Tuesday, August 16, 2016

THANK YOU OLYMPIA!!!

I am moving out of the area.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been a part of the nobby tire cycling scene in the Olympia area for all of these years. 

Capitol Forest. Sub Black Hills. T Bird Track. 

Built/Rebuilt T Bird BMX Track with Brian McGovern and Co in the late 80's. Mullets. Heavy Metal. Tioga Comp 3 tires. DK stems. Bent one piece cranks. Bear Trap pedals. Life as a kid on a BMX bike in the 80's was good. 

I ran into Corey Thompson last night at Vic's Pizza Wildwood. I reminded him of the Capital City Bike Club intro to MTB class I took with him and Bill Stevenson in 1991. We road cantilever brake rigid bikes through bottomless mud to Mima Falls - it was terrible - I was hooked. 

1992, my long time friend Jamey Poelker, first MTB race together. The "beginner" class rode from Old Camp Bordeaux to The Peak and back - all moto trails in those days. I hallucinated and could not see straight after dropping down from the towers into Old Trail 30. Experiential learning of what "bonking" meant. 

1994, bought my first carbon mountain bike from Will Trogden at Bike Tech - Giant Cadex. Worst drivetrain ever - Suntour. Destroyed the rear wheel hucking stairs on the Capitol Campus. The frame was unphased. 

2002, Sick Puke - I thought it would be a good idea to ride an all trail circumnavigation of Capitol Forest and so did a few other Sickos. It wasn't until 2009 that we actually pulled it off - crossing into my old Capitol Forest property after 67 hard earned miles of CF trail with my good friend Henry Gertje and the rest of the great crew.


2004, someone needed to build a website with relevant info for recreational users of Capitol Forest. So by chance I aqcuired the domain name www.capitolforest.com then figured out how to build a website.



2006, we needed to take better care of Our Forest, so we started FOCF.


2007, why not start the NW's only Super D Series, right here in Capitol Forest?
All mountain Capitol Forest King and Queen? Yes, in 2008.
The CF AM King/Queen was the fallout after racing Downieville in 2007. My co conspirator of shred, Matt Jagger and I had major "earn your turns" racing fever after that pilgrimage to the home turf of all mountain racing's original hard man, Mark Weir.


2008, GL6 Racing needed to happen. So we did it. Super D was KING. Jamey Poelker, Jeff Haymes, Jim Graham, Matt Jagger, Glen Gover, Matthieu Denuelle and
Bernie Miller - THE FIRST KING OF CAPITOL FOREST.


2010,  a few us fought the winter blues in Olympia by starting OLY DIRT.


These are just some of the Olympia nobby tire experiences and good people that helped shape me as a cyclist and citizen of Olympia.  

There is a deep list of Olympia cyclists and businesses who are continuing to shape and improve the riding experience in and around Olympia these days. The results are and will be stunning. I am particularly excited for and interested in what Andrew ClaiborneAdam Hale, John Mueller, Trey Wilson/Lee Peterson Team and Tim Smith are up to these days - a few among many local cyclists pushing the Oly cycling scene forward.

Dear Oly Dirt Cyclists -
Thank you for being great, and thank you for sharing the great and honorable responsibility of building and sharing in the holistic pursuit of personal and social health and excellence through the act of riding bicycles on OLY DIRT.

Had a great ride in CF tonight. Moto trail, of course. 


Monday, May 23, 2016

Twin Peaks Trail

The new MTB only line on Twin Peaks continues to evolve and improve. 

This descent, dropping from C4000 on Old Trail 30 now Twin Peaks Trail into the new MTB only line is as Genuine Capitol Forest as red clay, tan basalt and fir tree needles in your Minions gets. 

Moto. MTB. Rough. Rowdy. Unrefined. Raw. Yes.