BMX Freerider from Prescott January 19, 2012Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
Tags: Arizona, BMX, Free ride, Johnny Stevens, Prescott
When you take your bike to High Gear Bike Shop in Prescott, Arizona you will notice two things right off the bat. The shop is always busy, and they have a lot of inventory. One of the reasons they are busy is they have great mechanics.
One of those mechanics is the unassuming Johnny Stevens. This low key, friendly wrencher is like Jekyll and Hide however, put him on a BMX bike and turn him loose in a park or on the streets, and he becomes a raging madman on two wheels.
Johnny is one of the team riders for the Proper Bike Co. when he is not fixing bikes here in Prescott.
Check out this latest video of Johnny doing his thing:
That reminds me, I need to take my bike in for a tune up…….
Spelunking + Running = Sperunking January 11, 2012Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff, Trail Running.
Tags: caves, spelunking, trail running
If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the State of Missouri in February, you have got to check this out!
It is called the Sand Mine Challenge, and it involves running a 5k but not just another 5k, this one is UNDERGROUND!
Melting into the Mountains November 30, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, BCT, Black Canyon Trail, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott
On Sunday, Tom and I drove our vehicles down to the Gloriana Mine trail head of the Black Canyon Trail that is near the Bumble Bee road exit on I-17. I put my bike behind his on this bike rack, loaded my gear into his Supra, and we headed back up to the Old Sycamore trail head where we would start our ride.
When we parked up on Old Sycamore and started to unload our bikes, Tom noticed his front tire was flat, in fact it was more than just flat, it had melted! The way his bike was sitting on the rack, it was too close to his exhaust pipe, and during the trip up the hill from Bumble Bee Road, he had unintentionally vulcanized the side of his nearly new (and expensive) tire. There was smiley faced shaped hole in it and his tube had popped.
What to do? Do we cancel the ride and drive back down to get my truck? Do we drive into Prescott Valley and see if he can buy a new tire? NO! We try to figure out a way to repair it. Tom put a section of his old tube around his spare tube and then sleeved the tire with a dollar bill. He pumped it up and it appeared like it was holding. A few pedals around the parking area and a couple of bunny hops and it was still holding, so it should hold for a 25 mile ride through rocks and cactus right???? What the heck, we were up for an adventure.
Nearly 3 miles in, we came to a gate near a big cairn topped with a pile of cow bones. It appeared that the dollar bill was pushing through the sidewall of the tire…..Hmm I guess the Stan’s that had leaked out of his first melted tube had soaked the dollar bill making it weak and susceptible to tearing. Tom decided to try a different method of repair. He stuck 3 self adhesive repair patches to the inside of the tire, overlapping one another so they covered the entire melted gash and reinforced each other. Then refolded the dollar bill and put it back in, then the section of old tube, then the new tube……
It was ugly, and we had no idea if it would hold, but we bold set out where no melted tire had gone before!
The ride itself was outstanding. The weather was perfect, and the trail was not muddy at all. We stopped where the BCT crosses the road near Cordes Ranch to take a look at the repair and it appeared to be holding just fine.
The next section of the BCT down to the Hidden Treasure Mine trail head is one of my favorite sections because of the way the trail meanders down the sides of the narrow Antelope Creek Canyon. The thin, loose granite trail with the super steep and rocky exposure demands concentration, as there is a big penalty for failure.
We stopped for a snack and to check the tire again at the Hidden Treasure Mine trailhead. So far so good. We then headed out onto the really fun section of the BCT that climbs up and over some foothills on the way to the bridge near the town of Bumble Bee.
Here we were, 20 miles into a ride on a very popular trail, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, and we hadn’t seen a soul. Crazy. We started the short but punishing half mile climb up the jeep road, knowing that the truck was only 5 miles away now. At the top of the jeep road we stopped to check the tire, and to talk about the very different trail types we had already been on, and what was yet to come. I agreed with Tom that the next 4.5 miles of the BCT were probably the most technical miles on the entire 65 mile length of the the trail.
As we rode along this section, the shadows grew long and my legs were telling me they needed to be done soon. With about a mile to go, we caught up with two other Prescottonians, Billy and Christi who were doing an out and back from the Gloriana Mine trail head. After we went by them, we were like horses running to the barn. We pounded out that last mile as if it were our first, anticipating putting the bikes away and having a nice cold beer.
When we rolled up to the truck, neither of us could believe that the repair job on that melted-open tire had made it through 25 miles of rough terrain.
It was and adventure all right, and it turned out better than we could have hoped.
12 Hours At Night Results July 18, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Brownlow Trail, Endurance Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking, mtb, night race, Prescott
There are lots of photos posted HERE. Thanks to Brooke Photography for taking some great photos. You can definitely tell which are taken by the professional, and which were taken by me. If you ever need photos taken by a pro with an amazing eye for finding the extraordinary shot, use Brooke Photography.
Lap Count Results are:
|1||116||Crankin’ for a Spankin’||12|
|SOLO SINGLE SPEED|
|3||205||How Much Longer!?||11|
|1||302||Esso Watches Racing||16|
|2||303||Midnight Cramp Campaign||16|
|4||304||Sammy’s Road Kill Crew||13|
|5||301||Team Laughing in the face of RA||12|
|3 SINGLE SPEED|
|2||309||Waiting for Sunrise||16|
Full race results and lap times will be posted to the event page in a few days.
Another Mountain Biker is Born April 26, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Day Hiking, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, orienteering.
Tags: hiking, Mountain Biking, multisport
One of the biggest thrills I get from my job is taking people to places that they would normally never see, and seeing their face light up from the experience.
My second favorite thrill is when I see that someone is hooked, whether it be on mountain biking (like this great story), hiking, orienteering, adventure racing, or climbing. To turn someone onto something that will perhaps change their life for the better is really, really cool.
Regarding the story that I linked to above; I do not know this girl at all, but her story is all too familiar to me…..and I love it!
Horses and Bikes Together? March 19, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Equestrians, Granite Basin, Mountain Biking
This morning the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance had a group ride out in Granite Basin.
Part of the event was a pow wow of sorts with representatives from a local equestrian club. The horse folks made a presentation about how horses perceive bikes and other things and then what we as bikers can do when we come upon horses on the trail. Trail etiquette 101.
UPDATE: Here are some trail etiquette guidelines that IMBA just published today 4/3/2011
They told us that horses know we are coming toward them long before their riders do, and that when we see horses while mountain biking, we should call out (no bells, or horns) to them, and ask them if we need to get off our bikes. They know their horses, and will instruct us on what to do. Some horses are used to bikes and the horses will just step off the trail and their rider will instruct us to just ride on by (slowly). Others will ask us to dismount and walk by. And there are others that will ask us to dismount, step off the trail with our bikes and let the horses go by us. When we do step off the trail, they ask that we stay in the open (not behind trees or bushes) so the horse can see us. Horses view things that they are not used to as predators, and so it is important to continue talking in a normal voice so the horse knows that we are human.
There are those people out there that want to stir up controversy and try to make it seem that equestrians and mountain bikers are adversarial, but that is just not true for 99% of us. We recognize that these trails on public lands are for all of us and we do what we can to make any interaction as pleasant and smooth as possible.
The equestrians that spoke to us brought up two things that we hear mountain bikers complain about a lot. Piles of horse manure in the trail, and horses riding on muddy trails and tearing them up. I for one was glad that they brought this up and it didn’t have to come from on of the bikers there. The horse folks said that they should be moving the manure off the trail, and added that experienced equestrians do not ride when the trails are muddy.
This notion of experienced vs. green horses and riders are what prompted a question from me, “Are there steps that equestrians should take to get their horses used to bikers and hikers before taking them out on multi-use trails?”
The answer was yes, that if they are planning on having their horse in an area where it could come across hikers, dogs, or bikers, the owner themselves should take the time to acclimatize their animal to these possibilities. However many do not. There have been many cases of bikers being yelled at by people on horses, saying things like, “Stop, my horse is afraid of bikes! Or event telling us that we do not belong on the trails.
It was nice to hear that these leaders of the horse community agree that through joint awareness with bikers and hikers, and all three groups taking the time to prepare for the eventual on trail encounter, we can and will make taking to the trails a fun and enjoyable experience for all of us.
After the meetup, we went on an 11 mile ride down the Mint Wash Trail 345 to the junction with the 308, where we turned around and backtracked then took the 347 back up to complete our loop. On the way, we encountered horses on 3 occasions, and in all 3 the horses stepped off the trail and waved us by. Perfect!
2011 GORD Official Results Posted March 16, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Events, Mountain Biking, Trail Running.
Tags: Arizona, duathlon, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, High Gear Bike Shop, Mountain Biking, Prescott, trail running
The Official Results of the 2011 Go! Off Road Duathlon held in Prescott, AZ on March 12, 2011 are now posted on the GORD website.
Here are a few highlights and other tidbits about the event.
Fastest Overall Male – Dan Hight (39) from Prescott with a time of 59:57. Dan came in from the first run 58 seconds behind the leader, but rode the fastest mountain bike leg with a blistering split of 34:53 for the 8.2 mile course.
Fastest Overall Female – Sandi Scrimgeour (46) from Prescott with a time of 1:15:22. Sandi also had the fastest female bike split with a 43:43.
Other things to note are:
- On his final trail running leg, Chris Bray ran at a 5:58/mile pace.
- Vickie Nelson of Team BFC Racing had the fastest women’s pace of 7:05/mile on the final leg.
- Resolute Sasquatches (either Pete or Justin) had the fastest pace of the day at 5:52/mile….wow! That is smokin’.
- Brian from The Fat Tire Loafers had the fastest team bike leg at 36:34.
- Our competitors ranged from 25 to 62 years old.
- High Gear Bike Shop gave us lots of fabulous prizes to give away!
There are some photos posted on the GO-AR Shutterfly page. If you were there and took any photos, or know someone who did, please send them to us at this address: info (@) go-ar.com, we can put them up for all to see.
GORD Finish Times and Rankings March 12, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking, Trail Running.
Tags: duathlon, fitness, Go Off Road Duathlon, multisport, Prescott
Here is a quick look at results from the 3rd annual Go! Off Road Duathlon.
Full results with all the split times to follow in the next couple of days.
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:12 PM for Male 12-19 in division Solo|
|No results yet for this age group.|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:13 PM for Male 20-29 in division Solo|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:13 PM for Male 30-39 in division Solo|
|3||1||Jason Lohman||1:07:03||Prescott Valley|
|8||47||Tom Stotler||1:10:45||Prescott Valley|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:14 PM for Male 40-49 in division Solo|
|10||41||Dan Munsell||1:37:48||Prescott Valley|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:14 PM for Male 50 and Over in division Solo|
|6||59||Larry Phillips Sr.||1:46:28||Waddell|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:15 PM for Female 12-19 in division Solo|
|No results yet for this age group.|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:15 PM for Female 20-29 in division Solo|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:16 PM for Female 30-39 in division Solo|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:16 PM for Female 40-49 in division Solo|
|5||27||Dana Hogan||1:40:34||Sierra Vista|
|7||2||Sandy Lightner||1:50:27||Prescott Valley|
|Age Group Race Report as of 3/12/2011 5:53:17 PM for Female 50 and Over in division Solo|
|Place||Bib #||Team Name||Elapsed||City|
|2||123||Prepare to Panic||1:07:37||Tucson|
|5||125||It’s Walt and De’ not De’ and Walt!!||1:13:14||Scottsdale|
|8||130||Blood Sweat and Beers||1:24:38||Phoenix|
|9||127||Fat Tire Loafers||1:25:49||Prescott|
|10||128||Penn and Taller||1:52:31||Phoenix|
|11||122||Team Dirty Wives||1:55:25||Prescott|
Favorite Trail Area…..Wasted! March 9, 2011Posted by AR Guide in trails.
Tags: Arizona, Granite Basin, Prescott, Trail 349, trails
Michael, Frank and I went out to Granite Basin on Sunday afternoon to enjoy some of the sweetest single track around….or so we thought.
It appears the forest thinning project that the National Forest Service has contracted out has decimated most of trail 349, and part of trail 350.
Trail 349 west of Granite Basin Rd. is almost non-existent. The bushes are all gone (sort of). They have been hogged out and shredded. Bits of brush and branches lay scattered all over the forest floor, including on the trail. This and the truck and tractor tire depressions left in the soft earth have made the trail disappear.
It is my sincere hope that the Forest Service make sure that the contractor goes back in and restores the trails. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, there will be a multitude of hikers, bikers and equestrians very, very upset!
After this next weekend, I shall head back out there to see what if any restoration has been performed…….Stay tuned.
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2011 February 26, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Endurance Mountain Biking, Epic Rides, Event, Four and a Half Men, Mountain Biking, mtb
We left Prescott as five individuals who were going to ride in the 5 person co-ed 200+ division at the Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain bike race.
We arrived back to Prescott as an Endurance Mountain Biking Team. Old and slow, but still a team called “Four and a Half Men”
By late Friday, we had all made it safely to the desert north of Tucson where the 24 HITOP is held. Some of us had been there a day already and had pre-ridden the course a couple of times. It seemed pretty tame compared to what we ride in the Prescott area on any given weekend.
Friday we sat around our campfire, visiting and contemplating what the next day would bring. None of us had ever been to the 24 HITOP before, and we really didn’t know what to expect.
People ran for their cameras and stood on their cars, trailers and motorhomes to try and get the perfect sunset photo. I picked up my bike and held it up while Steve snapped this photo. As the sun continued to dip, the sky turned the color of a blacksmith’s forge. Then Scott held his Yeti skyward for one of the coolest photos I have seen.
What an awesome way to start our weekend adventure.
Saturday morning we were treated to Omelets prepared by Karen who had come down to just hang out with us and take some photos. She is also an amazing camp cook!
We went down to the expo area and visited with other Prescott riders that were there throughout the morning. After the pre-race meeting, Robert prepared for taking the first lap for our team. This race begins with a quarter-mile LeMans style start where the first lap riders run that 4oo meters, then mount their bike and ride the first lap. It is literally a stampede of 800+ bikers trying to find their bike and somehow weave through the chute filled with other biker attempting to do the same thing.
After the wild start, the rest of us went down to the spot on a trail called His ‘n Hers where the race course comes closest to the 24 Hour Town. Here we cheered on the first riders to arrive, counting them as they went past until at number 146 we saw Robert coming around the corner. We yelled like crazy for the 2 or 3 seconds that it took him to approach us, go by, and then disappear around another corner.
I forgot to mention that at the start of the race, the wind was blowing at 25-30 mph, with gusts to 40+ (crazy!).
I hurried back to get ready to take lap number 2 for out team. I felt good, and was riding well, when shortly after the turn onto Rattlesnake Trail, riders were being flagged down and asked to walk our bikes past a rider being worked on by EMS. I wasn’t sure what had happened, but I did see what was left of a large cholla cactus scattered about as if it had been blown up. Note to self: stay on the trail! It felt like the wind was picking up, and as I rode across the dam of a cattle tank, I saw a girl get blown off her bike, then as she tried to walk the bike, it was being blown into her and she could hardly hold onto it. The guy in front of my looked like he and his bike were leaning at a 45 degree angle just to hold a straight line! About 12 miles into that first lap, I realized that I was riding really hard, and I thought back to standing there in the on deck area of the exchange tent telling myself it was going to be a long 24 hours and to just take it easy. That plan was out the window, and I knew I would suffer on later laps because of it. Dang.
When I came into the exchange tent, there was Steve, ready to go. One thing I thought we did really well throughout the entire event, was we just kept moving forward. There weren’t any missed exchanges where the next rider was sleeping, and none of us had any mechanical issues or flat tires.
While Steve was out on his lap, we felt the air temperature suddenly drop about 15 degrees, and the forecast said that rain was on the way within the hour. So when Jeanette geared up for our 4th team lap, she was ready for whatever might be coming. She ended up being out there for the beginning of the coming rain. Evidently it rained lightly on her toward the end of her lap, and as she passed the baton to Michael at about 6:20pm, the rain was falling. Michael’s lap had it all. He rode in 20mph winds with rain falling sideways and about 15 minutes into his lap, the sun was gone. While we were huddled in tents and trailers for the next hour and a half, Michael pushed on. He returned from his lap in amazingly good spirits, with stories of how fantastic the cacti looked in his lights with each drop of water on every little needle reflecting the light. We were feeling good as a team as Michael finished his lap and Robert began his second lap. The rain appeared to be almost over, and we had all successfully completed our first lap of the 16.1 mile race course.
The rain DID stop, and we continued to ride through the night without any problems. There were lots of riders out there changing tires and patching tubes, but thankfully, we were not among those with mechanical issues. During Jeanette’s second lap, somewhere around midnight, I took this photo of riders lights coming along His ‘n Hers Trail. Look at the glow of the lights of Tucson on the low clouds in the background.
One thing we all noticed and were really appreciative of, was how courteous and friendly 99.9% of the riders were. Around 6am as I was coaxing my bike up the climb of the High Point Trail, a very fast girl wearing a KHS Cycles jersey went by me like I was standing still, but as she did, she took the time to offer words of encouragement, “Keep going, you are almost done!”, she said as she disappeared into the gray of the early morning.
Micheal had the last lap for our team as noon approached on Sunday, and the rest of us walked over to the spot where the trail comes back down toward the transition tent to meet him. As he came around the corner toward us, he spotted Jeanette waving to him, and tired as he was, he gave a big satisfied smile.
We had completed 15 laps, 3 each to finish 13th of 46 teams in our division that started on Saturday.
At any of various points throughout the race, we had all been the Half that our team name mentions. The other 4 were always there to offer a smile, a joke, and words of encouragement. This was a bonding experience for us. We became a team at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo.
The Rim View Trail in Page, AZ February 14, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Lake Powell, Mountain Biking, mtb, Page, Rim View Trail, trails
I had the opportunity to ride and track the Rim View Trail that circles around most of the town of Page, AZ this weekend, and was not disappointed.
The town itself sits on top of a mesa overlooking Lake Powell, and the Glen Canyon Dam. The trail, true to its name follows the rim of the mesa, offering fantastic views at every turn.
This trail is a fun, slightly technical, single track about 11 miles in length. I say about, because there are several areas where you can choose to take a spur of the trail that either goes closer to the edge of the mesa, or away from the edge, with less exposure to huge drop offs. There are many places on this trail where the penalty for falling is certain death.
I rode it both directions, and would suggest counterclockwise as the best way, just because of the long downhill on the east side of the airport. Both ways are great though. If I lived in Page, I would ride this trail every day!
Single Speed, By Accident January 31, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Mountain Biking.
Tags: Local Bike Shop, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, The Pines
My knees ache. They have too many years of wear and tear to ride a Single Speed bike. I found this out the hard way.
Yesterday Ken, Michael, Keith, Shawn, Hal and I met up for a mountain bike ride up into “The Pines”.
The first time that I really pushed hard, my chain (more on the chain later) came apart and jammed into my rear derailleur, breaking it off the hanger and sending it up and around the cog set and into the spokes. Luckily, I stopped before it broke any of the spokes.
This all happened less than 1 mile into what we had hoped to be a 10-12 mile ride. Now I had a dilemma, pick up my bike and walk back to the truck and drive home, depressed and saddened by not being able to ride, OR try to make it work and keep riding….
Michael helped me take off the twisted derailleur and shorten the chain enough to turn my once 27 speed steed into a single speed bike.
So the 6 of us continued our climb into woods, me on a 34 x 20 SS. Somewhere right after that, Keith got separated from us and after waiting, then going back and looking for him, we determined that he must have headed home. After a couple of more miles, Ken needed to peel off and head home too, so now it was just Michael, Shawn Hal, and me. We climbed up Bobsled, went through the tunnel and on up to Topside. We took Topside to Tatonka, and down Jawbone to the 332 and on down to the fireplace. It became apparent to me in fairly short order that I would never make the ride we had planned, so we shortened up on my account and headed back down the Fireplace Trail, crossing the icy waters of the creek several times. After skirting the east side of Emanuel Pines, we headed back into The Pines for one more little loop, and after riding 6.5 miles called it quits for the day.
Now, back to my chain. Last week while riding, I got a bad case of chain-suck, and my chain got a twisted link. So Friday afternoon I took it to one of our local bike shops for another chain. While I was there, the tech said that my chain was long enough that he could just take out he offending link and all would be good. 15 minutes and $16 later, I left with my bike. Well, I don’t think that it was coincidence that my chain blew apart the very next time I rode my bike….and now, not only will I have to buy a new chain as I had intended to do on Friday, but now I will have to buy a new rear derailleur as well!
Oh well, the worst day riding is better than a lot of other days!
Tucson is Leading the Pack in Arizona January 27, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Just Stuff.
Tags: Arizona, Bike Boulevard, road riding, Tucson
Tuscon is about to begin a bike friendly project that I think is awesome!
Read the article in Tuscon Velo about the Bike Boulevard coming to downtown Tucson beginning next month.
Prescott Trails are Drying Out….Slowly January 27, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, The Pines, trails
Rick, Steve, Keith, Dan (a guest rider from Tucson) and I enjoyed a mountain bike ride yesterday afternoon.
We started at the corner of Iron Springs Rd. and Granite Basin Rd. and rode up through Kingswood to the beginning of trail 317. As we entered Kingswood, I realized that I have left my camelbak in the back of my truck, so I had to hurry back to get it. Doh! Luckily, the guys waited for me at the trailhead.
As we started the climb up 317 toward the Thumb Butte area, we found several spots in the trail that had not dried out very well, and we a little soft. Luckily there hadn’t been any horses on it.
When we got to the top where 317 meets 316, we stayed on the 317 and did a clockwise circle that went 317, 315, 386, 316. Then we headed up the White Rock Trail (318).
Rick, Dan and Keith cleaned all the gnarly rock sections, while Steve and I brought up the rear after not quite making them. At one point Steve said, “I feel like something is rubbing on my back tire.” We looked at it and saw that his rear skewer was undone and he was about to have his whole rear wheel fall right out of the frame!
We continued up the White Rock through some spots that still had snow and ice on them to the 332. On the way down the 332, we had to very large doe mule deer cross right in front of us. They were big, perhaps with-fawn.
Passing the fireplace, we stayed on the 332 and climbed up towards “The Pines.” Keith needed to bail, so he took the Fireplace Connector Trail and headed home. When the 4 of us got to the top, Steve suggested we take the Tatonka Trail.
I love the way Tatonka winds through the boulders and meanders among the pines. When we got to the Tatonka Connector, we headed down it back toward the part of the 332 that is old railroad bed.
Crossing the 332 at that point, we took the Meadow Trail down toward the creek bottom. The snow down in the meadow made getting across the creek a challenge! When we hit the Waterline Trail, we headed down it to the Emmanuel Pines Rd. and back to our vehicles.
8.75 miles, good company, and as always a great time!
Lawyers, Bikes, and Landowners January 26, 2011Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: Danger, Landowner, Lawsuit, Mountain Biking
It always amazes me when I hear about a mountain biker taking legal action aka. suing, a land owner after they have injured themselves while riding on the landowner’s property.
I guess good personal injury lawyer (if there is such a thing) can dig around and come up with something that the landowner did or didn’t do that made it unsafe for the mountain biker….but hey, mountain biking is unsafe to start with!
Bicycle magazine just ran an article about lawmakers in Colorado that are trying to change that. The article is here.
Can you imagine….you rolling through some sweet single track, and come up on a corner that you can’t make at the speed you are carrying, so you swing wide, and meet a tree with your face…..how is that the landowner’s fault??
It’s a ridiculous, litigious society we live in.
The “B” is for Blowout October 27, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: hiking, Mountain Biking, Wilderness, Wilderness B
Wilderness B. The B is for Blowout, as in the escalation of feelings about this issue.
I am not going to go on and on about it, or even define it. Look it up.
I will say that I wholeheartedly agree with the move for the new designation to allow mountain bikes in some parts of the wilderness.
Outside magazine addresses it in an article this month too. Take a look.
Last Minute ReRoute on the TR³ October 27, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Events, Just Stuff.
Tags: duathlon, Legacy Trail, PMBA, Race Director, TopoFusion, TR3 Mountain Bike Duathlon
Earlier this week when I posted the overall results of the 2010 TR³ Mountain Bike Duathlon, I mentioned that I had to scramble to do a last minute reroute on the mountain biking leg. Here is the scoop.
For months, I had meticulously planned the 3 different legs of the TR³. When a race director has limited trails and space for an event like this, planning is of the utmost importance. How fast is a fast racer going to cover this leg? How fast is the slowest racer going to? When 2 different legs have to use part of the same trail, this becomes a potential debaucle.
After getting it all worked out. I had race maps printed, including an enlargement that was mounted on foam core so racer could see it easily at check-in. There was also a map with profile available online.
Then the rains came. And then some more rain, and then on the Friday, the day before the race, even more rain.
There is one particular section of the planned course called the Legacy Trail that the bike leg was going to use twice in the 11 mile leg. This particular trail turns to black sticky death-mud when it is extremely saturated. Not only that, but the City of Prescott had signs posted at both ends of it asking “riders” (more on this later) to stay off the trail during wet conditions.
So on Friday night just before dark, I was out at the event site, and made the decision to change the bike route in order to: A – Keep racers from having to push their gunked-up bikes through death mud, and B – Maintain a good relationship with the City and other trail users.
The deal with the “riders” comment from before is that the City had originally posted signs asking equestrians to stay off the trail during wet conditions. Well, apparently this didn’t fly with the local equestrian groups, and they raised hell with the City to get them to include mountain bikes……thus the signs were changed to say “riders.”
Ok, back to the re-route dilemma.
After spending hours using my fabulous mapping software Topofusion, I was able to come up with a 2-lap bike course that was within 3 hundredths of a mile of the same distance as the abandoned 1-lap leg, and to my amazement, it was within 3 total vertical climbing feet as well.
This only left getting out there early in the morning and getting it re-marked correctly (thanks Michael!), explaining it to my awesome volunteer crew from PMBA, and then telling all the racers at the pre-race meeting that the course they had been studying online and pre-riding the weeks before was now something else entirely!
The racers took it stride, and overall it did not cause any problems.
TR³ Mountain Bike Duathlon Overall Results October 23, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Events.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, duathlon, fitness, Mountain Biking, multi-sport, multisport, Prescott, TR3, TR3 Mountain Bike Duathlon, trail running, TR³
Today was the first TR³ Mountain Bike Duathlon in Prescott, AZ. We had to scramble to change the biking leg at the last-minute because of rains that turned the Legacy single track to black death mud.
More on that when I have the energy to write more, it has been a LONG day!
These are just the overall results, the legs splits will follow within a couple of days.
Meanwhile, if you use Face Book, look for GO Adventure Recreation and hit the “like” button!
WORLD Champion to Race in Prescott July 8, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, KHS, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, Taylor Lideen, Vassago
Taylor was here last year to use our event as a training race for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships (where he took 3rd), but had to withdraw after 5 laps because he was tearing open the fresh stitches in the palm of his hand. He had the fastest time through those 5 laps with a 1 min. 25 sec. lead over Vassago team rider Zach Stanford.
Word is that Stanford (a Prescott local) will be back to defend his impressive Male Solo division win from last year. Click here for last year’s results.
Can you say SHOOT OUT?
12 Hours At Night Welcomes Ergon May 3, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, equipment, Events, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Ergon, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, sponsors
We are very happy to announce that Ergon is on board with us as a sponsor for the upcoming 12 Hours At Night endurance mountain bike ride.
Bike ergonomics is an extremely complicated endeavor and requires knowledge across different disciplines. The development team at Ergon is made up of specialists in various areas; there are bike experts, racers, sports scientists, ergonomics experts, engineers and industrial designers.
Check out the Ergon blog too.
2010 Whiskey Off Road April 25, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, Whiskey Off Road.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, Tinker Juarez, Whiskey Off Road
The weather was perfect for the Whiskey Off Road here in Prescott, AZ.
Rumor has it that there were nearly 1000 riders signed up to race in one of the 3 distances. Because of the name of the race, the different lengths are called proofs. The 15 Proof, the 25 Proof, and the punishing 50 Proof.
I raced in the 25 Proof again this year with the goal of breaking the 3:30 barrier (it has been a barrier to me anyway!). If I get the time and energy, I will write a complete blow by blow account of my experience on the race course, but for now, I will just tell you that I am very happy to have broken through and recorded a personal best time of 3:27 (keep in mind that I am only a weekend warrior, and am also 47 years old!)….oh and the 25 Proof is really a little over 28 miles!
There were many pros that showed up for this event, which meant there were going to be some killer times laid down. Tinker Juarez showed up too!
Epic Rides is the company that produces the Whiskey Off Road, and they have turned it into a huge event that really brings people to Prescott, where they usually spend at least one night on the famous Whiskey Row taking in the flavor of our wonderful city.
The Epic Rides results page is HERE and they say they will have photos up soon as well.
I hope that some of the folks that came and raced this weekend will return in July for the 12 Hours At Night mountain bike endurance ride.
Judge Closes Trails to Mountain Bikers April 9, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Mountain Biking, trails.
Get ready mountain bikers, because here comes a firestorm!
In Montana, mountain bikers just lost some fantastic biking to a lawsuit brought about by hikers.
Mountain bikers are finding out that other groups are also attacking their trail privileges. Recently on a local level, equestrian groups have asked the Forest Service to close all Non-Motorized Use trails to mountain bikers as well.
Are you kidding me?
Sneek Peek at GORD 2010 Results March 20, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking, Trail Running.
Tags: Arizona, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, Mountain Biking, multisport, Prescott, Results, trail running
Well, another successful Go! Off Road Duathlon is in the books.
A HUGE thank you to all you racers and our World Class Volunteers!
Here are Preliminary Results by Age Group and Division. Comprehensive results including the splits will be available in a few days.
|Age Group Race Report for Male 12-19 in division Solo|
|Age Group Race Report for Male 20-29 in division Solo|
|4||152||Jonathan Goit||1:28:51||27||Queen Creek|
|Age Group Race Report for Male 30-39 in division Solo|
|1||180||Jason Lohman||1:05:58||38||Prescott Valley|
|3||153||Mauricio De los Santos||1:09:59||33||Grand Terrace CA|
|7||178||Kevin Richardson||1:17:25||34||Queen Creek|
|13||103||Fabian Carballo||1:28:40||32||Colton CA|
|14||114||Jeffrey Knigt||1:29:10||38||Queen Creek|
|15||107||Tony Principato||1:30:34||31||Las Vegas|
|18||106||Gary Sharp||1:38:30||33||Las Vegas|
|22||166||Shawn Barricklow||1:53:43||37||Queen Creek|
|Age Group Race Report for Male 40-49 in division Solo|
|9||163||Michael Cruylo||1:31:55||44||Shaumburg IL|
|14||185||Mark Lieber||1:38:08||40||Fountain Hills|
|19||117||Dan Munsell||1:52:18||48||Prescott Valley|
|Age Group Race Report for Male 50 and Over in division Solo|
|5||170||Larry Phillips Sr.||1:37:08||60||Waddel|
|6||128||Gary Ford||1:42:02||53||Cave Creek|
|7||124||Daniel Ford||2:17:43||51||Rio Verde|
|Age Group Race Report for Female 20-29 in division Solo|
|Age Group Race Report for Female 30-39 in division Solo|
|6||149||Shawna Yost||1:29:21||36||Queen Creek|
|7||195||Catherine Metz||1:30:11||34||Chino Valley|
|8||156||Kristie Dodge||1:33:46||36||Prescott Valley|
|16||193||Amy Suttles||1:58:50||36||Lubbock TX|
|Age Group Race Report for Female 40-49 in division Solo|
|6||108||Dana Hogan||1:36:44||46||Sierra Vista|
|12||123||Sharon Brown||2:17:42||46||Rio Verde|
|Age Group Race Report for Female 50 and Over in division Solo|
|Overall Race Results for the 2 Person Relay Division|
|Place||Bib #||Team Name||Time||City|
|1||72||Blood Sweat & No Gears||1:06:27||Flagstaff|
|2||81||Lust for Becker||1:06:53||Prescott|
|4||66||Cuz I Tri (or Du)||1:11:42||Mesa|
|5||71||Bowell & Borries||1:12:50||Prescott|
|8||80||Phoenix Police Athletic Club||1:23:01||Glendale|
|9||76||The Pwntato Chips||1:23:34||Scottsdale|
|13||67||Minivans are Awesome||1:39:30||Chino Valley|
|14||69||The Fearless Wonders||2:12:45||Prescott|
If you see anything in these results that you don’t think is correct, please let us know immediately so we can look into it.
Snow, Rain, and No Ride March 9, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Just Stuff, trails.
Tags: Prescott, snow, trails
I am so done with winter.
This has been one of the wettest winters on record. All our lakes are full, the mountains around Prescott are packed with snow, and yet again today it snowed and hailed all damned day.
Our trails turn to something you could throw pottery with when they get soaked, so riding on them is out of the question.
Snow, snow, go away, come again…………in friggin’ December!
12 HAN Gets Another New Sponsor February 27, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Magicshine lights, Mountain Biking, mtb, sponsors, The Singletrack Store
The Singletrack Store will be providing our universal charging station as well as some Magicshine chargers. They will also have kits on hand to purchase.
Prescott Duathlon Needs Volunteers February 22, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, Outdoor Adventure, trails, Volunteer
Prescott, Arizona – The Go! Off Road Duathlon is to be held on March 20th, and is in need of volunteers to do a multitude of jobs on and off the course in order to make the race a fun and safe event for all the participants.
The race is in triathlon format, except there is a run in place of the swim, and it all takes place on trails! It starts with a 1.5 mile trail run, then a 8.2 mile mountain bike ride, followed by a 2.2 mile trail run.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, please visit the link above to visit the race site.
New Fork for My Ride – Rock Shox Tora 302 February 22, 2010Posted by AR Guide in equipment, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking.
Tags: mountain bike, mtb
I just had a Rock Shox Tora 302 Uturn installed on my bike. I can’t wait to get out and give it a good testing, but it looks like I will have to, as it snowed all day here.
I ride a 2004 Specialized FSR xcPro that came stock with an Axel 100mm travel fork. This Rock Shox Tora is adjustable from 85mm to 130mm, has a lock out, and rebound adjustment.
It looks great on the bike, feels good just riding around my neighborhood, but I really want to get out there and give it a good test ride.
After I have had it a while, I will post a review of it here.
12 HAN Picks Up New Sponsor February 20, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Events, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, GO Adventure Recreation, sponsors, TopoFusion
We welcome TopoFusion GPS Mapping Software to our list of very generous sponsors. TopoFusion will be providing updated online course maps and software packages as prizes.
Please take the time to visit them and the rest of the sponsors that help make our events such participant friendly fun!
Group Ride on Thumper Loop February 20, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, Cottonwood, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Lime Kiln Trail, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott Mountain Biking, Raptor Trail, Thumper Trail
Yesterday a group of us drove over to Cottonwood and into the Dead Horse Ranch State Park to ride a trail people call Thumper Loop.
There are 120+ members of the Prescott Mountain Biking facebook group now, so when a group ride event is posted, someone always shows up! Yesterday was no different.
Some of us carpooled, and others just met there at the park. When we got there, the Park Ranger who built the Thumper Trail met us and directed us up to a different trailhead. This caused some confusion, and we found out later that some of the group didn’t find us. All in all we had about 17 or 18 people show up to ride.
The Thumper Loop Ride is really made up of 3 trails. The Lower Raptor Trail is a 2 mile climb out of the Verde River valley up onto the plateaus to the northeast. Then it connects to the Thumper Trail which is a raucous romp southward that has multiple small drops and one section of rowdy drops.
Then we turned onto the Lime Kiln Trail and headed back down toward the Park. This trail has a few really fun drops and surprises in store as well, including some crazy exposures and one last big drop right before the road.
We took a Park trail back up to the trail head where the loop began, regrouped, then did the whole loop again! Awesome!
GORD Course is in Good Shape February 10, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Brownlow Trail, duathlon, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, Mountain Biking, Pioneer Park, Prescott, single track, trails
Several of us went out and rode the course for the upcoming Go! Off Road Duathlon or GORD this last weekend.
The first running leg is 1.5 miles. The first third of that leg is on wide track trail that is part of the Brownlow Trail system in Pioneer Park. The other two-thirds is on single track trail that winds through the pinon, juniper and scrub oak trees.
The second leg of the race is he mountain 8.1 mile mountain biking leg. It too incorporates wide track and single track, but it is no walk in the park, it has about 900′ of climbing and some challenging twisty single track on the north end of the park.
The final leg of the GORD is another trail running leg of 2.2 miles. It starts out on single track, and ends with almost a mile of the wide track trail to allow racers to not have to concentrate so much on foot placement, but just let the dogs run.
There has been a lot of rain and snow here in the last month, so we didn’t know what kind of shape the trails would be in. To our pleasant surprise, the single track is in as good a shape as I have ever seen it. Some sections of the wide track are going to need some dragging, there are some places where the water washed a bunch of sand down over it, and a few fairly deep ruts.
With the race still five weeks away, I will be riding it many more times.
Group Ride on the BCT February 7, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, BCT. Black Canyon Trail, group ride, Mountain Biking, mtb, trails, Video
Last Saturday a bunch of us from Prescott drove down from our snow covered enclave to warmer and dryer pastures.
We met at the Table Mesa trailhead on the Black Canyon Trail (BCT) to do an out and back to the south toward the Emery Henderson trailhead on New River Road.
By the time everyone arrived, the twenty or so riders we expected had ballooned by word of mouth to thirty four!
The rains the week before had left the trail a perfect tackiness, and we had some cloud cover as we climbed about 600′ over the first 2 miles or so.
The group naturally split up into various smaller groups, with the hammer-heads out front, and us intermediates in the middle and some of the more tentative or less experienced in the back.
Everyone re-grouped at the big saddle and headed down across the Doe Spring access road and on toward the top end of the Boy Scout Loop.
We regrouped again at the north side of a climb over a saddle just before the trail junction at Boy Scout Loop. Here, about half of us decided to go ahead and do the loop, while the rest chose to head back to the north.
We climbed up and over the saddle, descended a fairly technical section of narrow single track, and found ourselves at the trail junction. We decided to do the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. I had my GoPro Hero video camera mounted on my bars, and took this video of this section. Of course by the time I figured out how to turn it on, I was on the trail alone.
The day ended up being perfect for riding, temp about 60°F and the sun came out for the second half of the ride.
We did about 14 miles that day, no one got hurt, and all 34 riders had a great day on the bike!
Back Alley Bike Shop in Prescott January 29, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Just Stuff.
Tags: Arizona, bike shop, Prescott
I stopped into a small previously unknown (to me) bike shop in Prescott recently and had a nice chat with Aaron, the owner of Sultana Cycles.
His shop is located in the alley behind the infamous Whiskey Row, commonly known as the south 100 block of Montezuma Street.
Aaron can work on any type of bicycle, and says that currently he has a lot of BMX customers, with more MTB and Cruisers showing up every week.
Stop in and see them!
And Then There is Epic Mountain Biking…… January 27, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, Bikepacking, Chad Brown, Endurance Mountain Biking, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Adventure
Here in Arizona we have a fellow named Chad Brown who is and Endurance Mountain Biker. I really like reading his blog because he does Bikepacking trips of epic proportion on a regular basis.
His blog is fittingly called Bikepacking and Endurance Mountain Biking.
Check it out. He has great commentary and superb photos of parts of Arizona that most people never see.
Helmet Cam – Out with the Old and In with the New January 27, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
Tags: GoPro, Handlebar Cam, Helmet Cam, Hero Wide
We just bought a new helmet cam to replace the old and cumbersome bullet cam that required one to carry a camcorder in your backpack.
The bullet cam setup was all that there was until fairly recently, so I shouldn’t complain. But it was tedious to get set up correctly and to operate. It plugged into a battery pack that plugged into a camcorder. You had to make sure that the camcorder was powered up and on the correct setting and then stash it in your backpack . After it is in, you hope you don’t bump it and turn it off or unplug one of the wires. Then there was the remote control cable….is the camera in record mode? Is it paused? Is it out of tape? Who could tell from just a little flashing (or not) light by the button?
Then came the transferring of the video (if you actually got anything useful) to the computer.
THAT WAS THE OLD WAY
The camera we just bought is a GoPro Hero Wide Angle. It is self-contained, digital, has a viewfinder so you can see what you will see as you set it up. When you are finished recording, it plugs right into your computer via USB port and Presto! Our camera is not the HD version. We hope to move up to that someday.
It has snowed a lot here lately, so we haven’t actually used it yet, but hope to get out soon and bring back some usable helmet or handlebar video.
Want To Be a Better Mountain Biker? January 22, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: California ARA, Mountain Biking, mtb
I just found an in depth guide to learning and honing your mountain biking skills.
This has something for everyone who either wants to be a mountain biker, or is already and wants to improve.
No MTB in Prescott for a while January 22, 2010Posted by AR Guide in Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott
Things are going to be way to muddy to ride for quite a while here. In the last 24 hours we have been dumped on with snow and rain totaling over 4″ of precipitation.
The mountains have up to 2′ of snow on them, and it will be close to a month before it melts off in the shade of the pine trees. It looks like we will have to head to the desert to ride for a while.
Date Set for 12 Hours at Night in 2010 October 24, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, sierra adventure sports
We have been given the approval for the 12 Hours at Night mountain bike ride and relay in 2010 in Prescott, AZ.
It will be on July 17th into the 18th. Mark your calendar!
We are still a long way out at this point, so we don’t have any registration prices or times set.
New Thompson Seat Post for my Mtb October 23, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Just Stuff, Mountain Biking.
Tags: equipment, mountain bike, mtb, Prescott, seat post, sponsors
A few weeks ago I noticed that my seat post was bent. I know, I know….It could have broken at any moment and caused a crash or worse, I could have impaled myself on it!
So today, I went to the local bike shop that carries Specialized, thinking I would just get a replacement for the stock seat post that had served me and my FSR-xc Pro so well these last 5 years. They didn’t have it, nor did they have ANY seat post of the right diameter! So much for thinking……….
My next stop should have been my first stop as it turns out. I went to the LBS that is a sponsor of one of our events, the GORD.
I went for a ride on it this afternoon, but cannot report anything other than it did not break or bend. I will however report back on it in about a year.
9 Miles on a Mountain Bike October 23, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Brownlow Trail, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Pioneer Park, Prescott, single track, trails
I just got back from an afternoon ride. I am not a fan of riding alone, so I went to Pioneer Park to ride some of the single track in the Brownlow Trail system thinking that if something happened and I needed assistance that someone would be close by and I could get their attention. According to my bike computer, the temperature when I started riding was 71°….perfect!
The 3 mile loop that rode was about 2.5 miles of single track and the other half a mile of the Brownlow wide track. It was so much fun, that I decided to just continue to ride the same loop. In the 9 miles that I managed to put in before it was getting dark, I only saw 4 people on the trails.
Date Set for the 2010 GORD October 23, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, trails.
Tags: 2010, Arizona, Brownlow Trail, duathlon, Go Off Road Duathlon, GORD, multisport, Prescott
We have just finalized dates and permits for the 2010 Go! Off Road Duathlon to be held once again in Prescott, Arizona in the spring.
The race date is March 20, 2010. Race registration will open on November 15th, and will close when we have 150 entries or on race day whichever comes first.
For all the information about the GORD visit the race web page. You can also look in the tag cloud to the left and click on GORD to see all the posts that have the race tagged in them. This includes results from the 2009 event so you know what to shoot for!
New Trail 317 September 3, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, The Pines, Trail 317, Trail 332, trails, White Rock Trail
I just got back from an evening ride with Hal, Steve, and Robert that included a new trail that just opened this week. Trail 317
We started out in The Pines, and then took 332 from the Fireplace up to where White Rock Trail crosses it. From here we headed east on White Rock and followed it past the junction with that knarly Fireplace Connector Trail and on down toward the Thumb Butte Park. When we hit the next intersection, we took a left as if we were going to go down the Longs Canyon Trail, but instead, took a left onto the brand new Trail 317 (no local name yet).
This new trail is a real blast! It follows the contours and very slowly descends along the west side of Longs Canyon, then tops the ridge and takes a more westerly heading down into the Kingswood subdivision, where it comes out at the very top end of Windy Walk Lane. The trail is very well routed, and has a nice flow to it. Sure, right now it has all the choppiness that new trails have due to the cutting with McLeods, but soon with just a few weeks of use, it will be fantastic! It also offers up some wonderful views north of Granite Mountain and the San Francisco Peaks.
I highly recommend this new trail to mountain bikers of intermediate skill level, and hikers of all levels (well, except you Bodine……you know why!)
Adventure Racing August 13, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, ar guide, extreme sports.
Tags: Adventure Racing, Gilmore Adventure Race, multisport, Outdoor Adventure
I just read a new article on Adventure Racing and thought I would pass it along.
The Lakeshore Trail August 13, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Lakeshore Trail, Mountain Biking, mtb, Peavine Trail, Prescott, trails, Willow Dells Trail
Steve and I decided to go try out the new Lakeshore Trail at Watson Lake.
It takes off of the Peavine Trail at mile marker 1, and meanders through the giant rocks that are the Granite Dells of Prescott.
We soon found out that this trail is highly technical, and (for us anyway), involves as much hike-a-bike as it does riding. There are some really fun sections where you ride right up and over some of the large granite formations, but there are also some places that are more suitable for a trial specialist.
The afternoon was perfect, as the temperatures had dropped to about 80°, and the sun was low in the West. Chris at the City of Prescott had done a lot of work to make this trail a reality, and we enjoyed exploring it.
The trail took us out into and amongst the towering orange granite boulders.
There were several places that required maintaining a narrow line along a ridge of granite, and because I don’t usually ride super technical stuff, I found it pretty difficult, and sometimes scary. This photo is the close up of the one above.
Steve noted that it was very hard to get into any kind of a rythm, because the terrain was so choppy that it was hard to get a flow going.
This trail was fun to go try, but really wasn’t my cup o’ tea for a couple of reasons. First, I am a whimp when it comes to stuff that looks like I may break a bone or two (this has to do with the required recovery time and medical bills), and Secondly, I prefer a ride that keeps the cardio going and isn’t stop and start.
I am sure that there are some studly riders out there that can ride this whole trail in one shot, I am just not one of them!
For those of you that think that Willow Dells is too easy, or has been dumbed down for us whimpy riders, come try this one on for size!
12 Hours At Night Results July 21, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott
Here is the link to the results for the inaugural 12 Hours At Night mountain bike relay and endurance event.
One thing to take note of on the results sheet, is that Taylor Lideen was on a torrid pace when the stitches in the palm of his hand started to tear out, and he was forced to drop out after posting the fastest time for the first 5 laps.
He is trying to heal up so he can race in a big endurance event is a couple of weeks. I really would have liked to see how many laps he could have put on the board. We hope to see Taylor back here next year to see what he can do.
We also have some photos posted on our Shutterfly page, check them out!
The morning after 12 Hours At Night July 19, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Brownlow Trail, Prescott
We put on the 12 Hours At Night mountain bike ride last night, and it went so smoothly that it was scary!
The riders seemed to have a great time, we have the best volunteers you could ask for, and there were no injuries.
Results will be posted in the next couple of days, but I can tell you that the top lap count was 17 laps at 8.2 miles per lap…..yep, that is riding 140 miles on dirt trails on a mountain bike…AT NIGHT!!
Congratulations to everyone that came out and raced.
Thank you to all the super volunteers that made it happen.
Course is Marked for the 12 HAN July 10, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Brownlow Trail, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott
I went out this morning and lightly marked the course for next weekend’s 12 Hours At Night mountain bike ride.
The course is marked with white sprayed chalk arrows on the ground. Feel free to pre-ride it to get a feel for the flow, although it is a whole different animal at night with only headlights to show you the trail!
On race day night, we will mark it with much more authority. The chalk will be flowing, and we will also have white flagging along the course.
Temps should be about 80° to start, and then cooling to 60° through the night……….summertime perfection!
12 Hours At Night Gaining Momentum June 2, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Brownlow Trail, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott
Entries are coming in……..
Sponsors are signing on……..
Things are shaping up for the………..
Mad Mud Run in Las Vegas May 27, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Events.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Las Vegas, Mad Mud Run, Outdoor Adventure, sierra adventure sports, Summerlin
We arrived on Friday afternoon, and while Tracie helped Kim and Carla with registration and package pickup at the local REI store, Rick and I went out to finish marking the course. Rick had already spent most of the day marking part of the course and making sure that hay bales had been dropped off in the right place, and most importantly, that the 50′ long mud pit had been dug out and filled with topsoil and water.
Rick and I went out onto the desert part of the course and marked arrows on the ground with white flour. He took me on a tour of the whole event, so that in the morning I could be of assistance making sure that things were set up and people were where they were supposed to be.
When that was done, we met Kim and Tracie for dinner at Gordon Biersch restaurant and brewery for dinner. Their garlic fries are the best!
The next morning we met at the race site at 5:00am to get things ready for the 8:00am start. Dave and Windy had driven up from Phoenix to help out as well, and we all met up at the crack of dawn. Dave and I went to assemble the wall and the over-under obstacles, while Windy ran the course so she would be familiar with it and where the balance beams (her station) were going to be. Rick put out cones with directional arrows, while Kim, Carla and Tracie got the race headquarters and check-in area ready to go.
Just before 7:00am, Kim put the final touches on the Mud Puppy course (it is the short obstacle course for kids), and then the participants started pouring in. I took a photographer on a tour of the course so he could see where he wanted his staff to shoot, and when I got back I couldn’t believe how many people were in line to register!!
Rick announced that the race would start in waves, and called the first racers to the line while I got the fire hose ready to give them a good soaking shower in the first 100 feet of the race. After we got all 3 waves of racers started and out on the course, we had a few minutes of welcome down time, but not long!
The first finishers started to arrive about 7:30, and Jeff and I were at the front of the mud pit trying to make sure that racers didn’t dive into the mud, but crawled in and stayed on their belly under the flags the whole way through.
It was a very fun event to be a part of, and Tracie and I were grateful that Rick had asked us to help out. The community of Summerlin was out in force, and they really enjoyed themselves.
Rumor has it that in October Summerlin will be hosting another of Rick’s Mad Mud Runs, mark you calendar!
North American Rogaine Championships (Orienteering) May 27, 2009Posted by AR Guide in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, extreme sports, Just Stuff, orienteering, team challenge.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, orienteering, Outdoor Adventure, Rogaine
Ray and I decided at the last minute to enter the 8 hour Rogaine that was part of the North American Rogaine Championships put on by the Tucson Orienteering Club. We raced as team GO Adventure Recreation.
This endurance orienteering event was held up on the Mogillion Rim northeast of Payson, Arizona. Along with the 8 hour competition, there were also 12 and 24 hour events.
We arrived at about 8:30am and had just enough time to set out our gear and double check our supplies before maps were handed out at 9:00. The course would open at 11:00am. This gave us 2 hours to plan our best route in order to maximize our score and still make it back by the 8 hour cut off. We decided to stay primarily on the east side of the map in the area of Wildcat Canyon. In looking at the topo map, we could could see that the terrain was steep, and would be slow going in some areas. There were so many tall ponderosa pines, that we also knew that navigating would not be done by landmarks, but by bearing and distance.
When the course opened we started out to the south at a good brisk hiking pace of 6km/hr. I had fairly new shoes, but I figured they would be fine. We found our first control right away, then headed for the second. On the way to it, I could already feel a little hot spot developing on my heel…..darn.
We got the second control then headed for the third. On the way to it, I decided I had better change socks and put on a thicker pair. Too late!! My heel already had a nickel sized blister on it. Bummer, we were only 3 miles in, and I was already having issues. I put on my thicker wool socks and tightened up my shoe and off we went.
For the first 3 hours, our navigation was spot-on. We walked right to every control, until we tried to find the dreaded number 45! We figured it to be exactly 90° and 500 meters from the intersection of two forest roads on the map, so after we found the intersection, we followed our compasses east for about 500 meters…..nothing! We walked in big circles….nothing! We went back up to the center of the ridge and followed it down according to the topography…..still nothing!! We eventually decided to move on to the next control. Dang it, we had just wasted 30 minutes and missed out on 40 points!
We hiked into a very steep walled canyon that was the main part of Wildcat Canyon toward an 80 point control. Once in the bottom, we made good time and found the control without any problem. Our fiasco with #45 now required that we re-evaluate our proposed route. We would not have enough time to get as many controls as we had originally planned. So we modified (code for shortened) our intended route.
Somewhere on the way to the next control, my heel blister burst with an agonizing burning feeling and I could feel the liquid in my sock. Yuck! Oh well, nothing I could do about it now! And on we went. Now you might be asking yourself, “Doesn’t he know about moleskin?” The answer is yes, I do, however, my feet sweat so profusely when I hike that nothing, and I mean nothing will stick to them. So moleskin is a no-go for me, neither is duct tape, or band-aids, or anything else.
In order to try and shorten this story, I will tell you that we navigated very well the remainder of our day and made it back to the Start/Finish with under five minutes to spare, having scored 790 points and hiked over 21 miles in 8 hours.
We weren’t sure where that ranked us, but have since discovered that 790 points was good enough for 5 place overall, and 1st place in the team division. That’s right, we are the North American Rogaine Champions (in the 8 hour team event).