Eric’s Heavy Ride For Norte

$3,185 of $3,000 raised

In 2018, Patrick Cotant rode 100 miles/day for 2 days to raise awareness and funds for Norte.

He called it Patrick’s Heavy Ride and it was a huge success. He introduced Norte to many new people and raised $3,070 for our youth programs.

Last summer, he invited some friends to join him and together they raised $12,000+ for happy, healthy, strong kids.

He's doing it again in 2020 and I'm in. For a very, VERY heavy ride.

I committed to do “Leadville for Norte” via the Near and Far Heavy Ride Campaign.  Since then, there was a global pandemic, in case you haven’t heard.  That global pandemic had some ripple effects. Two of which are:

  1. My hair is as long, or longer, than it was when I was playing hockey in college.
  2. The Leadville Trail 100 MTB race is canceled for 2020.

We had all sorts of great ideas how we were going to encourage people to come and train with us, as we prepared for this crazy race, and hopefully raise some funds and awareness for Norte. As many things in life, they don’t happen exactly as you plan. I’m already confirmed for the 2021 LT100 and fully intend on fulfilling my commitment to the “Far” portion of the Near and Far Heavy Ride for Norte. However, I didn’t really feel like waiting a full year. I had some very generous people donate to this cause and I really wanted to do SOMETHING in its place. What about a long bike packing trip? What about a random long day in the saddle? What about Everesting (lots of people are already doing this for charity…but hold on to this thought)?  I wanted to do something hard, but unique. After some thought and a little Excel spreadsheeting (yes…it’s a word…don’t @ me), I’ve come up with an idea. Why can’t I still do “Leadville” here?  What if I combined Leadville with something special to our area? What if I did Leadville on the Iceman course? Leadville Meets Iceman Heavy Ride?  (insert mind blown emoji) So, that’s what I’m going to do.  

The Leadville 100 MTB is a 100 mile race with ~11,000 ft. of climbing.  It’s done primarily on fire roads and two tracks with a little single track sprinkled in. Sounds like Iceman!  Main difference is that I’ll be trading cold and snow/mud for hot and sand. The course will be a traditional Iceman Out and Back. The ride will start and end at the Norte Yurt at Timber Ridge Campground.  It’s just that pesky 11,000 ft. of climbing I need to replicate. Enter the spreadsheeting and the Everesting that I asked you to hold onto.  Everesting is defined by as:

The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest.

Leadville has six major climbs.  I’ve chosen five climbs on the Iceman course and one just barely off of it. I will use the Everesting rules to repeat those climbs, over and over again, until I reach the equivalent elevation gain of each major Leadville climb. Sound a little crazy?  Yeah…me too.

The math is still being worked out as I recon these climbs to figure out what my bike computer registers as the elevation gain. However, here is the rough math as it stands today:

There’s elevation and miles in between on both courses and when I added up everything, I’m shockingly close to the LT100. 101.5 miles and 11,034 feet of climbing. Not bad, eh?  

So, that’s the plan. I’m targeting June 27th as the date. Since the shelter in place order has been lifted, I would love for people to join me out on course (properly distanced).  I’ll be on course for somewhere in the range of 10 hours beginning at 6:30 from the yurt at Timber Ridge. Come do a couple of the hill repeats with me over the course of the day:

Come give me social distanced high fives. If this inspires you in any way and you are able, consider kicking in a couple bucks to my donation page. I will also have volunteers on course with a Norte bucket taking small donations if you have some loose change in your pocket.  No donation is too small.  Every little bit helps in the mission to build stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart. A little more about my commitment to Norte can be read here. Gracias!


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