My co-worker found this strange bike while surfing the internet on the clock while we are so slow right now at the Inn. Normally I may be upset at employees on the clock using the internet but considering he was thinking of me and my passion for cycling I forgive him just this once.
Click on the Title for the full story on this strange bike! They say it is a smooth ride that offers more resistance.
I attended my first weekly ride with the crew down in Eagle, Colorado (Mountain Bike Capital of the World). Went out by myself for a quick warm up on Bone Yard to the first gate on the forest road where I joined PFD (Peter Davis). We descended back down to Mountain Pedaler Bike Shop to meet up with the rest of the red coats and a few blue coats (Ronan Murray and Chris Cook). At the shop we waited for 10-20 minutes for our group of 4 to grow into 15-20 riders. We headed out the back alleys of Eagle into Eagle Ranch to the race course (Bailey's connector) to the 4th of July parking lot so we could ride Pipeline. Once we got to the Pipeline Trail, John Kish "I love pushing hard and riding fast", put the hammer down and turned the ride into a stop-n-drop (Elgee - Larry Grossman term from the Father's Day ride 2005). So the ride pace was high so it turned into the dirt version of the Ride of Silence in honor of local rider Brett Malin! The reason for the silence was no one could talk since we were all breathing hard from the pace being set up front!
At the top of Pipeline we re-grouped, temporarily, then set out to try out a new cow/game trail (soon to be single-track) that takes off of hardscrabble road to the east that the Pete's recommended. The new loop was about 2-3 miles in length, unnamed so far, and included a few winter run off stream crossings. With minor trail cleaning this could become a nice little addition to the already famous single-track in Eagle.
Ride ended with a dusty decent down Pipeline to the Dusty Boot for a few cold Beers!
DATE: May 20, 2009 TIME: 5:30 pm WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Local cyclists ride will start at the Beaver Creek parking lot (east) and head east on US Highway 6 to the Dowd bridge and back. If you join the crew please remeber local Brett Malin who was killed while competing in the RAM in 2003!
The Ride of Silence Poem... Tonight we number many but ride as one In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons With helmets on tight and heads down low, We ride in silence, cautious and slow The wheels start spinning in the lead pack But tonight we ride and no one attacks The dark sunglasses cover our tears Remembering those we held so dear Tonight's ride is to make others aware The road is there for all to share To those not with us or by our side, May God be your partner on your final ride
Background - The White Rim Trail is a 103-mile loop on jeep roads through Canyonlands National Park above the confluence of the Colorado River and Green River in Southeastern Utah. After you turn off I-70 and go south on Highway 191 towards Moab, you turn right towards Dead Horse Point, drive all the way up onto the plateau, and park your car. You can ride the loop in either direction: turning right and dropping down Horsethief Trail, or turning left and dropping down Shafer Trail. Either way, you drop about 1,000 feet onto the rim.
Technically, this trail is fairly easy. But the length (and a few stiff climbs) means you need to be in good condition to do the whole thing in one day like we normally do once a year. We tend to ride it clockwise starting at the parking area off U-313 at the right turn to Mineral Bottom and cut out a 13 mile section of the dirt road from U-313 to Mineral Bottom and park a vehicle at the top of the Horsethief climb. The major climbs add up to 4000 vertical feet, but an altimeter on my Polar Monitor unit that records every little up-and-down came out with about 4,500feet total. Our ride time was, again this year, 7 hours and 30 minutes with total time around 9 hours with stops and a lunch break. The low temperature of the day was 71 and the high was 90 degrees.
Most (smart) riders spend 3 or 4 days to ride this trail, spending the night at campgrounds drinking cold beer! They use a support vehicle for food, WATER, camping gear, and bike parts. (Even though there's little dangerous stuff, the length of this trail -- combined with some sand -- means there's a good chance you'll need some on-trail repair.) Campgrounds are spaced every few miles. (Waiting time for some camp sites is around ONE YEAR. You must obtain a permit from the National Park Service to ride this trail, and reserve your campsites well in advance of your ride.) Bring cooking gear. Open fires are prohibited.
We awoke at 5:15 am from our comfortable Super 8 hotel in downtown Moab to a hot breakfast at Denny’s. We loaded up the two vehicles and were off to set up our shuttle. We started riding around 8:00 am. Those present were the following: Julie Morrow, Wendi Lyall-Fields, Lisa Isom, Steven Kirchner, Chris and Sheryl Cook, and I (Bill MacFarlane). A good group of seven strong riders that rode well together all day long!
Knowing how hot the temperature was going to be most of us started the ride with 2 - 100 oz bladders in our camel backs and 2 - 32 oz bottles on our bikes. Along with all the spare tubes, quick fills, chain tools, lube, cliff blocks, enervatine, gu, sports drink powder, fig newtons, beef jerky, uncrustables, ham sandwich, cliff bars, and of course IBUPROFIN!
The day was HOT to say the least, but fortunately we rode into a head wind 80% of the way and that seemed to keep us cool. We did see one cloud during our ride which gave us a little shade for about 30 seconds. Some of us did run out of water on the trail, but fortunately there were many other supported rides on the trail that helped us out a few times. Thanks to all the nice friendly folks!
When we reached the section of the trail that runs along the Green River some got off their bikes and scrambled down the cliffs and jumped in the river, fully clothed, iPods still playing, to splash and swirl around in a river to lower the core temperature. All felt revived and ready to Get R Done but the confidence didn’t last long.
Running short on water and energy we all had to climb out of this hole one final time 1,000 feet up to the top of Horsethief Trail!
We all made it and when we were off the bikes we did manage to say we would all do it again, but bail if we knew the weather was predicted to be hotter than 80 degrees!
Thanks for a great ride all and I would do it again with anyone of YOU!
Cyclists across the USA have experienced the wrath of impatient motorists. Being "buzzed" by drivers who purposely pass sometimes within inches of riders and having trash thrown at them make up many cyclists' post-ride tales. One state is taking action to help protect bicyclists from dangerous actions of drivers: Colorado. Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill (Senate Bill 148) protecting cyclists' rights to the road into law on Monday. The rule becomes effective August 5. The new law requires drivers to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing. Violators risk a $110 fine. Throwing an object at a rider could constitute a class 2 misdemeanor, which could net a more substantial $250-$1100 fine and a possible jail sentence of 3-12 months.
Republican Senator Greg Brophy and Democratic Representative Mike Merrifield, both cycling enthusiasts, supported the measure.
Sorry I don’t have any actual race photos but I do have this classic shot of Andy Poole and Hatch ripp’n it on the Daisy Cutter at an impromptu post race BBQ. Thanks to Lisa’s mom and step dad for feeding a bunch of the team riders as well as a few lowly longboarders. Sorry if I missed anyone in the results. Well done guys;
This first group was reported to place in the following order in Mens 30-39 but I think the class ranking is whooy. Brad Bingham, 1st gotta be wrong class Adam Plummer, 4th Paul Gorbold, 8th Macky Morris, 60th not bad for having sensitive surgery a few months ago
Loma area just after the hike a bike down into Horsetheif Loop. Pictured right to left Ann Kreig, Heather Sappenfield, Sheryl Cook,Katie Brazelton, Julie Morrow, and Steve Kirchner. Plus Bill Macs the photographer.