Bike Magazine Offers Up Some Great Tips July 24, 2013Posted by Dave Of Prescott in extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: Mountain Biking, mtb, mtb skills
I just ran across a really great tutorial article in Bike Magazine Online about five ways to improve your cornering. It can help every level of rider, whether it is a refresher for a very experienced rider, or some super helpful info for beginners.
Hopefully we can all glean something that will improve our riding!
BMX Freerider from Prescott January 19, 2012Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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!
12 Hours At Night Results July 18, 2011Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
Lawyers, Bikes, and Landowners January 26, 2011Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
2010 Whiskey Off Road April 25, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
Sneek Peek at GORD 2010 Results March 20, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
12 HAN Picks Up New Sponsor February 20, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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!
And Then There is Epic Mountain Biking…… January 27, 2010Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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.
Date Set for 12 Hours at Night in 2010 October 24, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
Date Set for the 2010 GORD October 23, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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!
Adventure Racing August 13, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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.
12 Hours At Night Results July 21, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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 Dave Of Prescott 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………..
North American Rogaine Championships (Orienteering) May 27, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott 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).
The 2009 Whiskey Off Road April 27, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Arizona, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, trails, Whiskey Off Road
The 50 milers had gone off an hour before the 300 of us stacked up behind the starting line for the 25 Proof. There we were, facing into a strong headwind, ready to tackle the 28 miles and nearly 4000′ of climbing that lay ahead.
I spent the first mile or so working my way through the huge group of riders, until there were probably only 50 or 60 ahead of me. On the way up Copper Basin Rd. there was probably an equal number of those I passed and those who passed me, all battling the headwind and the hill. When we got to the steeps toward the end of the pavement, I worked hard to get up them and passed about 10 or 15 while I only had a group of 5 single speeders and a couple of others go by me.
I caught up to a big group in Camp Perlstein, and then promptly threw my chain of the inside of my front derailleur and watched 10 riders go by as I put the chain back on the ring. At the start of the 393 singletrack, there was a line of about 30 all bottlenecked up. While most waited patiently, knowing that there was no place to go, a couple were yelling and trying to ride by everyone else. Like the one guy behind me said, “That guy is worried that he might only get 200th place instead of 195th!”
Once we were all actually on the 393, it worked itself out and we were all riding along at a good pace, until slannnng!..there went my chain onto bottom bracket again! Dang! Another 5 or 6 riders passed while I got my chain back on. At the Aspen Creek trailhead there was an awesome group of spectators and volunteers yelling and cheering us all onward and upward.
I climbed the new section of trail 48 “Rob’s hill”, and I have to admit that though it adds half a mile to the length of the course, it is much nicer than doing the hike-a-bike from hell that we used to do. I had a couple of guys go past me on the wide track section at the top, and then caught up with some more riders at the first set of water bars. No point in trying to pass them, as they were riding about the same speed that I was, and there were 6 or 7 in the group. After the first section of downhill water bars (there are about 8 of the 1 or 2 ‘ drops in a row), I noticed we were spread out again, and that there was no one close behind me. The traverse across the backside of Mt. Francis was smooth sailing, but we bunched up again on the last climb. Many people walked the majority of this section, as passing one rider really accomplished nothing.
As I pushed my bike to the top, I unclamped the seat post and lowered it for the upcoming descent. I passed 2 riders right away, and then came up on another and told him I would come by on the next available wider section. I started by and said, “On the left!”, but he moved to the left, and I had to swerve to avoid a collision, and went off trail into and through a bush, but managed to keep moving. We came to the first steep downhill and I stayed right behind him, not wanting another miscommunication mishap. On the last big drop at the bottom, he almost went over the bars, and I took that opportunity to go by him.
The 260 was a wicked combination of trail that had been powdered by all the 50 milers and sharp jagged rocks strewn haphazardly, this all on a super fast descent down a steep jeep trail. There were people all over the place, some with flat tires, some climbing back up onto the trail with their bikes after who knows what sent them over the edge, and one poor guy trying to figure out what to do with a rear derailleur hanging only by its cable. At one point, I had a guy pass me, and then watched as he bounced off the rocks and right onto the brink of a steep exposure, his feet off the pedals, front wheel swerving all over the place, and somehow he managed to veer back onto the trail instead of sailing off the cliff. I yelled, “Nice save!”, and he replied, “Holy #$%@, that was close!”
At the bottom, I stopped long enough to raise my seat back up and take a shot of Hammer Gel, then started the climb up the bottom of the canyon toward Aid Station 1. Part way up, I once again threw a chain…arrgh! Other than the frustration of that, I was feeling pretty good, and kept an even pace until just about 400 yards short of the Aid Station. I got off and pushed up the nastiest and steepest part, then got back on and rode the last 200 yards.
In my opinion, the toughest part of this entire ride is this next seemingly unending climb up to Thumb Butte Rd. Halfway up, I started to feel the beginnings of a cramp in my left quad, so I slowed down tried to spin it out…no go. So I got off and walked for a few minutes until it went away. Then back on the bike and up, up and up all the way to the Sierra Prieta overlook. Wow!, the group of spectators and volunteers here was fantastic, it was a great feeling to have just suffered through all that climbing, and have people there helping you celebrate and cheering you on.
I turned onto the singletrack and headed for town.
I had one guy go past me early on, but then passed 2 riders before the first steep at turkey track, where there was a guy stopped right in the middle of the hill, in the middle of the trail, changing a tire! In the next mile of bombing down the ridgeline over lots of loose and jagged rocks, I saw 3 or 4 more people stopped with tire problems, and yet another stopped right in the middle of trail, his bike upside down, working on a flat!! I had to go around him into a pile of babyheads at breakneck speed, and was lucky to stay on my bike. At the rock garden, I caught up to 3 riders who were picking their way
down it with their rear brakes locked up, just skidding down it…..so I just picked a line that allowed me to roll off the steep having just passed all 3 of them.
On the 51, I was big ringing it…just flying past people. I went past one guy, just before that off camber turn to the left, and soon discovered that the pass had taken me outside of my intended line and that I was carrying too much speed to hold the corner….and there in my way was a big downed tree! I hammered on the brakes and laid the bike down, scraping up my knee, and breaking my bike computer, but probably saving a taco-ed wheel and an over-the-bars excursion. I hopped up and was on my way again, pushing hard in the big ring. Toward the end of the 51, I could feel cramps creeping back into not only both quads now, but my hamstrings as well. I have been drinking lots of water, and electrolytes….what the heck???
On the 321 singletrack, I had 2 riders pass me, and I passed 4 who were stopped at various points along the short exposed trail. Then came the dreaded climb up the 323. I call it “Hell’s Hollow”, because it is tough, and climbs up and out of a little meadow. It is less than half a mile, but it is loose rock on a steep climb in full sunshine, 20 miles into the ride…..the perfect recipe for big-time suffering. I rode part, walked part, cramping here and there along the way. Right after the hill, I got back on and started riding only to have both my legs absolutely lock up. Both legs had hamstring and quad cramps at the same time!! All I could do was sit at the side of the trail in agony, while a whole stream of passing riders kindly asked if I was okay. After 5 or 6 minutes, they subsided enough for me to try again. I managed to limp along at about 5 mph to the top of the 392 Garden Grove trail.
This is one of my favorite sections of trail, so somehow I left my cramps behind and flew down the switchbacks, passing several riders who had slowed way down or stopped to negotiate the 4 hairpin corners. Out on the wider part the follows the canyon floor, I saw a guy 2 riders ahead of me go down hard, and his bike cartwheeled down the trail. The guy ahead of me stopped to help, and I asked him if he was okay when I got there. He said, “I think so,” so I continued on down. I caught up to some more riders and someone caught me from behind soon after we were on the section that parallels Thumb Butte Rd. There were a number of small bottlenecks at some of the more technical sections of this rocky trail, but nothing that was much of a delay at all.
I popped out onto Thumb Butte Road, and shifted into the big ring again. Two riders came out behind me and one shouted, “Let’s go guys!” as they went by, I tried to jump onto their wheel, but my hamstrings said “Nuh-uh!!” and I soft pedaled as I watched them dissapear ahead of me. I finally got up to speed, and held a good pace down the hill, despite the fact that there now seemed to be a headwind in this direction too! How could that be?? . Near the bottom, where it takes a big sweeping left hand turn, I saw my granddaughter and her mom standing my the side of the road looking for me…I waved and yelled to them as Haley yelled, “Go Grampy!!” This gave me a boost, and I caught another rider just before the light at Gail Gardner. I sat in behind him for a few seconds, knowing that the race director had switched part of the course back to one last climb up Park Ave. instead of taking Summit like last year. After coasting behind for a little rest, I went around thinking I could pull for a minute, but he dropped off and I was alone as I turned onto Park. When I made the turn onto Glenwood, I shifted into my tallest gear and accelerated. I was going 30+ mph as I swung wide onto Goodwin, and kept grinding toward the finish line.
I could hear the voices of people I know cheering as I entered the chute, and finally rolled across the line 3 hours and 31 minutes after the start.
This year’s course was longer than those of previous years, so I couldn’t really compare times. That being said, I was still 19 minutes faster than last year, and came within 1 minute of my goal of 3:30. I finished 18th out of 61 finishers in my age division.
It was a great day, and top it off, I didn’t even throw up afterward this year!
12 Hours At Night Mountain Bike Ride! April 21, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 Hours At Night, Arizona, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, Whiskey Off Road
It’s official, the 12 Hours At Night is now up and open for registration.
This is a perfect time too. The Whiskey Off Road mountain bike race is this weekend, so hopefully plenty of you are finding this blog and reading it.
This is a great way for all you desert dwellers to get up here in July and escape the 120° temps, and spend one cool night riding your bike.
12 Hour Mtb Relay Coming to Prescott, AZ April 18, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 12 hour mtb, 12 Hours At Night, GO Adventure Recreation, GO-AR, sierra adventure sports
Ok gang, you heard it here first!
Announcing the 12 Hours At Night mountain bike ride!
This is an ALL NIGHT mountain bike ride to be held here in Prescott in July.
Yep, you heard me right…..Ride from 8pm to 8am!
This will be for Solo, Duo and 3-Person Teams. I will announce the official opening of the event for entry VERY SOON!
Race Report: Desert Rage Camp Verde Adventure Race March 30, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Events, extreme sports.
Tags: Adventure Racing, AR, Arizona, Camp Verde, Desert Rage, multisport, sierra adventure sports
Jonea and I competed as Team GO-AR on Saturday in the DR Camp Verde Adventure Race put on by Sierra Adventure Sports. Though we are old enough to be master’s, there weren’t enough to make the division, so we raced in the Co-ed 2-person division.
The race started off in the Verde River with a 10 mile paddle. The flow rate was well below average, and we were told to expect to have to portage a few times. We got off to a good start and were in a group of about seven vessels that put a little separation on the pack early on. When we hit the first rapid at tree-island we felt what it meant to have this low a flow as we literally bounced down it on the rocks. Dave, Windy and Brigid of Team Big Fish Creative were right with us, then suddenly they weren’t…..we found out later that Dave’s kayak had taken on too much water and they had stopped for him to dump it out. The YogaSlackers and a solo jumped out to a lead over the rest of us, leaving a canoe with a 2-Male team, a tandem kayak with a 2-Male team, and us in our tandem kayak. The canoe slowly pulled away from us, and for a long way, it was just us and Team Equipe Tortue, neck and neck.
We were actually side by side as we approached a section of rapids that was probably plenty wide for both of us, but we decided to let them go ahead as a courtesy, just as they had done for us on one prior. Well, on this particular rapid, they hit a couple of big rocks and it threw them sideways and stopped them in their tracks (wakes?). As we maneuvered around them, we asked if they were okay and upon finding out things were fine, continued on our way. A while later I thought I heard them catching up with us again, but it turned out to be Team Those Guys instead. They made a pass on us when we over-steered on a bend, and they pulled up to the bank at the takeout spot about 5 seconds ahead of us. We carried our kayak the 200 meters up the bank and to the TA faster than they did however, and were 4th place overall after the paddle leg. We were very happy to be in that good a spot at that point in the race.
We took a while to transition to the bike leg, and at least 2 teams that came in after us left before us, including Big Fish and Equipe Tortue. I plotted the 2 CP’s that weren’t already on our map, and off we went. We had a very small downhill, then a 3.5 mile 1000′ climb to the CP2. Jonea hadn’t been on her bike much at all lately, so we agreed that I would tow her when I could. At the beginning of the hill, I hooked the tow rope up and downshifted………
After about 500′ of climbing, I heard someone coming up behind us and moved over just as Team FLG went by us with Scott towing Amber. Shortly after that we met the solo racer returning from the out-and-back, then 2 minutes after him was Big Fish. We kept climbing and met YogaSlackers, and a 2-Male team, then FLG, and then just before we got to the CP, we crossed paths with Equipe Tortue again. On the way down, we saw many teams climbing, and as we passed the location where we had met Big Fish, I noticed we were 23 minutes behind them. When we hit the main forest road again, we bombed the long straightaway, and then hooked up the tow again on the climb toward CP3. Just before we got to the cattle guard, I was pointing out to Jonea the trail we would be taking later on when a team rode out off of it, and I said, “Are you guys short course?” They said no they weren’t, and then they started to follow us….I said, “If you are long course, then you want to go that way to CP2!” They asked if I was sure and I hollered back that I was and good luck.
We arrived at CP3 which was a bike drop and a trek to 4 and 5. I had forgotten to put my shoes in my backpack, and was forced to do the trek in my mtb shoes. Good thing they are soft soled! On the way in, we again crossed paths with Big Fish (time check). We made quick work of scaling along the rock wall above Chasm Creek to get to CP4, then made the steep climb up to CP5. We passed Equipe Tortue at 5, and then headed back out the canyon. When we passed my time check point, we were now 25 minutes behind Big Fish. We went on out to CP3 to pick up our bikes and continue to the other point we had to plot, CP6.
On the out-and-back to CP6, we crossed paths with the 2-Male team again, and then as we were pushing our bikes up the very steep and loose rocked hill, Team FLG came down it, and I could smell hot brakes as they went by us. We picked up 6, and headed back. On the way down one of the hills, I crossed paths with a big green pickup, and then as Jonea came by it, a huge dog stuck its head out the back seat window and snapped a her, almost getting her on the arm, and scaring he be-geesus out of her!! We turned off the forest road onto the trail (barely) by the cattle guard, and headed down the last 2.5 miles toward the TA. About halfway down, another 2-Male team passed us, and I had lost track of where we stood in the rankings at that point.
We changed shoes, fueled ourselves and picked up the map and directions for the orienteering leg. It was a map showing Point A, and then had bearing and distance measurements (based on true north) to the next point, and so on, to all the subsequent points. Had I been thinking, and not in such a hurry, I would have gone ahead and drawn in all the lines and plotted the points, then figured the most efficient route…..but remember, I said had I been thinking! We took off in a hurry toward where we thought A was. On the way up, we saw Team FLG on their way toward the finish, and knew they would win the 2 Co-ed division that we were in. This new map was a different scale, and I took us about 4oo meters too far up the trail then off in the desert to look for it. After wasting about 10 or 15 minutes, we discovered our mistake and then zoomed through the 5 points without any further difficulty.
It seemed that my error in navigation was enough for the Equipe Tortue team to pass us on the orienteering leg and finish a few minutes ahead of us. We finished in 2nd place in our division, and (this is a guess until results are posted) about 8th overall.
It was a great day of racing and as always a ton of fun to hang out with fellow adventure racers!
My First Skydive March 21, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in extreme sports, Just Stuff.
Yesterday Tracie and I drove to Casa Grande so I could Skydive.
Tracie had given this to me as a birthday present, but because of the GORD event I couldn’t get to it until now. When we got there I had to sign and initial every waiver clause ever written. The instructor then gave me instructions on what I would have to do when we left the plane. Pretty simple really, head back, hands across my chest, arch my back. Then when he tapped me, I was supposed to stick my arms out. He then gave instruction on how to adjust the leg straps once the chute had been deployed. Piece of cake.
He got me into a harness and adjusted it to fit my sized body, and snugged it down tight. Then we headed out to the plane. It was an old Cessna 182 that had been modified by taking out everything except the pilot’s seat and the instrument panel, the right side door had been changed out to a top hinged cargo door. That’s what I was, cargo.
There was another lady jumping on the same flight as me, so all four of us squeezed onto the floor of the 182, and took off into the sky. On the climb up to jumping altitude, I was chatting with Mike, the guy who was about to clip himself to me for the tandem jump. He said the he did 5 to 10 jumps a day like this one. He asked how come I didn’t seem nervous, and I said, “Because I know you know what you are doing, and I am going to be strapped to you, so I am sure I’ll be fine.”
My altimeter watch said 10405′ when Mike told me to put on my goggles and opened up the door of the plane. Put his left leg out, then had me swing firs my left then my right leg out so they were hanging in the air. He pulled my head back against his right shoulder and we just leaned forward and out into freefall! As we fell away headfirst toward the ground, I forgot to wait for him to tap me, and I just put my arms out like I knew what I was doing, then I realized that I had jumped the gun, and brought them back in. Eventually, I put my arms out into the proper position, arching my back as instructed, and we were in a nice controlled freefall skydive.
We were rushing so fast toward the ground that it felt like being in a gale force wind, I could feel my face rippling like those guys on rocket sleds on the Utah salt flats trying to set land speed records. I looked out and all around at the horizon, envious of birds that get this view any time they want it. At one point I found myself looking straight down, and noticing that from that vantage point, it was hard to tell I was falling. For a couple of seconds my thoughts went to those people who chose to jump from the World Trade Center buildings instead of suffocating or burning to death, and I knew why they did it.
Mike had told me that he would tap me again before he pulled the chute, but if he did, I was lost in the moment and didn’t feel it. I felt a brief moment of confusion when my 120 mph fall from heaven was interrupted by a sudden jerk that pulled me from my arch into a feet down position, then when the rushing wind was gone I heard Mike say, “Congratulations you got line twist on your first skydive.”
The canopy slowly untwisted and then we were gliding along in almost total silence. Mike let me take the toggles and steer the canopy through a couple of spirals and turns, and then looking down, I saw the landing zone and Tracie standing by the car looking up at us, so I gave her the thumbs up. He warned me that because there was no wind to glide into, we would be coming in pretty fast and he might just sit us down instead of trying to land on our feet. As we swung in over the cars and came down the last 40 feet, he told me to lift my legs straight out in front of me. He flared the canopy and his feet we sliding along the ground (which meant my long legs were way out in front of us) so when he told me to try and stand up, it was too late, and we slid in for a 27 point landing. A little dusty, but no harm done!
That was how it went. Summary: First tandem skydive – $187, Video of said skydive – $90, Experiencing freefall for 40 seconds – PRICELESS!!
A big thank you to my wonderful wife!
It is too pricey for me to do it often, but I think I could swing 1 or 2 jumps a year….I highly recommend that all of you try this. …..it is truly indescribable.
Hard Core Not-Quite-Slick Rock in Prescott February 8, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, extreme sports, Just Stuff, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Granite Dells, mountain bike, Mountain Biking, mtb, trails, Willow Lake
Check out this helmet cam video by Ken Bennett. It is of the hiking / biking trail that has been constructed at Willow Lake.
This is rowdy stuff, I have been on it on foot, but have not had my bike out there yet.
Online Coverage of The Coastal Challenge was WEAK! February 7, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Mountain Biking, Trail Running.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, coastal challenge, Project Athena, Robyn Benincasa, trail running
I can’t believe it! A world class event that touted online race tracking and active leader board updates, can’t even keep up with daily race updates.
This really bums me out, because my teammate and friend Jonea was racing with Robyn Benincasa and Project Athena.
There are literally thousands of people that you have disappointed with your lackadaisical and lazy coverage. I just happen to be a very vocal one. Because I for one believe that if you say you are going to do something, DO IT!
Today is the day after Day 6 (which was the final day of the race), and they still have only posted updates through Day 4.
I made them an offer that I would update their web site with current active info for them next year if they will fly me down there and pay my room and board. After this rant, what do you think the likelihood is that that is gonna happen!
Oh well. My theory is that if we continue to settle for mediocrity, that is just what we will get…..and the bar will continue to go lower and lower and lower.
I feel better now….I think I will go on a mountain bike ride!
Another Coastal Challenge Scoop February 2, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Trail Running.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, coastal challenge, fitness, Robyn Benincasa, trail running, trekking
Once again, Jacquiline Windh has an update posted far ahead of the Coastal Challenge website. Her story about Day 2 includes a photo of my teammate Jonea. Jonea is racing as part of Robyn Benincasa’s Project Athena team.
Having raced with her many times, I can tell that she is doing a little suffering here. But there is one thing about her, she has got tons of endurance!
The Coastal Challenge website has still not delivered on it web sites promises of a race tracker and an updated leaderboard…..dissapointing to say the least. And they are not timely on the daily race news either, here it is 11:15pm and they still have nothing up for today.
Report from The Coastal Challenge – sort of! February 2, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, Trail Running.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, coastal challenge, epic run, extreme sports, fitness, Robyn Benincasa, trail running
Well, I am a little frustrated. The Coastal Challenge website was supposed to have live updates, leaderboard, and all kinds of other cool stuff so we could watch our favorite teams while they suffered competed. NOT! At least not as of the time of this blog post.
But, fear not! I have located an article by Jacqueline Windh who just happened to have spent the day with Project Athena’s own Robyn Benincasa. As you know my own Adventure Racing teammate Jonea Mounsey is one of the Project Athena teams with Robyn.
Thanks Jacquiline for the news! Here is Jacquiline’s site, please check it out.
Robyn Benincasa Talks About Teamwork January 21, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, team challenge, Trail Running.
Tags: Adventure Racing, AR, coastal challenge, Robyn Benincasa, team work
I was scanning through the Primal Quest web site and found a very good article about the Importance of Teamwork in Adventure Racing. This article was written by veteran adventure racer Robyn Benincasa.
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago in this post Robyn (along with one of my AR team mates) is on her way with the Project Athena Team to Costa Rica to participate in The Coastal Challenge strarting January 31.
I couldn’t agree more with Robyn’s article…..teamwork, and an understanding of your team mate’s strength and weaknesses is the core of AR
Adventure Racing Tidbits January 16, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
Tags: adventure race, Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, AR, fitness, Gilmore Adventure Race, multisport, orienteering, Outdoor Adventure, Primal Quest
Here is a quick overview of the History of Adventure Racing, that I found just tag surfing this today. While it only really covers the big expedition events, it is a decent primmer.
Wikipedia has a much more extensive article about AR, and it even has a link to a race that I am the director of, the Gilmore Adventure Race. Speaking of Wiki, we all know not to trust it as a reliable source right? That is because anyone can go onto it and change info at any time…so reading from it is more like saying, “Someon told me……” Lots of good info in Wiki, just use other sources to verify it!
Also found this article called Why I love Adventure Racing, and You Should Too! This is a re-publication of an article that world class adventure racer and all around AR stud Ian Adamson wrote a while back.
Racing With the Best January 4, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, Events, extreme sports, team challenge.
Tags: Adventure Racing
Checkpoint Zero has a blurb on it HERE.