2010 was an amazing year for Back of the Pack Racing. 2010 was a year of travel, a year of chaos, a year of suffering, a year of titanium. 2010 was a year in which Back of the Pack Racing reached the forefront of single speed ludacracy while avoiding the idiocracy displayed daily on the tool we call ‘The Internet’.
Yes, we all have day jobs – but we all dream of the single speed lifestyle, we all dream of riding into the sunset with the foxy mama, we all dream of the next killer plaid shirt. Back of the Pack Racing has defined us at a personal level, defined us as a team, defined us as movers and shakers, defined us as little kids fighting our way to the table where the big kids sit.
Psyche! That’s the point dude! We don’t want to be at the big kid’s table. We will not grow up! We just want plaid and patches and titanium. We just want to live the single speed lifestyle and forget about the chaos called reality. We just want to have fun and laugh our way to the next 24 hour race.
What the HELL am I saying? Who knows. Let’s get back to the B.P.R. Review of 2010!
Showing up is half the battle. And if anyone knows anything, they know that the B.P.R. High Altitude Championship is the ULTIMATE in high altitude racing. Too bad no one wants to show up for this classic event. Next year – a 3 day stage race. Check out the race review and the videos. The San Juan Mountains provide incredible views… along with an incredible racing venue.
The Race Review – Back of the Pack Style
Yeah, the videos are long. But chill out to the music – Metallica. The Madre digs Metallica. So you should too!
Red Mountain Pass – The Video.
And to all those Foxy Mamas out there – I’ll go on a romantic hike. If it’s a hike up Imogene Pass. I’ll be pushing my ‘sheep, of course.
The Quote (or Conversation) of the Year
The Lt Col was riding in the Albuquerque South Foothills one day – during work, of course. The Lt Col did what the Lt Col does, he ate S*^T going around a corner. A dude rode up and the short conversation started:
Dude to The Lt Col: “Hey are you Prob-eee?”
The Lt Col to the Dude: “What? Are you kidding me? I’m a Founding Father!”
This is no joke, jokester. A random dude, a dude that is unknown to any Back of the Pack Racer, came out of the dust and asked The Lt Col if he was Prob-eee. Talk about weird! Well, that’s the way it goes. Sorry Lt Col. But NO ONE would ever mistake The Judd for Prob-eee. Just saying.
The Race of the Year
I don’t need to waste any 1’s and 0’s on THE Race of the Year. It’s self explanatory.
Single Speed World Championships – Whakarewarewa Forest, New Zealand
The Adventure of the Year
What happens when you have a problem? Well, throw 3 Kiwis and 2 Americans at it and the problem will be solved in Back of the Pack Style. (Yeah, I really had nothing to do with the solution. But I created the problem. Doesn’t that count?)
The solution to the problem? A number of random events that culminated in an incredible adventure.
The Adventure @ The Single Speed World Championships – New Zealand
The Bizarre Story of the Year
I have a good imagination. Not that you would ever know. But I can’t make this S*^T up. I spent many, many hours / days mapping out the trail system in Albuquerque. Yeah, it’s already mapped out, but not in Back of the Pack Style. I renamed most trails. The names all have meaning. Meadow of the Witch is a favorite. Well, it was. Until a witch showed up in the Meadow of the Witch and did some very bad stuff.
The Meadow of the Witch, The Real Story
The Pic of the Year
The Back of the Pack crew showed up for the 24 Hours of Colorado Springs. Below is the Pic of The Year. The crew ‘racing’ past the B-52 at the North Entrance of the United States Air Force Academy. Wicked race, dude!
Oh yeah, the relentless pace laid down by The Judd caused Prob-eee to bust a lung and exit the race after one lap. Prob-eee should take a lesson, or two, from The Moral Chairman. Don’t hang with The Judd on lap 1. Just because. And for full disclosure – The Judd failed to achieve his race goals too – a bee sting induced fever laid The Judd out. It wasn’t a good day for The Leader of the crew.
The Failure of the Year
Yeah, I’m a complete failure, at times. Back in the spring I publicly stated that I would commit to The Johnny for ONE year if my performance at the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde was substandard. Well, due to a busted up knee I stopped at 50 miles. Yeah, and I also QUIT on The Johnny a few weeks later. Well, I can’t live my entire life as a quitter. So, at the end of 2010 I reaffirmed my commitment to The Johnny. It’s on. I must lead by example. What am I talking about? Well, check out this link. It spells it all out.
The Commitment to The Johnny: Judd is a Walking Freak Show
The Disappointment of the Year
The Judd drops serious cash on patches. What’s a ‘kit’ without killer patches.
Well, some patches are for advertising – one way or the other. These two patches didn’t exactly generate any interest. Yeah, definitely the biggest disappointment of 2010.
Yikes. The only email I received at juddSSingle@gmail.com was from The Lt Col. Great. Did anyone call the 1-800 # ? How would I know. I don’t answer the phone. I don’t talk on the phone. I don’t check for messages. Maybe that’s my problem… or one of my problems.
B.P.R. Video of the Year
In 2011 we will race less, but race harder. That’s a guarantee. Well, domination by The Judd is also a guarantee.
Back of the Pack Racing believes in 100% Cotton and Patches and Shorts with Pockets. Single speed endurance racing is all about accepting and thriving on pain and suffering. Call it MISERY. So… 100% cotton work shirts loaded down with bitchin’ patches is how we roll. Yes there is a side benefit… all the Foxy Mamas of the world don’t have to look at our middle aged beer guts. I’m sure the Foxy Mamas get enough of that by checking out the other 97.825% of the racing crowd.
2 more sheep were added to the Back of the Pack Flock. (We’ll steal the term ‘flock’ from the Black Sheep crew. They often talk about the ‘flock’. So we will go with that term.) Anyway 2 sheep were added in 2010. How many sheep will be added in 2011? Well, there two primary variables. 1) How many single speed Black Sheep riding freaks will join the ranks at the Back of the Pack, 2) How many sheep will The Judd order.
The Judd put in the miles in 2010. The legs burned through 3525.46 miles – all on the single speed machines, of course. To some, this may sound like a lot. To others, this is pathetic. My opinion? My effort in 2010 is a bit below my personal goals set at the start of the year. I spent WAY too much time traveling to / from races and not enough time training for the races. Next year will be different. Maybe. How about a 2011 goal of 4800 miles? I’ll have to think about that.
The New Zealand Connection: Will the dudes in the Southern Hemisphere promote the lifestyle? Will the dudes in New Zealand start a southern hemisphere SS revolution based on patches and plaid and titanium?
Oh Yeah, Back of the Pack Racing’s Favorite Band for 2010
Black Owls, can’t get any better than this. So says The Judd