Bike Guy's machine had a second chain from his cassette which then attached to a gearbox which in turn drove a propeller shaft. He could move around with surprising power in the water and rolled just fine on the road, too.
Here's a shot of the drive train.
Commodore P.T. Wood was a great supporter of New Belgium Beer, FIBArk's key sponsor. He challenged participants in the next day's mountain bike races to stick around until closing time, drinking at a local hot spot. Riders who made the 2:00AM closing time AND won their race the next morning received the Commodore Cup, whatever the hell that was!
The next morning featured the mountain bike race over 3 laps over courses of various difficulty depending on your category. I rode up to a gnarly section of the expert course before the race started and was a bit embarrassed at having to walk up a portion of the way on an old county road that was also part of the course. I was somewhat redeemed to see many of the experts walking the same stretch as I rode back to town. Granted, some of them were on single speeds!
The guys who rode this made it look easy for the most part.
It was steep, stepped and ragged rock. Not a good place to go down.
This switchback may have been an even worse place to go down, as it's a tad exposed! The trail surface is mostly very loose sand and loose rocks on a hard rock base. Makes for touchy traction.
Hope you enjoyed a peek at FIBArk. There's a whole lot more to it, but that's it for tonight! If you plan to go to Colorado in the summer months, the festival is the third weekend in June. The Salida area offers good riding, good boating, great weather and a vibrant small-town culture tied closely to the outdoor recreation the area offers. Monarch ski area is close by, so the locals play outside all year long.