Monday, July 23, 2012

First ride weekend...

...following the new routine of four days up north three days home.

So I hopped to jam in a week of riding in three days and did ok.

Arrived home Thursday and acually had time to race COP but felt completly done. Guess traveling and work can be "hard" work. So skipped it and saved legs for some real rides.
Friday I went out early after debating road or mtb. Toby helped my decission by looking really sad so I joined Suzanne, Meredith and two of Suzannes riding friends. They road up Tom snow so I took pnuma to moosepackers and met them at Ridgeback. Road down ridgeback in the back of the pack with Sequoia and Toby and back to station flats. Nice way to get legs warmed up.
Saturday Craig had a great plan and as logistics got worked out it just got better and better. With so many good ride friends we had the luxery of two "feed" on the way, car pick up and drop of to make a ride from Canmore to Station Flats.
Left Calgary after a supply load at Petro and McDondalds, quick stop at Barrier for supply drop. This time we made sure to hide it extra goos; and if ever in a bind at Barrier there is a few goodies to drink still hidden. Got to dog park in Canmore and Craig almost lost all of his goodies (mcd burritos) to some hungry puppy dogs but they were nice enough to leave him two for the ride. Rode Highland over to Transcanada. Stopped to text Erik and saw two missed calls. Cindy and Erik was planning on riding with us down Jewels pass. Unfortunatly some food from night before was not agreeing witb Cindys plans. But as only super good ride buddies would do they are in the car driving out to ensure we have enough to drink not knowing that we had the time to hide some stuff at Barrier (sorry guys). Got them turned around home quickly and moved on with ride. Took quait up over Jewels pass down to Barrier over to Lusk. Lusk surpeised me with the amount of climbing; never ending and steep! Just getting warmed up to JP climb! Awesome viewa at the top of course makes it all worth the effort. Craig and I took a minute to remember our scree slope hike a bike from last year. From JP it looks like a insane thing to do....
Down JP, rough ride down to Powderface road. Ride the road over to PF climb and up we go. Craig of course would have liked to do the ridge but I was pretty done and looking forward to the next fees. At PF parking lot Meredith and a friend had left some goddies after their ride. A can of coke for each and some water and snack:) well hidden, 30 steps back from sign, wich happend to be straight up the slope. A note ensured we would not have a repeat of last years stolen goods.
Then up over to Ingsmine rd and up and over to sulphur. Craig were on his way up but I begged for the chicken route out along the river trail; no more climbing kn the legs. Back to the car that was picked up in Canmore and dropped at Station flats (thanks suzanne and her boys for the detour)
Just an awesome day out on the bike!
Sunday I was unsure if I should join the boys ride as legs felt so tired at the end of the Saturday ride. But with only three daya I really wanted to ride so got my hardtail going and that gives me an extra light gear to help the tired legs. Met at Cadence and Craig M., Craig S., Shawn and Gabor was the crew. We eventually landed on the Highland and transcanada trail.....
Gabor had a bit of a rough start and with all his power up a, for most, not possible to ride kinda hill, managed to bend everthing possible on his rear wheel; casette, wheel, disk rotor! So after trying to continoue ride he bailed out after we got up the first major climb. This trail including the singletrack that takes you to TC trail such a fun trail; having the hardtail felt awesome and I enjoyes the ride. Thankfully everyone had a big day Saturday and even better; Shawn had a bottle of wine and Craig M only slept a few hours :) So they didnt seem to mind waiting a bit. Shawn also had a major tire rip but got that fixed up; note to self to remember to fill up the patch kit.
Great day on the bike and todag (monday) my legs were happy to not sit on an airplane but actually do an easy spin to Calgary office. Back on the airplane tomorrow for three days of rest....

Happy Riding!

1 comment:

  1. awesome !!! this is what I was planning for next week but going from Station Flats to Canmore. I found someone to go next Tuesday..