Monday, September 7, 2015

Not mtb...

...but an incredible two wheeled adventure my long time MTB buddy Dave Sears and his girlfriend are embarking on. Give him a follow. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Big old photo dump

While digging through some old files in the basement, I came across across a CD of photos taken by Christine Redmond, former DNR Rec manager for Capitol Forest. The photos are from one of the first formal FOCF mtb events - The Valley of Death Pilgrimage Poker Run - 04.14.07.

Behold, some familiar and younger faces. 

Matthieu running the registration - the only one of us who owned a laptop at the time

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I don't post on here very often but this just brought to mind what I think is a very important discussion, so I'm just gonna leave this here.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

weyerhaeuser sign dodge

Spontaneously decided to opt-out of fixing my gutters today, and check a ride off "the bucket list".   The weather was not too hot; just warm, sunny and perfect!  This ride was originally conceived as an "epic status" south thurston county exploration ride all the way from oly and back, but leaving around noon today meant I had to cheat and drive to a start.

'twas a counter-clockwise loop
This dream ride has many years of history.  The many-many times I have been rolling on the Chehalis-Western trail from Yelm to Olympia I have caught peripheral southward glimpses of the power lines coming up and over the Bald Hills, next to what is named on the map as "Baumgard Hill". 

Where there are power lines, there has too be a way...
see this link for the preamble:

Monday, August 10, 2015

I don't make time to ride as often as I'd like to these days...

...and when I'm not getting out I'm working(too much), domesticating and watching WC DH races.

There is no better demonstration of bike handling skills than from racers on World Cup DH courses. And there is an extremely small percentage of riders in the history of the sport that can take what is generally accepted to be the highest level of the sport, and then push beyond it leaving everyone else in the world far behind.  

If you didn't watch yesterday's UCI DH World Cup in Windham NY but plan to, stop reading now....

Aaron Gwin threw down a run yesterday that very few other riders on the planet have or can. He crossed over and went there. Sam Hill, Josh Bryceland, Danny HartDock Ellis - an extremely small club of astral plane pioneers. A few people get to win the game, and even fewer move on to a game only they themselves are capable of playing.

The Gwinner, "Not just winning - dominating" - Someone on PB.