Whiskey 50

Coop loves going to the races, especially when he gets to wear his RockShox superhero shirt and cape.

Photo: Kenny When

After 2 years of cold, rainy weather we finally got some typical AZ sunshine and warmth for the Whiskey 50. Coop was loving it.

The weekend always kicks off with a fatboy crit in downtown Prescott. The rules are you have to start in order to race the big Backcountry race on Sunday. There is no time or prize money on the line, just bragging rights and putting on a show for the spectators. This year there were tons of spectators, most I’ve ever seen at the Whiskey. My plan was to take it easy, sit in the group and if it came down to a sprint try to go for it. After a few laps I was following Hynek was he rolled off the front before the climb. I was hoping to hit it at the front and then drift to the back. Well the field sat up and we got a gap. Then he sat up and I was off by myself. I spent most of the race solo.
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Photo: Kenny When

Then Sam Gaze joined me. I knew he is a great sprinter especially after beating Nino at Sea Otter in a sprint in the STXC a few days ago but the field was no where in site so we traded pulls and he got me at the end. I was happy to start the weekend off with a 2nd place and snagged a few Clif Bar primes along the way too. This is us riding side by side up the climb on the last lap.
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Photo: Kenny When

Was honored Todd Sadow asked me to speak at the amateur race meeting after the race, was awesome to see so many people getting excited for their race on Saturday.

Sunday was the big day, the 50 mile backcountry race for all the prize $ and series points. I started well enough and managed to sprint into the single track 4th wheel even after nearly throwing it away on the entry. Little did I know this would be the best part of my race.

About 25 minutes in I burped my tire and had to stop and hit it with a CO2. I only lost about a minute but it was quite a few places since it was early in the race on the single track. I chased hard and made it to the main group but I could feel it wasn’t going to be my day. On the ride back up from Skull Valley I blew up and by the top I was just happy to still be pedaling. Some days are good and some are bad, thats bike racing.

Bike Setup: Scott Spark RC rear 135 psi, SID 92 psi, 36 Eagle chainring, Maxxis Ikon EXO front 24/ rear 25.5.
Crit Setup: Bike has to be the same for both races other then tires which must be at least 1.5 wide. I ran Maxxis Refuse 700x 40 @ 80 psi.

I’m back home for a few days and then off to Marathon National Champs in Arkadelphia, AR this weekend where I’m hoping for a better result.

On a side note, tomorrow I’ll be doing a Facebook live on the Leadville Page at 4 pm PST if you have some Leadville questions, log in and fire away.

I wonder how Winston is enjoying being back in Durango……


3 responses to “Whiskey 50

  1. Awesome race report tht reminds me of summaries from years ago! Always good to wonder Winston is up to and to see Coop in the pits! Only thing missing was some golfing! Really appreciate the tech tips – so pro!

    Tech Question: are you running tubeless on the crit wheelset and do you have a separate wheelset? Which wheels are you running?

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