Ben Abbott Rides the Sluicebox 100

Ben Abbott Rides the Sluicebox 100

Ben came in third in this race in the mountainous environs of Fairbanks, Alaska.
For his account of the race, click here:
The guy must have a tough father!

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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2 Responses to Ben Abbott Rides the Sluicebox 100

  1. mikerol says:

    I know that you are justified to be a proud dad, Scott. However, Faibanks is in a plain if not floodplain, the monagnes are visible about 75 miles to the south, the Alaska Range with Denali. What you have around Faibanks are some that are not even piedmonts, but high embankments around the Chena River, say a couple of hunded feet at the most. Not that working up and down those rises cannot be a lot of work. The tour de france in Phyreenes it is not.x michael r.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      Although you remember Fairbanks from the old days, you’ve miscalculated here. Go to the race site on the internet, sluicebox 100, and look at the race maps that also list altitude gain. Over the course of the 5 legs of the 100-mile race, there is somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 feet of altitude gain.
      When I ride my bike up the steep mountainside here in my little town, I’m totally beat after a 1000-foot climb. The sluicebox race, they claim, has as much total altitude gain as any mountainbike race in the country. And unlike the Frenchies, they do it on fat-tired bikes on trails. None of that asphalt shit.


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