Troy Sladeck of Foothill Ranch Completes Huge Mountain Bike Endurance Race
On Saturday, Troy Sladeck completed the longest endurance race of his twelve year life! 56 miles, about 12,000 feet of elevation gain and ten hours of charging up and down mountains.
The first 40 miles Troy rode very fast and wasn’t that tired, but the last fifteen miles hit him pretty hard. In the heat and pushing his bike up a technical steep mountain (west horsethief) proved to be challenging and required Troy to fall back on his training and slow down to rest his body. The trails were very technically challenging with rocks, water crossings, pot holes, trees and super tight switchbacks.
Troy didn’t carry much on his race. Only the bare essentials that would fit in his jersey’s back pockets; food, cell phone and his Oakley glasses. Oakley has been providing Troy eye-wear for years. When on training rides, Troy ususualy wears Oakley goggles, because up in the mountains it’s usually cold, muddy, raining or he’s riding through snow at high elevations. For the race, he decided to wear his half jackets which are compact, light and perfect for racing. Troy is very appreciative of the companies that believe in him especially Oakley and Steve Blick for being supportive of all his racing efforts. As a matter of fact, Troy has worn Oakley glasses or goggles in all six of his mountain bike US National Championship Victories.