Monday, June 25, 2007
The "railroad track loop" of Dehn's took a BEATING from all the rain we had this weekend! I'm guessing by the waterline it was about six feet deep over the new steel bridge, the creek couldn't move it, so it dug a new 1 1/2' deep channel on the far end...the 30 foot long ladder bridge at the other end of the trail??? GONE!...well not gone gone, its laying about 10 feet up the bank on the opposite side of the creek. I have an idea where to put it the next time because the flood also removed what was left of the little piece of land it was attached to. The water must have been rushing through there pretty fast cause it pulled up the 10' long pillings I drove in the creek bed to anchor it!!! If anyone wants to give a hand on the re-build gimmie a call!! The rest of the trails look OK just alot of sticks and such again.
Friday, June 22, 2007
This will be our vacation destination, first rafting the Colorado river in Moab, then...THE MAZE According to the Park Service this is the most REMOTE spot in the lower 48 states, accessible only by high clearance 4X4, better bring the kitchen sink in supplies cause the nearest town to the entrance is 45 miles away. The Mrs. and I will be biking un-charted slickrock, hiking the slot canyons, and poopin in a "honey pot" (no turds left behind) When someone tells you to get lost, THIS is where to go...
Monday, June 11, 2007
I rode more single track yesterday than I did ALL of the month of MAY!! The "Farmdale Frenzy" gets better every year. Trail conditions and the weather were perfect and this years race course was superb. Going down "Whistler" I registered 31.2 MPH!!! and hitting the high banked 180 at the bottom was like a 8G rollout in a F-18. PAMBA puts on a great race. I ripped off these photo's from Aaron, I should have given him my front wheel and at least had an idea what riding in the front feels like. I hate cramps ow ow OW!!! Oh, who ever designed the log pile-to-log pile gap jump desreves an "A+", that is so smooth at speed you don't even realize how far it is between them, i hit it kinda hard on the first lap hoping I'd clear it OK and damn near hit the trees on the other side. I may have to copy that thing here locally! Me likey alot!!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Throw down at the "Farm", the trails here are sweet twisty single track and the PAMBA folks put on a great race. HOWIE, you WILL race this weekend!!! You gotta beat those young punks down! Farmdale Reservoir Recreation Area Bittersweet Rd. Washington, IL About This Event PAMBA's Farmdale Frenzy I-74 XC & BigHit DH and MTX consists of: June 9th - The first of two Downhill and Mountain Cross races for 2007, and...June 10th - Frenzy Cross Country MTB Race, Race #2 in the I-74 Homegrown Race Series. DH/MTNX Categories June 9th - Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Downhill Race has been CANCELLED! Mudslides and standing water from spring rains have closed access for shuttle and emergency vehicles. We are sorry for any inconvenience. This situation should be resolved before the Sept. race. MTX is still a go!! There will be novice and advanced categories. Practice runs will begin at 3 p.m. and will be single elimination style tournament until the top three remain. XC CATEGORIES June 10th - Frenzy Cross Country MTB Race. No divisions or age groups for First Timer's Race. Novice and Sport Age Groups in both Male and Female Categories: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40 and up. Expert will only be divided by gender- NO age groups. This race can be used as a qualifier for inclusion in the I-74 Homegrown Race Series. You must attend/complete 4 of the 6 scheduled races for 2007 to be considered for Series contention. For 2007, you're finishing position against ALL racers in your class determines your points for that race. DH/MTNX Awards Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category in each event. Gift Certificates, to local bike shops, will also be awarded to top three finishers. XC AWARDS Expert: Cash payout for top three finishers in both Male and Female categories. Sport: Medals and Bike Shop Gift Certificates to top three finishers in all age groups by gender division. Novice: Medals for top three finishers in all age groups by gender division. First Timers: some good swag.