January volunteer opportunites

Join me at Stafford Lake on Monday! You may also see me at China Camp on 1/23.

From the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park: Help is needed at the bike park Monday, January 18 (MLK Day).  We are looking for volunteers to assist with winterization work to protect park features from El Nino fueled storms. Our work now will pay off big this spring. Please bring your rain gear out this […]

Garmin Edge 520 v 510

Having had so many issues with my Edge 510 (and all the warranty replacements) the second I heard about the Garmin Edge 520 I placed my pre-order hoping to have better luck with a newer unit.  Thanks to some shipping snafus it did arrive the day before my Leadville 100 MTB race but I didn’t know it until after the race was over.  May have been a good thing as one could never know how any new gear would perform without a proper test and as it turned out while the 510 did fail me in one regard, I suspect the 520 would have suffered at least the same failure.  More on that a little later.

In this review I will contrast where the 510 is better, where the 520 better and where it makes no difference, i.e. they both need improvement. Continue reading Garmin Edge 520 v 510

Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Saturday, August 15th 2015 at 6:30am a gunshot blast into the gloaming Colorado sky marking the start of my first Leadville Trail 100 race, along with 1648 other riders who had lined up to suffer for up to 12 hours on their mountain bikes.  339 would not complete their adventure that day and very sadly one of them, Scott Ellis of Johnstown, Colorado died on the course.   I was not surprised to learn the timing and location of the incident later the next day following the awards ceremony.  My sincere condolences go out to Scott’s family and friends.

What follows is the detailed account of my experience leading up to, during and following the race. The story is for those who know me, are interested in learning about the race, those who may be considering their first entry into this torturous  event and generally anyone with a fair amount of time on their hands. For anyone else I also have a photo gallery at the end of this post and the following video:

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Leadville Camp of Champs

As a first time participant in the Leadville 100 MTB I’ve been looking for every advantage I can to make sure I have the most successful performance I can. After locking up my charity slot in December I quickly decided to commit to the Camp of Champions where participants ride the entire course (and more) over 2 days with race experienced guides that include former and multi-winners Dave Wiens and Rebecca Rusch.

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Mr Toad’s Wild Ride!

Lake Tahoe is quickly becoming a premier destination for mountain biking and I took a brief window of opportunity this morning to experience one of the classic Tahoe rides: “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride“. No doubt named because the extreme technical nature of this trail will throw you around at least as much as the Disneyland ride though that ride doesn’t come with the significant risk of physical injury that the Tahoe variety does.  Continue reading Mr Toad’s Wild Ride!

Solstice Dirt Fondo

Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s (MCBC) 2015 Dirt Fondo season opened yesterday with the Solstice Fondo featuring some of the best trails in Marin including the ones in “my backyard”.

It was a glorious day, especially the weather. From the activity record in Garmin connect the temp averaged 65.4 °F in a range from 57-75 °F here’s the temperature graph plotted against time (starting at 8am) overlayed with the elevation profile: Continue reading Solstice Dirt Fondo