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Chris Plesko heading to Alaska for Mtn Bike Iditarod

Submitted By: John McNamee on Feb 24, 2010


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Mp.com member Chris Plesko flies out tomorrow to Anchorage, to line up for the Mountain Bike version of the Iditarod.

He will be competing in the 350 mile version of the race, which will take him from Knik to McGrath. Needless to say itís going to be cold and snowy! Today it is partly cloudy and the lows are zero to 15 above.

Race Route
Race Route


The ultra distance race has 50 people entered and there is no prize money, other than youíre invited to come back next year for free. Chris will be riding a Speedway Cycles Fatback especially designed for riding on snow.

Late last year Chris got caught in a small avalanche in RMNP and broke his ankle, so there has been a lot of hard work and effort to get back on the bike. Iíve never met Chris and donít know him from a bar of soap, but I thought this was the sort of thing the community might like to get behind and wish him well. Have a blast.

You can check out his blog at slipangles.blogspot.com

Alaska
Alaska


All pictures courtesy from AlaskaUltraSport


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By Dougald MacDonald
Feb 24, 2010

Awesome, Chris. Good luck!

By Kevin Landolt
From: Fort Collins, Wyoming
Feb 24, 2010

Yeah Chris!

By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Feb 24, 2010

Rad. I've always wanted to do this. Have fun!

By Will Butler
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 25, 2010

A whole lot of respect for these guys. Thanks for posting this, John.

By Tradster
From: Phoenix, AZ
Feb 26, 2010

Good luck, Chris!

By JSH
Administrator
Feb 26, 2010

Stay warm, and keep the rubber side down!

By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Feb 27, 2010

He's a cool guy. I had the pleasure of climbing with him once. Good luck, Chris! You've got big balls that must not freeze and shrivel up easily!

By Dave Swink
From: Boulder, Co
Feb 27, 2010

Chris is a great climbing partner, a cardio machine, and a total suffering glutton. Have a good time, buddy.

Anyone see the irony to calling an event where you ride a bicycle 350 miles through freezing snow an "invitational"?

By TomJensen
From: Fort Collins
Feb 27, 2010

WOOHOO! Good Luck, Chris! Stay WARM and eat a lot!

By TomJensen
From: Fort Collins
Feb 27, 2010

WOOHOO! Good Luck, Chris! Stay WARM and eat a lot! Post lots of pictures when you get back!

By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Feb 28, 2010

Across FROZEN ALASKA?!!! Keep your eyes peeled for frozen Woolly Mammoths and good luck!




Brrrr, the visuals! Craving hot chocolate with marshmallows now. : )

By JWong
From: Los Angeles, California
Mar 1, 2010

That looks Awesome. Good Luck, Chris. Be sure to post a trip report when you get back!

Jason

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 1, 2010

Pictures of the event so far:

www.flickr.com/photos/iditarodtrailinvitational2009/

By Kevin Coopman
Mar 1, 2010

Those people are nuts. What is wrong with them .....

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 1, 2010

Earlier in the year I invited Chris to join our mtb bike racing team, the Golden Wheelmen but now I'm pleased he wasn't able to join us! He would have finished the race, had a beer and driven back to Denver before some of us even got to the finish line!

By Joseph P. Crotty
From: Broomfield, CO
Mar 1, 2010

Looks sweet. Thanks for the pics. Go Chris!

By coop
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Mar 1, 2010

Good luck and post up some pics when you get back.

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 1, 2010

#

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 2, 2010

Chris is steadily moving up the leaderboard!

www.alaskaultrasport.com/results.html

By Martha Perantoni
From: Evergreen, CO
Mar 2, 2010

Go get 'em, Chris! Don't freeze yer knackers!

By ChrisG
Mar 2, 2010

YO! Nobody mentioned Chris is a SINGLE SPEED DEMON! Yah Man, No switching to granny gears. He's a purist and an animal.

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 5, 2010

Congratulations on finishing the race and placing 13th

www.alaskaultrasport.com/results.html

Are you planning for next year already?

By Chris Plesko
From: Westminster, CO
Mar 11, 2010

Thanks everyone! The race was really fun and I'd love to go back. Not quite sure how to make that happen yet but I'd love to go back and race next year on a totally healthy ankle and then go to Nome in 2012.