Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bergur In Iceland from Fatback Bikes

Bike Rumor warns that there is an NSFW moment at about 4:45 in the credits. I don't know what it is. Watch at your own risk.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

UTCX 2016 at Weber County Fairgrounds

I have a great day at UTCX today with Kellen, Greg, and KO in spite of getting absolutely destroyed in the Men’s B Race while Kellen managed to finish third. After a stormy start to the cross season, we enjoyed perfect weather again today.
I have always liked the Weber Race. The laps are long, mostly flat, and very fast on generally hard-packed surfaces. Over the years, the course has evolved to be a little more technical. From time, to time, they have included a potentially rideable high-risk obstacle. This year, it was a small drainage ditch perhaps two and a half feet across at the bottom of a gentle downhill to uphill transition following a 180 degree turn. There were embedded beams maybe 4" x 4" running along each side. Most people, even in the A Race, opted to dismount. The riders with the skills and confidence to jump the gap gained a modest advantage each lap.  UTCX wraps up their season two weeks from today although I have heard rumors that they may try to add on one additional race.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stolen Mountain Bike

Missing bike
·         2009 Giant XTC Advanced. Hardtail with 26" wheels
·         Color: black carbon weave with white and blue accents
·         Brakes: hydraulic disk.  XT on the front, Hayes on the back.
·         Wheels: forgot the brand but there is a 2.2" Wolverine tire on the front and a 2.1" Panaracer Smoke Classic on the back (that is more worn than I would like to admit).  
·         Groupo: XT everywhere but the front chain ring. It has a 3x9 setup. Note that the shift cable to the real derailleur is seized so it does not shift reliably. Someone will probably bring it in to a bike shop to get it fixed/replaced.
·         Fork: Rock Shocks SID Race. White. The remote lock has been removed from the bars.
·         Bars: Flat carbon. Both the ends are split and the end-plugs are missing.
·         Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beater
·         Saddle: Black, Blue, and White. Carbon seat post.
·         Serial Number:
Note: my bike has blue accents and a blue saddle.

This bike went missing between late October and the 11th of November 2016 from a garage in Rexburg. If someone brings this bike in for maintenance, please call:
·         Rexburg Police: case number 201605444 at phone number (208) 359-3008
·         James Helfrich: phone number (208) 201-6445 for a $50 reward.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Heather's Bengal Cross Pictures

Thanks to Heather for another batch of spectacular photos. Bengal Cross is the final race of the season in Southeastern Idaho. I have a photo above my desk from Bengal Cross two years ago which featured single digit temperatures and howling winds. It makes me especially sorry to have missed this year's race. Everyone looks pretty happy enjoying a Bengal Cross in idyllic conditions.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

'Dog Alley" Exit Now Extra Bike-Proof

I rode Super Butte yesterday for the first time in months. This is the old exit just north of the Lorenzo Bridge on the east side. Due to the fortified closure of this intersection, my only option was to ride from the Menan-Lorenzo overpass to Thornton on the shoulder of Highway 20. With heavy afternoon traffic and abundant debris on the pavement, it was a long unpleasant transition. The Highway Department is in the process of closing the Bear World exit on the west side in a similar fashion.
Some of you signed Jeff's letter to the Highway Department petitioning them to make some provision for bicycles at these intersections. So far those pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

Taxco Urban DH 2016

Bicycle Rolling Resistance quantifies Fat tubeless energy savings - Bikerumor

Monday, November 7, 2016

From Kellen: Cyclocross adds obstacles, mud, beer, waffles, fun to Idaho’s cycling calendar
Content = embedded video + link to Statesman article

How I Spent My Weekend

I had a little change of pace this weekend in the middle of cross season with a couple of mountain bike rides in the Salt Lake City area. I met Thomas, Stephen, Tim, and Tim’s buddy Ben to ride the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and its associated trail network. Tim and I rode fat bikes last winter at the southern end of the same extensive network. This time we rode two loops originating in the Avenues on the northern edge of the city.
The weather was unseasonably mild for November. The rides consisted of a combination of Jeep roads, singletrack, steep technical singletrack, and groomed bike park style downhill-only trails banked like a NASCAR track. Probably the best known trail that we rode is the Bobsled Trail which features high banks and multiple jumps over abandoned cars. I opted out of the car jumps but still lost a little skin.
If you are curious to see Bobsled videos, they are numerous. I have embedded a sample video here.

From Dan: The Cars Are Gone from GTNP

Dan and Shae joined the JH Cycling Crew to take advantage of perfect conditions in Grand Teton National Park following the annual closure of the roads to vehicle traffic. From now until the snow flies, this is your chance to see our local national Parks at their absolute finest.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fine Day of Cross of Locals

A couple of competing weekend cyclocross events on Saturday drew participants from the Upper Valley. Dan and Shae had a good day at Blue Goose where Shae won the Women’s race.
Kellen, Kelton, and KO went to Boise for Turkey Cross where they all rode well against large fields on a very technical course. Kellen finished second in the Men’s Cat 4 race and may have won if not for a crash. Kelton finished third in the Men’s Cat 3.
     **Update Brian also raced Turkey Cross-Sorry I missed that in the first post. According to Kellen, a number of the Boise racers had seen the Cyclocross Magazine post on Kelson and Brian's bikes drew a lot of attention.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cube Goes Independent for 2017

Many of you have already heard this news: Tony Perkins, Chris Huskinson, and I have organized the Cube in partnership with the City of Rexburg since 2006. We met with the City yesterday and they informed us that they will no longer include the Cube as part of the Rexburg Races Series. We are proud of the Cube and hope to continue to put it on yearly regardless of the level of support we receive from the City of Rexburg. Hopefully, we can continue to count on your help and support as we move forward. We are looking at various options in terms of sponsorship and organization, but regardless of the form that takes, we will always need participants and volunteers. If you have any thoughts on the future of the Cube, I would be happy to hear from you.                               Dave

From Tony: Start Times for the Blue Goose

Tony contacted Gray Augustus to verify the following start times for the Blue Goose on Saturday:

Kid's race – 12:00

Beginner – 12:30

Advanced – 1:30

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lucho Dillitos: all natural guava fuel of the Colombian greats-Bike Rumor

I have had some experience eating Colombian bocadillo and when this product is marked in the US, I will be the first in line to buy it. Two ingredients-guava paste and sugar-wrapped in a leaf-my only concern is what kind of sticky mess this turns into in a wet jersey pocket.