Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stevens Pass

So I took my trusty Trance to Stevens Pass with my buddies from Vicious Cycles this last Saturday!  They all rented downhill bikes while I played on my versatile awesome Trance!  
It had rained the night before, temps were in the low 60's life couldn't get better!  It's a fun bike park for someone looking to get their feet wet in the downhill scene and have some fun!  Good work to the trail builders up there!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Explorations: Teanaway Trails!!

Explorations: Teanaway Trails!!: Good news :  I wanted to let you all in on some great news. The new Teanaway Community Forrest is getting some stellar trails, all close...

Cool stuff is happening in Central WA thanks to Evergreen.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Bend Ride

I spent the 4th of July weekend in Bend Oregon with the Jennarts!  What a great town and riding destination.  There is something for everyone in this area unless you don't like the outdoors.....  then there is still something fun I suppose for you as well.  Where else can you climb for 20 miles and still be having fun!  My trusty Trance was great as usual!  here's a few pics of the ride.  Tumalo Falls is in the black and white photo.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day Ride

2015 is officially my "first" father's day.  As such I was given the get out of jail free card from my wife and decided a good early morning was in order.  Since most everyone had killed themselves the day before at GF Ellensburg ( http://rideviciouscycle.com/events/gran-fondo-ellensburg/ ) I was on my own.

The Route
Moxee to Ellensburg via N Wenas Rd.

Started the day super early at 5:00AM threw on my gear and hit the road.  Since I didn't have much experience with the back roads of N Wenas thought I'd take the mountain bike to be safe.  Only a 1X10 and knobby tires I was already prepared for slower speeds but better gearing on the steep stuff.  
Curtlo 29er

By the time I knocked down some breakfast and stopped at the office to pick up my emergency cell phone charger I was running about 30 minutes behind schedule.  With that said I arrived at Wenas lake on time and took a few pics...

Lake Wenas

Wenas lake was a little low for this time of the year but still beautiful.  It was time to get moving up the road.  It has been several years since I've been up by Wenas Lake and thought it was just a few miles before the road turned to gravel.  Its more like 10...

Once on the gravel portion of the ride its surprisingly smooth and the rocks aren't terribly sharp.  The grade is pretty steady and nothing too harsh.  By the time I reach the first summit of N. Wenas Rd it was apparent that my road bike would have made it just fine.

Lots of Trees on the Col de N Wenas

The road from this point was alot of fun and the GPS registered 39 miles of my estimated 52.  I decided to pin it even though I knew there was one climb to go.  Once I hit the second climb I again had doubts about the mtb as a road bike would have handled it just fine.  Toward the top there was some sharper rocks but I'd recommend any one doing this route to take a road bike with some higher volume tires.

Mt Stewart

Once you hit the top of N.Wenas / Umtanum Rd its quite literally all downhill to Ellensburg.  On one of the straight sections of road my GPS registered 50mph!  That should be closer to 60mph on a road bike.  Cruised into town and met up with my little family to have breakfast at the Palace Cafe.  Great little spot and a very memorable first father's day.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

So You Say...

I tell this guy I wanted to get some epic shots of my descent at Freund Canyon in Leavenworth.  He says, "heck ya, I gotta sweet setup- way better than that gobro crap."

Then we met at the trail and well, I think he ate the wrong mushrooms because the last time I saw him we was running down a ridge naked yelling at the android police to stop bitting his arms.  

I did leave a cryptic not on his car-
THX call me when you get to the surface...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Leavenworth Bike and Brew

The 2015 Bike and Brews is in the books and our team rocked it!  This was the last race of the Fat Tire Revolution series and we were one point behind  Vicious Cycles for team points in Cat 2.  We had 12 cat 2 racers make it and closed out our third year in a row as CAT 2 series champs.  Everyone raced hard and had great results especially since temps were in the 90's.  The day wound down with the beer garden which is usually my personal favorite reward.