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New Cateye Enduro 8 May 30, 2008

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After months of having a broken mount for my computer, It finally gave up the ghost with all the rattling around I guess.

That was 3 months ago.

Yesterday I put a BRAND NEW Cateye Enduro 8 on my bike. Yay!

Micheal and Bob and I rode the 396 last night. We were hoping some more riders would show up, but I guess they chose to miss a perfectly awesome evening ride.

We took it easy so we could stay together for about the first 3.5 miles, then Bob decided to to head back. He did great just to get in the 7 miles that he did, this was his first time out in several weeks due to a bad back. After Bob turned around, Michael and I pushed a little harder to get to the top where it meets Senator Hwy. We stopped there long enough to chat about how we are lucky to live in such a great place as Prescott, and admire the forest at sunset. We bombed (at least for us) the trail back down to the vehicles…….what a blast! Too bad we were the only two out there.

stats:

  • distance: 9.97 miles
  • riding time: 1hr 17 min.
  • avg. speed: 7.7 mph
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Amazing Free Ride Video May 27, 2008

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Many of you may have seen this one before, but I just had my first look at it, and it is truly amazing what some of these people will not only attempt, but what they can actually do!

Memorial Day Group Ride May 26, 2008

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We had a group of 6 riding at Granite Basin today. It was a great day to be out on a bike…..(what day isn’t?). We left the boat ramp area at about 9:45, and in the 2 hours on the trail, we only saw about 8 other mountain bikers.

We spent the morning making a big figure 8 in the trail system (or was it an infinity sign?). Prescott has miles and miles of great mountain biking.

Up the 350

All 6 of us made it back to the vehicles safe and sound. Just another day in Paradise!

Just click any of these photos to see them a little bigger………

Today was rainy out there May 24, 2008

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Ken, Michael and I met out at Granite Basin Lake to ride this morning.  We were going to ride somewhere else, but Granite Basin has trails that are mostly DG (that’s decomposed granite), so they don’t gunk up  your bike when they are wet.  They are really the best riding around Prescott, when the forest is wet.

It was a little chilly to start out, but then once we were climbing, everything was great.  We rode for 2 hours and saw no one…….NO ONE on any of the trails!

Crazy!  It was a perfect morning for riding or hiking, and yet there was no one but us out there enjoying it.

The damp trails were tacky, so you could really hold your line in the turns. It was a ton of fun riding out there today, and because we were on DG instead of mud, the bikes didn’t require much clean up at all once we got home.

A great day in Granite Basin May 10, 2008

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Today was a near perfect day here in Prescott.

Michael and I left his truck at Iron Springs and Granite Basin Rd.  We got a good warm up by riding up the pavement to the saddle where the new 332 trail crosses.  We took the 332 north to where it meets the 346 and the 347.  The 347 is one of my favorites, affectionately known by the locals as “10 jumps”.  It is fast and swoopy with a roller coaster feel, and a couple of gotcha corners to be wary of.  We then took the 348 back over to the 351and chased each other down to the lake.  We road around to just past the Metate trail head then took the 349 south and around to the east where we hit the paved road again.  We road up the the saddle, then bombed the pavement back down to the truck!  It was about 10 miles of pure fun.

The 396 is a good ride! May 10, 2008

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One of the the newer mtb trails in Prescott is the 396.

Three of us met at the lower trailhead and rode up the trail to where it meets Senator Hwy, then back down. Out and back is probably about 8 miles (none of us had a computer).  The trail is definitely new, still choppy in some places and some of the side hill sections need to be benched a little better, but all in all, it is great and a ton of fun.  I will be riding this one a lot more often, especially in the summer, as it is in the shade of tall pines for the majority of the way.

Going to try the new 396 tonight May 7, 2008

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The Circle Prescott Trail is slowly becoming a reality.  There is a new section of singletrack called trail 396 that is now open and begs to be tested.  A group of us are going to give it a go tonight.  That’s all for now…..so long!

Whiskey Off Road May 6, 2008

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There were over 500 riders in the 2008 Whiskey Off Road mountain bike ride in Prescott, Arizona this year.

My goal was to beat my time in the “25 Proof” (it’s actually 27.4 miles).  On the climb out of town on Copper Basin Road, my legs felt tight and like there was nothing in them.  Last year I made it to the Camp Perlstein turnoff with only about 20 bikes ahead of me, THIS year, I was weak and slow and probably had over 100 riders ahead of me by the time I got to the single track.  This made it slow going.

On the way up the trail 48 section, I found myself in a conga line of people all pushing their bikes.  No way around them because there were so many.  I am sure that I lost at least 10 minutes in that section of the course, as we all walked and pushed for the majority of a mile and a half.

Once we started the downhill section however, it was a different story all together.  I passed about 6 riders just before 48 hits the 260.  Here I found myself behind a female that was a downhill maniac!  I stayed with her as we passed rider after rider on the punishing descent.  She asked me if I wanted to go by her, but I said “Heck no!, you are riding as fast as I would care to ride this, and you are giving me a good line to follow!”  We bombed the whole section until we hit forest road 53.  I had no chance at keeping up with her on the 6 miles of climb that followed, as she probably weighed 100 lbs. soaking wet, and I am almost double that!  (That’s my story and I am sticking to it)

I suffered through the climb.  It was a hot day, and the road is mostly in full sunlight.  When I made it to the overlook, I stopped long enough to put some Heed in my bottle, then hit the final few miles of singletrack down to Thumb Butte.  I rode this section better than I ever have, but found myself on the edge of control a couple of times when I passed other riders and had to take a line that I really didn’t want to be on, and found myself bouncing over loose babyheads just before a big left turn.  Scary…….but fun!

When I finally dumped out onto Thumb Butte Rd. Shifted into the big ring and tried to gain some speed only to have both my hamstrings lock up.   After forcing my legs through a few rotations of the crank, they loosened up a little and I was on my way.  I caught up to another rider as we approached Gurley Street, and we took turns riding in each others slipstreams all the way into the final turn onto Goodwin.  Here, I gave it everything I had as I pounded through the finish.

Last year I crashed twice and had to stop twice with bad cramps, this year I kept the rubber side down and didn’t have to stop, so I figured I have a better time……..but alas, I was actually 3 minutes slower this year.  I think it was getting caught up in the bike pushing conga line that did me in.

Still, I am happy with the way I rode, happy that I lived through another grueling event, and happy to finish in 19th place in the Masters Division.

Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride May 6, 2008

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Wow, we had another awesome time this year at the Rosarito to Ensenada fun ride!

7 of us packed into the Suburban with 3 bikes on the back and made the trip down to La Playa de Mision to a rented beach house.  We played on the beach on Friday, then we drove up to Rosarito on Saturday morning where 3 of us got ready to start the 52 mile road ride to Ensenada.

This is no ordinary ride…..there were over 5000 riders, only a few of which were serious about their riding time.  Most of the riders are there for a good time and a fun ride.  There are people in costume, people riding cruisers, mountain bikes, tandems, I passed a guy towing a small trailer with a cooler full of beer on it!  Here is the web site.

One of the most fun parts of the day, comes at the finish line.  There is a MASSIVE fiesta!  $2 Corona beer, and $1.25 fish tacos!  10 of each please!!

We spent Sunday recovering and laying on the beach, and then made the long drive back home on Monday.

This was another successful outing!