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In the Zone

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

August 1, 2011


Made it through July. Whew! It was not only packed full of races, volunteering, promotions and never ending problem solving but also scores of early summer rides. The latter brings wide smiles and reminders of why I chose the path that I am currently embarked upon and constantly embracing. I often tout the fact that I rarely ride the same route twice during the riding season. While riding the same trail in reverse may seem to be a repeat, since the downs are ...

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Posted on July 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM

July 13, 2011


The Valley is buzzing everything bike this week as Sun Valley hosts the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Races this week. I can’t help but to think back to the first nationals held here in 1988. All of the top pros at the time showed – Tomac, Overend, Ballantyne, Weins, Klosure, DeMattei. Mike Kloser slept on my floor. I remember setting up a bike with a 24 tooth single ring up front for the hill climb up Rude Mountain, paired with a low gear on ...

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Head down and pushing

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

July 4, 2011


I got a call from a close friend that recently moved away from the area reminding me that I hadn’t updated my blog recently and that he felt somewhat slighted that he was missing out on what was consuming my time, namely summer and all that the season brings – life, riding and working. Something had to give and subconsciously the blog was it. Sorry about that, I’ll try to not let it happen again.


Last night I was...

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Posted on June 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

June 6, 2011


A historical day, if you live in America or France, England and many other countries that embrace a free way of life. The “Greatest Generation” deserves big thumbs up, as I wouldn’t be able to do the things that put a smile on my face now without the sacrifices that they made 67 years ago today. Thank you.


I have always been interested in history and how it has shaped our modern world. I marvel at the old cycling pictures of...

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Washed Out

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

May 30, 2011


Missed a week, sometimes they just slip by – so packed full that they consume almost everything in their path. At other times not a whole lot happens other than the daily grind. In this case, though, the weather got the better part of my plans. Call me a sugar cube, I‘m not one to start out on a ride in the rain. If it happens while I’m out, well that’s a different story. I know, if I lived in, somewhere like say Juneau, where if I didn&...

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Exceeding Expectations

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 10:03 PM

May 16, 2011


I made a business trip up to Montana yesterday to drop off a bike. I’ve been on the route numerous times, always just passing through and singularly focused on a further destination. This time around, since it was an out and back, I had decided to incorporate a ride into the trip. I pulled out the Idaho Gazetteer the day before and scanned the pages for a fitting adventure. I have a weakness for maps as they always draw me in and beckon to show me places ...

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Tunnel Visions

Posted on May 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

May 8, 2011


The first week of May is living up to the “showers bringing flowers” theme, as the warmest temperatures of the year briefly showed and started the valley greening up. We tried to take advantage of the “teaser” warmth and get in a ride that would be a precursor to the upcoming mountain bike season. All of the ingredients would come together to include distance,climbs, pace and a hairball descent. Last week the road had been hard packed and...

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Birds of Prey

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 11:31 PM

May 2, 2011


Wow, two days in a row without any substantial weather events. It wasn’t so last Thursday, as we rode in the eye of a swirling snowstorm. In the thirty some odd miles we actually got a tailwind for about ten of them. It was great to be out with friends as we needed everyone we could get in order to have some relief from the brutally encountered headwind that was pushing the storm all around us. The appreciation that is felt when the wind is at your back an...

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Seasons Pass

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 1:47 PM

April 25, 2011


Well, the lift serviced ski season is over here in the Wood River Valley. Yesterday marked the closing of Sun Valley’s 75th season.Today’s weather forecast is for several inches of snow above 5500 feet. I’ve never understood why the ski industry pushes so hard to open on Thanksgiving, usually on man made snow with very limited terrain (referred to as the “Ribbon of Death”;) ) and then close it all down with ample coverage. This s...

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Idaho Wind Tunnel

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 1:10 PM

April 18, 2011


Another stellar week, spring time in the Rockies,you’ve got to love it. The weather was a mixed bag ranging from bright sunshine and upper 40’s to low 50’s with other days dropping multiple inches of snow up high and driving rain or mixed with snow down low. Some days had it all going on. Ski conditions ranged from corn snow to heavy powder. I was able to get up on the mountain and enjoy some “shaved ice” as the cloud cover produ...

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