Monday, April 13, 2015

Exchequer

 I heard a rumor that there was a mountain bike park at Lake McClure near Exchequer Dam. I thought if they put in trails they would be similar to the XC trails near New Malones. So I took the wife and kids with their XC bikes and headed out there.
 The trails immediately informed me that they were  cut a little more serious. Butt you can see on Ashton's face it's all fun.  

 The park is so new that we found ourselves following flags where trails will be.
 Looks like a pretty serious jump to me.
 The view from the top makes the climb totally worth it. Then the descent starts and it's all grins. 
Jeanie would have been much happier if I let her bring her big bike, next time. The only compliant I have is the place is so new that we have to wait until it's complete to enjoy the 60 miles of single track they have planned. The guys running the park are looking for votes to win $100,000 from Bell helmets to further their trail construction. I am definitely giving them my vote. This place is the most aggressive trail system we have available in the lower elevation. Check out www.exchequerridersclub.wix.com and give them your vote too. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Playing local

 I took Gage out for a ride from the house today. We are lucky most people have to drive somewhere to ride mountain bike trails. Gage is riding through a burnt stump. The trail is so cool he doesn't mind the climb.
The reward for all the climbing is of course the down hill. Today was Gage's longest ride yet. He did pretty good.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Up the hill

I hate the fact that we had no winter but I'm going to take advantage of it. The trails in Hearing Creek are starting to open up. 
 I took the Enduro out for a run down Snake dance and PCP lower. I managed to clear the whole thing without a single dab on the first ride of the season! If you get the chance to demo an Enduro 29er I highly suggest you do so.  I found this white stuff and had to take a picture so people will believe me that it does snow here.
Lucas and I went up today and did a full run on PCP. Still one of my favorite trails anywhere. What a great ride. There was snow on the climb but the down was mostly clear. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Great rides

 I went to Portland for the weekend and of course I had to take bikes. I talked my brother in law into riding Sandy ridge with me. 
 Even though it rained the whole night before and wile we were climbing the trails were perfect, very little standing water anywhere.
 The rain forest is so cool.
 At this point Howie decided that the climb was indeed worth it.
 Hard to believe were riding over 6000 ft this time of year. Gage got to ride with the Boy's on Ridge trail.
Yesterday my boy's and I raced the Cool XC.  
 Cool is always a fun day for everyone.
 It's nice that they have a short kids race on a separate trail.
 Lots of standing and grunting on the single speed.
 Wouldn't be the same without the Tebs.
My first trip to the podium. Third place in the Clydesdale class!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Boy's ride

 I took the boy's out for a ride today. The weather was perfect, again. Ashton pushed his bike down the stairs by himself for the first time.
 Other than the PG&E guys there were no people at the lake.
 Kids always love snack time, especially next to a lake. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Strange month

 I rode the Grasshopper for the third year in a row. Sean and I talked his wife Amy into doing it too. She bought a new cross bike just for the event. The Grasshopper has become the start of my bike season and always a painful eye-opener on my fitness level. Unfortunately I woke up with a cough but still wanted to race. I ended up at the doctors office and off the bike for over 2 weeks. I hate starting over.
When I finally got better I dragged Brandon off of his couch. Turns out 5years of doing nothing hurts worse than a cold.
Couldn't have hurt too bad, he was back the next Friday. For March the conditions couldn't get any better.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January

 Poor Lucas has been the victim of a lot of training rides lately. I think he was relieved to be past all the climbing after a big loop in Deer creek.
 Last night we did a suffer fest after he got off work. Hard to believe it's almost February and we are night riding in short sleeves and shorts.
 Nothing like climbing up massive hills in the dark after working all day. I rewarded him with beer though.
Oakie light mount. Worked awesome!