Vapor Trail

Posted by on Sep 10, 2007 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I rode a bit over 70 miles, before pulling the plug. I felt great, had an amazing time, rode strong…and still I did not have enough juice to finish. I am amazed at the colossal effort everyone put in. I was totally fried after 13 hours…and still had 70 MORE miles to ride.

The best part about the VT125? The way the amazing views distract you from the pain of climbing for hours and hours and hours…. 🙂

A big thank you to Tom and all the folks at Absolute Bikes that made this happen. It was fantastic!

More words later, for now, pictures:

Ready to roll…
Dawn at Hancock Townsite
Sunrise on the Alpine Rail Grade
Views from the Alpine Tunnel
Tom Purvis works his way up the Continental Divide
Another rider high above on the CDT
All smiles!
Singletrack over the Continental Divide
High above the Alpine Tunnel
Later in the day, Old Monarch Pass
The Monarch Crest Trail


  1. SquidBuzz
    September 11, 2007


    Read Kerkove’s story and made my way over this way.

    Seems you had a lot of time to take pictures. =)

    Sounds like a one of a kind race.

    You guys are some really lucky peeps.

  2. Matt
    September 11, 2007

    Adam –

    Aweosme meeting you and I’m glad that we both got the chance to ride this epic. Wow that’s exactly why we bike, right?

    If ever in NM, please look me up.


  3. bobikes
    September 11, 2007

    Can you give a run down of your light system? Type, placement, how many batteries, etc.

  4. Adam Lisonbee
    September 11, 2007


    I used a Princeton Tec Switchback 2 on my helmet, and a Switchback 3 on my bars. They each get over 6 hours of burn time on high, so i had plenty of light to get me through until morning.

    When I was climbing I turned off the SB3 and ran the SB2 at a lower power setting to conserver battery power.

    The set up worked very well.

  5. KanyonKris
    September 11, 2007

    Wow, what a brutal course – scenic though. Props for giving it a go!

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