Cactus Hugger ICUP race

April 7th, 2013
Cactus Hugger ICUP race

Me and Kristie had a great time at the Cactus Hugger race that was held in St. George, UT. The sports class race was 12 miles long with each lap being six miles. I had a time of about 1:05:25 according to the GPS and an unofficial time of about 1:15. Kristie did good with a time of about 1:55 which was a pretty good time for the womens sports class. During the race many people got pinch flats by running tire pressures too low. Many of the fastest riders got a DNF due to low tire pressures and rough rocks. I however chose to run a bit higher pressure in my tire and kept the shocks in the best pressures and dampener air pressures. I did try out the new Chain-L lube that I ordered a week ago. The Chain-L lube was much better than the Dumonde Tech. During the race I lost my water bottle that was full of my energy drink which I call honey-milk. Kristie calls the drink honey-butter. After the race and the awards ceremony we turned on the heat for the griddle and cooked some marinated chicken breasts. The chicken breasts were used in some nice sandwiches. We also ate a pasta salad with the chicken sandwiches. Now I did discover that the asthma was still not under control because as soon as I started I got an attack. 

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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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Switch to blog

March 31st, 2013

In an effort to write more I am moving to a blog format that has a lot more power than my custom solution.

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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The Great Western Trail

May 20th, 2012
The Great Western Trail

The Great Western Trail is supposed to be a trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. I rode the a short section of the trail from Pine Lake near Tropic, UT to 10.6 miles north on the trail. The trail was not just a single track trail that was marked on the map but rather followed old roads and ATV trails that have been shutdown. Some of the trail was even on a cow path. Part of the trail took me a moment to find when I went through the gate in the picture. I though for a moment that I had lost the trail and that I would have to turn around earlier. Much of the trail is not really being used enough to keep it open and preventing over growth of the bushes on the trail. I was able to take a picture of an old homestead house towards the end of the trail trail that I rode on forest road 133.

The techinal aspect of the trail is that the majority of the ride was rated at a blue. There was one short section of trail that was steep and I had to walk the bike up which was also very difficult to ride down. The short section was rated as a triple black diamond. The other side of the hill that had to be walked up was difficult to ride up for only a short section but was doable. All other sections or which amounted to about 9 out of 10 miles being moderate but bumpy.

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