Tuesday, September 9, 2008

One for the History Books

Sorry folks, after my pre-dawn update here on the Sunday of the ride, I was either gone or far too whacked out with sleep deprivation to write anything.

The 2008 Vapor Trail was probably the best ever. I can't thank everyone enough; the volunteers, riders, and friends/families were totally great to work with. There's still some clean-up and post ride work to be done, but the memories are great. I could not have hoped for a better event.

On Sunday morning after I posted here, I drove the drop bags up to Aid Station #3 at Monarch Pass. After I got there I hiked up the Continental Divide Trail north toward Old Monarch Pass to get some photos of the first riders heading in. Here they are, in order that they were riding at that point, a bit more than halfway through the course:

Ryan Hamilton appears through the evergreens, smiling

Kevin Thomas shows up moments later in hot pursuit of Ryan, rockin' a converted SS in tennis shoes with platform pedals

Matt Turgeon 7 minutes behind the first two

Calvin Rickard, all blurry from being up all night

Aaron Gulley, also somewhat blurred

The legendary Andrew Lapkass, the 6th man, half hour behind the first two

Steven Yore two minutes behind Andrew

Jason Stubbe, smiling in front of the sky

Jeff Kerkove grinding his way up highway 50 toward the third Aid Station

Salidan Kevin Thomas wound up finishing the fun ride before any of the others. Proud of our local boy! Check the other results at http://vaportrail125.com/vaporResults.php

Special thanks to Fixie Dave for manning the frying pan and coffee pot at Aid Station #2.

See y'all next year!

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