A little more than 12 years ago, Rob Peterson got hooked on 24-hour bike races, and recently, he finished his fourth solo ride. “I love the mental part of it,” he said. “I’m not an adrenaline junkie. But my adrenaline fires over the top sometimes.”

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A little more than 12 years ago, Rob Peterson got hooked on 24-hour bike races, and recently, he finished his fourth solo ride. “I love the mental part of it,” he said. “I’m not an adrenaline junkie. But my adrenaline fires over the top sometimes.”

Mountain Bodies: Rob Peterson

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Mountain Bodies, summer edition

There are many qualities that define Steamboat Springs. But the overriding aspect may be its proclivity for the outdoors. Steamboat isn’t that outdoor mecca, though, without the people that make up this little corner of Colorado. The Steamboat Pilot & Today presents its body issue, a look at one couple and five individuals who speak to the summer outdoor enthusiast in all of us.

A little more than 12 years ago, Rob Peterson was hooked.

It was just past 3 a.m. during his first 24-hour mountain bike race. His mind was playing a mental game of tic-tac-toe, and his body couldn’t go on any longer.

“Then, all of a sudden, I snapped out of it and was wide awake and ready to ride,” he said. “I used to say I’d never ride singlespeed or never do a 24-hour race. Now, that’s all I want to do.”

By the time people read this, Peterson will be competing in his fourth solo 24-hour race. Beginning at noon Saturday and finishing at noon Sunday, Peterson competed in his third straight 24 Hours in the Sage in Gunnison.

He did his first 24-hour race 12 years ago and has done more than 35 since, sometimes as part of a team and sometimes by himself.

“I love the mental part of it,” he said. “I’m not an adrenaline junkie. But my adrenaline fires over the top sometimes.”

Peterson came to town some 20 years ago. He had a cousin in Steamboat, and the wild outdoors were too tempting.

So Peterson came and stayed. He picked up mountain biking when he got to town and has done it ever since.

Last year, he did 185 miles in Gunnison. This year, it’s 200 or bust.

“The solo stuff,” he said. “I really dig it.”

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