Fall is a great time of year. The heat of Summer has subsided, the cruel and bitter bite of winter is still a ways away, and people are generally in good spirits during this transition period. Rewind a few months ago when we all were burnt from the sun and were forced to evening and morning rides. Now fast forward to a month and a half when that first sharp snowfall hits and we’re cold, wind blasted, and have on-set depression from impending holidays. I for one have a family who’s adapted the trend of giving massive amounts of Lowe’s gift cards as presents. But hey I’m not complaining I’ve fixed my toilet four times over with that store credit. Enjoy the fall because it won’t be here forever.
We made it to the promised land. Was it easy? No. Did we lose some people along the way? Possibly. Did a lot of people lose a lot of respect for me? Pretty much everyone, but we did it baby! Here’s what went down.
We’ve got a 7:30 leader. Grif is heading out then from the store so if you want to get a head start on the 8am group he’s your man.
As most everyone knows it’s summer time in the Salt Lake and that means ride time. All week the talk has been building about the ride so here’s the skinny. Gaurdsman loop. Starting at 8am (as of now, will update if time changes) from the store. The ride is about 80 miles and will take every bit of 5 and a half hours ride time, and of course uphill will be the main dish. There’s a convenient store stop in the middle. Nervous about the pace? I suggest to those wanting to ride the big Cottonwood section at more of their own pace to leave from the store at 7:30. No word yet on who’s leading this group but the option is there. Any questions? Post them I’ll answer every one of them.
As everyone knows Salt has great rides out there but to me the Gaurdsman loop is the tops and I’m pretty sure I invented it. Well that may be up for debate but the idea remains. We set out as a group to give it a go. We had a newbie to the ride as well. I’m glad to say five and half hours, a soda and snickers bar later we completed the run. We were like the Conan of riding. We came, we saw, we ate junk food.There will be more attempts this summer so if you want to call yourself a Gaurds-Man (or woman) keep an eye out on the blog and be ready for the next one.
Here’s a cool photo from the other day. It’s The Shoreline Trail right at dusk. If you’re ever wanting to hit the trails around 7pm come on down to Contender. We’ve always got a few folks who saddle up after work.
The month of May is officially “Bike Month”. What that means is it’s a time to celebrate the activity of cycling. Weather you ride of fitness, as a form of transportation, to avoid driving, or just because you like riding a bike. We are all cyclists in our own right. There is a ton of information out there about what’s going on during the month and what days are specific to a particular bike event. For instance “Bike to work week” is May 14-18. Here’s a great site with the information. http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/ Get out there and educate yourself on your month.
As we all know we had a somewhat mild winter with much less snow than the previous year. That being said I thought it was time for me to explore just how far Gaurdsman’s pass was ride-able to. I remember trying it last June and it was still a snowy brown mess. So me trying it in April now that may be pushing it. Here’s the evidence I found.
Check out this crazy video. We’ve all seen intense downhill videos before but this one’s one for the books. I recommend wearing a helmet just to watch it.
The world is going to end in 2012 anyway, might as well live it up.