The Gravel Pursuit is a great event with 60 and 120 mile options. If you don’t have a dedicated gravel bike, it could reasonably be ridden on a mountain bike.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The following day Ben also competed in the Idaho State Criterium Championships, located at Hidden Valley, with an impressive 4th place finish overall. Equally impressive was Tony's very spontaneous decision to race in the Men's Master's 4/5 category. Riding a brand new saddle (literally put on 20 min before his start time), with no specific prep/training and with 20 + years between him and his last criterium race, Tony signed up and rolled to the line.
Not only did Tony stay with the pack, he also led out a couple riders, picked up a prime (box of Cliff bars), and took home the title of 2nd in the State in his category. I also overheard a fellow rider complementing Tony by saying that he "ripped his legs off" during the race – I'm assuming this is a good thing?
As a spectator it was a fun weekend and I congratulate both Ben and Tony on their success.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Rexburg Cycling has a trip planned, July 31st to August 2nd, to ride in Torrey Utah and to watch Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. Assuming we reach a critical mass in numbers of participants, we will be offering round trip transportation for $75/person. Brian has some rooms reserved, so we can hook you up with accommodations on a first-come, first-served basis.
The tentative plan looks something like this:
· Sunday July 13th: Depart Rexburg time TBD
· Monday August 1st: Go on a bike ride, probably the Fish Lake Loop (90 miles or so with a lot of climbing) with options for a number of shorter loops
· Tuesday August 2nd: A little spin in the morning, watch the Stage 2 on the Jumbotron with a finish on Main Street in Torrey, return to Rexburg late that night
If you are interested, you need to confirm with me and Kellen by one week from tomorrow Tuesday July 26th. Dave
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
I have often written about my conflicted feelings toward to the Crusher. I love everything about it except the things I hate-mostly the horrible pain. By the end of the Crusher, I feel absolutely destroyed. Every time. The scale of the Crusher is epic, the organization outstanding, the scenery spectacular, and the fun factor very high. But it comes at a cost. The image of Burke Swindlehurst as the Devil resonates with anyone who has ever ridden the Crusher.
In spite of relatively difficult conditions this year (hot, gravely) many of our local riders had outstanding finishing times. http://tusharcrusher.com/2016-results We were led by Gabe Klamer at 5:01 in the Pro/Open Men followed by Kellen who finished ahead of many of the Pro/Open with an outstanding time of 5:12 and a podium finish in the a very fast age group Men 20-29.
Kelson bikes occupied a prominent position in the DNA tent at sign in. Brian and Heather made some very impressive temporary tattoos for the locals with the Kelson logo superimposed over the profile of the State of Idaho. Brian's bike are well known and well regarded at the Crusher. I have never ridden there without someone complimenting my bike and expressing admiration for Brian's work.
We had a big group at the Crusher this year and I don't believe we have a single photo with everyone in it. If anyone wants to send a few additional photos, or to write down a few Crusher reflections, I would be happy to post them. We enjoyed traveling with Gabe and hanging out with Bart and his buddies including Mike Schjeldahl and Fahim Rahim.
The Crusher is notoriously hard on equipment and we broke a couple of bikes this year so not everyone finished, but we all came home uninjured and relatively happy. Joe drove the van both ways; into a fierce headwind on the way down and with a steady tailwind on the return. On the way down, we burned gas like the Space Shuttle and on the return we burned gas like a Prius.
I often comment on something that I ate at a race. I am a big fan of Salted Carmel Gu and I assumed I would like Salted Carmel Apple Gu Chews which as it turns out contain a truly noxious combination of chemicals.
So what are the people who just rode the Crusher 2016 talking about? Crusher 2017.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Crusher in the Tushar Race Director Burke Swindlehurst. ©️ Ryan Houston
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