Friday, March 30, 2007
I may be back there real soon. I want to cover more of the park.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
She says, "It's Wednesday isn't it?"
Wednesday. Wednesday. What's Wednesday? I start going through the mental checklist. After a few moments it hits me: Betasso is closed to bikes on Wednesday.
So check this out. A friend of mine sent this over to me after I told her about the Charlottesville 10-miler coming up this weekend in Virginia. See the race results in the link above and pay close attention to the components of the race listed in the heading. You'll notice that the winner, Greg Obrien, ran the 5K race in 31:23. The real winner though, in my eyes, is Matt Spaulding - who ran the 5K in 74 minutes and 18 seconds, but not before he took down 26 donuts, giving him an adjusted time of 49:48.
God Bless Iowa.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Let's start on Wednesday eve. Late on Wed eve. Melis and I were at the bike shop, it was midnight or so, and we were drinking beers and working on bikes. Not to mention that we weren't in a hurry, as we were also waiting on MG from NE. No sooner than we cracked open our 2nd or 3rd beer, we were witness to blinding lights shining thru the front window of the bike shop. It was our good friend Johnny. Johnny Law. He thought he'd investigate since Melis's pickup was parked right outside the door, and the Jeep was parked right next to it with the tailgate up. Turns out he was a new night sargeant and was making the rounds. Since we're suspicious enough characters, I guess, he stopped in to make sure that proper things were happening in proper places. I assured him that was the case and he was on his way. Senor MG rolled up just as JL was on his way out. It was quite the reintroduction of a good friend not seen in too long. It ended up being a late night of packing and getting caught up.
We headed out on Thursday. It was a beautiful day, just the kind you want for a road trip. The drive was quick and uneventful. After a brief stop in Vail for real beer (for Utah) and snackies, I got a call from Tucson D, aka "the wind." It is for good reason that he has been nicked the wind, and it was just our day that the wind was on our side. Tucson D was already in Moab (with a rented motorhome) and had staked us out a mighty fine spot just up Sand Flats road. After much ado, screwing around, faceplanting on the road, and remounting a dirty burped UST tire, we headed down the long road (about 1/4 mile) to Slickrock. I had a taste of it when I was out last Fall and the sample was good enough that I wanted to ride it again. It had been a long time since I was out on Slickrock. Same for all of us.
Tucson D smiles in agreement. Yes, too long indeed. Since it was a mighty fine day and the wind had already ridden in the am, we decided it best to stop for a trail break before we continued on and the wind blew back to camp.
The day was getting late, and we were hankering to get into that real beer that we bought in Vail, so we were off.
Day Two *or* The Rainy Day.
Shortly after that it started raingin. Shortly after that, I quit feeling the urge to stop and take photos. What started off as a jumpin' off of rocks good time turned into, "What's the safest, least slick line down thru the rocky ledges." I was wishing the sun would come out just a tad to dry out the rocks. Otherwise, I think that's the fastest I've ever ridden Porcupine Rim. All of the super sandy sections were tacky and faaaaast. The singletrack near Jackass Canyon was particularly interesting in the downpour. Just as we wrapped around the edge of the canyon, the skies lifted and the rain stopped. Just enough to enjoy the last little bit of singletrack with clean glasses that I could actually see thru.
the Wind eyeballs itAnd Keith gets 'r done.
Good job fellas. Looks like we'll have to come back to ride this again dry. Did I mention that I killed my drivetrain on this ride. Really. Killed it.
After cleaning ourselves and our bikes, we were off to Fruita for another 2 days of desert bliss...
A movie about 24 hour racing? Maybe preceeded by some beers at the Julian? Anyone else interested?
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday - ride all day. We'll be waiting on some Friday arrivals so we'll head out around 10. The ride is yet tbd. After ride, get back, eat, pack up camp and drive to Fruita. Set up camp in Rabbit Valley. Party.
Saturday - all day ride from camp. Get back, eat, maybe ride some more. eat. party.
Sunday. Get up and pack up camp. Roll out, hit Marys Loop stuff or 18rd on the way out o' town. Drive home. Tired.
If anyone wants to hook up for all or part, call the shop phone 303.823.5810. It forwards to my mobile.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Good news is that the closure notices are down from the Jamestown fire. I didn't have time to climb up to where the fence was, hopefully its gone, and if it is that opens up miles of doubletrack.
Bad news is that the printed new maps that show Carnage Canyon, but describe it as being closed. If you want to ride it you might want to do it soon before signage and or fencing closes it down.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
15% off introductory price on all Transition frames or completes! We have Covert frames in stock/on the way for inventory and will bring in others as needed. Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org for the scoop!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Once climbing again past the Antelope junction, Melis the Man started setting tempo on his SS and I was off the back before we made it up to the loop. Those guys rode the loop, but I pussed out. I had stopped a couple of times to bs with folks riding the trail so I opted out of the loop (which, by the way, is reportedely ok rideable shape). Luckily, I had just run into MK_ on his way down. He kept me company whilst I installed my light (for the road ride home, of course) and waited for the rest of the gang. We ripped it up on the descent and made it out before dark.
For what it's worth, if the Ellsworth policeman is reading this, we made it down to the parking lot safely without use of lights, and there were still a dozen other cars there :). Sorry to burst your authoritative bubble, occifer.
We escorted Nick and Doperssuck out of town (they still had to ride home to Boulder) and hightailed it to Oscars. The Dale's Pale tasted especially good, as did the luscious pesto burger. Yum.
Next week, same time, same place. See you there!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Sure is great weather today!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
So I rode Rabbit Mountain last week. Trail was in great shape overall with the exception of the north side. It has been a few days since so It should be totally dry by now.
Here a couple of photos from the cell phone. I especially like the one that I took inside my pocket. Its a framer.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Saturday 3/10 11:30 AM
Thursday 3/15 2:30 PM
Monday 3/19 10:00 AM
Thursday 3/22 3:30 PM
Thursday 3/29 3:30 PM
cool stuff - cm
We should have known it would be an eventful evening as a precursor to our ride Debaser came stumbling in brandishing wounds from his ride. Word is a full on over the bars experience, nice work!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
from bicycle retailer...
"Floyd Landis to Make Appearance at Colorado Bike Shop MARCH 07, 2007 -- BROOMFIELD, CO (BRAIN)--Floyd Landis will make an appearance at Bicycle Village's Westminster location on Sunday, March 11, 3-6 p.m., for a town hall style Q&A meeting. The public will have the opportunity to meet Landis and hear from him on the progress of the case to clear his name of doping charges.Proceeds from the event will go to the Floyd Fairness Fund (FFF), which assists Landis with his legal fees. There will also be a free autograph session and silent auction.Admission is $35 per person. To RSVP, call (303) 421-4001 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.bicyclevillage.com. "
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Looks like we'll be experiencing some decent weather this week. Let's do another round of Boulder Valley Ranch fun on Tuesday. Meetup at the shop at 6:30 and we'll shoot to be at the Neva trailhead around 7. Next Tues, the 13th, we'll be back to daylight rides from the shop at 6! I have no idea what will be dry, but we'll exploit whatever we can by light of day. finally!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
How about some Avid BB7's for only $60/wheel? I have one set left, 160mm front and rear.
email me - firstname.lastname@example.org if this brakeset needs to be on your bike!
Oh, the desert trip is coming up, too! March 22-25. 2 days in Moab and 2 days in Fruita is the very loosely based tentative plan. Give me a shout if you want to caravan out with us!