LotoJa is a race that takes a toll not only on your bike and your psyche, it also takes quite a toll on your hiney and your willingness to ride for a couple days. That being the case, our resident LotoJa expert provided some well-earned tips on how to best conquer the behemoth that is Lotoja.
For those who have never heard of Lotoja turn back now. You don't want to finish reading this. Much like Nicholas Cage convincing people about a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence, once you become aware of Lotoja you will become what some call a crazy person or a loon. To put it nicely, LotoJa is the brainchild of some insane cyclists who had way too much time on their hands. However, once one finishes LotoJa, he or she seems to always come back for more.
Simply put, LotoJa is a bike race stretching between Logan, UT and Jackson, WY. The race lasts one day and has riders traveling 205 miles and climbing 9000 vertical feet. Like I said previously, this race is insanity. At Noble Cycling, we have one such man that people whisper about as he passes. No one is for sure but we think he was born in a spandex cycling kit. It has been said that he once beat Bici, the Greek god of cycling up Mount Olympus, and commandeered the crying god's leg strength at his prize. He fears no climb and shies away from no descent. This man, if you can call him that, is Ryan Cook and he has completed Lotoja many times before and as such has provided 5 guidelines in anticipation of this year's LotoJa race.