High in above Lake Chelan

High in above Lake Chelan

As I have mentioned in several earlier posts, I am going to break out of my five year downward spiral of racing ambitions and have a go at the Pisgah Stage Race in Brevard, NC next week. I haven’t participated in a stage race since the last time I visited Pisgah so it seems like the logical place to give multi-day mountain bike racing another shot. Actually I believe that the PSR is the BEST of these type of races I’ve ever done–totally awesome trails second to none, great fall weather, awesome community support, and just the right amount of suffering to stretch one’s spirit without damaging their soul. However, this time I have no other ambitions than simply riding smooth and finishing strong–after all, this IS the “unplugged” version! Read more »

'14 Capitol Forest 100 Top Three

’14 Capitol Forest 100 Top Three

I gave self an early birthday present this year–100 miles on a mountain bike! I am trying to regain some confidence going into next months Pisgah Stage Race so I have broke away from the shop for a few late summer races hoping to prepare myself for five days of hard riding in Appalachia. Several years ago I did the NW Epic Series race in Capitol Forest, winning the first ever 50 mile race there. This time I was back for MORE–two laps of Capitol Forest awesomeness and a chance to place second in the NW Epic series! Read more »

Michelle and I post race

Michelle and I basking in the glow of modest accomplishment!

After a great year in Wenatchee I wanted to at least attend one familiar race in Oregon this season so I left work early Friday and pointed my Liberty south toward Oakridge. I have blogged about this quaint little former logging town between Eugene and Bend on HWY 58. It sits in the foothills of the Cascades on the west side and began to embrace mountain biking over 20 years ago and is now home to one of the most committed cycling communities anywhere.

My objective was to race the Cascade Cream Puff, a storied race that is known world wide for its majestic single track and soul-crushing difficulty. I have had the good fortune of finishing first twice in the 100 mile version, once single-speed and most recently last year on my geared Ibis Ripley. This time I would actually only race 50 miles in what is now known as the “Fritter 50″. As I have for most of the races so far this year, I chose to test my new Ibis Tranny 29 on this seemingly endless ribbon of Oregon single track. Read more »

NW MTB Series

NW MTB Series

First of all, my apologies for not posting here this season. As they say “too many irons in the fire”! In some ways, I feel like my “iron” has been in the fire too long! Anyway, what’s been going on? Well, we opened a bike shop in Wenatchee last winter www.ridgecyclesport.com. The kids are growing up and seem to consume more and more time. After taking two months off last winter to “recover” my general health condition is good but my performance continues to be compromised and this season it is worse than ever. The good news is that I have some different Drs. taking a look and despite dealing with this for five years, I still have some hope that the puzzle can be solved! Read more »

What 10 years of MTB racing as “professional” looks like on a screen…

2013
El Paso Puzzler El Paso, TX 1st
Miles of DisComfort Comfort, TX 1st
TMBRA Marathon Series Overall Texas 1st
NUE#1 True Grit Epic George, UT 4th
Mudslinger Stage Race (SS) Blodgett, OR 1st
Sea Otter Classic (XC-SS) Monterey, CA 1st
Stottlemeyer 60 Port Gamble, WA DNF
USAC 24hr National Championship Gallup, NM 9th
Humbug Hurry-Up Yreka, CA 1st
Test of Endurance 50 Blodgett, OR 1st
High Cascades 100 Bend, OR 5th
Cascade Cream Puff 100 Westfir, OR 1st
Park City P2P Park City, UT 6th
Oakridge Fat55 Oakridge, OR 1st Read more »

OBRA cyclo cross Ninkrossi Cross-Word

Rassumussen Rides Again!

Several weeks ago, “Ninkrossi” in Washougal WA marked my first race in over three years. Normally, finishing in the middle of a Cat C cyclocross race would not rank noteworthy to me. However given how time constraints with work and health issues have kept me on the sidelines for too long, just doing a race felt like a victory! I’ve never done much ‘cross anyway, so I really have no standards in my head that I need to live up to. Right now I’m just enjoying the little bit of training I’m doing and looking forward to the next event.

That opportunity came last Saturday. A Perfect Day–nice weather, a fun course, my supportive wife and my form returning made for a great day of cross at the “Crossword Challenge” in Canby, Oregon! It felt great to be competitive again. I rode the entire race within the top 5-10 riders and wound up in 6th place in a field of about 30.

Mark R.

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