Arizona, cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED

THORN IN THE FLESH RIDE

This after noon just before dark I did what I will call a “thorn in the flesh” ride .
I call it that for two reasons. First, When ever you ride with Steve Becker and Robert Middlemore,  you will suffer in your flesh. ( at least I know I do).  These guys are great mountain bikers that have  an amazing cadence through the woods.
We started at our my house and climbed over the new 317 into Thumb Butte and climbed up then down the 392 over into the pines and tapped out about 10 miles before arriving home.

Here are a few post ride pics.

Left to right – Steve Lummer, Steve Becker, Robert MIddlemore.

The second reason I call it the “thorn in the flesh” ride is because of the thorn I found in my right  arm after the ride.
Interesting what you pick up on a mountain bike ride.

Great times were had by all.

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Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, SINGLE SPEED

I Love Singletrack


In the world of mountain biking there is no resource more valuable than singletrack.

Singletrack is typically a trail that is no more than 18” wide and requires you to ride in single file rather than side by side.

Whether you ride Downhill, XC or All Mountain the idea of a scenic, challenging ride in the backcountry is what many riders invest their time and efforts into this sport for.

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Arizona, Bikes, cycling, family, Mountain biking, Prescott

TURKEY DAY WEEKEND MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE

Just wanted to post a couple of pics of our Daughter and Dad Thanksgiving weekend mountain bike ride.

We did the 396/Felmier loop today.

As you can tell the temps were a bit brisk.

Love the 396 views. It follows Goldwater lake for much of the trail.

In all it was 9.6 miles of great family memories.

Great day, great ride with the greatest daughter on the  globe.

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Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED

Getting to meet Hans ‘No Way’ Rey

Tonight Robert Middlemore and I did a real nice loop up through the pines/Tatonka and over Iron Springs to the 332 into Granite Basin.
After climbing up to the cattle guard I noticed the Brian Lopes Bike Van at the parking area.
We road on down toward some Granite Basin single track when we notice about eight mountain bikers and I knew it was “No Way Rey’s crew.
We followed them up the hill and got to talk with the for a while.

Hans ‘No Way’ Rey is a biking phenomenon. He’s been doing amazing stunts on bikes for the best part of 30 years and is a multiple national and UCI world champion in the trials category.

He’s also the main man behind the wheels4life charity, which provides bikes for people in need of transportation in third world countries. For more about Hans and wheels4life, check out http://www.hansrey.com and wheels4life.org.

If you get time, here is a link to some of “No Way Reys” bike stunts – pretty cool stuff.

Also in the crew was Brian Lopes one on the world best downhill racers http://www.brianlopes.com/

Hans was looking over my Spot 29er single speed and ask to take it for a ride. So when No Way Rey wants to ride your bike you say absolutely .

Wish I had my camera tonight but you will have to take my word for it.

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Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, Prescott

Mtn. Bike-Apalooza

Saturday Novermber 7th we road our bikes into the the parking lot of the Cayus trail head and we witnessed this beautiful crowd of  fellow mountain bikers waiting for the go word.

Here are just a few pics of the crew that showed up here in Prescott.

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The Raven Singletrack leadership said there were at least 52 people that did the ride.

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Single speeders Rick Brazil and Ed Furbush

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Got to meet Daryl of FORM Cycles out of Sedona.

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I followed these guys for about half the ride until I bonked .

Great day of friends and bike fun.

Thanks to ;

http://www.ravensingletrack.com

for bringing us all together.

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52 weekends ago this Saturday.

A year ago this weekend I broke my right ankle on what was a great mountain bike ride.

Today, Robert Middlemore and I decided to ride that same section of trail this morning.

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Robert was the hero that day when he drove me out of the woods in the four wheel drive.

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This is the spot where I ran into another buddy’s back tire and freakeshly broke the ankle.

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Kind of a personal victory for me to re ride this section one year from the accident.

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Being sponsored to ride your bike

There are millions of causes to give to here in the USA. And people have a lot of charities to pick from.

That is one of the greatest things about the United States of America. People love to give to something that is worthy and a good cause.

The Bike + Farm = Food fund raiser has obiviously been deemed a worthy and good cause based on the response from people who are sponsoring Thomas and I to ride our mountain bikes in this weekends Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race.

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I think for me one of the most exciting things about this event besides riding with 700  other mountain bikers as well as  the challenge, is something that happened to me this past Sunday.

A young man by the name of Anden came up to me and said he wanted to sponsor me a $1.00 per mile . I was stunned  but was quick to take  him up on it.

With this young mans backing, I will certainly have more motivation to keep peddling and keep climbing the entire 50 miles.

Here are a couple of pictures of one of my favorite supporters.

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Thank you Mr. Anden Scheffert for the amazing donation to help us with Church Farm this weekend. Because of you, the Church Farm gets a pump for the well.

My theme for the Whiskey this weekend is the following scripture.

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
       and will strengthen your frame.” Isaiah 58:11

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THE WHISKEY

I am really looking forward to this years Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race here in Prescott Arizona.

Every year is different and every year seems to get bigger and better.

It’s not just about bikes and the race, It is about meeting some really great people.

If you get a chance, come to see the 700 plus mountain bikers take off from the start in historic down town Prescott this Saturday 4/25 at 8:00 am

This year Thomas and I will be riding for “TEAM CHURCH FARM” to raise the needed funds to fix the well on the church property. ( we have raised 1100.00 in pledges thus far)

For info. on the Whiskey go to www.epicrides.com

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BIKE FOR THE LIGHT GOES TO SEDONA

Saturday we had the opportunity to take Johnny Kelley mountain biking in on of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sedona was just the perfect  place to let a “roadie” enjoy some red rocks and dirt.

We did about 18 miles and really road some trails that I had never done before.

Johnny is a natural at mountain biking even if he is used to road stuff only.

His Bike For The Light Tour is a speed the light missions endeavor to raise money for missions around the world.

http://www.bikeforthelight.com/

Also here is a youtube video from our day.

http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=67892828584&h=yvcWW&u=BKUjC

I thought it would be great to get him off the road and man was I right. He did fantastic!

Here are some of the pics of our day.

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Johnny did a great job and a great message was brought to the church today…His message was “make a difference of make a change.”

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