Saturday, September 11, 2010

Taos artist rides a hundred miles on horseback: ‘To finish is to win’ - Full Article

By J.R. Logan
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 6:15 AM MDT
About a month ago, Chuck Centers sat in the saddle amid a throng of beasts and riders waiting to take to the trail in the pre-dawn dark. The pack was restless.

“Everything is snorting and farting and bucking,” Centers said. “There are mares in heat and mules kicking and there is dust everywhere. It’s like a damn rodeo.”

It was 5:15 a.m. July 24, and Centers was at the start of the Western States Trail Foundation’s Tevis Cup near Lake Tahoe, Calif. By sheer numbers, the Tevis Cup is a daunting endeavor: 200 competitors ride 100 miles of trail over mountain passes and into steep canyons.

The course includes more than 13,000 feet of total elevation gain and more than 7,000 feet of descents. It must be done in under 24 hours, and only half the field will even complete the race. “To finish is to win” is the race’s motto...

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