Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kicking off the end of summer

 Dan from Victory Vello came down for Labor Day to ride some new terrain. I took him up to our version of mountain biking paradise. Awesome ride, I just wish I could have kept up.
 After climbing Lupine and Castle peak we descended; Upper Willow, Lower Willow, Snakedance, and Lower PCP. So tired!
 The next day Dan and I took our oldest boys for a shuttle down Ridge. Gage is loving the lava.
 It was Devon's first experience with technical trail but he did great.
 The new section has made Ridge trail much more fun for kids and adults. 
 Last weekend Sean and I ran down to Santa Cruz and rode Demo for the day. It was cool reading MTBR's Enduro Comparo after riding the same trails they used for their evaluations. 
 So many things to ride on, you just have to make sure you can handle the landing before you go off it. this is one of the mellow log rides. 
If you knew the place you could jump this pretty safely. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New trails and Scary trails

 When I first heard about Lupine and Castle rock trails my first thought was why. They are climbing trails that are easily serviced by existing roads. After riding them with Lucas on Sunday however I am going to have a hard time riding the road ever again. 
 The views we're  amazing and the climb wasn't really that bad.
 There is no way a camera can do justice to the 360 view up here.
Then we rode Hemlock and Juniper, hands down the scariest tech trails up here. Lucas rode way more than I did. I have to learn how to sideline that self preservation gene.  Next time I'm bringing body armor and hopefully some courage. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mammoth

 This weekend I had my view of Mammoth Mt. changed completely. The first time I went there with Stoker and Bobby and I thought the trails were weak and the shuttle sucked. This time I took the family and the whole place opened up for me. Every trail that I thought needed to be more aggressive became perfect for the kids. Just hard enough to be a challenge. everybody had a blast, really couldn't have been a better day riding. 
 I was worried that the top of the mountain would scare Ashton and Jeanie but they both loved every bit.
 Ashton was happy to use his DH gear that he got for his birthday, finally.
 Jeanie's Knolly was putting smiles on her face all day. This bike is amazing!
 Gage wanted to ride a black diamond trail so I took him down Seven Bridges. It was our favorite trail.
 After lunch we rode Seven Bridges again.
 This morning we got up early to squeeze one more ride in. Down town and Shotgun.
 "Were riding SHOTGUN?"
 I took Wendel out for his first trail ride. It was a bit of an eye opener but he did well and had fun, I think? We'll see if he goes out again.
If you like mountain bikes I highly recommend taking the family to Mammoth. There is a ton of stuff to do in the village if you have non riders in your group. After your ride stop by Mammoth Brewing for your after ride reward.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Off to Bend

We didn't think it was going to be possible  to go to Bend this year and we were having a hard time with it. A major portion of our conversations on rides and with friends end up talking about Bend at one point or another. It is that cool of a place. We decided that a shorter trip was better than no trip so tomorrow we are gone. All of a sudden 100 miles of suffering is in my near future.
One of my only complaints on my 429 is that it will drop the chain on rough terrain. In last years 100 miler it came off a few times. Nothing kills your flow like having to get off the bike and fix something at the bottom of a downhill. I bought this chain guide from Bionicon. Hopefully this will solve my issues.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Suckered!

 Sometimes maps can be misleading, and descriptions can leave out a lot of suffering. Lucas and I took on this particular adventure. What it doesn't tell you is half of the "downhill" from the reservoir is border line unhikeable with a 35lb bike in your hands. them when you get to the trail it is totally blown out dg sand. By the time we got to Kennedy I had been out of water for 3 hours, Lucas 2. 
7.5 hrs later we really enjoyed our beer.      
 The views on this ride were amazing. You can see Lucas is real happy about where we are going next.
He did find the house he was looking to buy. Great location, no neighbors, rough road though.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cramming

 About a week ago we decided that we were going to go to Bend in spite of all the things that have been going on in our lives lately. This means that I have a 100 mile race that I really haven't been training for in my very near future. I have been trying to get in as many miles as possible. Tuesday I couldn't handle the idea of riding in 101 degree weather so I headed up to Eagle Meadows. This photo is about half way up the Eagle pass trail. Eagle peak is right above my bike.
 I have been talking about getting to the top of this trail for about 8 years.
 The view alone was worth the hike a bike.
8960' thats why I was tired, not because I'm out of shape.

Monday, June 30, 2014

3 Months!

 I knew I was neglecting this blog but I can't believe it's been three months sense my last posting. Sorry to anyone who actually follows me. 
These Continentals we're replacements for the two defective tires I got from Interbike. The customer service people are awesome at Continental. I am trying them out on my Lynskey single speed right now. It's got some steep competition because every tire is now compared to the Schwalbe Hans Dampf.  I'll just have to see how it stacks up long term.
 Sean signed Sergio himself and I up for the Bogg's 8 hr. This is one of the funnest races/events I have ever attended. We raced it as a three man single speed team.
 Random racers.
 Sean cranking out some impressive lap times.
 Fortunately Tutu's were optional.
 Sergio got kinda screwed, we made him do 5 laps and Sean and I only did 3.
 What do you mean we didn't podium?
 Fourth out of six is still fourth. Can you guess who's laps were who's?
 We actually had a storm this year, Katie and I had to get out in it.
 I forgot this picture. Boggs is the only race I know with this aid station.
 This is last week. I can't believe Lyons is still full. 
 Lucas and I went on the first real ride Iv'e been on in a while. Here he is playing on Bell Mt. One of my favorite rides up here. It felt great to be so far out in the woods and scared shitless while grinning all the way down.
 This morning I took out a new guy from work that said "There's no good trails up here". Couldn't have told someone worse. Now I'm going to drag his butt all over every piece of granite and dirt we have.
 This afternoon I had to take the Family up to Ridge trail. 
 Everybody had a blast. It was the hottest day so far so after the ride we jumped in Pinecrest lake.
 Nothing like a shuttled DH to put a smile on your face.
Except maybe a post ride brew. I bolted up a full XTR drive on Jeanie's Knolly and asked her how she liked it. Did she appreciate the beer more than the drive?