After the race, Drew and I cleaned up and walked down to the Lodge where the after party was in full swing. There was an awesome bluegrass band, Reilly Coyote, picking for our entertainment.
a local winery, a cool bike necklace, and a couple of sweet beer glasses. Since I am lucky, I also won the most stylish bike jersey I've ever seen from Club Ride in the raffle.
* I tried to register in the Open (Pro-Expert) category, but they wouldn't let me race there because I don't have a UCI license. I would have taken last place by 8 1/2 minutes in that category.
The next day we wanted more punishment so Drew, Carl, and I did the 17 mile Fisher Creek loop which was up and over Galena Pass on hwy 75 down in the breathtaking Sawtooth Valley. It was a good post-race ride that had a long slow grind up a FS road and a thrilling, long downhill complete with be-on-your-game exposure, wildflowers gone wild, weathered granite outcrops, small stream crossings, and ripping singletrack.
Here is my Garmin track.
Fisher Ck / Wilson Ck loop by jubebug at Garmin Connect - Details
After the ride, we went back to this mini-store
Alturus Lake. What a gorgeous natural lake! It looked to me to be formed by lateral and end moraines at the juncture of two valleys. It was so clear and very cold. We didn't spend a lot of time in the water, but enjoyed watching Carl's dog Millie frolic.
We had to wait for the kids to quit playing on this carved log before Carl could snap our picture.
But all fun days must come to an end so we drove back over the pass but stopped for one last look.
Monday we woke to find we were the only campers left, so we packed it up and headed down to Sun Valley for a short easy ride on Corral Creek trail, Corral Creek by jubebug at Garmin Connect - Details, before packing it back home.
That was one of the best race vacations ever! I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a longer distance but not gruesomely brutal mountain bike race. Great grass-roots feel in a fabulous setting!