Mountain biking

Epic Rides Whiskey Pre Ride Weekend Pics

Just wanted to post up some photos from last weeks Pre Ride of Epic Ride Whiskey Off Road mountain bike event. ( double click on the pic with your mouse for a larger view).

Tons of folks out riding Saturday and Sunday anticipating and preparing for the epic event coming to Preskitt the last weekend of April.

Up the water bars on trail 48 – So fun.

Greg and Tina Ooley’s date ride.

Michael Knowles

Preskitt’s sweet singletrack covers miles in the PNF.

Winning photo for the Epic Rides Photo contest.

Tobias Corwin, Kurt Refsnider and Christophe Noel.

Classic Thumb Butte pic.

My amazing full of life daughter Natascha – Love having her live so close to us.

Photos by Lummer & Lummer Lenses .

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Mountain biking


Just wanted to post a few pics of  the 24 hours in the Old Pueblo mtn bike weekend.

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Team 4 1/2 Men finished in the top ten in our division out of 38 teams.

24 hour town builds to a population of 3500 then goes away till next year.

No better way to start it up….double espresso.

Dave Sewell and Michael Taylor taking in the pre race mtg.

Team 4 1/2 men rigs

The transition tent –

Some night shots around the course.

Out of the transition tent.

The “rock drop” @ night

Thank you Cindy Alward @ for the cool jerseys and thank you for sponsoring Team 4 1/2 Men this year.

Thank you team 4 1/2 men (Dave Sewell, Thomas Stotler, Micheal Taylor and Jeanette Wesley) for another great year in the the OP.

What a great event put on by Todd Shadow and


By the way – on the way down through Phoenix I received this photo on my phone from my friends already at 24 hour town.

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This little map saves a ton of time if you want a short cut.

Good friends give good directions – I have great friends who don’t “harsh on the mellow.”

Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors


Today was another epic Preskitt crew ride.

I knew it was going to be a great day when I saw this on the counter while getting our morning coffee…. gotta love Arizona.

Last months edition of Dirt Rag.

We rode the northern section of the  BCT (Black Canyon Trail) from Hwy 69 to Hidden Treasure Mine TH and back. It included the Big Bug, Drinking Snake, and Antelope Canyon Sections, 25.9 miles of mountain biker heaven.

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Today Dave Sewell  Doug Korell,  Jeff CombsRobert F. Coombs,  Thomas Stotler,  Scott Golden and I started out fully layered with jackets that quickly came off .

Jeff came in the parking lot with his new red bike rack.

The first half of the trail meanders through typical cow pastures and beautiful high desert terrain. – There was a two mile section that was pummeled by post holes cause by horses and I only lost three teeth.

The first half of the ride quickly changes after you pass the water tank into into Antelope Canyon. The singletrack is cut into the side of the canyon and if not careful, you could slip off into the abyss and get an expensive helicopter ride out.

Photo by Doug Korell.

photo by Doug Korell

The BCT is a great winter edition for any mountain biker who wants to feel the Arizona sun.

Thanks Dave for the pre ride coffee and thanks Robert for the In and Out Post ride burger.

Great day, great ride and a great crew.


Mountain biking, outdoors


A friend of mine let me use his Salsa Mukluk Fat tire bike for a couple of days while we have snow here in Prescott.

In our neck of the woods we still have about five to six inches of the frozen H20 up in the pines.

I wanted to test ride the fat tire bike to see how she does in the deeper snow before I actually pull the trigger and get one.

When going up any incline with deeper snow you really need to have some momentum and legs. The fat tires do actually get through snow pretty good.

The 82mm rim/3.8″ tire combo was created to go where standard “all terrain” bikes flounder. The floatation and traction afforded by large-volume, low-pressure tires can get you over and through otherwise unrideable terrain…sand, mud, wet rocks and roots, ice and many kinds of snow.

The Mukluk  on John’s bike is a 1×9 and does well in most snow conditions.

The ideal snow level is in my opinion 1- three inches or a mix of decomposed granite/mud.

The fat tire is a great option for riding when a conventional mountain could not cut it. – I think for the money FAT IS WERE IT’S AT….to give you another riding opportunity in rain/snow and slightly muddy conditions.

I loved having the option to get out on the snowy singletrack and not having to sit on my bike in the garage for another boring spin video.

The actual fat tire bike I am looking into in the Surly Moonlander. It has even a wider bigger tire for getting you through snow with better traction.

Here is the beta on the Moonlander from Surly’s web site.



Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors

Sedona Mountain Bike Adventure

I just wanted to share a few pics of our December 2011 Sedona mountain bike adventure.Image

Sedona is one of those treasures that keeps you on a quest to discover more each time you visit.

Our group of ten started around 11:30 in the morning at the Bike and Bean in the Village of Oak Creek


The plan was to start at the “made in the shade” trailhead and get to chicken point and then back to the parking lot.

Here is a map provided by Cosmic Ray.


The actual route we ended up taking was: Made in the shade” – “Slim shady” – “HT” – “Little horse” – to Chicken point – Llama – “Little bell loop” – Bell rock loop and back to the parking lot.

The “made in the Shade/Slim shady section in one of my favorites.

Here our group stops for a photo op.


The “HT” (highway tunnel) trail travel under highway 179 and over to the Little Horse trail.


After “HT” things get a little technical and steep on the Little Horse”


No one cleaned this section but they gave it a good try.

Chicken Point is a destination and point of interest for hikers, Jeeps and mountain bikers.

The views are amazing and give you a “back country” view that most Sedona visitors don’t experience by traveling up and down the main roads and tourist shops.



Chicken Point is a playground on the hidden side of Sedona.

A couple of our braver souls attempted ti ride part of the “white line” pictured below. (double click the image with your mouse for the bigger pic)



The “white line” is not really a shelf ledge …. but rather according to Rob H. more like just a sloped part of the rock formation that is “steeper than it looks”.

Here is a youtube video of the entire “white line” by a couple of crazies.

The entire day was awesome with the exception of a mechanical small ring failure on the way back to the cars.

Looking forward to getting back to another Sedona adventure real soon.


Mountain biking, Prescott

Nocturnal Mountain Bike Ride

[nok-tur-nl] – of or pertaining to the night.

While Brenda was watching the first pre-season Arizona Cardninals NFL game, I was clipping in for a two hour Night ride through the Prescott National Forest with friends .

We kicked off the ride out of Granite Basin/Ironsprings parking lot around 7:00ish.

Looks like a new Yeti is born .

“Lovin the new 29er.” –  Micheal Taylor

“I love riding at night. It is a blast, especially when those sharp turns sneak up on you.” Jeff Combs

Rick Brazil  on his 29er singlespeed

“Was a lot of fun with a group that big. Looking forward to the next!” – Steve Renolds

Just a great night with good friends and good trails.


Prescott, Az.

Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors


I just wanted to post some information regarding our recent experience with a lightning strike to our son-in-law Adam.

Adam was out in his neighborhood ride with his lab Jake last Monday night around 6:00 pm when he was struck by a flash of lightning.

I was in Prescott  doing my own hamster wheel ride through the Pines when a storm blew in quickly. I decidied to bust it home and get out of the elements but got totally drenched.

When I got home there was a note on the kitchen counter from Brenda that said two words. “Call me.” – Whenever I get a message like that from Brenda I know something is wrong.

I called her asap and she told me our son-in-law had been struck by lightning while riding his mountain bike.

Upon arriving @ YRMC in Prescott Valley I could tell by Adam’s speech and constant body movement that he was traumatized by the event.

Lightning strikes are rare but do happen and now we has a family know this personally.

I wanted to send this blog out to anyone who wants the information and especially to my bike friends who love the outdoors.

Here is an excellent info. article by .I.M.B.A. ( International Mountain Biking Association) regarding mountain bikers and lightning strikes.

Lightning Injuries in Mountain Bikers


You are on patrolling in the high country when a late afternoon thunder storm rolls in. Thunder and lightning is everywhere and it begins to rain. You hear a loud boom and see a flash of light ahead of you. You take cover in a safe area until the storm passes. When you continue down the singletrack you see a dazed but conscious cyclist who appears to have been hit by lightning. The trees around him appear to be scorched. What do you do next?

Demographics of lightning injuries:

Overall, lightning injuries are an unusual form of trauma but are one of the leading causes of death related to the natural environment. In the United States, lightning accounts for 150-300 deaths per year. An additional 1000-1500 will be seriously injured. Those struck by lightning have a 20-30% chance of death. The most common cause of death is related to heart and respiratory issues (usually the heart and breathing stops).

Injury mechanism:

Lightning may injure a cyclist in a variety of ways. The exact way in which a lightning causes an injury will determine if that cyclist lives or dies. Lighting can injure a rider as follows:

    1. Direct strike: The lightning bolt comes into direct contact with the person and may pass directly through that person. For example, this may occur when the cyclist is struck in an open flat area or when alone on the top of a hill or exposed ridge. This usually causes the worst injury and death can result when the heart or breathing stops. However, it is possible to survive a direct strike.
    1. Side flash (splash): Lightning may hit a nearby object but the energy and current splashes over to the cyclist who may be in close proximity to the direct impact.
  1. Ground current: The lightning current travels through the ground and travels up the leg of a nearby individual.

Signs and Symptoms:

Lightning victims may display some or all of these injuries:

  1. Burns: These are generally 1st or 2nd degree burns. Burns are usually superficial and are rarely cause severe damage.
  2. Blunt trauma: The cyclist may be thrown by the shock wave landing several feet from the original site of lightning impact.
  3. Spine trauma: Always suspect spinal injury in a lightning victim.
  4. Cardiovascular (heart): The heart can actually stop or the rhythm can slow down.
  5. Respiratory: Breathing can arrest.


Prevention! Make sure your patrollers are trained to recognize safer places to be during lightning storms. Avoid exposed ridges, summits, and areas directly underneath potential rockfall. Also avoid low-lying areas or standing bodies of water. Educate other trail users about lightning safety. The best way to avoid lightning injury is to be prepared and avoid riding during times when lightning storms are common.

But if you do happen upon a lightning victim in the field, always ensure your own safety before providing aid. Once you are certain the scene is safe, do not delay. Immediate evacuation to the hospital is essential. Evaluate the patient for breathing by looking for chest expansion or the movement of air from the mouth and nose. Evaluate the heart by checking pulses. If there is no breathing and no pulse start CPR and rescue breathing if trained. This is a horrible situation and unless help is readily available the outcome could be poor. In the remote backcountry or when help is far away, studies have not shown recovery after prolonged CPR and rescue breathing. If the cyclist does not have a pulse after 20-30 minutes, the chances of recovery may be slim.

Many vicims of splash or ground strikes, however, may retain consciousnes. These individuals will be breathing on their own and have a pulse. They may be disoriented, irritable, or confused. After confirming an adequate airway, breathing, and circulation, assess for shock and hypothermia. Do not move the patient, even if he/she feels ok to walk. Hypothermia is common threat since the cyclist may have been caught in the associated rainstorm. If the cyclist was thrown from the lighting strike, assess for blunt trauma and maintain spinal precautions. Keep the patient still, warm, and arrange for immediate evacuation.

Remember, lightning strikes are horrible injuries but death from the injury is not inevitable. Immediate advanced care is essential. As the first contact in the field, you can dramatically increase a victim’s chances for survival with proper care and attention.

Because of the recent awareness to the dangers of lighting I will certainly be more cautious when those Arizona monsoons roll in over my favorite trail.

I would like to thank some people who helped us during and through this event that could have ended a lot more tragic than it actually did.

The quick responsive ER staff @ YRMC Prescott Valley …you guys and gals are pros.

Pastor Wade Mansfield of the Ridge Christian fellowship for being the first on the scene to help.

Our friend Todd for watching Adam and Natascha’s three labs during the hospital stay.

High Gear Bike Shop for the gift of a LIVESTRONG mountain bike helmet  and their amazing wit they wrote on the box…. also for the repairs to Adams bike.

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All of our amazing friends across the country, facebook and twitter who responded so quickly in prayer, phone calls and words of comfort.

Thank you all –

Thank you guardian angels for protection over our son-in law Adam….He has so much more to accomplish in this life.

Adam is recovering at his home in PV and will live to talk about it.

Pastor dad/Pastor Steve