Team: The Legends of The Road
Ben Bostrom | Micky Dymond | Dave Mirra | Dave Zabriskie
As some of you know, our team for RAAM will be called “The Legends of The Road.” So the “legends” had a get-together in Southern California recently to do some amazing training. Micky and Dave arrived first. I had Sideshow Collectibles waiting of their favorite super hero. Mirra opened up the Hulk box like a kid on Christmas morning.
Day 1 of training was to leave at 10ish but I knew Ben would make it more like 11ish. Ben had an extra bike for Wayne Dowd, a retired Navy Seal who is a RAAM legend. The gears were skipping and the brakes didn’t work that well. Felt bad for Wayne but he is a tough guy who was just happy to be out on bikes having a good time. We went down the coast through Malibu and then up Encinal canyon. Mirra was pushing the pace a bit so I stayed with him. The others were not far behind at the top. I was very pleased to see the level of fitness of the team. We ended the ride at Pedalers Fork restaurant in Calabasas where we had a few beers and some good food. The Giro was on and they were opening the race with a TTT – one of my fav events. I saw the team go down and my heart sank for them.
Day 2 was pretty easy. Took everyone to see the local Bluesmobile at a church I came across one time. We practiced a few transitions and that was that. I put in some extra miles with Bostrom to go to his house and get his gate unstuck. I switched over to the P5 TT bike and climbed it up some of the steepest hills Malibu has to offer, then I got to take it down Latigo Canyon. Very happy with the way the bike is set up. It is not a UCI race so the extensions can be nice and long which means it is safer to ride because you can actually have bars to hold. The bike was cornering amazingly well and I had a big smile on my face by the time we got to Ben’s house. We smashed open his gate with a rock and it was done. We did some interviews and headshots and grabbed some dinner! This is where everyone started talking a big game. They all wanted a very hard ride for the last day. Mirra said he would do any hill we could throw at him if we agreed to do a 6-mile run after. We said yes.
Day 3 was all about trying to wear down Mirra and get out of the run. My first mistake was giving him a larger cassette in the morning. Our first monument of a climb was Tuna Canyon – so steep and narrow that cars are only allowed down it. Ben and I could see Mirra had the eye of the tiger and was not going to be easily cracked. We continued finding hill after hill. We went up Corral Canyon and did a dirt road over to Latigo — this was turning into a Bostrom ride. Mirra had a small fall on the dirt but got up so fast we weren’t sure if he really fell or not. We were getting close to home and I knew we only had one last chance to get out of the run – so I came up with an idea right up Mirra’s alley: WINE! We stopped at Malibu Family wines and almost started getting into it but we all kind of wanted to get back and not hang out in the spandex anymore. We finally finished up with just under 10,000 ft. of climbing. Mirra was strong all day long, as was Micky Dymond. My wine distraction was a fail – we all got back and put on our running shoes. We started out fast and it got faster and faster. I hung in there as best as I could. Ben and Mirra were having a full on race – it was pretty cool to watch. We all got back and were laughing. I got blisters and everything, couldn’t walk right either for about 5 days. Happy not to be running across America!