DCMTB took 1st and 2nd overall at EX2Adventures.com's 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey. DCMTB also took 2nd and 3rd in 40+ three man and 2nd in three person co-ed for a strong showing at the June 26th event at Quantico Marine Base.
My 40+ 2nd place team would also have likely finished in the top five overall had we not quit (i.e. I did not want to do another lap). 2nd place in our category was secure with thirty minutes still left to start a new rider so, given our large lead over the 3rd place team, we sacrificed our overall position so I wouldn't have to flirt with heat stroke on a 4th lap.
The DCMTB teams were:
1st overall and 1st in 3 man open: Ian Spivak, Mike Tabasco and Calvin Cheung
2nd overall and 2nd in 3 man open: Matt Donahue, Evan Ellicott (fastest lap in the whole race and on a singlespeed too!) and Kevin Stapleton
2nd in 40+ 3 man and way up there overall: Marc Gwadz, Tom Vaughn and your humble narrator
2nd in co-ed 3 person: Tyler Newby, Ilana Knopf and Leland Godwin
3rd in 3 man 40+: Mark Drajem, Raul Rojas (so fast this year!) and Mike Stoll
Somewhere in the running for 35+: Joe Foley, Vince and Jamie.
More than 400 racers faced temperatures in the mid-nineties plus high humidity on the hilly and challenging ten mile course. The heat made the race a grueling affair. Here are a few photos of how it happened.
Lots of DCMTB riders at the front of the starting run for the bikes:
Mike Tabasco rolled in 2nd overall after the first lap:
Matty D was 2nd for DCMTB and in the top five overall:
Tom Vaughn brings it home for our 40+ team:
The main venue for resting riders:
Home sweet home for 12 hours (my bike is in the middle):
Stay out of the sun:
Marc Gwadz shows off his cyclocross skills on one of his scorching laps:
The women's solo podium demonstrates the health of the sport:
DCMTB overall #1 and #2:
So my team was fast but I was not. Such is life. I didn't collapse in the heat and I'm happy about that.
I need to fix the photos so they all can enlarge but no time for that tonight. Only the first and last enlarge now.