Eric Black, endurance athlete |

Eric Black, endurance athlete

Daily Staff Writer
Summit Daily/Richard Chittick While riding bikes is Eric Black's favorite thing to do, he also loves adventure races and 24-hour mountain bike races.

In 1990, Eric Black moved to Summit County and dived as deep as he could into the outdoor lifestyle that this area is known for. Now the Summit Cove resident specializes in long distance endurance and adventure races. A three-time finisher of the 24-hour mountain bike race Montezuma’s Revenge and two-time finisher of the Eco-Challenge, Black currently works full-time in the bike department of Wilderness Sports’ Frisco location.

What’s the hardest race you’ve ever competed in?

“That’s a good question because a lot of the events can be hard in their own way, depending on the length. I guess, what probably comes to my mind is a full off-road Ironman Triathlon I did last fall. I didn’t have the run training and it took longer than i thought.”

Which do you prefer – team events like the Eco-Challenge of solo events like Montezuma’s Revenge?

“I guess I prefer the solo stuff, but I really enjoy the team stuff also. It’s very different when you’re working with people. Sometimes you have to let go of your own goals and you have to think, “How do we get the team through this?”

But you said you prefer solo events, right?

“It’s a test for myself. I like to push my own limits and see what I’m capable of doing. It’s interesting how you can mentally prepare yourself for some of these events and at the same time put limitations on yourelf without even realizing it. As soon as you eliminate those limatations, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.”

What’s your favorite discipline?

“I enjoy cycling the most, just because that’s what I started doing the earliest. My dad used to road bike and I got into it through him. He was road biking in California before people were even really road biking. People looked at him and they would wonder what he was doing.”

What’s the longest race you’ve done?

“The eco challenge – I did it in ’98 in morocco and then in 2001 in New Zealand. Morroco took us eight and a half days and New Zealand was seven and a half.”

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