Ironhorse in Durango and Rafting the Taos Box 
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 05:04 PM - Weekend Fun
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Jeff and I took the 'dubstepper' up to Durango for the Ironhorse weekend. We stayed with Mike and Allison in Mike's parents' condo. We knew ahead of time that the race officials had shortened the race to Purgatory (snowstorm buried the pass), so everyone was a little somber; I was there for the people so I wasn't as heartbroken to miss out on the 2nd half of the ride. Although, I was seriously unhappy that we didn't get to take the narrow-gage railroad back down into town. That would have been tons of fun with this crew!

Anyway, I started a little toward the back so I had to fight my way back up into the lead pack. The road had orange plastic construction posts sparsely on the left-side of the lane, so these things would come out of nowhere. I witnessed two terrible crashes. With the first someone clipped the base of the cone and it swung over sideways and took the person to my left out. In the 2nd crash, the road narrowed and a guy got pinched off, and slammed directly into the post and pitched his bike sideways. I was just far enough into the lane that I could squeeze around the dominoing carnage. After that the climb began and things started thinning out (thankfully). I wasn't feeling particularly strong, but suffered up the hill as best I could. My orange raincoat was way to hot but I pushed through to the end - especially when a dad and his ~12 year old son came up alongside me on the final stretch. I had to work hard to punch it past them to the finishing line. That little kid was tough!

Results: 83 out of 1557. (Questionable Chasing3 chipped times.)

After the fun descent back to town with the whole crew, we headed into town for dinner and a drink. At the bar, we found Boulder Mike who posted a 1:26 (stava verified) time to win the Citizen's Tour... and it happened to be his birthday. So we partied a little on his behalf.

The following day was more rainy. We watched some of the crits, BBQed, took a walk along the railroad tracks, and I make a great craigslist purchase of whitewater gear because Sunday the water levels were the highest they've been on the Rio in the Taos Box in 3 years.

We left at 6am to head over there and meet Mike for the shuttle. It's a long shuttle so we finally put on at noonish, but the 17 mile ride was great. We had sandwiches and drinks and passed 1000 ft under the Taos Gorge Bridge. Whitewater was fun, but nothing crazy in the 12 footer. The drytop and wetsuit came in very handy though, as it was freezing snowmelt water and the clouds were rolling in and out. We reran the shuttle and headed home to collapse in exhaustion.

Ironhorse back to Durango.


Celebration.


Citizen's Crit.



Walking the tracks.


BBQ by the Durango-Silverton Railroad Tracks.


Taos Box









More photos are here.

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