Thursday, April 27, 2006
Oh boy, the views, the hundreds of desert miles and the big-nasty burrito are heading my way. If you haven't guessed it, I'm riding the White Rim this weekend. The White Rim trail is mostly desert double track in Moab, UT. However you cross some of the most scenic terrain in all of the US! It is desolate, big and full of 360-degree views. The ride distance is a little over 100 miles. The time to complete the ride needed is roughly 9 -12 hours, if you're doing it in a day. I'm hoping to bang this out in 8 hours - we'll see.
Stay tuned to this blog for a podcast and video on www.yourmtb.com...
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I did it! I finally road the Edge Loop in
Beginning of the singletrack...
Monday, April 24, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
For those of you who love the high altitude,
Yesterday’s ride to Coal Bank pass began in downtown
For those of you who don’t know Shalona, it is the widow maker, the lung-buster, the beginning of the end, the separator, the toughness factor all in one. What I mean is during the group rides, Shalona can crush even the strongest rider, and separate the rest of the pack. If you’re riding alone, Shalona is the beginning of the 3,000 ft climb to Coal Bank. My goal was to keep a steady pace up – I didn’t want to blow my leg power. At the end of Shalona, the road flattens for a disappointing 30 yards. It was time to take it slow, recover and prepare for what, in
If you’ve ridden the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge steam engine, then you’re aware that it stops roughly halfway to Silverton at Rockwood. The little town (about three houses strong) supplies the train with additional water for the journey through the passes to
My next stop was at the Needles country store. This stop, following a short climb from Tamarron resort to Haviland recreation area, constituted a well-deserved bathroom break. I was out of the general store quickly, as I wanted to take in the views for a moment before heading off for Durango Mountain Resort and then Coal Bank pass.
The beginning of Coal Bank is a heart-wrenching 10-15 degree hill, depending on how you’re measuring it. In other words, the beginning of the climb is very steep. You don’t just ease into the climb – like you want too. The climbing gets fierce as you push through switchback after switchback. However, the views are almost 360-degrees. The mountains tower above you, like skyscrapers. You’re so close to the top of the world that your lungs almost burst. It is magical scenery to experience.
At the top, I pull back the reigns of my Colnago and bust out the Gu. It is time for a recovery snack. My break it quick and to the point. My plan was to ride up to Coal Bank and finish the day at Durango Mountain Resort where Christina, my Fiancé, will meet me with a bottle of wine, crackers and cheese – yesterday was a date night, because she is leaving for New York City. I point my wheels downhill and begin my descent.
If you haven’t experienced 50 miles per hour on your bike then mark it on your to do list. The same goes for passing cars. I was cruising. I passed cars with
Monday, April 17, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
YOURMTB.COM is full of stories and information from riders like you and me. Yourmtb.com isn't out to cater to the big pros and sponsors. It is about finding the small details about a new trail in Missouri or a new fashion trick for the ladies - and dudes. The site will contain such a community of mountain bikers ready to share their vision, lives and apres trail experience - now won't that be fun?
I am playing a big role in this new website. I'm considered the "Enthusiast in Chief". That's right I've stepped up into the corporate world, well, not really. The deal is I'm the site editor. My job is to get your butts off my blog and into the yourmtb.com world. I'm also creating podcasts and some video that will be coming soon! In other words, I'm taking all things mountain biking and giving them a better forum in yourmtb.com.
So, if you haven't been there by now, I encourage you to visit the site. What's the site name you ask? YOURMTB.COM.
PS: I'll still be around here, too...
Friday, April 07, 2006
Full details to come soon…
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Recently, I was struck with anger after my fiancé told me that her town cruiser was stolen. I should clarify that her cruiser has a maximum value of $49.68. The sole reason she purchased the bike was to help out the environment. She wanted to ride to work instead of drive. And, someone stole it! They took it off the rack, road it (probably drunk) and forgot about the fact that someone paid for and wanted this bike. Now she, along with others who have experienced thievery, has to deal with buying a new bike. Naturally, it will probably be my pocketbook taking the hit (I love my fiancé).
I can relate to her predicament, on a more personal level. About three years ago, I awoke one morning and couldn’t find my car, the bikes attached to it nor any other items that were once apart of my mobile suitcase – Ford Explorer. I was in shock for about two hours. Then I did what everyone else must do – I filed a police report. The cops came to the door, asked me questions and then told me not to expect the car, or the bikes, to come back home (I was in
About 10 hours later I called my cell phone, which was in my stolen car at the time. It rang and rang. Then someone answered it! I told them they were talking to the person whose car they just stole. The person hung up. What did this mean? Could I trace the call? Would I be able to find my car? At this point, any development was a step in the right direction. I called again – I really wanted to check my messages. A woman answered. Before I could release a wave of profanity, the woman on the other end calmly asked me to settle down. She said she was a member of the
I ended up on the good end of a very back stick. Insurance covered all of my damage and theft. However, some of us lose everything in situations like mine. There are those who don’t own a car. They end up losing their transportation, if their bike is stolen. According to the National Bike Registry, it is estimated that 1.5 million bikes are stolen every year. That statistic is staggering. So, what does it mean to have your bike stolen? How did you feel when your loss equated to no work transportation?
Please email me or post your story.
Remember to lock your bike!
Monday, April 03, 2006
We arrived in
Our first ride would encompass dirt road riding covering 2,500 feet of elevation gain, scenic views of the surrounding mountains, a smooth forest service road and 12 miles of total distance. The ride up Forest Service road 235 was incredible. We maintained a slow speed, as we were inclined – literally- for some time. Our trail of choice was called 11. I guess they called it that as it is roughly 11 miles from the entrance to the campground. At the top of the Forest Service road, the trail begins, quickly. It dropped down through, what appeared to be, a run-off ditch. This first section was not very promising. However, after that quick awakening, we were soon blessed with oodles of single track – 3.3 miles of it. Other than one car, a ranger and a dump truck we were the only people out that day. The remoteness of the area, the beauty and the lack of noise made this ride one of my top 20.
Once we returned to camp, we were off to the