We began our trip to the Teva Mountain Games on Thursday. We left our house at 11am. On our way we stopped at the Kokopelli Trailhead in Fruita, CO. For our days’ training ride we rode Mary’s Loop and the more technical Macks Ridge before heading to my aunt’s house to see my relatives one last time before they went back home to Texas. We left at 11am Friday and arrived in Vail at 2 pm. We immediately put our course preride in, so we could see some of the Teva Games events. The race course was 7 miles and 1,400 feet of climbing up the ski mountain.
The Teva Games featured Climbing Sports, Water Sports, Mountain Biking, K-9 Sports and Slacklining which was super cool and a new experience. On Saturday we watched many of the events plus the Pro XC Mountain Bike race. We able to practice kayaking in a large portable pool.
My race started after an hour rain delay. I was the first one off the line! Throughout my race I passed many cat 2 and 3 racers of all ages. I hammered the climb and shredded the descent. I was 2nd in the Cat 3 Juniors 18 and under.
Our Sunday recovery ride included all of the Teva Games Time Trial course that was used in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and much more. It was 29 miles and had 1800 feet of climbing on the Gore Valley Bike path. We saw more of the Teva Games that afternoon. Monday, on our way home, our great trip ended with a ride down the bike path in the beautiful Glenwood Canyon as our ride of the day.