Friday, August 29, 2008

Idaho 2008 Mountain Bike Trip...done.

Just got home after almost two weeks of biking around Idaho. I rode most of the trails from Ketchum (Sun Valley) to Stanley, ID and some other places. I rode my bike, ate, rode it again, ate, drank beer, then slept. Lots of riding......lots.

I even found paradise in Idaho.

Cool mountains to ride in around Stanley. This is on the edge of the Sawtooths. I wonder where they ever came up with that name at.

I think this was closer to Ketchum....errr or nothing.

Nothing to see here...

Good bye Idaho!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sun Valley Style

Some random shots around Sun Valley. Really a lovely place to be.

Warm Springs and Cold Springs

Super buff perfect single track. I'll let the pictures do the talking. Great day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sun Valley....Why hello my dear....

Ahh... Sun Valley the home of the rich and famous is almost complete. Buy your chunk today! No I actually like downtown Sun Valley. It pays to be the first "resort" in history. I'll take some better pictures tomorrow and show off some of the best of whats being built.

Sun Valley even has something other than contruction and real has arguably the best single track on the planet. Yesterday was the big 29 and I rode arguable the best example of it....Fisher Creek.

Unfortunately it burned last summer at this same time. I think it looks pretty cool though.
More too come...lots more.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Armstrong gets second...

I'll try and dig up the video but the man himself...Mr. Tour De France who hasn't raced in four years took second in the Leadville 100. He stayed with seven time winner Dave Wiens through the whole thing pushing him to a course record. I'll try and dig up the video later. I've got to run and get a D.O.G. breakfast burrito now.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Lance has seen the light................

Armstrong to race in Leadville 100

Lance Armstrong is set to race in the Leadville Trail 100 on Saturday, a grueling 100-mile race in the Rockies of 1,000 mountain bike riders that left Floyd Landis battered and bleeding last year.

Armstrong's appearance in the 15th annual Race Across the Sky is the "'hugest' thing that's happened to Leadville since we discovered gold," proclaimed Ken Chlouber, the race's co-founder. "The whole town is buzzing and we are way beyond excited."

But Armstrong, who has turned his competitive juices to running marathons since his retirement from competitive cycling three years ago, cautioned that nobody should expect him to cross the finish line first.

The favorite, he said, has to be Dave Wiens, who beat Landis by two minutes last year to win his fifth straight title in a record time of 6 hours, 58 minutes, 47 seconds.

"A race like this takes a lot of experience and endurance. He has that. So, I guess he's the odds-on favorite," Armstrong said Wednesday. "I would reiterate that I'll be happy if I'm top-5. I don't think I'm in it to win it, as they say."

Armstrong hasn't finished a competitive bike race since winning his seventh straight Tour de France in 2005. Earlier this year, he dropped out of the "Miles of DisComfort" mountain bike race in the Texas hill country after 43 miles, nine miles shy of the finish.

Wiens suggested Armstrong was either setting him up or selling himself short.

"I don't think Lance does anything on a lark. I think he'll be prepared," Wiens told The Associated Press. "I don't know how prepared Floyd was last year. What I'm saying is, if we were equally prepared, I just can't see where those guys wouldn't pummel me."

Chlouber said it's Wiens who was the one being modest.

"Dave Wiens is super human. He's just as fantastic on mountain bikes as Lance Armstrong is on road bikes," Chlouber said.

"Everyone's talking about Lance and me," Wiens said. "But there's a dozen other guys capable of winning."

That's because Landis' presence last year raised the race's profile, attracting other elite athletes such as Armstrong, he said.

The race begins at the old mining town of Leadville with 1,000 riders making the 50-mile out-and-back trek in one of the country's toughest single-day races. It starts at 10,500 feet and climbs to more than 14,000 feet.

"I fully expect to get beat up," Armstrong said.

Armstrong's longtime personal cycling coach, Chris Carmichael, is signed up for Saturday's race again and hopes to beat his personal best time of just over nine hours.

"I don't know if I can beat Wiens, but I'm 100 percent sure I can beat Carmichael," Armstrong said. "I will be home, showered and probably three beers in by the time Carmichael gets back."

Armstrong said he doesn't have any plans for any more bike races down the road.

A survivor of testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain, Armstrong spends much of his time tending to his Livestrong foundation dedicated to healthy living and fighting cancer.

RaNdom Jackson thoughts.

The town.

Only a week left here. While I'm excited to leave, I will miss Jackson simply for its high density of amazing single track both from my house, town, and the very immediate area. I'll miss my nightly ride through Chucky's Loop. Hagen to Cache to Game to West Game to Wilson to Snow King Summit out Ferring's and then Sink or Swim back to the start. I won't miss the insane amount of traffic in town. But I will miss....

the biking.

And the flowers. My god the flowers were amazing this year.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Big Sky Long Weekend

So we went up to Big Sky the last weekend in July and camped out on the river for a three day weekend of biking and eating. All in all a great weekend. Good weather, really good biking, and some pretty good fries.

Rode from Ousel falls up trail 162 up to Bucks Ridge and then back out. Fun ride something like 14 miles with around 3500' vertical. Most people seem to shuttle it cutting out some of the climb. At least everyone we met on the trail did.

We then found a new bar in the village owned by the same people as the Timbers. The lady running the place seemed super nice for a Jackson Hole girl. They did have lots of good beer and sweet potato fries. I liked it.

We even found our favorite breakfast place the next day with bikes everywhere. Looks like they moved on us, but we found them and I like the new digs.

We did some downhill biking up at Big Sky. Claire hated it and while I did enjoy it, I don't think I'd give up trail riding for it.

We later got dressed up for a night on the town.....errrrr river.

I think Kona likes biking with us. Happy 28th Claire!