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 Billy Edwards on Winning The FC508/Trona 353

Billy Edwards on Winning The FC508/Trona 353

by Billy Edwards, Last weekend I pulled off a coup in ultra-cycling at the Trona 353 and I fully expected the result.  This was my first official foray into a solo ultra-cycling race with standardized rules and results and a decent field to include a three-time champ of the full Furnace Creek 508 (FC508) in […]

"Breaking It Down" - The Gray Goose 4X Relay Tandem Team Chronicles Their 2012 Furnace Creek 508

“Breaking It Down” – The Gray Goose 4X Relay Tandem Team Chronicles Their 2012 Furnace Creek 508

When I stumbled upon the superb video which I’ve inserted below, I was truly impressed with both the content as well as the idea of racing a four tandem mixed team in a 500+ mile race.  I dug a bit deeper, and what I found was a superbly created photo essay documenting Team Gray Goose’s […]

Hugging The Guardrail: Mel "Mellivora" Morris at 2012 Furnace Creek 508

Hugging The Guardrail: Mel “Mellivora” Morris at 2012 Furnace Creek 508

Story and photos by Nick “Gnu” Gerlich, It is noble to finish a race having achieved one’s goals.  It is far more noble to finish a race having *not* even come close…and touring Hell along the way. The flames of disappointment, the agony of what-ifs, the guilt of dragging your friends along for the ride…these […]

"Flying A Crow " - Sean Cuddihy's Winning Furnace Creek 508

“Flying A Crow ” – Sean Cuddihy’s Winning Furnace Creek 508

Story by Sean “Crow” Cuddihy,    The home crew: My wife and son are endlessly patient and a steadfast well of encouragement.  They’ve seen it all, from the ER to the podium.   Bobbie Sterbins is Director of the Wellness Spa at the Belmont Athletic Club in Long Beach (http://www.bacwellnessspa.com).  She is an amazing healer, […]

Stego’s Fixed Gear 508 - One With The Gear

Stego’s Fixed Gear 508 – One With The Gear

After a year on a road bike Shaun “Stego” Arora came to the conclusion that he wasn’t as fast as others.  A switch to the fixie in 2008 found him in a smaller field of competitors and on a rig that was much more compatible with his style of riding as he once did a […]

Janice Sheufelt - Winning the 2011 Furnace Creek 508

Janice Sheufelt – Winning the 2011 Furnace Creek 508

by  Janice (Wooshkeetaan) Sheufelt,   As two friends and I were riding our trainers through another Alaska winter, one afternoon we watched the “Bicycle Dreams” DVD; RAAM looked much too extreme but it did start me thinking about doing an ultra.  Over the years I had considered doing an ultra, but I always figured that […]

Flight of the Kestrel - Brian Ecker's FC508

Flight of the Kestrel – Brian Ecker’s FC508

By Brian Ecker Per the Furnace Creek 508 race web site, the 508 bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none.  The course has a total elevation gain of over 35,000′, crosses […]

John Schlitter's FC508 - Battle of the Bents

John Schlitter’s FC508 – Battle of the Bents

A frequent contributor to UltraRaceNews, John (Blue Racer) Schlitter has experienced yet another huge season on the Ultracycling circuit.  It began in February at the Sebring 12/24 as usual, and ended with the Furnace Creek 508 (FC508).  Just like many races from the past, John was locked in a battle with long time friend and […]

Third Time's the Charm for "Rock Rabbit" at the FC508

Third Time’s the Charm for “Rock Rabbit” at the FC508

The 2011 Furnace Creek 508 Winner’s Story Adam “Rock Rabbit” Bickett’s heart was racing at the start of the 2011 Furnace Creek 508.  It’s a known problem for Adam.  He attributes it to race day nerves.  The 28 year-old from California had prepared well though and had a plan.  No huge efforts, just a

The Furnace Creek 508 - The Climax of a Recovery Year

The Furnace Creek 508 – The Climax of a Recovery Year

My training began in January for this year’s racing.  I had not been in serious racing mode for about 10 years, it felt really good to be back into it.  The focus of the year would be the Furnace Creek 508 as this would be the 20th anniversary of my first race there.  These plans […]

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