2012 Counting Coup/Vision Quest

This past weekend was the dirty one-two punch of the Vision Quest and Counting Coup races in Southern California.

You may (or may not) remember 2011′s Women’s Counting Coup winner and course record holder Heidi Volpe (currently out of the country) writing a blog post last week about the potential throw down between So-Cal Endurance teammates Joel Titus and Mario Correa. Well, I gotta give Heidi some props ’cause she was pretty spot on! 19 year old Joel Titus won the 44 mile Counting Coup in just 3:42, becoming the youngest Counting Coup winner on record. 2nd went to Eric Bierman who came in 18 minutes later, and Titus’ So-Cal Endurance teammate Correa finished in 3rd.

I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing more from Titus in the future. By the way if you missed it XXC talked to Titus a while back.

On the women’s side of the Coup Sara Jansen who came in 1st (4th overall!) setting a new Women’s course record in a time of 4:20:29, Chris Trevizo came in 2nd followed by Laura Knight in 3rd.

In the 56.5 mile Vision Quest Dana Weber took 1st in a time of 4:57 with freaking 51 year Old Tinker Juarez in 2nd about a MINUTE back. Did I mention that Tinker is 51 and still THAT fast???!!! 3rd place went to Gerry Cody. There’s a sweet race report by Dana Weber at socalcycling.com. Check it out.

The women’s VQ winner was Aj Sura in a time of 7:37 with Marry Dannelley right behind her in 2nd. 3rd place went to Heather Hawke.

Complete results can be found at www.warriorssociety.org.


Now are a couple videos (and commentary) taken by ‘myflavorflav’ on Youtube.com from the 2012 Counting Coup race. Hard to believe it was taken using a freaking iPhone. It’s a LOT of race video, but if you jump around through it you can see some freaking sweet California riding. *sigh*

Thanks for sharing the video Mr. Myflavorflav, I can’t believe how calm your commentary is throughout. I guess I am used to my huffing, puffing, wheezing and hoping not to die while I race. Ha. Anyway, I love seeing folks getting out there getting creative recording, writing, taking photos and taking pics. Often it’s the only way we have in sharing with others how great our sport is.

Photos by John Early