Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hardrock

I think this year's Hardrock will go down like this:

1. Karl Meltzer 24:30. Anything less than a win will be a disappointment to Karl and he is primed and ready. Plus, going up the "ramps" and down the "walls" plays into his favor. 2-1

2. Nick Clark 25:05. Even though some are doubting Nick's ability to "double" I am not. I predict he starts off steady and reels in the carnage with Scott Jaime by his side after Telluride. 3-1

3. Jared Campbell 27:55. Steady, solid, smart...Jared will be ahead of Nick at Ouray but will settle for 3rd. He will finish strong which he did not do the last time the race went in this direction. 5-1

4. Dakota Jones 28:10. The "WonderBoy" the "Prince of Silverton" will start out hard and be on sub-24 hour pace at Ouray. But, alas, this is a big race and the torrid pace will cost him. He's tough, he'll finish, but 4th is what I'm thinking. 9-2

5. Darcy Africa 28:20. Darcy has gotten tougher with each successive 100 miler she has run and I think she has paced herself well coming into this year's race. It'll be a battle until Telluride but from there she'll pull away. 7-1

6. Diana Finkel 28:55. I have to imagine the issues from last year will linger just a bit. She'll fight hard and maybe even be in the mix for the overall early in the day but by the end I think Darcy will be too tough. 8-1

Man, I wish I could be there!

10 comments:

brownie said...

Tim Long is gonna shock the world with a new CR!

Of course, I picked John Cassidy to take Western and he ran 29:35...

Footfeathers said...

Thanks brownie.
p.s. You're fired.

Andy said...

With the conditions of the course and the current weather forecast for the weekend it is going to prove interesting however it all turns out.

The Hungarian Scotsman said...

You seem to have totally discounted the Europeans, which is especially surprising given who won the WSER!

AJW said...

Didn't discount the Europeans. I just don't think they'll be top-7.

paul reynolds said...

Isnt Nick Clark European?

Cat73 said...

Don't forget Julien Chorier !

Cat73 said...

Don't forget Julien Chorier ! the Best ?

Cat73 said...

Don't forget Julien Chorier : the best ?

lafritse said...

You forgot Julien Chorier!!!