World Championship's Team vs National's Team

Written by Glenn Rogers
Created Date: Friday, 09 October 2009 09:42
Last Updated: Friday, 09 October 2009 11:02

With nuun - Feed the Machine sending teams to both the USARA National Championships and the AR World Championships, we decided to put squads from the two teams to the test.  Glenn Rogers and Ryan VanGorder from the Nationals team raced as team Trioba and went head to head with Aaron Rinn and Aaron Matzke from the Worlds team who raced as Team nuun - Feed the Machine in the 12 hour rogaine at Mt. Tahoma. The race is put on by our friend and long time racer/race director Eric Bone of Mergo.com.  We entered the 12 hour duathlon, 6 hours of biking followed by 6 hours of running, so we could hone our skills and work our any kinks that would be better left in the hills of Washington.

 

 


One thing about Tahoma is that there is not a lot of flat ground. You are either going up or you are going down, so we spent some serious time working our way up. After the maps were handed out we strategized and came up with an ambitious loop to circumnavigate Mt. Tahoma on bike and then climb it on foot. There were clusters of checkpoints on the circumnavigation that required us to climb a couple of other mountains. When it was said and done we climbed 6,400 ft. on our bikes.

 

We made it about 5/6 of the way through our loop and realized we were going to be cutting it short with time. In a rogaine missing your time cut off results in drastic time penalties so it is better in most cases to get back within the regulated time rather than squeaking in that last CP. We found an out on our route and climbed our way up and over a ridge and bombed back into the hash house with 3 minutes to spare. We learned our competition, team nuun-Feed the Machine had already come in and were out on the foot course.

 

We quickly transitioned, re-organized our foot loop and headed out running all flats (There were none that I can remember), slight uphills and down hills and fast hiking the uphills. After it was all said and done we felt like we left some points on the table that we should have gotten but overall were happy with our effort. High fives all around the hash house when we came storming in and the anticipation built.

 

It turn out nuun-Feed the Machine cleared 1455 points and we eeked them out with 1465...totally amazing to be sooo close after 12 hours of racing and having two completely different point profiles/routes. More high fives, some coffee and off to warmth. Did I mention it was snowing at the high elevations? Here is a link to our bike route.

 

Not only was this a great race, but it was fun to see a lot of the other local teams and people out running around the woods. The Trioba-A team (we were the B team), Verve, Militant Hippies, Robin and Cliff, Hart and many others...adventure on.