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

Short stretch of China Camp trail system closed from Friday, June 26 to Tuesday, June 30.

Trail work at China Camp will require a small closure this weekend. State Park VIPs and Champion volunteers will be working hard to complete the restoration of Shoreline Trail. There will be large equipment and many people working in this very small space. All access points to the work area will be closed. The work […]

Leadville Plan of Attack

More wisdom from Mr. Wiens in a post preceding the 2012 Leadville 100 MTB race that is still very relevant.  Just happened to stumble across that post as I was on the website researching some new grips.

At T-9 weeks and 5 days I’m starting to think through some of these planning details, especially some of the gear I’ll want since I’m going to the Camp of Champions in July and will want to have the right gear on hand for that.  And the family, aka my crew, has started asking where they should setup (Twin Lakes or Pipeline basically), what they’ll need, etc. Twin lakes seems like the obvious choice by the way as on all longer my prep rides this year I’ve ended up stopping to refill/refuel/eat etc at 40 miles.

Here’s an interesting planning tidbit from Dave: Continue reading Leadville Plan of Attack

Long live long rides!

Further clarification and some Leadville training guidance that I think makes a lot of sense in this article posted recently on the Leadville Race Series website by Dave Wiens but there’s no better way to put it than that, thank you IMBA!

Personally, I had set in my mind back in January that in addition to a 30+ mile ride per week I’d do one long training ride per month to test my endurance, get familiar riding on my mountain bike for 8+ hours and most important for me being new to this is dialing in the nutrition for such an effort. Let’s be honest here, this is also because I simply love to ride my bike!  I couldn’t agree more with what Dave wrote in that piece:

There’s nothing like the experience of laying down a long, epic training ride – planning it, doing it and basking in the glow afterwards

In fact this is the spirit of the “Day Trippin” tag I use on this site! Since all things are relative, here’s a quick summary of my long training rides each month: Continue reading Long live long rides!

Check your bolts, twice

Trying to keep this blog up to date with my mountain biking activities, leadville 100 training and visits to the bike shop is much harder than I thought it would be. It’s now been over a week since I originally intended to post this bike shop visit update (5/26).

During our family trip to Yosemite  for Memorial day I was able to get out for a solo ride around our lodging just outside the south gate. Toward the end of that ride my brakes started to feel incredibly soft and I noticed a banging sound coming from the tail of the bike.  Each of these issues contributed to my decision to not do the full Big Trees ride I had planned which conveniently was ridable directly from the inn.

Continue reading Check your bolts, twice

Mudfest on the Peninsula

Following a very successful day trip to Mendocino in November of last year I promised my friends we’d do another one and last Thursday we did…. well a couple of us did anyway – calendars are useful 😉

Since we didn’t have a full day we chose a slightly closer trip as my friends, fairly new to the bay area, hadn’t experienced the incredible trails in the open spaces of the Midpeninsula .  Specifically, El Corte de Madera Creek, aka “Skeggs” and Purisima Creek RedwoodsContinue reading Mudfest on the Peninsula

Bike fit

Last Monday (5/18) I had my first session for a bike fit service, another recommendation from Dave Wiens. This article includes his commentary about bike fit as well as bike choice. If you are at the point of purchasing a bike or just considering whether your current bike is up to the task it’s a good read.

Following the initial saddle change the goal of this session was two fold: get the saddle positioned correctly and measure my feet for new shoes. Continue reading Bike fit