Rich Rothwell is a successful and experienced British endurance racer, but the 500-mile Colorado Trail Race nearly broke him. Fortunately, it merely changed him for life. Words & Photography Rich Rothwell The head of the Fooses Creek Trail hung a tantalising 50 metres above my head. It had taken eleven miles and well over two hours of gradual woodland singletrack ascent to get this far. The firm trail had now turned to loose marble-like gravel. It reared up to an improbable angle. So near was still quite far.