24 hours, one gear: Locals take first in Moab
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Darin Binion realizes people think his affinity for single-speed, mountain bikes is, well, a little crazy, but he doesn’t care.
He loves the challenge and purity of riding single-speed and without suspension. So much so that he long ago ditched multi-speed bikes.
“It’s just the simplicity of it,” Binion said. “You don’t have to worry what gear you’re in or if the gears are skipping. You just get on and ride. … I don’t own a multi-speed mountain bike. I haven’t for probably 12 or 13 years.”
And get on and ride is precisely what Binion and three fellow single-speed aficionados did at the Oct. 10-11 24 Hours of Moab race, where the foursome nailed down a first-place team finish in the single-speed division.
“We’re all kind of single-speed fools and nerds,” joked Binion, who captained a team that included Dave Hollenback, Aaron Taylor and Michael Hayes. All are Roaring Fork Valley residents.
The quartet rode, in relay fashion, under the name Stomparillaz and completed 18 laps on a 15 1/2-mile course in a time frame of 24 hours, 6 minutes and 55 seconds.
Binion and company finished 14th overall, more than holding their own against riders sitting atop some high-tech equipment. They traversed a loop on the Behind the Rocks trail, a hilly and highly technical course with a cliffy backdrop.
And, for whatever reason, Binion and his team decided single-speed was the way to go.
“There are always naysayers,” Binion said. “It’s been around for quite a while. Forever, really. It’s gaining resurgence. I think that, the more people try it, the more they’ll like the simplicity of it, the challenge of getting to the top of the hill without getting their foot down.
“You’ve got two brakes and you get up and go.”
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