Month: May 2010

Tour of the Unknown Coast

In the middle of a gorgeous May month, Maureen and I (emma) re-united in Humboldt for the Tour of the Unknown Coast century ride. Mo’s partner Mark came along for the adventure this time, visiting all the way from Kentucky! Conditions were perfect for the 2010 TUC. We arrived to the fairgrounds early in the morning and gave each other excited hugs in the cool, morning fog. Mo was on her first ride on her new road bike after having her old beast stolen at a crit race a couple weeks prior and was still making adjustments when the ride officially started. Our trio rolled out a few minutes after the official start and we spent the first chunk to the Avenue of the Giants from Ferndale catching up with groups of riders. It’s always really fun and inspiring to see the different types of people who do this epic rides- recumbent riders, tandems, teens on mountain bikes, men much older than my father on steel bikes from the 60s, and everyone else in between!
After a steady-paced ride down 101, we stopped at the first rest stop along the avenue of the giants to stare at the humongous redwood trees and grub on some snacks. After the rest stop we headed out towards the first big climb of the day- Panther Gap. with some steep sections and an endless grind up, Panther Gap is an ascent to be respected. I was feeling peppy, so I rode ahead a few times to get shots of Mark and Mo grinding their way up. We then descended the steep and sometimes scary drop into Petrolia and cruised the rollers to the lunch stop. The lunch stop was a welcome oasis with delicious sandwiches, cookies, and soft drinks. We ate our fill and enjoyed stretching on the unbelievably green and soft grass.
We reluctantly through our legs back over our bikes and headed away from the rest stop over the series of rollers to the coast. I always forget how painful the little hills to the ocean can feel
and my legs felt stiff as we continued to pedal . Before I knew it, I’d lost sight of mo and mark and continued on until I dropped down the last descent to the ocean. It was a beautiful, clear day at the coast and I stopped to get a few shots while waiting for Mark and Mo to regroup. We all cruised the flats along the water and filled our lungs with the fresh air. Before we knew it, we’re face to face with the infamous “Wall” a nasty climb that shoots up from the ocean and the start of the endless climbs home. We refueled and began the killer grind. I happily shifted into my little ring and kept the wheels turning. Near the visible crest, I turned back for one las picture of Mo and Mark before breaking off the finish the ride home. I zoned out to my Ipod during the endless hills and chatted with a few friendly folks before rolling back in Ferndale after an awesome, hard 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing. Mo and Mark cruised in a while later all smiles and expressed their respect and admiration for such a challenging, and amazing century ride. Thanks to all of the volunteers for a great event, we will be back again!

The Cycling Life

There are many ideas about what the cycling life is, and should be.

Boiling it down, there is one thing that every cyclist shares. One reason that every single cyclist shares, and that is the reason we get on our bikes. As of late I have become aware that there are many reasons we ride our bikes, One reason why each cyclist mounts their bicycle and rides every chance they get. And that reason is to be stoked. Our reason to be stoked may be different, whether to finish our next xc race, boost phater than the rest of our group, simply to best ourselves, or to get out in nature. We all have our reason to get out and ride. It is not for financial gain, the best of us are at most very famous to a small group of individuals. We get out on our bikes to enjoy ourselves. I personally enjoy climbing up to the highest point possible to share in an amazing descent back to town with my friends. Racing is an amazing gift which i enjoy a great deal. I love to show up at a huge race with a group of the same thousand, ten thousand, or ten individuals that share the same passion that I am so lucky to enjoy; cycling. No matter what you ride, Marin, Jamis, Kona, what have you. I hope that everyone realizes that you are out there on your bikes for one reason. To be stoked. I can say to any individual who shares a passion for something in their life, that I am STOKED. STOKED to be in an industry job that I love, STOKED to be sharing something both healthy, and enjoyable, that brings me stoke every time I partake. Cycling to me is an amazing gift that I hope to share with everyone I come in contact with. Not because it makes someone money, but because it is an amazing aspect of my life which I hope to share with everyone I come in contact with.
To everyone out there, fat, skinny, fast, or slow. Share the STOKE. That is my challenge to you.

Mudslinger MTB Race

Howdy all…Geoff here. Wow! What a crazy Winter I have had! Many close to me know that I was in a serious crash at cyclocross Nationals in Bend, Or. The result was a broken sternum and compound fractured finger…among other bumps and bruises. I was in the hospital for a couple days following the “accident”, then home for “two to three months of recovery and healing”. Not a great way to end one of my best seasons to date. But! I am proud to say that I was able to get my head straight quickly…and was riding the trainer withing three weeks of the crash. I couldn’t put my hands on the handlebar..but I would use a towel around my neck as my two handles…put on two pairs of riding shorts and just pedal sitting up for as long as I could stand it (usually about two hours or so.) I watched a lot of movies and just tried to enjoy the fact that I could get a little bit of a workout. Within six weeks I was riding easy outdoors…and within eight weeks…riding up to four hours at a time. I was happy for a quick recovery and was happy to find out that the “rest” and time off actually helped me and I feel like I will be able to build on last years success.

And success came early. Anna and I headed out to the 22nd running of the Mudslinger mtb race for my first start since my crash. I have done this race a bunch of times and it is always a popular event. I signed up for the single speed class and caught up with friends as I warmed up. The course was 22 miles with a little over 4000 ft of elevation…short..but hilly. We had about 15 guys in our group so there was some competition. A local strong dude..Luke DeMoe, started really hard but I was able to catch his wheel and we took turns turning the screw to string things out at the start. The starting climb was about 13 min long and I decided to go about 10 min in. I got a small gap and built on that down the backside of the first climb into the single track. I kept on the gas and was able to get out of sight early. My legs were good so I decided to go for it and see what happens. Since the Pro and Cat 1 fields started 6 and 4 mins ahead of me I was able to catch and use the draft of the geared riders on the flatter pedaling sections . This allowed me to rest and have the energy to jump from their wheel before the single track sections. I finished my second lap without ever seeing another single speed and finished in 1 hr 54 min. My fastest time to date and seven minutes over second place. I was stoked to have a good race to start the 2010 season. I look forward to our first team event in Oregon and wish all my teamates good luck. Emma and I are both signed up for the Creampuff 100 so stay tuned for more training and racing updates…Geoff

p.s.. sorry no photo’s…next one for sure.