Thursday, July 29, 2010

6 Pack Alley Cat Bike Ride

Just a reminder that the 6 Pack Alley Cat ride is this Saturday, July 31st at 3pm. We'll meet by the boat launch at City Beach. This ride is open to all riders and on any bike you wanna ride. We will have 3 divisions: road bike, mountain bike and single-speed. Plan to ride 12-14 miles...depending on the route YOU choose. There will be 6 checkpoints (hence the name) with the finish and after party at Laughing Dog Brewing. Prizes will be given for the top 2 finishers and DFL in each division.

We also have had some generous sponsors kick in some swag. Many thanks to Joel's, Starbucks, Maps & More, Stadium Sports, Laughing Dog Brewing and of course Sandpoint Sports.

This should be lots of fun! Feel free to email if you have any questions Hope to see you there.

Here's the poster...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last SISNA race/bbq

I'll be down at Farragut this Wednesday (7/28) for the last SISNA Mountain Bike Race. After the race, Team Laughing Dog/RAAM will be hosting the bbq. The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, chips, fruit salad and brownies. There might even be some adult bevies on hand. There will also be a couple RAAM riders there to talk about this huge undertaking and ways you can support. Come on down and ride a super fun course and then hang out for tasty grub and a chance to win some swag.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trail 44 work party

The Bonners Ferry Forest Service, the Backcountry Horseman and the Pend Oreille Pedalers jointly organized a workparty to do maintenance and a re-route around a steep, rocky hike-a-bike section on trail #44. The workparty went for 5 days, July 19-23, 2010. A base camp was established 2 miles South of the Keno Creek Trail along Trail #44. Logistics went like this: the Forest Service provided all the necessary tools and food, Backcountry Horseman packed in all the necessary water for the week (2,000 gallons) over 4 days previous to us arriving and POP contributed willing bodies for labor. The Forest Service had up to 15 members on their work crew and Pat Hart, backcountry extrodinare, did all the cooking. And let me just say that the food was AWESOME and there was more provided than I could eat in a day.

Base camp/cooking tent

Home sweet home

Larry, Jim, John and I rode in from Canuck Pass Sunday afternoon to set up camp and be ready first thing Monday morning to break ground. Jane and Shadow hiked 10 grueling miles up Keno creek. We all arrived at camp just in time for dinner. It was a day of amazing views and epic single track with lots of ridgeline terrain.

Lots of exposed side hills

Serpent-like singletrack

Work was very physical, but I just kept thinking of the reward. It took 3 days to complete 1/3 of new trail that bypassed 2 very steep hike-a-bike sections. I don't know how these guys do this every day.

Phase 1 of new trail - cut out trees and brush

Phase 2 of new trail - clear debris and scrape of all vegetation

Phase 3 of new trail - bench cut

Final phase - buff, angle and pack (see guys in the back)

Many thanks to Pat, her crew and ALL that volunteered. It is through efforts such as these that our moutain biking opportunities are getting better and growing

A well deserved lunch break for the crew

3 flags mark the end of the trail, YEAH!

New addition to the fam!

Ok, so I know kid pics wouldn't usually be on a bike blog, BUT I'm a proud new uncle and I do have a bike spin. "MaKarly's" first bike is already picked out...a Specialized Hotwalk(of course). Ahh, but I just have to wait 3 more years to give it to her.