ELLT 2017 Mountain Biking

While its still fresh in my mind, trying to describe, summarize, recount what happened during this year’s ELLT, one of my favorite of all time and a great way to wrap a decade of this silliness.

ELLT 2017 all the bikes ready to race

We returned to Stratham Hill after a 2016 detour to Rowley-Georgetown and the 90+ minute group ride included 20 of us, which is an absurd number of riders trying to go through the woods together (youtube link here) In 2018, I think we will split into two groups, the faster riders with Danno and the crawlers with me (same duration, different distance).

ELLT 2017 Leo on the bike

William Doyle distinguished himself with a few lovely crashes and Mitchell Roy proved cycling isn’t a hereditary sport. Gary shouted “Aqualung” and no one broke a bike in two. Despite losing William to a twisted ankle, overall the group ride was better than usual – long and tough in places, but an excellent morning on the trails.

ELLT 2017 Gary on the bike

For the time trial, Eric L convinced me to send Danno first, to set the mark for everyone else. Having previously consulted with two riders who could challenge Danno, but were not racing this year, we determined Danno wouldn’t face a 2 minute handicap. When he finished in 14 minutes and 26 seconds, I think the rest of the field realized he’d set a brutal course.

ELLT 2017 Eric walks the bike

Final Top Ten Results:

  1. Danno, 14:26
  2. Chris Roy, 15:11
  3. Leo, 15:42
  4. Eric Lapham, 16:07
  5. Tom Lovell, 17:13
  6. JP, 17:20
  7. Drew Lapham, 17:48
  8. Gus, 19:19
  9. Chris Doyle, 19:50
  10. Jason Madden, 20:06

(impressive ride by Chris Doyle…amazing how much quicker it is when you don’t follow Steve Ball’s Wandering Route in the Woods)

ELLT 2017 Chris Doyle on the bike

ELLT 2017 Post bikje race


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