Sunday, May 31, 2009

Black Sheep Fix It Trip #1

The weekend of May 31st. There was a minor crack in weld on my downtube. James, the master craftsman and builder of Black Sheep Bikes fixed it right up. I made the quick trip to Fort Collins into a mountain bike exploration opportunity. After the fix, I decided to head to Salida Co. I heard there was good biking near Salida. I was not disappointed. (My original plan was to ride in Breckenridge. Well, still snowing in the mountains. Breckenridge was a mud mess.) So, who is the dude in the picture above. Some ugly dude that just saw a wolf. No joke. I was riding along a trial, probably mile 30 for the day. I turned a corner and CRAP, a wolf was staring right at me. The wolf walked right up at me and looked up and kept on going. Nuts! Some may say "No Way". Maybe, maybe not. Your weren't there, cynical jerk. It could have been a 'big dog', but 10 miles from civilization? Who knows. Who cares. It was a wicked experience. Below are two links. Why 2? Why not?

Oh yeah, one more thing. I found my favorite bar in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. OK, it's one of the best. I won't get carried away. But it is on the Arkansas River and you can see a monster 14er in the background. Awesome. Plus, they now have Dale's Pale Ale on tap.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Original Growler - Gunnison, CO

The Growler, 64 miles of mud, rain, sleet - Awesome. (Ok, it was really 68, maybe 72 - depending on how you count.) The Growler was the toughest test yet for The Judd. Two 32 mile laps. The weather and conditions were so bad that many quit after Lap 1. I was definitely thinking about it. But, I drove a long way, paid some good cash. I had to give my best effort. Even if it led to a total disaster. Sometimes disasters can be cool. Anyway, I learned a good deal about my ability to stick it out. Glad I did it. So, the data is at the end of the link, dude.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Front Range 50

The Front Range 50 in Denver, CO was my 1st real endurance race. (The Dawn til' Dusk race in Gallup was cancelled due to weather. The Zuni 100 doesn't count, its more of a party and 'fun ride.) Anyway. I rode with a 34/20. Way too easy. I was left in the dust. I was doing OK, but my chain busted on the 1st lap. Blew out at the master link. Bummer. Then my chain tool broke. So I spent an easy 45 minutes fixing the bike. That's cool. I finished and felt good about it. Padre was my driver and official camera man. It was a good trip. If you care, like I do, check out the data.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Mexico Races - Spring 2009

The Alien Run and La Tierra Torture were two 'warm-up' races. The Alien Run in Aztec NM was a big disappointment. I got my ASS KICKED. I even went to bed early. I guess the 1st race of the year proved that I was not in stellar shape. Biggest disappointment? I didn't see the UFO crash site, nor did I see any UFOs or Aliens. Oh well, I stayed in Durango the night before. Always good to chill out in the home town.

La Tierra Torture in Santa Fe NM was cool. The short track race was on Saturday, the XC race on Sunday. I did OK. But, due to La Tierra 'Torture', I decided that short races were not for me. In the single speed experience one must be willing & able to make quick passes on the ascents. Some single speed dudes are flat out rude when trying to pass the slow geared bikers. That's not me. So, I sat back, enjoyed the ride and decided that the endurance races where survival is the key is really my interest. Anyway. Check out the data, dude.