Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mid Week Snow Ride

I have most of the week off so I called Jamie and We gathered a few hardcore riders and headed for the Gorge. We love riding Syncline in the winter because it's frozen and hardly anyone is there. Today was a bit more than frozen. Probably 4 or 5 inches of the white stuff at the top. It made seeing rocks and things like that a bit more difficult. 10 min int the ride Jamie crashed and tweaked his leg. Twisted it weird I guess, so he was walking the rest of the way down. Mangus crashed hard and hurt his thumb, but who use's thumb's anyway. We made our way down and had a great time with almost crashes and crashes. Derek got extra points for pinning it most of the way. When we got to the bttom Frisco was waiting and ready to go, so we headed back up. Mangus, Jake and Derek hit Coyote Canyon and Frisco ,T-mac and I did the main line again. I finally fell in a rocky section and Frisco fell like 3 times that I saw, but he was going for it hard so it was expected. Epic day for sure and it look's like Jamie will be sitting out for a few weeks again.












Saturday, December 26, 2009

SW Washington

Some of my favorite trails are in SW Washington. Winter is the best time because everything else is under snow or too muddy or under snow. The trail builders spend so much time making and clearing trail that the riding is always perfect. I've been riding this zone since 2001 and I'm not tired of it yet.


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the night before..

Twas the night before the day before Christmas and....oh never mind. Jamie and I did a night ride and here are the pic's.


















Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Wed night Pedal



















It's cold,dark and wet. at least it's not raining. It was just Jamie and I tonight and that was ok. We pedaled the wet , muddy ( in places) section of forrest park that I only frequent in the winter. Forrest Park is the largest city park in the nation. Yes, bigger than Central Park in New York. but it has no single track for bikes. That may change someday, but for now the law abiding mountain bikers ride the fire lanes when in Forrest Park. At night it's almost like single track. So my Bianchi Single speed had a wimpy rear cog and I didn't have another for the tame hills at F.P. so I improvised. I ended up with a 32/13 which is a stupid ratio but I could ride. It was typical for the F.P. ride. Muddy on the German Town road end and dry after. Heard some Coyotes and that was wierd. I can't believe I've written this much about Forrest Park. Funny. Anyway...I bent the cog or tooth or sompin so the last mile of our 10 mile ride I had to walk. O well. Fun ride and not as cold as I thought it would be. Looking forward to the next Wed night Pedal.






Saturday, November 28, 2009

Syncline


or should I say MUD cline?

Jamie and I wanted to do a post Thanksgiving day ride so we got a few interested. Aaron got Some Pedal Nation people and David invited some friends so it was a big group. First run we did the main DH run which was muddy and my goggles got so mucked up that it was kinda sketchy. All I could see were shapes. Not good, so I took them off for the rest of the day. When we got to Little Moab it was much better. This section drains well and we were loving the rocks. @nd run most of us hit Coyote canyon and that trail is awesome. I only rode it once before, but I'll be riding it a lot more I hope. Lot's of skinny single track and lots of rocks. It was quite the diverse group. DH bikes, old XC bikes 5" trail bikes and hard tails. Great ride.











Thursday, November 26, 2009

Back on the bike!

So after I healed my sliced leg from the big East Mt Hood epic ride our family started getting sick. Sore throats, fevers, and finally the 2 week long cough. What a drag. So it was a great thing to get the bike out and head to Falls City with some of the guys to ride in the rain. I think I missed the fall riding. It was Flying J, Josh, Derek, Todd mac and Aaron Nation.( Aaron's 2nd time. We were soaked by the time we got to Basic training but at least it wasn't crowded. Goofed around there for a while and then headed up. Sunday stroll looked a little slippery so we kept walking. Derek hit the drop after the BIG step up after the cheese grater. First try..Case a de a. 2nd try perfect. E T was running slow but Josh made it work. Derek and Josh hit the cliff drop and then out of no where Todd the BIG mac hit's it. What? Josh and I almost fell down trying to get out of the way. Todd got rider of the day for sure. Down the trail, slipping and sliding and back home. Man..it's gonna be a long winter.
















Saturday, October 17, 2009

Black Rock Shuttle day

The WESTSIDE TRAIL FEDERATION sponsored their 2nd shuttle day at the Black Rock trails located near Falls City Oregon. 7 hours of not riding up hill can't be bad. Transition was there with a full fleet of bikes to demo and a lot of stoked riders ready to rip. Then the rain came. It dumped really hard but hey...this ain't Idaho. So the riders kept riding and the drivers kept driving. Fat Larry was keeping it loose, Flying J hit 30 mph up the hill, and I drove the BIG box truck and managed to turn it around and back it down over and over with out getting stuck or going over the edge . I think there was around 150 people and and more counting the volunteers. Oh.. April was there too. Great Oregon riding.







Thursday, October 01, 2009

East Mt Hood Epic!!


I've been scoping this route for a few years but since it covers so much ground (for me) I figured it might be too much. turns out it was just enough. When I e-mailed Terry and Debbie about the ride they said "YIKES!" I knew Jeremy would be into it no matter what and I figured I have enough anger left to make it. Tanya was going too and I knew she'd love to do it as an out and back but would do a shuttle if we gave her a prize at the end. The night before I talked to Jeremy and he said his cuz "mumbling Matt " was going to come. hmmm. I wasn't sure about that since it was a ride of unknown mileage, and he’s been on like 1 pedaling ride this year. Oh well. not my cousin.


We met up with Terry , Debbie and Tanya at the Mt Hood store and headed to drop off their car at the end of the Oak Ridge trail. We started the ride at Bennett Pass and went 4.1 miles up to the Gunsight Ridge trail and then up and up. The Gunsight ridge trail was really cool with nice rocky sections and great views. One big long rock garden was really challenging. It was actually more like a land slide that we were riding across. Of course there was the dinner plate section. Slab’s of rocks that clanked like plates when you rode across them.



So we thought we got to the end of the Gunsight ridge trail when it came up to a road and we knew we would have to be on a road for a bit after that but the mileage on Debbie’s computer wasn’t adding up. When we got to the bottom of the lame WAY dusty road we realized that we missed the 2 miles of down hill single track . OOPS. Debbie said “ There’s always next year” but Terry and I knew it had been 5 years since we had tried to ride this trail and ran into mass amounts of snow. So with out too much thought Terry and I decided to ride back up the dust road and ride the single track and then continue on. Debbie said “I’m not waiting” Jeremy and Matt looked like they thought we were crazy and Tanya always wants to climb so it was set. As we pedaled away Jeremy heard Debbie say that this was a bad idea. We did not see them again for nearly 3 hours. She was right.

At the top of the road we celebrated with some dark chocolate and then started climbing on the single track decent. Yay. It didn’t last long then we were flying and the section of trail was pretty fun. I was getting some serious arm pump. Maybe because my rear brake was not really working. Combined with the front brake I could slow down so that was good I guess. We got back to where we left them and started up the road and ended up and a huge Forrest road climb Probably a thousand feet in 2 miles or something. I was realizing why it was hard to get anyone to go on this ride. Good views though and nice and quiet because I couldn't keep up with T ‘n’ T. We got up to the High Prairie parking area and there were a ton of riders resting but not the ones we were looking for. Some of the riders were on a 4 day hut to hut ride from Hood river back to Hood river. I could have used a hut at this point in the ride.




So we were on a dirt road for a bit and then got into some great flowing singletrack. A lot of descending. After linking some trails together we had to ride some black top until we found the connector to the beginning of the surveyors ridge trail. DBL track for a couple of miles then back to single track. We had been riding really fast and were surprised that we hadn’t caught up with our group. ( never split up on a group ride) SO on the dbl track my phone starts ringing but the time I could get it out of my pack I missed the call. It was Jeremy and they were a half a mile ahead of us. Cool. It was good to see them again. Matt looked like he had been done for a long while, pants torn in half etc. etc. Debbie was Chip and Jeremy was in a good mood as usual. Surveyors ridge was as great as I had remembered but a lot of climbing. We got to a section where it was fast and rocky. I was chasing Tanya and she was flying!. I was right on her and then when it would smooth out she would take off and be losing me I would be like Oh no! what gear am I in. Man is she fast. It would have been great helmet cam footage. Next time. We eventually made it to the Oakridge trail which would drop us down to Terry’s car and the end of our long day. Ton’s of switch backs awaited us and more rocks. The switchbacks were tough and I made a lot of them. It was super loose. About a mile from the bottom I wasn’t making a switch back and tried to hop off running I got a cramp in my leg and couldn’t pull it off. ( my leg was bothering me a bit as I had gotten a cramp about 2 hours earlier) So I went off the bike and rolled , landed about 20 feet from my bike and then I heard Jeremy yelling “ Look at your leg” . Got a crazy slice from the rocks I guess. too bad. So after sitting there and bleeding for a while I finished the ride by walking the switchbacks and riding the trail. Great ride and a long day. I’ll do it again next year and be stronger but I’ll skip the blood.