The text read something like, ‘You just skied the Middle so I’m not too worried about pushing your limits (on the Parallel Trail).’ Despite the prior day’s skiing, I was a bit apprehensive about taking up Michelle Good’s offer to join in on getting my blazing downhill on. I barely rode a mountain bike last ‘season,’ partly because I was skiing into August, partly for other reasons.
Still, a Spring visit to Jackson offers outdoor opportunity aplenty in every mountain discipline, so who am I to turn down a downhilling invite? As we’d discussed the wee possibility that I might possibly maybe consider almost thinking about joining in before I left SLC, I’d packed a box full of beetle style armor.
What could I be thinking? There’s snow in the mountains. Right there. At this point, I was probably thinking about the incredible mix of bikes on the truck. It’s not often that one sees a freestyle bike, a hard tail 29′er, and a full-on DH bike on the same rack.
As we nailed down the final plans, I looked at the diminutive Continue reading ‘The Parallel Trail’
Greg smiling his way down the Crest Trail.
Got out with Steve and Greg today for a ride down the full Crest Trail. It’s riding quite well right now – actually, it usually is unless it’s unbearably hot outside – and the biggest issues involve losing sight of Continue reading ‘Mountain Biking the Crest Trail to Millcreek’
Blue Sky in Utah? Oh, that's a rarity..
There are several variations, permutations, and branches available to a mountain biker longing for a great ride on the full length of the Wasatch Crest Trail. All involve an indulgence in bliss, with sections of smooth singletrack, doubletrack, great ridgeline views, and mostly moderate riding with a few technical sections. Certainly one of the best rides Continue reading ‘The Full Wasatch Crest Trail’
Steve in the fall foliage.
Maybe it’s just the incredible views of the splendid fall foliage, but I seem to repeatedly find myself on the same trail of late, riding my mountain bike with different folks. And that’s no problem at all, because we all develop our favorite trails over time, for different sports-based outings. No matter the reason, we find ourselves on our favorite routes again and again because they possess a few key qualities that we enjoy. Maybe it’s Continue reading ‘Favorite Routes’
After a bunch of Montana-based mountain bike racers crashed at my place following the 12 Hours of Sundance 2010 race this weekend, they wanted a great, if quick, trail ride to finish out their weekend journey to Utah, before indulging in the comforts of the seven hour return drive. Although they landed second place in the teams division, I couldn’t help but suggest my first place idea – one of my favorite, fast outings – the Wasatach Crest Trail to Desolation Lake to Mill D exit. It’s jut got so many excellent attributes: High, ridgeline elevation works the lungs while providing unparalleled views of the Wasatch, Park City, and Salt Lake City, smooth singletrack, some doubletrack, numerous aspen groves, very few technical sections, and plenty of tiny drops to keep a rider on their toes.. Now that the fall tree colors are in full bloom, riding this Wasatch classic is even more spectacular than ever. Temperatures were relatively cool, and the gusty winds merely tested the dust protection ability of everyone’s wrap-around sunglasses!
As seems typical with a larger group, the ride was not without incident. I landed a pinch flat on my front tire, but managed to notice it and stop without the oftentimes over-the-handlebars routine this situation engenders. Zach also landed a flat, but was also quickly back in the saddle. Ben, who had probably gotten some minor wrist sprains in a crash during the 12 Hours of Sundance the day before, went over the handlebars and tried his best to turn those sprains into something more serious..
On to the pictures!
I haven't seen this much spandex since watching a Jazzercise video! The fellas (l-r) Zach, Mike, Ben, and Nick, display their well-earned medals.
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Got in another nice ride on the Wasatch Crest Trail (to Desolation Lake to the Mill D exit) in perfect weather with some old, and some new, friends recently. This classic ride is one of my favorites in the Salt Lake City area. As is somewhat typical when larger groups are involved, there were some mishaps along the way. One slightly lost rider, one flat that, patched, re-flatted and led to a walk-out, and one decent crash rounded out the misadventures. The rest was pretty blissful.
'We are not the Men Who Stare at Goats.' Or perhaps we are - there are no clouds in the sky.. Perhaps as a result of cloudbursting?
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