So I managed to smash, gouge, stumble and prance my way through three amazing events. A full summers worth: the Arizona Trail race, The Tour Divide and finally The Colorado Trail race. 4000 miles of total off-road gallivanting. The last and shortest of them all, the CTR proved to be the most difficult, naturally. Man what a run. Every time everything pleaded to stop or I just wanted to sleep in, somehow I won the battle and pushed on. A truly fantastic experience. As much as I would love to do it all again next year and chip minutes or days off my times. There are so many trails and dirt roads around the world I have never ridden. They infest my daydreams and claw at me like a succubus in the night. So enough of this moonlighting as an endurance racer. I'm going back to the full time off-road touring cyclist. Because the only thing sad about the routes I rode last summer is they are relatively short. Ok that and I like to sleep and cruise.