Sunday, June 1, 2014

Babies, Big Waves, and Burgers....Buena Vista Gravity Play Puts DART nuun On the Podium Times 2.

Ryan Ognibene (left) and Jeremy Rodgers (right) win both the solo 12 and sprint races.

2014 Buena Vista Gravity Play Adventure Xtreme Series kicked off with a bang. Heather and I rolled into town with the Mazz in tow looking for a warm up race for the Go Pro Games the following weekend. Heather and I are 6 months along expecting our daughter in September so Heather sat this one out but is riding and paddling her way right into the delivery room!

Heather showing our biggest surprise to fellow racers.
Fellow DART racer Ryan Ognibene and I both entered as soloists in one of our favorite Gravity Play races consisting of run ride paddle orienteering and climb sections. Ryan held off up and coming Tecnu racer Jason Popilsky from Idaho by a coin toss margin after Ryan made a bold choice to clear all of the orienteering points while Jason's strategy was to lay down blistering speed on foot and bike which left them less than 5 minutes apart.  Ryan's been paddling with Gary Lacy and I since last fall and has really came into his own on the swiftwater paddle legs in adventure races. The paddling section on the Arkansas from Buena Vista to Browns Canyon put in was at super high flows so racers had their
hands full keeping their kayaks upright in the endless class 3 chop. My personal race highlight was watching one husband get flipped out of the kayak followed by his wife waving to him while she carried on down the river just fine without him! Ryan won the overall 12 hour race and I won the overall sprint race so DART nuun times deux is the punchline for this weekend.

Serving up gluten lactose and spam free burgers post race on the Beach!
Ryan, Heather, and I served up burgers post race for racers on the new "Beach" in Buena Vista while racers compared all the wrong turns, flips, swims, chaffing, and crashes.

Next in Vail, Colorado next weekend where 40,000 spectators and athletes vie for king and queen of the mountain in every mountain sport known. Ryan Ognibene and head to Untamed New England next month so look for them and Tecnu to battle it out yet again. 

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