It can be done!! Tiger Mtn's Preston Railroad trail is 13 miles of technical single track with 2,500 feet of climbing. Last year the fastest I was able to ride it was 1:06. And I have yet to hear of anyone riding it in under an hour - so that seemed like a nice little goal - even if I only get to attempt it a couple times a year. Today's conditions weren't perfect for the attempt. It rained last night. This makes the extremely rooty and rocky trail more dangerous than normal. This caused me to ride a little more causious than normal. Even with a crash, a stop to check my tire and riding off the trail once, I was able to get that down to 1:02. Now I know it can be ridden in under an hour, gate to gate.
**There are some really fast XC riders in Seattle so post a comment if you've done this loop in under an hour will ya!? I wanna hear what the fastest time is!
Didn't accomplish the goal of my training today but I was able to ride the Preston loop 4 times. My totals were 52 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing in about 4:51. I did stop between laps to refill my bottles and eat a bit. With the exception of two Hammer Gels, I was on a liquid diet only today. First lap was Hammer Heed, my preferred fuel for under 2hrs.. then after that I used Hammer Sustained Energy and Hammer Perpetuem (which have a protein in them). I am trying to figure things out for Worlds!.