Sunday, February 28, 2010


It was a great trip with Laura out to Tucson and for the 24 HIOP. I didn't do well again but we had a great time seeing old friends and riding in the warm desert.

The rig.

Salt River Gorge.

Race clothing ready.

24 Hour Town.

Me on one of my first laps.

Mike Hileman.

My Ti Airborne rig. New Stan 355's laced to my Kings for the race.

Dean, Kiviok, Myself and Lenny before the Le mans start.

The crazy Le man's start. Helter Skelter.

Shawn getting ready.

The Hemperley setup.

Sunset in the Arizona desert.

Chowing some food before the race.

Joe Baumgarte, his bro Tim from Oregon and Tim's buddies from Oregon as well; John and Christian.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Grandfather Judson Hemperley 1919-2010

Rest in peace Gramps!!! My grandfather passed away on February 10th. He was a WWII Army Medic hero.....Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He saved many a life and won an Emmy award this past fall for a short documentary that was produced about his WWII experiences as an Army medic....Saving Life's, Not Taking Lives. look for it on YouTube. He lived a full life to 90 years young. Long time resident of Grants, NM since 1960. He will be dearly missed.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

It's 4am on Thursday morning and we are getting ready to head down to Tucson for the 24 hour race at The Old Pueblo. I personally haven't seen any old Pueblo's but whatever. I think I'm ready for a good run at the podium. My best finish at this race in the past 6 years as a solo single speeder was in 2008 with a 2nd place with 15 laps. The weather is looking superb with lows in the 40's and highs in the low 70's. My goal is not to crack myself in the first half of the race as I tend to do sometimes. Remember, it is a 24 hour race.

As well I just had my King hubs laced to some Stan 355's and 2.0/1.7 dubbel butted spokes. Dropped 1 pound off of the wheels I was currently running. The guys at Kokopelli Bike Shop in Cortez hustled to get these done for me as I had a cracked rear rim apparently after my last 12 hour race in Temecula. Thanks guys!!!!