Spin The Doctor Enduro

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Bike events are rad if you have not figured that out by now. If you’re a mountain biker and have not experienced any sort of cycling event, I think you should do so before seasons end. This past sunday, a bunch of Crested Butte locals, and a few others got together to take on the 2nd annual Spin The Doctor Enduro. It’s a timed race from the start of the Doctor’s Park downhill, to the Doctor’s Park Trailhead. It’s by far one of the best downhill rides in the Gunnison Valley.

I’m not that great at downhill riding, but I love it. People say it comes with time, and I hope they are right. I decide to test my limits on my Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail 29er. I arrived at the trailhead a little late, around 11:30am and missed the group shuttle to the top. I was a bit happy about that however, as it was a good excuse to ride up to the start of the race. It took a good hour and a half to climb to the top, but it was a welcoming site to see Justin Varaljay (event director) and the crew.

The climb up to the top of Doctors. Its pretty darn steep.

The climb up to the top of Doctors. Its pretty darn steep.

I got the OK from Justin to cruise down the fast open field. I pushed myself, but not nearly as hard as I had wanted. It’s been two years since I’ve been on Doctor’s Park, and I decided it was not a great time to hurt myself. I still pushed it, making sure I wouldn’t take ages to finish. I’m new to this type of racing, but I’m guessing that enduro racing is going to be taken over by cross country racers in the years to come. These races comes down to seconds, and each little bit of uphill will make or brake your race.

I rolled up to the finish with a bunch of super rad folks cheering me on, what a great event. The best part was the gathering afterwards. We ate dogs, drank some Mirror Pond, and chatted about bikes and life. I can not wait for next year! For the results and more information check out Westelkproject.com

Mikey, one of the volunteers rides down in style on an old school Intense M1.

Mikey, one of the volunteers rides down in style on an old school Intense M1.

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