June 21st marked the Summer Solstice, when the sun sets for about 3 1/2 hours and never really goes far below the horizon. What better way to celebrate it than with a 24 hour bike race!??
Brian had been kicking around the idea of getting a team together for this 24 hour bike race in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada for a few weeks. He met some people on mtbr.com that were putting a non-competitive team together and they had two open spots. The event is called "24 hours of light" and it's basically a big party where teams of 1, 2, 4 or 8 take turns doing laps around a 13km mountain bike course.
Some people, including a guy from Seward who caught a ride with us, Chuck, do the race solo. Which means they ride for 24 hours straight.... in circles... for 24 hours...without stopping. We had a seven man(woman) team, the Magnificent Seven. We pretty much rode the whole night, except for the hours between 6 and 8am where we all took a well needed nap. My sunrise lap was interesting. I started at 4am and was hallucinating that I saw a bear jumping up and down on a tree branch. There was nothing there. We ended up doing 19 laps total, we came in second to last! Woohoo!
BTW, Whitehorse is a super cool town and I highly recommend it if you ever happen to find yourself the Yukon. :)
Update: I finally got my pics online.. here they are:
|Whitehorse - 24 hours of Light|