Monday, February 23, 2009


Went on Saturday to ride The White Rim with Shawn and Kiviok. We started a little late; 9am and ended up riding in the dark the last hour and a half up Schafer. Sections of Schafer were snow packed so it was an interesting hike-a-bike in the dark. Schafer is also closed to cars for the winter as well. The route was definitely sandier and loose compared to when I last rode the route in November. Total pedaling time was 9 hours and total time out was just under 11 hours. My polar watch had me at 102 miles but I think it is closer to 105 miles. Elevation gain was 6600 feet. The weather was perfect. 38 degrees at the start and a high of 60. I rode the 29er Airborne with a gear ratio of 32x20; my usual gear ratio for most events. Seems to work fine for all around. We parked at the top of Schafer and rode the loop clockwise. It was nice to get the asphalt section and the long ride down to Mineral Bottom out of the way at the beginning.

Kiviok climbing.
Shawn putting it down.

Lunch time up on Murphys Hogback.