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Cowbell Challenge 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race
As both a promoter and participant I can honestly say this years Cowbell Challenge 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race was a huge success. With well over 100 registered racers and sunny skies over Catawba (Historic Tuckaseegee Ford Park) it was going to be a great yet interesting day. With perfect trail conditions and a supposed loop of 6 to 7 miles it should have been an easy day turning some loops down by the river. Well, I think most would admit that the first hour or 2 of the race was pretty much that. As the sun began to rise over the power lines the looks on the racers face began to change. Also another thing became apparent. The fact that when I marked the course I had no computer on my bike and haven’t at all this year. As the temperatures reached the mid to upper 90’s the 8+ mile laps started to take their toll on most racers. Riding through the parts of the course on the open clay trails and fire roads seemed like riding in the middle of the desert. There was no doubt why we named the climb crossing under the powers lines “Desert Storm”. What was earlier in the day an easy stroll through the woods was becoming more about surviving your turn. Dehydration was running ramped and cramps spread through the transition areas to the different teams like a nasty infection. Only those that were truly prepared could avoid them. (No cramps for me and my 49 miles - Cytomax and Cytosport Recovery). As the afternoon took place some gusty wind and cloud cover took place. However, at this point the sun had done its damage. When 7:59pm and last call for laps came I noticed there was a shortage of people lining up. Most were humbled by how our local trail and the heat from our last day of spring had beaten them down. For most of us though, this was not a chime for the agony of defeat but just another great day of riding a bike.
I currently do not have the results for the event, yet should in a couple of days. I want to thank all of the participants and v

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