Wednesday, September 30, 2009

bikes are f'n cool!

borrowed this from drunk cyclist - rider: Samuel Hagler- good shit here!

cool thing about your bike it will go wherever you point it!

Monday, September 28, 2009

This thursday:


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Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! COMBA/APEX press release ** Meet Thursday 5pm Apex **


GOLDEN, Colorado (September 28, 2009) – After meeting with Jefferson County Open Space leaders and other stakeholders, the Colorado Mountain Bike Association board of directors has decided to oppose the county’s current proposed plan for managing Apex Park.

COMBA is asking concerned trail users to meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the lower Apex Park parking lot to demonstrate their opposition to the plan. Bikers will then ride over to the Jefferson County Open Space Administrative Office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, Colo., where the county’s Open Space Advisory Committee is scheduled to consider the Apex Park management plan at 7 p.m.

“We are encouraging folks to bring their bikes and ride to the OSAC meeting in solidarity to ask the members of OSAC to reject the current proposal,” COMBA President Terry Breheny said. “Although this plan is touted a ‘compromise’ position for Jefferson County and is less restrictive than the county’s initial proposal, it remains inherently biased against a single user group, in this case mountain bikers.

“In addition to setting dangerous precedent for bike-exclusionary policy, this plan does not address the real issue – the need within JCOS for trails designed and managed for mountain bikers, which would, in fact, also help mitigate the ‘speed differential’ at crowded multi-use parks. COMBA believes the revised Apex management plan, in its current state, is akin to prescribing aspirin for someone with a broken leg.”

The proposed plan limits the direction of travel for mountain bikers on popular trails within Apex Park—where cyclists comprise the majority usage—on an alternating-day schedule. The plan places no travel restrictions on other user groups.

“We are asking the mountain bike community to voice their dissent as soon as possible,” Breheny said. “It’s crucial that OSAC members have a clear understanding of this plan and the broad opposition to it before making a decision. Again, this plan, which unfairly discriminates against the cycling community, will not solve the underlying problem.”

COMBA came to this position following a meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, between members of the COMBA board of directors, biker representatives from the Trails Use Task Force and Ralph Schell, director of Jefferson County Open Space. The purpose of the meeting, which also included other JCOS managers, was to discuss the county’s management proposal for Apex Park ("Revised - Compromised Actions - 9/21/09").

The 90-minute discussion was informative and included prepared comments from JCOS regarding Open Space values and perspectives. Dialogue covered the immediate matter of Apex and also included broader aspects of shared-use policy, user-group needs and other long-term issues. In addition, COMBA presented a counter proposal to Jefferson County that promoted targeted education and outreach – the most requested management tactic during the June public comment period.

“We are disappointed that our counter-proposal for Apex was rejected,” COMBA Vice President Jason Bertolacci said. “The COMBA proposal was based on management strategies which have proven successful in parks across the country. The current proposed policy should not be evaluated as just ‘lines on a map’ by folks who may have never recreated at Apex Park. They need to understand the real world consequences and ramifications for cyclists should this plan get approved.”

Breheny concluded, “Regardless of the outcome for Apex, we will move forward with proposals for bike-specific trails or parks with hopes of demonstrating to county officials the value this approach provides to the user-experience of all park users.”
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blue bird day

Few of us headed up to waterton, i was pretty frustrated after cody's team lost in the championship game to a team they have beaten 3 times in the last 7 days. But the mood quickly changed as the skies are clear and that was at my back.

Little traffic on the way up the canyon.
colors were not going off yet, didn't get over to the ringtail descent as jeremy wasn't feeling too good and i decided to hang with him. Stevens was deep and rutted.

little mountain getaway if you like to rough it

Pretty good day to ride bikes not a huge ride but good to get out. One of my favorite times of the year.

Going to see this in OCt. should be pretty sweet. I know it is a small town race and all the Lance hype but why not, its good for the sport and good for the town. I would assume they like the exposure and the business.

Friday, September 25, 2009

GM night ride

yah, +1 on the reroute but that always made me feel like i was gonna earn that beer! Well they were earned tonite!

Not sure what it is about GM but after riding bc most of the summer and some 3 sis's as well. gm beat me up and my bike tonite. Crash on summit loop?? weak....

bor did not dissapoint! had a few walking myself included but hey, its all good! No rain nice tacky trails mmmmm

finish at IW (thanks to Jake7!) next time i'm buying and we are all gonna sing, hard to compete with the locals and since we haven't been in a while they don't know who they are messing with!

t.i.t.s. ride next week will be scheduled around the apex meeting thurs. night on the 1st. i'll be expectin y'all to be there! We got work to do!

COMBA you rock!

stats for tonite: sorry broke computer- some up- some down -some on the ground -that is all i have!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

up sandywash was the route for lastweeks friday night ride. After this initial short grunt the rest of it was not bad. I actually like to reverse all trails at least once to see things from a different perspective and see the things im missing as we are usually flying the other direction.

Started with a posse of 13 and 3 broke off before the climb to head back to camp for beer and smoked salmon. tough choice there
sections of the new reroute are mmmm good going either direction

after this it was lights on and down buck with one stop for a quick run through on ejection techniques by Sean, no pics but judging by the condition of bike and rider looked to be a textbook run through! ;)
Thanks to Jerry for the post ride rehydration! It was another beautiful bc evening that we have come to know quite well this summer. Almost time to switch gears and start layering up for the colder and shorter night rides. But they will continue.....

Sun. was a spin up the highline canal while cody was in dryland before his scrimmage. just under 20 mi. dodging the masses out on the canal on everything from running, walking, biking, guy on skate skis who almost took my head off with his pole. No worries everyone doing their own thing and ejoying the day.

Looking forward to tomorrow night's ride on green mountain- hope this shittin rain stops long enough to dry the trails a bit for the ride. oh-well it is fall now.......

Sunday, September 13, 2009

lack of posts

little of this and a little of that lately:

A Friday night at BC a couple weeks ago sent us out to chair rocks on a full moon. Spike, av boy and myself had a nice 32 mile evening with a pretty brisk pace to get to chair rocks by sunset and we were treated to a fantastic sunset. Then over the shoulder a full moon rising framed by the chair rocks

The next tits ride was a thursday night at 3 sisters i got up later than planned but still got in a nice ride with some great people! (1st photo below taken by mateo)

next up was the Comba kenosha ride, later start than i wanted but wasnt in charge of that. A group of about 4 of us broke off and pretty much hung together on the climb up and everytime we stopped got chilled so we decided to keep climbing and by the time we got to the top of georgia pass it was snowing pretty good. So we headed back to the jefferson creek junction and debated on waiting for the group, just then the clouds cleared for a bit and some sun peeked through.

Always wanted to drop off this side and never have. What a kick in the ass! First off i was in the lead and trying to negotiate the trail and take in the views was not working! We rounded a corner to see these two guys wandering the tundra at about 11'000 feet wtf!?

after that it was all too good with a mix of smooth, rocky wet, dry, tight and fast singletrack all the way down. Hit one wet root and got my attention as i hit the deck but not too hard. With some stops and one of the longest flat changes (even longer than one of mine) we were rolling again. Lost my sunglasses on the last 3-4 miles I rode back a couple miles to find them and then a flash of light and a quick boom said it was time to get my ass going and the rain picked up and some more boomers even closer decided a pair of glasses was not worth it. High tailed it to the truck and got changed out of the wet gear.

living in colorado and the easy access to great places like this is truly something i am thankful for.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

riding bikes

borrowed this photo from bikebfat found it while i was reading through e's blog. He is on his WV tour and sounds like havin a blast! I just couldnt stop staring at this picture. If you've gotten up at 4:00 am to go ride, or pushed your bike up something you couldn't ride. Maybe you packed up your gear for a 10 day tour of the colorado trail (which i have not) or maybe you just ride because that is your only mode of transportation. Whatever it may be we owe it to those before us that had the vision to make it happen. These guys know what its about, do you?