Capped my holiday week with a monster ride with my friends Jeremy and Ryan. I took them on an epic ride through Purisma to Skeggs and back, a grueling 37 mile jaunt through the woods with over 8,000′ of climbing. It was nice to have company that would push my effort. I made the familiar mistake of not bringing any food or enough water, but I made it to the end, just barely. I also brought my GoPro, which died just 30 minutes into our ride, but I think I managed to get a good section of footage on the first descent of Purisma.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I got out early in the morning to work up an appetite for this evening’s feast. I rode around the Headlands, diverting to a few new sections of dirt. The weather was absolutely perfect. It’s been a while since I rode the Headlands, having explored more of the Peninsula this past month. The trails feel so tame in comparison to Skeggs and Saratoga. I did struggle a bit getting to the top of Miwok. I hope my fitness isn’t lost. (more…)
We had an excellent group this morning for an epic ride from Alpine to Saratoga Gap and back, riding 35 miles with over 5,600′ of climbing. The sun was shining and the trails were in near perfect conditions after the storm that passed through mid-week. (more…)
What a day on the bike. Close to 40 miles of dirt and 8,500′ of climbing through the trails off Skyline in the Peninsula. It was cool and crisp all morning and afternoon. The trails were perfect, a little dry, but otherwise super fun. I expected to see more riders out, but only came across a handful of people. I started at noon, and had plenty of time to get to Skeggs, do a few loops and make my way back before the sun started to set. I love these kinds of rides, long miles and lots of climbing. True expedition and adventure. (more…)
I dragged myself out of bed this morning and did a few laps around McLaren Park, exploring the spider web network of trails. My legs were pretty much dead from the past couple of days of hammering so I took it easy and cruised may way around. I mostly wanted to sort out the noisy disc brake issues I’ve been having on my Epic. The other night I sprayed down the calipers with alcohol to help clean off any residue causing the turkey gobble effect. I also swapped the pads from front to rear, and so far so good. I’ve never had a completely positive experience with disc brakes, having tried Formula, Avid a few times and now Magura.
No pictures for this post. I was on a mission. No time to enjoy the scenery. My friends made a fun XC loop around Skeggs Point, hooking up the best trails in three non-overlapping loops called Trifecta. You go down, then up, down, then up, way down and way up. I set a Strava goal of 1 hour and 25 minutes to complete the segment. Having done the loop a few times now I was pretty confident I could hit that mark. I was the only one a the parking lot so I knew I had a good chance of a clear pathway. Going after long segments like this is way more satisfying and legit vs. the short and punchy stuff. You really have to work for it and be consistent. (more…)
I teetered on the fence of wanting to get up to ride and staying in bed. I remembered my friends were riding up to San Bruno this morning. I quickly got changed and spun my way to the meeting spot. Turns out I missed the roll out. I wasn’t the only one to miss out and was joined by another rider. We decided to press on to see if we could catch them along the way. We made our way to the foot of San Bruno Mountain via the West entrance. I parted ways at the top and bombed down the single track alongside Gaudalupe Canyon Road and made my way to the trails at McLaren Park.
My adventures of riding new dirt continues this weekend with a dive into the forests of Purisma, an epic network of single track and fire road straight down to the bottom of Kings Mountain and back up, back all the way down, loop around a peak, and back up. I didn’t get enough, and met up with my friends riding at Skeggs for another hot lap, climbing close to 8000′ over 37 hard-fought miles. (more…)
With the afternoon light fading, the only times I have to get out onto some dirt are in the early morning or during lunch. Since Harvey Bear is so close to work I decided to squeeze in a hot lap around the park. I got a little turned around at first, but quickly found my way onto some familiar trail. I had so much fun. All the road lunch rides during the week don’t add up to a single hour of dirt.