With National Championship One Week Away, Osprey Packs Adventure Racing Team hits the Trails for Last Big Training Sessions – Osprey Packs Experience
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With National Championship One Week Away, Osprey Packs Adventure Racing Team hits the Trails for Last Big Training Sessions

Check out the Osprey AR team as they prepare for the upcoming Checkpoint Tracker National Championship in Moab, Utah on October 29, 2010.  The team members are Travis Macy from Evergreen, CO, Gretchen Reeves from Avon, CO, Scott Swaney from Highlands Ranch, CO and Jon Brown, from Gunnison, (Alabama?!).  All will be sporting the tested and true Talon 22.

Next Friday, the Osprey Packs Adventure Racing team will face some country’s best adventure racing teams at the Check Point Tracker National Championship in Moab, Utah (see www.checkpointtracker.com for more information).

With less than a week to go before the big race, the Colorado-based Osprey crew headed out for a couple of final big days before focusing on polishing race gear and details this week.

Fresh off a successful triathlon season full of plenty of fast track workouts, Highlands Ranch’s Scott Swaney got in a fast 15 miles on Saturday morning before heading to the VeloSwap and then cycling in the afternoon.  Jon Brown, of Gunnison, almost took out his randonee skis after some decent snow accumulation up high, but opted instead to paddle on the Gunnison River, where ice accumulated on his boat due to freezing temperatures—JB should be mentally ready for tough conditions in Moab!  Jon also squeezed in a good, long run.  Gretchen Reeves of Avon, who once again ripped up the mountain biking circuit this year, spent the weekend cycling on the roads and paddling at Lake Dillon.  Fresh off a mountain biking season punctuated by course records at the Leadville Silver Rush 50 and 24 Hours of Leadville, Evergreen’s Travis Macy got back on his feet and in the boat this weekend.  Saturday consisted of mountain biking at Deer Creek Canyon with some pro roadie friends before paddling at Chatfield Reservoir and competing in the Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club’s final event of the year, where he finished third.  Back on the mountain bike on Sunday, Macy enjoyed the excellent fall weather of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

The team looks forward a big race next weekend, where Osprey gear will play a huge role in facilitating success in a competition that involves carrying gear, clothing, food, and water for 30 hours of trekking, mountain biking, ropes, kayaking, and river boarding.

With snow falling in the high country, Team Osprey Packs may need 4WD to get to Moab, but that’s all part of the adventure!