The sun was shining, and I couldn’t help but get out for a short spin around my hood. I’ve got a race tomorrow morning up near Auburn, so I didn’t want to burn any matches and conserve some pop in my legs. Last weekend I made the mistake of going too far, but it didn’t get in the way of my win, but I sure didn’t feel like I was on top of my game. I rode around McLaren park on my Stumpy FSR just to spin out my legs. I had fun ripping around the short course as well as the other side of the park. I wish I stayed out longer, but I knew I’d be putting my legs at a disadvantage come tomorrow morning.
I was born on a leap year, so my day doesn’t really exist. I went for my usual birthday ride, but it was pretty uneventful. I needed to get out and spin my legs a bit in preparation for tomorrow’s race. I went a bit too hard, and hope I didn’t burn any matches prematurely. Regardless, happy to be alive and well on my non birthday.
My short and sweet edit of two video clips I shot with my GoPro over the weekend.
A fun day riding with my buds turned into a surprise birthday party at the end of the trail! It all started with Peter showing us some great single track on the Dominican side of China Camp. I was ‘that guy’ for once struggling to hang on the back-end of our strong group of six. I wanted to end my ride short as we neared the parking lot, but I was easily convinced to check out one more ‘sweet single track downhill’. We pedal further and further down the road, pull into a mini park and it was loaded with friends and food all waiting for my arrival. I had no clue! (more…)
Oh boy. What a ride. I normally break out my Epic for this kind of epic, but I spent close to 6 hours, climbed 8,000′ over 65 miles of dirt aboard my Stumpjumper FSR, proving its all-day trail riding worthiness. My friend Brian and I made our usual way up to the top of Mt. Tam. (more…)
I’m up in Napa this weekend, celebrating my wife’s birthday. While she and her sister are in Calistoga at a spa I’m out on the roads, seeking fun and adventure. My goal is to ride up and over Oat Hill, a 40 mile epic ride of road, fire road and epic single track. (more…)
The wet view from my ‘recovery’ ride of sorts yesterday. I just couldn’t get enough. Can’t stop, won’t stop!
I rode with my friend Jeremy and Josh, starting in Skeggs, out to Purisma and back, logging in 36 miles of sweet single track and over 10,000′ of climbing. Josh had to bail early, unaware of our mission to moderatley hammer. It was a gorgeous day for riding, and there were a ton of people out on the trail. We kept a solid pace the whole way through. Jeremy had mapped out a much longer ride, but I was cooked by the time we made it back to the parking lot. (more…)
I’m making a good habit out of bringing my mountain bike to work on Fridays. I hit up Harvey Bear and explored an extra loop, comprised of a long fire road climb and sweet single track descent before connecting with my usual route. I love riding out here because it’s not too much climbing, rewarded with a fast set of rolling single track trails. The view is pretty cool, too. It’s farm pastures up high, with a view of Mt. Madonna, Gilroy and Morgan Hill below. It swoops in and out of old growth trees, sometimes lined with some interesting wildlife.
Hot damn, it’s getting warm out here. We’re experiencing some unseasonably warm weather in the Bay area. Today it was a pleasant 72º at Skeggs. The tree coverage throughout the park blocked most of the heat, keeping conditions absolutely perfect. This week has been a big one for me, logging in 15 hours of solid base miles. So today I took it easy on the climbs, but put in a great effort going down Blue Blossom, snagging a 10 top along the way. By the way, taking it easy for me is riding less than three hours and climbing less than 7,000′. (more…)