Monday, October 29, 2012

Cowboy Trail

Ducked out for a little ride in between rain storms the other day on the Surly Ogre.  After I got the tire pressure dialed, the ride was great.  Big ole 29" tires sucked up the trail nicely.

Trail was in good shape. Picked up a few branches and got to chase Shadow around...she was possessed!

Cooler temps?

Got out for the first Pug ride in the snow!  4-5" of snow but pretty wet and slushy.  Lots of fun puddles to glide across.  Bike did good, little sliding around...just need cooler temps.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Butler Creek

Quick loop around Butler Creek.  Quick as it was damn cold with some freshies on the ground.

Can't remember the angle of this pic, but temp reads 34.  Ahh, it is almost fat bike time!

Although a ORV trail, it is in some of  the best shape I've seen it.  Don't get me wrong, it is not all buff, there are some really challenging sections that have been torn up.  Nonetheless, it's all just riding and there is some sweet downhill.
Damn, I gotta go clean my bike again...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sandpoint Cyclocross 2012

And so it is, cyclocross came and went in Sandpoint last Saturday.  This is the first time that Sandpoint has been a part of the Inland Northwest Cyclocross Series.  This series runs from September through November and each weekend the races are held in different parts of the Northwest: like CDA, Spokane, Walla Walla, Moses Lake, etc.

Gotta give mad props to Mike, Charles, Steve, Keith, J.J. and Wayne for showing a great deal of initiative and motivation to set a course, do PR and do all the logistics to make this race happen here in Sandpoint.  Not only did we get a cool race, but we also raised some money (I hear 1K) for Team 24/7 and autism.

Here are some pics from the days festivities...

GF mechanics PIT area

guess how you get the mud pit named after you?

Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair was on hand to provide mechanical support to anyone that might need a little tweak before racing.  Mechanicals were few.  But not only did we provide bike lube, we also had some beverages on hand to help wash down the dirt.

Fast Eddie represented!  That is not pain on his face.

cruising into the finish line
Stats: over 100 racers, 45ish racers from Sandpoint, 150+ spectators, 1 sweet endo, several pots of coffee, many more gallons of beer, 2 sweet Elephants and a ton of fun!  Thanks to all those that participated and those that swung by the tent to chat and have a beverage.  The course was great and it was awesome to meet some new people.  See you all next year for a repeat.

Friday, October 19, 2012

American Falls

OK, this is gonna be brief.  I love American Falls, but this ride was less than stellar.  The day started with a light mist as I loaded the truck at Indian Creek.  I hoped the weather would get better or at least hold.  Silly. By the time we got to the trailhead, it was raining.  Not a downpour, but plenty to get ya wet.  It had also rained most of the night before.  So, to say things were wet would be an understatement.  They were plain soaked.

As a side note, there was a major wind event up at Priest and the surrounding areas last Spring.  The FS did a nice job of clearing American Falls, repairing some bridges and even putting in a new one up near the falls.

A word on the bridges, damn slick (OK 2 words)!  The following bridge I went down on while walking my bike across it, felt like ice.  Rocks and roots, of which there are plenty on this trail, were not quite as bad but still more challenging than usual.

I wish I had a pic that came out of the trail, it was like a creek.  Several inches of standing water, the ground just wasn't taking it in.  I never rode in any mud, the ground was always hard with the water just sitting on top.  Weird.  This was one wet day!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bead Lake Trail

Ah, Bead Lake, a nice little trail close to Sandpoint.  This trail is so fun to bomb as you round the lake.  Then I'm always surprised by the climb on the back side.  Some tight switchbacks and you good little climb get ya to the top of this out-n-back.

Views are always great and note a new bridge.  Also, it appears there has been a bit of tread work in some areas that were rather thin.

Why my camera chooses to use flash on one pic and not the other, I have not figured out yet.  I have it set on "professional" mode and everything...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Trail #120 Ride Report

Another high alpine ride, check.  Beautiful (but slightly smoke filled) views, check.  Amazing sidehill crossings that make it hard to stay focused on the trail, check.  Another epic ride, check.

Trail 120 is all that.  Start with a grunt of a climb to get you warmed up.  Oh, but wait, there were cars at the top of the ridge and a couple travel trailers.  It seems that the once "closed" road up the back side is now "open."  Whatever, driving to the top is for pansies.  We uphilled that shit.

and if you drove you'd miss the mine

"Must Like Rocks"

Porcupine Lake

Scotchman, oh and Jacob
Wicked downhill to the valley with a lot of overgrowth and obstacles that will keep you on your toes.  This is where we downhill that shit.  Great ride that would go a lot faster if it weren't for all the damn good views!