Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Warriors Society's Vision Quest MTB Race

Kyle Holderman passing another rider

While most of us were snug in bed Saturday morning, Kyle Holderman (Serfas Sponsored Athlete #92 pictured above), his buddy Paul, and nearly 200 other cyclists were hammering up and down Saddleback Mountain in what is widely considered one of the 10 toughest mountain biking races in the country.

Think 55.5 miles and more than 11,000 feet of gain on a mixed course of loose rocks, twisting narrow single-track trails and fast fire roads – starting at 5:30 a.m.

The Warrior's Society, a volunteer trail maintenance organization which put on Saturday's race, saw Manuel Prado as the winner.

Vision Quest, as it's called, is the kind of race you train months for just to make the midrace cutoff of 6.5 hours, which still leaves you with a monster climb up West Horse Thief Trail, another chunk of Main Divide and the entire Trabuco Creek trail and road.
Prado's winning finish time? Five hours, fourteen minutes – half the time of some finishers.

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