Category: "Cycling"

Racing Excitement!!

April 2nd, 2013

What do I feel when I am about to race? Racing gets me so pumped up! Now that I'm finally getting my asthma/COPD/etc under better management I am getting really excited to do some more racing after the Desert Rampage race at the beginning of March. The next race I'm doing is the Cactus Hugger on April, 6 which is part of the Intermountain Cup series of races. Me and my wife are having a lot of fun doing these races and keep getting pumped up to do the next. I feel that I'm going to be doing really well this race. In a sense I'm an adrenaline junky. I must thank Sunrise Cyclery for the support and help they are. I couldn't keep the bike running without them.

Here is my weapon of choice for the race with monster tires.

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Henderson Canyon, Below the Point, Burro Canyon

May 20th, 2012
Henderson Canyon, Below the Point, Burro Canyon

The last ride I went on that was near Pine Lake. The day before I rode this trail I rode to the end of the rode so that I could figure out the trail head and not waste time trying to find the trail. However on Friday when I rode up to what I thought was the trail and I rode down the closed down rode/atv trail that was off to the right of the the end of the road. The first time I rode down I took the left fork which turned into a loop. So when I found out that the trail I went down was a loop I did it again looking much harder for the trail head and came up empty. So in a last ditch effort before I rode back to camp I went to where the road ended and looked carefully at the trail sign. I noticed that the trail sign was angled slightly towards pointing down the hill. Just to the left of the trail sign was the beginning of the trail.

I finally started to ride down the Henderson Canyon trail and it was rather steep with a steep slope to the sides of the trail. The key is not to mess up and fall down the mountain. Once I got to the bottom of the canyon after descending about a thousand feet I had to deal with very deep washes. I am suspecting that the washes were formed last year when there was a record deep snow pack. I found places so that I could climb down and out of the washes. The washes were deeper than 15 feet which made crossing them difficult. Down in the bottom there was a trail sign for the distance to the end of the Below the Point trail and how much further down the canyon I had to ride to get to the fork for going back up the Burro Canyon trail.

I chose to go on the Below the Point trail. The trail continued through the bottom of the canyon until I reached the other side of the canyon. After I reached the other side I had to ride up the hill and what I thought was a small climb turned into riding up 1,000 feet of steep agressive climbing. The strategy was to sprint through the short extremely steep spots and then slow down to a crawl to recover for the next extreme stint. I was able to ride nearly the entire length of the climb. I ran out of time riding up the trail and so was unable to complete the last mile and a half of trail. Looking at the terrain on Google Earth made me realize that I wouldn't have lost much elevation by going all the way to the end of the trail at the forest road.

I was running short on day light and so I turned around at 7:30PM to ride back. I arrived back down at the bottom of the canyon where the tail signs were and I could ride back up the steep trail which would take me a while to do because of the steepness or I could ride two more miles down and then take the Burro Canyon trail.

I took the turn to the left which lead down to the Burro Canyon trail thinking that since it was longer I wouldn't have as steep of a trail. Once I arrived at the trail head for the Burro Canyon I started to ride up and quickly realized that the trail was rather steep. The trail was as steep as it could possibly be without being a cliff. The first mile was only about half ridable until I got up about 500 feet of elevation climbing. The second mile had another three hundred feet before I was back at the elevation of the camp. The last little bit was done on an ATV trail which wasn't steep. I did stop to put on my bicycle lights once I had ridden two miles up Burro Canyon because the day had passed and was now dark. I made it off of the trail before I completely ran out of daylight which was my goal. I arrived back at camp at about 9:30PM.

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Teet Mountain

May 9th, 2012
Teet Mountain

So I went on a ride up to the top of Teet Mountain. The mountain is located up Spanish Fork Canyon about 15 miles. the route that I chose to take is by riding up Long Hollow and taking the black diamond trail up to the top. The trail up Long Hollow is fairly technical to ride for a mountain bike because of the grade. Often times the grade is exceeding 20% and then there is loose rock. The most technical part of Long Hollow is the very last climb through a bunch of switch backs which are very rocky and very steep. Once on top of of the hill the trail gradually decends toward Diamand Fork. Before reaching Diamond Fork there is a trail to the right which is rated as a black diamond. The trail doesn't start off as a black diamond but quickly goes into a bunch of loose rock and steep grades which makes the trail a double black diamond.

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Group Rides

June 20th, 2011
Group Rides

A fun activity that I do is go on group rides with the guys from Sunrise Cyclery. I've been taking a few pictures while on the rides which so far my pictures are from the Jardine Juniper trail. Dayton is the one that is running through the stream carrying his bicycle. The path that has the logs across was dry either due to the high flows of the stream. The pictures of the stream down the trail is a stream that I'd never seen before and so since 2011 is a special year I thought I would grab history.

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Wimmer's XC race

June 19th, 2011
Wimmer's XC race

On June 18, 2010 Ian, Dayton, Louis, and me went and raced in the Wimmer's XC race. Dayton did quite well and placed third in the single speed sports category. Ian placed 12th place in the 19-29 sports category. I placed 11th in the 19-29 sports category. The difference between Ian and me was only thirty seconds. We all had a lot of fun riding the loop three times. The race took place in the Shirwood Hill's resort. My parents were there and so was Rachelle, and Megan to watch and cheer me on. My time was 1 hour and 29 minutes and about 40 seconds. When I rode the course by myself I was able to do it in 1 hour and 42 minutes and so I dropped my time by thirteen minutes which is quite a lot faster. I think that the ride could have been done faster except for my exercise induced asthma which gets triggered by sprinting and low humidity. However even at that I was told I did good. Regardless of the outcome of the race I just really enjoy riding my bicycle and going far into the mountains that would take many more hours walking.

Now it wouldn't be fair to not include pictures from the race.

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