Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tour Divide Race

They are stating to trickle in. Matthew Lee is the winner.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Durango Dirty Century

Next on tap is the Durango Dirty Century on July 3rd. Hard to beat a race in your backyard.

Drive the Divide

Drive the Divide Road above Rico that is.........

Sunday, June 27, 2010

High Country Riding

Rode with Laura up the highway from Rico to the North access of the Groundhog Stock Trail near Luizard Head Pass and rode South to Dunton Road. 25 miles and 2k + of climbing. The T-Storms scared me off of continuing on to the West Fall and Horse Creek Trail.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

In Memory of Dave Blumenthal

Direct fromm the Divide Race website.

In Memory of Dave Blumenthal
Submitted by Kevin Montgomery on June 24, 2010 - 4:10pm
It is with great sorrow that I convey to you that Dave Blumenthal passed away this morning in Denver after colliding with a vehicle on the GDMBR. Dave had a passion for the outdoors and was a seasoned outdoorsman, having thru-hiked Vermont's Long Trail in 2000 and the Pacific Crest Trail with his wife in 2004. His past adventures are documented on his blog. Dave is survived by his wife, Lexi, and his 4-year-old daughter, Linnaea.
Dave's family would like to thank the Tour Divide community for their thoughts and support through this tragedy. They ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Green Mountain Club. His wife, Lexi, asks that people share their pictures of Dave and memories here.
Letters of condolences can be sent to lexi.shear [@t]
Our thoughts are with his family.


I finally had the chance to get up and ride Blackhawk Pass on Wednesday. My flex day off worked out perfect midweek for a high county ride. I had sent Shawn a message early in the morning bragging that I was going to ride Blackhawk and before you knew it the phone was ringing @ 7:15am and he was in for the ride and Kiviok was in as well. Awesome, I was planning on a solo assault and now had a group of three to battle the Blackhawk. We rolled out of Rico at about 10.30am and up Barlow Creek Road to Bolam Pass/Hermosa Peak area and jumped on the Colorado Trail. Barlow Creek Road is a tough one for those of you that know it. I was rolling on the 32x21 full rigid Vassago and the 21 seemed nice but Shawn was turning the 32x22 a bit easier. The legs were still a bit tired from the weekends racing effort. As we made our way to Blackhawk we encountered a few downed trees and some snow banks still blocking the trail. All-in-all it was a great ride with beautiful sunny weather. Kiviok had a scary face plant coming down Blackhawk as a rocked flipped up and his front tire stopped him like he had a brick wall. Thankfully he was OK and we continued to roll and make our way to Scotch Creek and back to Rico. 33 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. Not a bad day on the bike.

Shawn and Kiv atop the Barlow Creek Road where it intersects with Bolam Pass. Sheep Mountain in the background.
Hermosa Peak at the Colorado Trail.

Looking from Beach Peak to the Circle Trail which drops down into Rico.

Views, views and more views.

Kiv descending on the CT.

Atop Blackhawk Pass toward Lizard Head far in the distance.

Kiv climbing up to the pass of Blackhawk.

Kiv having a fun day on the bike.

Me atop Blackhawk. What a great day. Life is good.

Monday, June 21, 2010

24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

The 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest mountain bike race took place this past weekend in the Zuni Mountains outside of Gallup and it was a very successful 1st year with 230+ racers. I was swayed into doing a 4 person single speed team and we took the overall of all teams with 19 laps. The Colvita Team would have taken us if it wasn't for Keith Ashmore breaking his frame on their 18th lap. The team consisted of myself (BWR), Lenny Goodell (BWR), Dan Durland and Cameron Brenneman whom was the fast guy for us. We all had a great time out there. The weather was pretty much as close to perfect for a 24 hour race. I felt like I could have rode a few minutes faster each lap but didn't seem to have the spark in the legs like I should have. I still rode solid and had a great time rocking around the course.

A big congrats to Fran Bach who took 1st in the solo single speed class. He was pitted next to us and he gave it a big effort. Despite some vision issues and neck issues he kept it rocking the entire race. That is one tough dude.

Dan going out first.

Cameron looking ready to rock his first lap.

Lenny eager to get it going.

The Big Wheel Racing camp.

Lenny and Cam having an awkward transition.

Text book transition of the Chile. (the Chile had the timing chip attached to it)

Some crazies going after the beer in the pond.

Me pondering about something.

Dan looking cool as always.

Me passing the Chile timer to Dan.

Cam working on the bike.

Dan getting after it.

Me posing in the camp.

Hanging out waiting for the transition.

Another text book transition between Lenny and I.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Random Riding

Got out on Friday afternoon and rode my favorite locals loop. 12 miles and 1600 feet of climbing around Rico. I can get up to 10k elevation without much effort. I did a small ride hoping Saturday and Sunday would be my big ride days but the weather is looking grim right now with thunder and rain about us. Hopefully it will break soon. Stoner Mesa loop tomorrow.

Rico's drinking source; Silver Creek. The Circle Trail and Silver Creek follow the same drain.

As the sign points out the CT is only 6 miles away at Hermosa Divide via the Circle Trail. It is a hike-a-bike on the single speed.

Bears are a problem this time of year.

Someones summer home at 10,000 feet.

Telltale signs of Rico's history..............mining.