Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors, SINGLE SPEED

25 MILES 3,300 FEET OF CLIMBING

My friend Dave Sewell sent me this profile pic of  the elevation we climbed yesterday.

The 3300 feet of climbing and the 25 plus miles took us to just over 9000 feet in elevation at Mt. Humphrey’s  in Flagstaff for an amazing ride through the aspens and ferns yesterday.

I wanted to just post a few pics of the amazing place we mountain biked on the Arizona trail yesterday.

NOTE: click on the pic to enlarge it.

The Arizona trail travels all the way from Mexico to the Utah boarder.

This section of trail is beautiful and scenic to say the least.

With its Aspen groves and lush ferns you never stop looking at the landscape.

The literally 18 inches of singletrack is like following a ribbon through the forest.

I will be headed back to this hikers/bikers/nature lovers/photographers paradise in mid September to catch a glimpse of the aspen’s turning yellow.

Gotta love the riots of color that surrounds the Flagstaff/Mt Humphrey’s area.

This is one of the funnest rides I have do all year.

These two guys made the ride fun for all of us. Dave Sewel is a local moutain bike guide and David Mangan is a very healthy 62 year old mtn bike dude.

This pic gives you a view of the side of Mt. Humphreys you don’t normally get to see.

If you go on this trail make sure you get a good map of the area.

Or contact Dave Sewell for an amazing guided tour

http://www.go-ar.com/index.html

http://singletrack.us/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=4884&fullsize=1

A good day on a single speed through the apsens….and yes the climb was well worth the payoff.

I have always wanted to ride this section of trail and now I want to go back with others who have never traveled this way before so they can enjoy it as well.

Steve

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

The 2010 Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race

For my birthday over the past five years I have entered the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race.

I have five posters from the past five events hanging in my man cave.

This year for my 52nd birthday I needed to kick it up a notch by doing the event on a single speed rigid.

This year I did the 25 proof and could not have ask for better trail conditions as well as the company of over 1000 mountain bikers from all over the nation.

The course this year was the same as it is pretty much every year except for the large amounts of snow we had in the months approaching the event.  The week prior to the race we had a crew out shoveling snow off a section of trail 48.

The snow really kept everything on the trails in perfect condition…..tacky and fast  is the only way to describe this years dirt. It was what contributed to records being broken by the top riders as well as helping me beat my time in for the previous four years.

Last year I did the 50 proof in just under a week – haha

But the other three years I did the 25 proof in 5:13 , 4:27 and 4:13. This year my goal was to break the four hour mark. I reached my goal by finishing at 3:57:17.

Very happy with this years time.

This year I dedicated my ride to our best friend and companion Cody. Cody passed away Saturday morning April 16th and he will be missed dearly and beyond words.

If he could have physically been able to, he would have ran the entire course right beside me. I so admire his dignity and desire to live.

The Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Race of 2010  is history now but the memories and friendships will be with us for a long time.

Again, thanks to http://www.epicrides .com for an amazing weekend and fun. Thank you to the community of Prescott Arizona for your amazing people and wild west Spirit.

Here are just a few pics of some great people that made the weekend such a great experience.

Bikes fill up the town every year in April thank to the Whiskey

Hal Hayden Nate Woods and Mike are great buddies that make life in Ptown the best.

Everybody loves Tomas and we all respect his riding ability. He is the real “Mayor” of  Preskitt.

Tina Ooley road the 25 on a single speed and podiumed the event in honor of her brother Nick who passed away just weeks before the event.

Keith Beesmer

Dave Sewell and I

Bren always meets me at the finish line with a kiss and a cold root beer 🙂

No wonder I am in a hurry to finish the race.

Next year I plan on being in a support role for some of my friends here in town. I have never seen the race from a spectators side and look forward to watching the hammerheads climb the water bars.

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Mountain biking, SINGLE SPEED

CHRIS KING BLING

Just wanted to post the specs of the CK front hub for histories sake.

Lets see if it make a difference on the SS.

Chris King ISO Disc Front Hub
Months of design and testing went into Chris King’s ISO disc hubset. Make no mistake, these are not “disposable” parts. There are a lot of super light hubs out there, but will they still be working in 2 years? How about 5? If you ride a lot, 5 years is a lot of panic stops, high speed feathering and braking bumps. Like all of our other hubs, these carry a 5 year warranty. It is easy to make a really light hub, not so easy to make one that you can sell with confidence and back that up for 5 full years.

  • Precision CNC Machined
  • Super Strong and Lightweight
  • Quick-release axles
  • 32H
  • Weight: 166g
  • Colours: Black, Green, Pewter, Navy, Red, Silver, Gold, Mango, Pink, Brown
  • 5 Year Warranty
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    Arizona, cycling, Ministry, Mountain biking, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED

    CRANKING FOR THE KEYS

    On Saturday April 24th we are going to do a little fund raising for a pastor and his wife.

    On that Saturday morning approximately 800 mountain bikers will head for the hills for one reason or another here in Prescott Arizona.
    That morning, I will be riding to raise funds to help Brian and Debbie Fulthrop get back into their home.
    Brian and Debbie pastor a small congregation in the Village of Grand Canyon here in Arizona.
    They have been living in temporary housing for almost a year now and would love to get back into a home.

    We have not put all the details together yet but I thought I would post this info. on my blog to see if there is any interest from other mountain bikers or sponsors regarding this need.
    Below is a link to the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race, a link to Brian’s blog as well as our little flyer  for this event..

    http://www.epicrides.com/wor/wor.htm
    http://sunestauromai.wordpress.com/about/

    If you would like to sponsor our efforts please contact me through this blog.

    We are taking donations on a per mile basis.

    For example $1.00 per mile multiplied by a total of 25 miles would be a $25.00 donation.

    If for some insane reason you would like to join Team “CRANKING FOR THE KEYS” also you may contact me on this blog.

    I am looking forward to a great ride that day.

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    Pre-Snow Ride With Buddy Schultz Today.

    We are forecasted to get hammered with three major storms this entire week.
    So I decided to get out before the single track  gets buried for the next two weeks.
    Had a great 10 mile pre-snow ride with pitcher Buddy Schultz today.
    We did the Granite Basin loop from Iron Springs and back.
    The sloppy soil gives you a little more opportunity for a work out.

    Over the next few months I will ride with others from the baseball card collection that sits in a box down in the man cave.
    Here are some baseball face on Buddy’s career.
    Buddy Schultz was born on Tuesday, September 19, 1950, in Cleveland, Ohio. Schultz was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1975, with the Chicago Cubs.
    He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977 and was paid a salary of $25,000.00
    Birth Name:       Charles Budd Schultz
    Nickname:       Buddy
    Born On:       09-19-1950
    Place of Birth : Cleveland, Ohio
    College: Miami University
    Bats:       Right
    Throwing Arms Chart Throws:: Left
    Player Height Chart Height:       6-00
    Player Weight Chart Weight:       175
    First Game:       09-03-1975 (Age 24)
    Last Game:       09-28-1979
    Buddy did get a bit muddy on the back of the bike today.
    Guess I will nick name him “Muddy Buddy.”

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    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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