It’s been a while since I’ve hit the dirt. I think it’s been since Brian Head. Anyway, Ogre managed to get Finch and crew to come to Pinecrest Peak and I figured I’d have to be in for this ride since it’s always more fun when you get to introduce people to a new trail. Ogre and Fred wanted to ride it from the Strawberry store and considered that for about a microsecond and shuttled. Dan was supposed to shuttle with me but he had some trouble at Tahoe and bailed. Lucky for me once JFR got there, he was all for shuttling, and then Cory showed up and suggested riding up to Eagle Peak and then Alex and Max were shuttling too. Then at the last minute, Jilm jumped in.
Now, Alex had been giving me crap for shuttling and all of the sudden, he was shuttling. Somewhere karma was text messaged that she needed to take care fo the situation.
Char was nice enough to shuttle JFR, Jilm and I up to the gargoyles with Cory, Tony, Alex and Max to be up shortly. On the drive up, Cory hit a hole cover that shot up under his car and broke a leaf spring and shock mount. JFR, Jilm and I were up at the gargoyles so we didn’t learn of this until after waiting an hour for someone to show up. Cory’s ride day was over.
Alex, Max, and Tony showed up and we started the climb to the top of Hammil Canyon. Alex sort of had a map to Eagle Peak and we were counting turn offs but missed the correct turn and ended up at the bottom of Eagle Peak Jeap Rd. I started up this nasty road and decide better of it. Jilm, JFR, Tony and Alex continued up and I decided to just wait at the top of Hammil Canyon for the rest of the group. Since we had to wait an hour at the gargoyles I figured the non shuttle group couldn’t be more than 20-30 minutes back. Plus, Alex was leading with a hand drawn map, this was a recipe for a death march and I wanted no part of it.
I made it to the to of Hammil and 20 minutes later Finch came rolling up with the rest of the crew following. We waited for about 20 minutes hoping the Eagle Peak crew would show up so that we could ride together but they never showed and we didn’t know how much longer they would be. Off we went down Hammil Canyon.
Hammil Canyon is a nice piece of singletrack, it has a bit of technical challange at the top section but about 1/3 of the way down it turn into loamy singeltrack. Near the bottom of the canyon I finally hear Alex over the radio, that had just reached the top and the view was worth the 6 mile climb. View shmiew. I’ve seen views, I want singeltrack. Hammil Canyon singletrack dumps you out at Herring Creek about 1/2 mile up from the gargoyles.
From there we climbed up to Pinecrest Peak Lookout, and we looked out over the valleys and the lakes below. I reached into my camelbak and brought out my new toy. I flask with some liquid courage. Passed it around a bit and the next thing we knew were were bombing down some classic Sierra singletrack.
It’s had been at least a hear since I rode PCP and I remembered it being harder that it was today. It’s always still a challange. You get worked by the loose rocks, you get worked by the loose soil, then you get worked by the twisty rocky section at he bottom.
At the bottom, there was only one question left. Where is the beer and how long before the rest of the guys make it down? People were tired, hungry and dirty.
I decided to wait until everyone got down. About an hour later we got a call on the radio. Alex had crashed hard. He took a header into a bunch of rocks and wasn’t getting up too quickly. They were kind of worried about him since he smashed his helmet and said his neck hurt. Luckily, he made it out on his own. He looked pretty tore up when I saw him, but I’m glad he’s ok.
Now, rember karma? Alex had giving shit for shuttling and then ended up shuttling himself. Karma felt it has her duty to give Alex, a speeding ticket, then karma lost Alex’s body armor on the ride, then sent him over the bars as a demonstration of her power.
I’m glad you made it back OK Alex.
Almost 2 weeks since last post, but, I’ve been busy…. riding….. a little.
I just got back from the LAST wed road ride heading out of Cyclemasters. It was a shorter loop and I did a little better this time. I even went off the front for a bit and then when caught I was able to hold 27-28mph for a couple of miles before I finally popped. They kept the pace up and I just faded away and rode in on my own and finished the ride.
Vegas is only a couple weeks away. I saw Matt N. at Cyclemasters. He was getting his bike ready for the Mammoth Nationals this weekend. It looks like he’s going with us to Interbike. Last year Matt won the Beginners Cat in the DH Nationals. He’s eyeballing the Sport DH title this year.
I’ve been talking to some Utah locals who come down to Interbike. They may have a ride set up for St. George during Interbike. They did it last year so I’ll have to keep my eyes open for that one. I really love St. George riding.
Looks like they had a good group for the Plunge a couple weeks ago.
Looks like Ogre has convinced a couple of visitors to hit Pine crest this weekend. I’m giggling as I write this because I know what’s in store for them.
Fred and Danger just got back from a top notch road trip. Business in the south eastern US gave them an excuse to go and while they were gone then took their bikes and hit some rides on the way back. I got a call from Fred when they hit Moab. He was looking for suggestions on where to ride since they only had a couple of hours. I suggested Slickrock but I wasn’t really sure what else was in the 2-3 hour range so I posted on mtbr to see what the locals suggested. They were split between Amasa Back and Slickrock. I never got ahold of Fred again but it looks like they found Amasa Back all on their own.