In the middle of February every year there is a gathering of like-minded folks down in St. George, Utah, called Camp Lynda. It is hosted by Lynda Wallenfels, professional mountain bike coach with more racing accolades to her name than most of us could dream of. It is simply a way to get together with other riders/racers and put in 3 days of solid riding. Choose your own speed, weaponry, and distance each day. For me and the rest of the Colorado faithful, it was an amazing weekend of high quality training on superb desert trails in warm weather. Just what we needed to get the system up and running again!
I headed down in the bright green Sprinter van with Jeff and Karen, loaded down with bikes and gear.
|Thursday cruise on the Pivot Mach 6. Photo courtesy of Jeff Kerkove|
|Waterfall chunk. Photo courtesy of Jeff Kerkove|
|Photo courtesy of Jeff Kerkove|
All in all, it was an amazing weekend of riding and goofing off in the desert with friends. None of us wanted to leave the warm weather of southern Utah, but had to considering work and taint rash. We logged about 170 miles of trail riding in 4 days. Not too bad for early season training.
After an itch starts, you gotta keep scratching it, right? Only about 10 days after returning from Camp Lynda me and the 92Fifty' crew were headed out again for a 3-day riding binge in Moab. We would get there Friday afternoon, and leave Sunday. At least that was the plan. Me and Kyle Taylor had to make a little addendum, being the addicts that we are. The highlights of these 3 days were the newly crafted Hymasa singletrack, which allows you to climb up Amasa Back on beautifully flowing singletrack instead of the old 4X4 road, and the also-new Captain Ahab trail. On Sunday Jeff (the event coordinator) finally showed up. It was the most beautiful day yet, about 70F and sunny, and we were all high on life even after 2 days of hard riding. Instead of taking off for home on Sunday, as Jon and Anthony would do, Kyle and I decided to hang back for another day of riding. We hit the Loma trails near Fruita on Monday afternoon for another 2 hours of glory time! 4 days, ~160 miles, Vitamin D!
|Loving my Norco and new Ergon GE1. Photo courtesy of Jeff Kerkove|
|Amasa Back overlook. Photo courtesy of Jeff Kerkove|
After returning from Moab it was only another 10 days before the 92Fifty' crew will be back on the road again. The 92Fifty' crew, Ergon folks, and other racing/singletrack deprived souls will be headed to St. George on March 15 for the NUE Series opener True Grit Epic. Cheers.