NMORS Signal Peak Challenge, NM

On August 18, 2013 @ 9:04 a.m., Robert and I started our MTBike race in Signal Peak, NM, eight miles north of Silver City, NM, in the Gila National Forest. The largest turnout that I recall for the singlespeed category, with representation from AZ, NM, and TX. The start of the race is a steep, rutted, jeep road that tests your mental fortitude and power output, putting you in the red from the gun. I got a good jump with another ride from Taos, NM. The scouting report indicated he was the rider to beat and was leading the points category, including the altitude advantage and a season pro. The start is above 7000 ft and travels through numerous power climbs on a FR with challenging terrain to the summit of 9000 ft. I sat on his wheel which afforded me the opportunity to attempt to capitalize on his weaknesses. I cleaned some potential hike-a-bike sections and put a significant gap on him and the rest of the group of 14 riders. My goal was to reach the summit with a small gap. The climb takes approximately 50 minutes and leads you into a 3-mile stretch of sweet high-alpine singletrack that is perhaps the most challenging section of the race. The pics depict the obstacles on this stretch of singletrack, except the tight-off camber drop off sections. Courtesy of Paula, she staged herself on the most grueling section of the trail. By that point of the race, you were forced to display your best poker face impression for the mug shot. Paula reported I had a 5 minute lead on the 2nd place rider at that time of the race. The descent on the CDT is the most rewarding section of the course, with fast-swooping singletrack and tight technical swithchback.

I continued to push as hard as I could, and, tor the first time in that race, my legs felt empty. I had caught several Cat 1 and Pro open geared riders in that 10-mile stretch. They had started approximately 8 minutes before our wave. They were good sports and allowed me to pass through. I caught a Stan’s No Tubes racer on the final fun downhill, which consists of rollercoaster type jeep ride which encourages big air. He was on a full suspension rig so I encouraged him to take lead. I got distracted at one point with spectators on both sides of the trail, catching huge air and I believe a camera shot from one of them. A big cheer followed, and perhaps one of the most adrenaline rushes of my life. The legs were back for the next two sections of steep, off-camber, climbs for the final leg of the race. After numerous water crossing and a bombing single track descent, I sprinted to the finish.

I finished the race with not my fastest time, but satisfying result since I had not officially raced in over a years time. The race averaged 7800 ft and over 3500 ft of climbing in a 22-mile loop. The average finish is 2:20 and I finished in 2:02. Results are not up yet, however, I believe I finished 9 minutes of the second place finisher. Robert had a great run for a podium spot, however, a catastrophic mechanical kept him from finishing the race. He can chime in on his experience. Next up, a 100 miler mid September.

Beto Villegas  Rigid and Single on a 29er 
Robert Rodriguez
Beto Villegas

Three Bears TT #2


Better to suffer with friends.  Great time today!  Some podium spots – details to come when they sort out the ordering.  Judy (and Rick) fed us awesome breakfast burritos afterward under the Aggress tent.  Best way ever to emerge from the hurt locker.  Tail wind and downhill on the way back made it actually fun. Fitness is coming back!
 TTT up next.
Aggress Results:
Kurt Garbe Men Cat-3 20k 30:20 1st place
Kurt Garbe Men Cat-3 30K 45:47 2nd place
Rich Horn Men Cat-3 20k 30:52 2nd place
Rich Horn Men Cat-3 30k 44:42 1st place
Tim Scott Men 40+ 30k 43:05 1st place
Rick Ellwanger Men 65+ 30k 50:42 1st place
Gustao Amado Men Cat-4 30k 47:49 5th place
Kerry McLaughlin Men Cat-5 30k 50:28 2nd place

Cotton City TT #2

Today was exactly as expected for me.  I’m riding my way back to fitness.  We all did the double tap 20 and 40K TTs.  I kept my heart rate in the same place for both events 173 and 172, but I had to reach deep the last 15K in the heat for the 40.  That and the 4:30 launch from bed left me rather shattered for the rest of the day.  Surely I owe Rich some beer.  He and Tim both put in solid efforts.  I’ll be ready by the TTT in September.  I was not ready for today…  Ouch!
Aggress results:

Tim Scott Mens 40-44 20K 29:04 1st Place
Tim Scott Mens 40-44 40K 58:17 2nd Place
Rich Horn Mens Cat-3 20k 29:46 1st Place
Rich Horn Mens Cat-3 40k 59:30 1st Place
Kurt Garbe Mens Cat-3 20K 30:27 3rd Place
Kurt Garbe Mens Cat-3 40K 1:03:17 4th Place

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    Aggress is a Tucson-based statewide / regional cycling team formed in January, 2004.
    As a developmental team for both road and mountain bike racing, Aggress continues to actively – yet carefully – recruit according to a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork in both training and racing tactics.
    Our focus is to race as a team, utilizing team tactics to get our man the win. We ride in support of our designated racer, with each member in turn supported in the key event(s) of his choosing.
    We are aggressive when we race, but we behave in a courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times. We also have team training rides that we utilize throughout the season.