The fourth annual Pierre's Hole 100, held at Grand Targhee in Alta, Wyoming, showcased the host resort's trailbuilding acumen with a challenging race course that included 16,000+ feet of vertical combined with amazing descents and jaw-dropping views of the Tetons and surrounding mountains. Pierre's Hole is considered by some racers as the hardest of the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series races, and this year's version lived up to that reputation.
Grand Targhee Resort is well known for its powdery conditions in the winter, but with the continued addition of singletrack and lift service, it is also becoming known for its mountain biking.
The wildflowers were in full bloom and waist high in many places along the singletrack. The weather was near perfect under blue skies, billowy clouds and mild temperatures. A gentle breeze on race day and local brews helped to keep racers and spectators cool throughout the day.
Fitzgerald's Bicycles was stoked to provide neutral mechanical support at the base area this year. Jay P and Sarah had a ton of fun helping folks with their chains, flats and at least one broken derailleur. Tracey, Evan and Kim donned their Fitzy kits to help at the water station right next store so it felt like a bike team party, particularly when Team Fitzy racers rolled through. Congrats to all the racers.
We've gotten the complete results for both the 100 and 50 mile races at Pierre's Hole.
Team Fitzy had a great showing:
Gabe shared with us a brief race report:
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Pierre’s was a hard day on the bike. 103 miles and 17,000 feet of climbing. I have never had a good race at this event. 3 years ago I crashed at mile 1 and damaged my pelvis and last year I was out of shape. This year I am riding well and I had the family in town to feed me. When you have the family fly in from the Midwest to watch you race it puts a little pressure on you. I often do well when the race is hard as heck so I thought I may have a shot at a top 10.
I rode the first 2 laps really monitoring my heart rate. The 3rd lap I started to punch it a little on the climbs. Once I stopped passing 100 milers I knew I was riding with the leaders. Like most 100 milers I had a few low moments but I dealt with them while moving forward. My last lap I knew it was time to “thug up” Fiddie Cent style and let beat run. I wasn’t able to catch anyone else but I held off 9th place from catching me and came in about two minutes under the belt buckle time cutoff. I noticed last year they gave out about 15 or more buckles. This year with the harder course they only gave out 8. A lot can go wrong in a ten hour race so I feel lucky to have gone home with the buckle.
Dave Byers also shared this report from his Blog:
I think they should consider renaming this race “The Cramp 100”. I have cramped every year I have done this race and every 100-mile finisher I talked to this year had issues with cramping or was on the verge of cramping. Pierre’s Hole must be the perfect storm of altitude, dry air, and steep climbs to promote cramping.
Lap #1 – The Crash
Between helping with mechanicals and feeding hungry racers, we had time to snap a few shots of our favorite racers. Check them out.