This is the top portion (Burro Pass, 11,200 ft) of the infamous Whole Enchilada. Everyone's bikes were completely covered in mud just from the hike up to the starting line. The course then consisted of packed snow, ice, and more mud. It was a sunny and pleasant 70 degrees back down in town.
This video doesn't really convey how terrifying it was to ride this course with any notion of a race pace. I rode pretty conservatively. I had never ridden this trail, and it was incredibly slippery. I was concerned about getting injured or having a mechanical; after all, we still had all of upper and lower Porcupine to race for Stage 5. A lot of folks just gave up and walked.
That being said, it was also a ton of fun, because of the thrill of trying to ride it at speed - no one would ever try and ride it that fast outside of a race.
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