Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Well, I woke to rain very early on. The rest of the day was cloudy and overcast, but there was no rain. I even caught a glimpse of the sun for brief amount of time. With that in mind, I was confident that if we drove into the hills for a ride at 6, all would be good.
We arrived at our destination and it was chilly! I mean, really chilly, almost dowright cold. 8000' of elevation, fog, and a narrow river canyon did nothing to help warm the air. A steep climb out of the gate sounded like just the ticket. The fog was thick and hung all around, but the skies held tight and it did not rain. The steep and rocky terrain shed water like a champ. The sandy and, at times, organic black dirt provided perfect traction. The rocks were dry, too. That's always important when you're riding after a rain. One wet rock can make all the difference on a ride sometimes.
The rains had softened up the soil considerably. There was some fresh deadfall so we performed a little impromptu trail maintenance.
We were about ready to wrap up and the fog set in thick. Like ghosts in the mist we were.
Afterwards, I noticed that my backpack, camera bag, and everything else I had were very, very damp. Even though it was never raining outright, the air was thick and wet enough from the fog that it made a difference. It's rare that we get Washington-esque weather like this. I'm glad we savored it.
Monday, May 26, 2008
In other big news, next Saturday, 5/31, good friend of the shop, Jason Rogers will be grillin' out front of the shop and serving up a multitude of culinary delights. What's the occasion? Well, it's the shop re-grand opening/hey we moved/open house/housewarming party. We will have giveaways and discounted items and food and beverage. Come on by from noon til 4 and we'll take care of you :)
The road rolled up and down before spitting us out to the western reaches.
The day started wearing down on us, breaking us. It's not a mountainbike ride unless your hiking.
We did manage to find a beauty of a spot for lunch. Georgeous meadow, fantastic views, and full sun. The snowflakes had quit blowing around mysteriously by this point.
Ah, snacktime. Gotta celebrate Lyons proper, now :)
After lunch, there was some descending, and a bit more descending. Loooong steep and fast sections of rock, rut, and root covered double track descent. Snow and water crossings, too. Too fun to stop for pictures. And then there was a flat. First one of the day, too. Not too shabby.
At least it was a good place to stop, take in the scenery, and snap a pic or two.
Hot damn, that last singletrack climb was followed up with one of the most well rounded, fantastic descents on the northern front range. Again, too fun to stop for pics except at the bottom. Not the foundation. This was our first homestead stop on the tour.
We had a few bail out at this point. One with a destroyed bicycle (it really was a fun descent), one with fuel reserves almost tapped, and one wanting to have enough energy to really enjoy the final descent. We took a brief tour of a few more homesteads. It was then that I heard my first and only disparaging comment. "More climbing? sheesh." Or something like that. It was worth it for the final descent, a trail that makes men of men and can bring other riders and bikes to crumble.
and water crossing
But we all made it out alive. Another 2.5 miles back down the paved road and we were back at the car. Stats were something to the effect of 6,000 feet of climbing in just shy of 32 miles. Good stuff! Smiles were seen all the way around as folks loaded back up to head back down the hill towards Lyons. After all, the day wasn't over. We had grills to stoke and a keg of Dale's Pale Ale to look forward.
Thanks all for coming out the 8th Annual. We'll do it again next year. Stay tuned :)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It of course also got dark before we made it back to the cars, but we all came prepared with lights: It doesn't take that many rides out with Dave before you learn your lesson ;-)
A little bonus video...
Monday, May 19, 2008
There was climbing. And more climbing. And even more climbing. And the views were splendid. See the meadow centered in the picture? The "A" ride will circumnavigate that meadow from the other side.
Then there's some fine rolly singletrack, too. Some sand, but not enough of a bother.
We opted to take a tour of the homesteads.
Gotta tie up the steeds for a rest break after a hard day of riding, too.
Ah, the elevation profile. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I think I lost my backpack today, too. argh!
Update - found my backpack, now I can put up some pictures.
It was a superb sunny Spring day today.
Keith showed some very fine form.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Gunnison Valley Bicycle Club and Gunnison Trails are bringing back the suffering at Hartman. Also note that endurance freakos will be pleased with the long distance offerings on June 8.
Monday, May 12, 2008
We'll hit the grinder of a Jeep road up to Miller Rock, then down to the S. St. Vrain creek for an out and back on Cerain St Vrain. Hopefully we'll see some snow. Nothing like a little adversity to add to the adventure.
As an aside, we'll be closing early a few days this week for various reasons.
Tues, 5/13 - closed at 5:30 for Tuesday ride
Wed 5/14 - closed at 5pm for Bike Patrol training
Wed 5/15 - closed at 5pm for Bike Patrol training
Painted to match in the smoke black. What a cool paint finish.
Along with cool turner only details, like the 1 piece forged rear chainstay yoke.