POSTED BY JOEY - I'm sitting here at the computer, taking a break from repairs to write this post, and feeling pretty nervous.  It's been a good little while - almost two years - since I've taken on any multi-day bikepacking race, but tonight I'm heading south to line up for the Arizona Trail Race.  The AZTR comes in two flavors: The 300 mile version that is all I'm able to take time away for, and the full-meal-deal, 750 miles from Mexico to Utah.  Two years ago I was set on doing the 750, but circumstances at the shop stalled me two weeks out.  This year I decided to just make time to do the 300, and given the small number of long rides I've done this winter, it's probably a good thing!

The AZT300 starts at Parker Canyon Lake, very close to the Mexican border, and finishes near Superior, 300 trail miles north.  Like my favorite event of all time, the Colorado Trail Race, the AZTR is self-supported, free, underground, and allows one to see beautiful parts of the world from a singletrack perspective.  For a better feel for the AZTR, check out this video that rider Aaron Johnson made after doing the 750 in 2014:

Doesn't that look amazing!?  The 300 ends on Day 4 of Aaron's video, but the rest of it is awesome as well!  The 750 is probably in my future...

If you're interested in following the race as it happens, you can do so via TrackLeaders here:  http://trackleaders.com/aztr15  Sandhya will also be playing the TrackLeaders live on our photostream TV in the shop.

Speaking of Sandhya, three cheers for her, because she's keeping the shop open for the next several days with normal hours while I'm out in the desert.  No repairs will be happening between now and Wednesday the 8th, but if you need anything else Sandhya will be here for you!

Back to repairs now.  If only the butterflies in the stomach would settle down...