Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
And, I'm in a very odd place this season, no longer really willing to train and go for a pointless top 20 in the 35+ Cat 4's, hell, I'm 53 this month and a freeeekin professional race announcer now, but I still long to line it up, and suffer, and pass and be passed, and laugh about it when it's all over, because nobody in hell gives a rats ass where I might finish in a race, except the people who dislike what I'm all about and who enjoy seeing me suffer and fail...and you know what, for those, I may just train for a race or two and get out there and make them grind their teeth one more time...sounds like a plan to me. Touche.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Good to be back on the dirt, especailly new dirt, with the boyzk...
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Jeff Place gets ready for a hot night lap, well, kind of hot, under a near full moon, no big deal. I believe this was right at Scotch Thirty.
The parting shot, Fedak's Townie class cruiser bike takes a post race bath.
In the end, your men's and women's solo winners were Dan Loftus and Kris Cannon (3 peat!). Loftus was able to overcome the World U25 Taylor Lideen when Lideen got altitude sickness VERY late in the race and had to drop out with a near two lap lead, giving Loftus the win...
Thanks to Derrick Fish for the laughs from across the pond, technology has ruined us, when you have free wi-fi at the announcer's booth during a 24 hour event, some funny shit is going to go down, and it did. Facebook updates from people who were 200 yards away during the event kept things pretty humorous, and rockin Pandora music through the PA didn't suck either, except for the commercials.
As for Jeff Place, well he saved my ass last night, and deserves an A2B shout out for good Karma. I drove home from Gunnison yesterday after burying myself on the Mic for 24 hours, almost fell asleep 10 times on Kebler Pass while driving, pounded a #2 Value meal from McD's, drank three cokes, and made it back to Eagle exhausted, at which time I decided to gear up and go for a ride as it was a PERFECT eve to ride despite being a bit on the sleepy side. I made the decision to take no phone, and just enough to fix ONE flat, which NEVER happens. Upon descending the race course from the top of the Boneyard, I flatted, and without all the lame details, I had a small knobby tear that needed some love. I flatted far away from home, was tired, had no pump, and "wasted" my CO2 before realizing the hole was kind of large. So I walked down the hill with the hopes that Jeff Place would answer his door even though he himself had just raced the 24 in the Sage and drove home as well. He was there, had a pump, answered the door, and kept me from arriving home at 10pm. Free Squirt for you my friend.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
All riders will meet at Charlie Brown's shop in Eagle between 6-7am, we leave the shop at 7am for the Humper. Bring ALOT of water and food, a cell phone, and two tubes if you are not familiar with the course. This aint no joy ride. There is talk of a food and water drop the eve before but that is up to you guys and gals, probably at the bottom of the Plunge or Star Wars would be best...see you Sunday morning, this will be LARGE.
HERE IS THE COURSE DESCRIPTION...
Meet at the Mountain Pedaler Bike Shop in Eagle and be ready to roll by 7am.
We roll out to the Third Gulch parking lot and ascend PIPELINE to the WOLVERTON LOOP
Finish Wolverton Loop and head back up Hardscrabble road to the FIREBOX ROAD SINGLETRACK cutoff, this is only about 500 yards on the road, exit right.
Ride FIREBOX ROAD to the top of DEAD COW
Descend DEAD COW 2/3 of the way, turn LEFT and climb (this climb is survival, spin it to Mike's) to the short hike a bike to MIKE'S NIGHT OUT, you have now climbed 4600 ft. in about 15 miles
Descend MIKE'S NIGHT OUT and turn left on SPRING CREEK ROAD to the entry to CATWALK which is to the left and starts at the COW CAMP sign on the scrub oak tree island. This is only a couple of hundred yards on the road.
Rip CATWALK , (easy to miss this short climb to Easy Rider) turn right then descend EASYRIDER, climb to and descend STARWARS.
Turn right at the bottom of STARWARS and climb to the top of the PLUNGE (ouch), descend THE PLUNGE and MIND ERASER.
Turn right at the bottom in HOCKETT GULCH and ride up TICK ALLEY (HUGE ouch)
Descend ABRAMS SINGLETRACK
Ride the bike path back to the THIRD GULCH parking lot
YOU ARE DONE, DRINK BEER
Every rider is responsible for their own support. I plan on riding this ride as a guide and sweep Gran Fondo style, There are a ton of places to BAIL safely should you get beat into submission, which many of you will. The course is NOT marked and as you know the trail system on Hardscrabble Mountain is extensive and confusing at best, even with a map. The cows have gotten the best of some of our pristine singletrack, so be prepared for a bit of bumpy riding, and don't bitch, this is mountain biking. This aint no Disco Party, but it will be one of the greatest mountain bike rides you ever do in your life, guaranteed. 35 miles of single track pain and heaven all in one. See you there.