Gary Ballas


Racer info
Age: 48
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Gender: Male
Hometown: Redmond, WA
Country: United States
Sports: Cycling - cyclocross
Cycling - mtn cross-country
Cycling - road
Motor sports - motorcycle
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Racer notes

Wannabe bike racer - bothersome professional career getting in the way.

My race results 34 total
MFG Cyclocross - Woodland Park GP 12:00
Place: 11th
Time: 44:16.5
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Date: Nov 18, 2018
MFG Cyclocross - North 40 CX 12:00
Place: 5th
Time: 46:36.1
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Tacoma, WA, United States
Date: Nov 4, 2018
MFG Cyclocross - Magnuson Park 1200
Place: 9th
Time: 46:19.8
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Date: Oct 14, 2018
MFG Cyclocross - Mooca Liets 12:00
Place: 14th
Time: 40:23.8
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Lakewood, WA, United States
Date: Sep 30, 2018
MFG Cyclocross - Lake Sammamish 12:00
Place: 8th
Time: 48:45.2
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Issaquah, WA, United States
Date: Sep 9, 2018
Mission: Granduro MTB Race (25m | 45m)
Place: 7th
Time: 6:21:52.9
Distance: 45 mile
Category: Male 40-49
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Cashmere, WA, United States
Date: Jun 30, 2018
Echo Valley MTB Race (14m | 30m | 60m)
Place: 4th
Time: 4:51:23.3
Distance: 60 mile
Category: Male 40-49
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Manson, WA, United States
Date: Jun 9, 2018
Place: 9th
Time: 2:51:55.1
Distance: 30 mile
Category: Male 40-49
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Kingston, WA, United States
Date: May 12, 2018
MFG CX - Woodland Park GP '16 - 11:10
Place: 20th
Time: 45:10.2
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Date: Nov 13, 2016
MFG CX - North 40 CX '16 - 11:10
Place: 16th
Time: 49:14.7
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Parkland, WA, United States
Date: Oct 30, 2016
MFG CX - Magnuson Park Cross '16 - 11:10
Place: 16th
Time: 48:19.6
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Date: Oct 16, 2016
MFG CX - Katie Blincoe Prestige - 11:10
Place: 5th
Time: 49:50.4
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Everett, WA, United States
Date: Oct 2, 2016
MFG CX - Moor Cross '16 - 11:10
Place: 5th
Time: 45:29.0
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Redmond, WA, United States
Date: Sep 25, 2016
MFG CX - Lake Sammamish GP '16 - 11:10
Place: 15th
Time: 47:22.6
Category: Cat 3 Men 45+
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: Issaquah, WA, United States
Date: Sep 11, 2016
Capitol Forest 50/100 MTB Race
Place: 4th
Time: 4:25:59.0
Distance: 50 Mile
Category: Male 40-49
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Olympia, WA, United States
Date: Aug 27, 2016
Echo Valley 30/60 MTB Race
Place: 3rd
Time: 2:21:59.8
Distance: 30 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Manson, WA, United States
Date: Jun 11, 2016
Place: 1st
Time: 2:56:41.5
Distance: 30 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Gender: M
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Kingston, WA, United States
Date: May 14, 2016

Race report

Another fun Stotty race with near perfect conditions. I had a fortunate start and worked to hang on to the front pack of geared riders as long as I could. A little gap formed to #2 SS and then I just tried to keep the rainbow socks of the #3 woman in sight (she was rocking it). Love that new jump section.

Place: 3rd
Time: 1:10:09
Distance: 27 miles
Category: Masters Men - Mtb Leg
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: North Bend, WA, United States
Date: Sep 6, 2014

Race report

The former Iron Horse Relay is now the Iron Horse Traverse under new management. This is always a very fun event, and this year I put together a team with 2 of my brothers and a good friend who is a super fast roadie. The new organization did a great job and I liked that they extended the mountain bike to 27 miles. It's really just a gravel road, so the CX bike is the magic ticket. The weather was amazing and our team did well, taking 2nd in the Masters Men category and 8th overall. I was happy to have repeated the 3rd overall in the mtb leg. Next year we're going to find ourselves a faster boat!

Place: 1st
Time: 2:35:20.9
Distance: Short
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Chelan, WA, United States
Date: May 31, 2014

Race report

Lake Chelan is always fun and it was even better this time having friends and family racing. There were 4 of us out there from our newly formed and quite informal team, Epoch Medical. The weather was perfect and the course was well-marked with great support from the NW Epic Series crew and volunteers. I had a good initial climb and clean ride, but I caught a glance of nice blue Niner SS very close on a switch back about 1/2 way through and knew I had to keep it full throttle to the end. The splits show Bill and Ben were close, so I was fortunate to hang on to the lead this time.

Place: 5th
Time: 3:08:38.3
Distance: Short
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Port Gamble, WA, United States
Date: May 10, 2014

Race report

A huge turn out and classic NW muddy conditions made it a fitting start to the 2014 NW Epic Series. It seems everyone had the same race strategy; be near the front into the woods to limit the traffic. It was a drag race for the first 2.5 miles, then log jam for the first lap through the chocolate pudding. Once it opened up it was really fun trying to catch the leaders through the 5000 tight muddy turns, but I never saw them again and was happy to hold off 5th. Thanks Roger for keeping this awesome series going!

Place: 7th
Time: 5:19:19.1
Distance: Long Distance
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Port Gamble, WA, United States
Date: May 11, 2013
Iron Horse Relay
Place: 1st
Time: 19:41
Distance: 5.7
Category: Team Open - Cross Leg
Sport: Cycling - cyclocross
Location: North Bend, WA, United States
Date: Sep 9, 2012

Race report

This is the new and improved version of the Mountains to Sound Relay, now centered around North Bend. Our team "Five Decades of Fun" finished 5th in the Team Open division. I ran the short cyclocross leg (5.7 miles) and finished in 19:41 (1st place of 80 participants for my very brief leg of the race). This is always a great event and the new format makes it even better.

Place: 1st
Time: 9:21:45.3
Distance: 100 Mile
Category: Open Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Olympia, WA, United States
Date: Aug 25, 2012
Place: 9th
Time: 9:19:35
Distance: 100 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Bend, OR, United States
Date: Jul 21, 2012

Race report

This is always a great event and this year drew a much bigger field in the SS class (27 or so) including some pros. The course was changed to the single 100 mile loop with 80+ miles of sweet non-repeat single track that looped around Mt. Bachelor. I had a good ride with no cramping and managed the right intake to keep from fading. I was targeting a top 10 and <10 hrs, so mission accomplished.

Place: 5th
Time: 5:03:03.3
Distance: 60 Mile
Category: Open Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Chelan, WA, United States
Date: Jun 9, 2012
Place: 2nd
Time: 5:27:49.3
Distance: 60 Mile
Category: Open Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Poulsbo, WA, United States
Date: May 19, 2012
Place: 1st
Time: 10:08:03.6
Distance: 100 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Olympia, WA, United States
Date: Aug 27, 2011
Place: 5th
Distance: 100 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Bend, OR, United States
Date: Jul 23, 2011

Race report

This was a very well organized event on an incredible series of trails near Bend. We had a perfect day, but the 38 deg start was rough. This was my first 100, so I was unsure about my ability to maintain fueling and hydration for 10+ hours, but it worked out. I was in it to simply finish, but found myself having a lot of fun and feeling good until about mile 75. At this point it was just survival mode, and it was pretty miserable pushing the extra distance they threw in for us for a total of 109 miles. Ouch.

Mountains to Sound Relay
Place: 3rd
Distance: 17 Miles
Category: Coed-Open (MTB Leg)
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: North Bend, WA, United States
Date: Jun 26, 2011

Race report

The course has one short steep climb, then is 5 miles up a 2% grade fire road, then 12 miles back down the same road. It's hard to call this a mountain bike race, but it's a fun challenge regardless. The SS wasn't going to give me enough range to do this justice, so I picked 4 gears that I thought would be right from an old 7 spd cassette and managed to cram them onto my short SS freehub. I then ran a cheesy derailleur and an old 7 spd Grip Shift. It worked awesome. Anyhow, I spent the entire race working with 2 guys on cyclocross bikes trying to catch two ahead of us. It worked out, yet their road racing skills got the best of me on the final sprint. Oh well, 2 seconds down from 1st was fine by me and I beat the target time I promised to my team. We went on to take 4th for the whole relay.

Place: 5th
Time: 5:05:19.9
Distance: 60 Mile
Category: Open Singlespee
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Manson, WA, United States
Date: Jun 11, 2011
Place: 2nd
Time: 5:46:28.6
Distance: 60 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Kingston, WA, United States
Date: May 14, 2011
Place: 1st
Distance: 50 Mile
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Olympia, WA, United States
Date: Sep 11, 2010

Race report

This is the same fantastic course as described in the 2011 Capitol Forest race report. This was my first SS endurance race and I had a great time, but recall thinking how impossible it would have been to do another 50 mile lap, as those on the 100 had to do. Given that I somehow pulled off the SS win, I have to say that this was strong motivation to keep it going.

Place: 5th
Distance: 17 Miles
Category: Coed Open (MTB leg)
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: North Bend, WA, United States
Date: Jun 27, 2010

Race report

See the course description in the 2011 Mountains to Sound Relay race report. This was my first time with this event and found it to be extremely fun. I was on a full suspension XC bike and was wanting something a bit more efficient. I fixed this in 2011.

Duthie Dash
Place: 2nd
Distance: 20 Miles
Category: Singlespeed
Sport: Cycling - mtn cross-country
Location: Issaquah, WA, United States
Date: Jun 19, 2010

Race report

This was my first SS race and my first race after a good hiatus of at least 5 years. The course is the Duthie cloverleaf and the race was simply 4 laps. I ride this area often and know it well, which was an advantage. I got a good start up the road and dove into the single track in 3rd place. The 2nd place guy slid out and I made a pass that I was able to make stick. I had some brutal cramping that I had never experienced before (part SS effect, part lack of training). It was fantastic to land on the podium for this first time back.