beverage.

Duane - Back of the Pack (1:47:27) . A 1:00 AM wake up call for a 6:00 PM race, with a stop at a local brew pub makes for a challenging time staying awake. He still persevered, and probably got the most out of his race entry with his ride. There was no partying with Leadville Steve following the race this year....

Old Man - Off the Pack. He got distracted with some pretty red course markings and somehow missed a turn. Despite not recording a finishing time, he still had a grand time riding around the Nordic Center trails with a few of his friends

Race Stats - for those keeping score on the algorithm.
Elevation at start 10,528. Highest point - 10,762. Lowest point - 10,117. Total elevation gain 1,211
Race distance - 11 miles (for those who followed the arrows)
Functional Clothes - as appropriate for weather conditions
Gears - only one was used at a time on all bikes
Suspension - someone was a little squishy...

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