Vision Quest

Today is Vision Quest, the biggest race event in Josh’s year. He has been training so hard for this moment.

You may have heard of the race in Leadville, CO because of the celebrity involvement and documentaries that have been made, but Vision Quest is both under the radar and really, really intense. 55+ miles and over 11,000 feet of climbing make it like nothing else out there. {Here is the official website.} Riders will have to make it to the top of three separate peaks spanning basically the distance of the Trabuco/Silverado/Black Star canyons–and they ride to the bottom in between each peak! The race ends in Holy Jim canyon (in the news this week due to the dramatic rescue of two missing teenage hikers after 4 and 5 days in the elements). If you watched news coverage of the search and rescue efforts you have gotten a glimpse of the terrain. Riders are amateurs like Josh through professional mountain biking legends.

Please think positive thoughts for him. Prayers are certainly welcome for his safety and general ease in finishing (no mechanicals this year!)

Read my post on his second VQ experience here.

A post on last year’s VQ (Josh had a mechanical and did not finish–heartbreaking) and life in general with a new baby here.

A video that shows pretty well what it looks like to ride this race (taken on a go pro camera) here. It does look amazing to see the sun come up!

Josh has put a LOT of hours, miles, thought, and planning into preparing for this event, so it is a very big deal. I am both nervous and excited, just hoping all goes well! The race starts at 5:30 am PST.

Jacob and I will be cheering him on!

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1 Response to Vision Quest

  1. Kim Ward says:

    I have sich a gooood feeling that today is the day!! This is Josh’s year!! Though just to Finish this race is an amazing feat!! I have no doubt Josh will finish with extrodinary times! After the dissapointment of mechanical problems last year, Josh deserves a successful finish!! Good Luck Josh!! We love you and are so proud of you!!

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