Places you can follow the 508
We realize we aren’t the only show in town when it comes to people riding the 508. There are a number of other cyclists that will be tweeting, blogging and sending up smoke signals so others can follow along from the comfort of their office chair or leather sofa. We have a number of channels we will be following. We thought we might share with you all.
508 sources and cyclists on Twitter:
@charlieengle @FCColossalSquid @teamcapybara @fueco @ultracycling @adventurecorps @ultrarider @VinnieTortorich @TheMasque
Here is a link to the official AdventureCorps live race webcast:
Also note that we listed them in the twitter names above. They will be updating regularly there as well.
Of course, you can follow Charlie right here, with twitter, photos and maybe even videos all in one place.
Special Offer from EPMartin Watches
Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you a heads up on a special offer we have worked out with a partner. I will be providing more details tonight, but basically, because of the attention I am getting with my riding of the Furnace Creek 508, EP Martin is going to be offering a discount to my followers to get a percentage off of the list price of the Running the Sahara watches. You can see them here
This is an incredible opportunity and i want to thank EPMartin for extending this discount to people. These watches are amazing. The craftsmanship is very apparent.
There will be more details either tonight or tomorrow.
Furnace Creek 508 Training Update
On July 13th of this year I ran the Badwater Ultra Marathon faster than I ever had before. This was a surprising result but one that I was really happy about. Once I realized that the race clock was not broken and that I did actually run sub 26 hours, I immediately realized that I had to take another shot at the Death Valley Cup record. I tried for the record two years ago but came up well short. The Furnace Creek 508 kicked my butt (and my butt was never the same).
Running well at Badwater is certainly tough. I have done the race 5 times and it is never easy. But honestly I will take running 135 miles anytime over sitting on a bike seat for two days. Don’t get me wrong, I love cycling but the 508 is a very long race. And without proper training, certain parts of the human anatomy suffer tremendously. If you don’t understand what I mean by this then see me after ASS, oops I meant class.
Anyway, I have been on the bike now for about two months. Okay, not all the time. I get off to sleep and use the bathroom sometimes. But seriously my training has gone well. I have ridden more in preparation for the FC 08 than any other cycling event I have done before. I have had some awesome help from several people (Ray Zahab, Tracy Sproule, Meredith Dolhare and Justin Andrews). Without their support and badgering I would not be ready for this race.
Sponsors have really stepped up for me too. Trysports in Charlotte, Balega Socks, Mission Skincare, Tappening and Infinit Nutrition have all contributed product or money or both. And they will all be reaching out to thousands of people asking them to follow along on this quest.
I am truly excited and I hope that I can have a good race. But honestly, what I care about most is reminding myself and all of you what is most important; PARTICIPATION. Don’t just watch, DO SOMETHING NOW!
Welcome everyone from CharlieEngle.com
Obviously, we are a little light on the content at the current moment, but we have some interesting videos and other content planned for the coming days and weeks. You should check back here every so often, especially in the week leading up to the race. Charlie will be in Los Angeles early, and we will be doing some fun things that might be of interest to you all.
Bookmark this page, we will be doing a lot during the race. Keep in touch!
Adventure Corps Live Webcast
It looks like Adventure Corps have updated their webcast for the 2009 Furnace Creek 508. Obviously it isnt being updated until the race, but you can bookmark it to watch live results of the race, including time splits, photos and other race news. The folks at Adventure Corps were kind enough to include a link to our little site here. Thanks to Chris Kostman and the AC crew.
Here is a link to the Adventure Corps Webcast.
…and a tshirt too! Now with sponsors!
We have a couple “Team Engle” emblems.
Highest point in Virginia
Off and rolling. Lost my front shifter already but still having fun. Awesome day on the parkway. 45 miles down…..too many to go
On October 3rd, 2009 Charlie “Water Dragon” Engle will be attempting a record breaking bicycle ride of 508 miles through the desert country of California, including the infamous Death Valley. On July 14th, 2009, Charlie completed the Badwater Ultramarathon in a personal best time of 25:45:11, coming in 4th overall. His performance at Badwater set him up for a run at the Death Valley Cup record; a contest of the best cummulative time between Badwater Ultramarathon and the Furnace Creek 508. The current record is set at 60:24:10, which would require Charlie to complete the Furnace Creek 508 in 34:39:59 or better.
Early in the morning of October 3rd, Charlie will embrace the challenge and embark on a potentially historic crossing of the desert country of California.