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Old 06-05-10, 08:47 PM   #2701
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Anthem looks like a good-'un. Just saw a pic of Covanent - - what's it like?
It's big. Something I'll likely never hit. The one above is the biggest thing I've ever hit - no idea how big Cov is to compare, but it's f'ing big. The landing for most that I've seen is quite a bit down.



I just got this roller today at Blue Mtn. in Peekskill. Been eying it for a bit. Rolls just fine, but the approach is really crappy.
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Anthem looks big enough, thank you. I think you'd like the big rock roll-over on Detroit Rock City at Whistler.
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It's big. Something I'll likely never hit. The one above is the biggest thing I've ever hit - no idea how big Cov is to compare, but it's f'ing big. The landing for most that I've seen is quite a bit down.
Can't find the thread over at rm, but during us open weekend someone threw a 3 on the covenant drop.
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OK - - on to a report. This'll be a two-day, since I just finished a two-day event at Mt. Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. First day was an Endurance DH (emphasis on 'endurance'); second day was a shorter 'technical DH.'

Endurance DH encompassed the upper half of Lake Coeur d'Alene's Caribou Ridge trail (FS #79), coupled with about a 2-mile fireroad connector (more on that $%#^%%&^& in aminute) to the lower 2/3 of FS trail 257. All-in-all about 7+ miles of not-all-downhill race in N. Idaho fir-and-cedar forest. Trail 79 is swoopy, flowing singletrack in its upper half and too high-consequence to use for racing in the lower half (hence the cut-over). Ahhh . . . the cut-over: the first 100 yards tips downhill slightly and you think "This won't be bad." Then it flattens out; then it goes up; then it flattens out; then it goes up . . . for literally two miles. I took the Blindside on the practice run, never having done this part of the course before. It beat the crap out of me. It finally joined up with trail 257 and then it was back to flowy, not-really-technical singletrack punctuated with enough high-speed flat corners and another -mile uphill section to keep it interesting.

Was glad I decided at the last minute that morning to throw the DB on the rack and take it too. 'Most everyone showed up for this one on their 5-6" trailbikes for this one. I had a good run. I was the only 40+ Cat 1 there (let alone 50+), so podium was a default. What I was interested in was how my time stacked up overall. Turns out my 25:21 would have gotten me second in 30+ Cat 1 - - bested the second place guy's time by about 2 minutes; and would have taken a close fourth in Cat 1 19-29 behind my friend Scott's 25:17. That made me pretty darned happy.

Sunday was the tech DH that ran the entire length of trail 257. 257 is the one that never and I and the guys shuttled a few weeks ago - - wonderfully buff, swoopy singletrack . . . usually. It gets interesting when rain gets in the mix. And rain it did, from the end of practice at 11 am through the Cat 3s and 2s all the way through our about-2 pm start time it alternated between drizzling and pouring. By the time we got on it was fairly chewed. I had a mostly clean run, maybe a little too cautious in a few places; but I kept the bike under me for the most part. Except for getting sideways in one compression and almost taking out a photographer. Somehow pulled the slide out, though, and got back up on the trail and kept pedalling to the finish. I'll post the pic when Shawn's dad posts it up. He kept clicking until he had to jump clear.

Anyway, since there were no other 40+ Cat 1s that day either, I was by myself again. I felt like I repped respectably enough, though, with an 8:55. A friend of mine in 30+ Cat 1 got on the podium with an 8:48, so I was at least close. All-in-all a fun weekend and got to take home a little hardware and schwag.

A pic from Saturday's Enduro DH - - dunno why I have that deer-in-the-headlights look (well a link anyway, with credit to Asa of Digital daredevil Media):

http://shop.digitaldaredevil.com/Spo...90956307_zz6cB

Hoho! Just found this Sunday sequence from another photog of me almost taking out Shawn's dad:









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Looks slick! Good times D!
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This the one? Photo by Ryan Cathrall



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Looks slick! Good times D!
For sure! I think you and Chris would have liked Sunday especially.
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Old 06-08-10, 06:29 AM   #2707
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For sure! I think you and Chris would have liked Sunday especially.
Yep. It for sure gives you lots of hang time. There are a half dozen of local guys I ride with who are hitting that as well. Granted, they've had lots of practice on some of the local
stuff they've built that rivals it for size. The local stuff is cool as hell to watch. I got a nice day of what I thought were going to be some sweet pics once last year, and something in the camera ***** the bed. Lost all the data on the SD card! Grrrrrr!
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sounds like a lot of fun up there D! slip n slide n don't die.
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Ohh, my bike can never do this. I will be totally wrecked. lol...
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For sure! I think you and Chris would have liked Sunday especially.
That's the one.
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Quick little report here. Finally got to our local XC race series Wed. night race last night. Threw in with the 40+ one-lappers (That's all there used to be but this year, some of the older hard cores wanted a 2-lapper class. I decided to stay more 'recreational'). Short course of between 7 and eight miles with a couple or three good climbs. Took third.

Loading up and heading out tomorrow over to the wet side of the state - - the REALLY wet side: Olympic Peninsula. Finally going to race one of the Northwest Cup downhill races at Port Angeles (Dry Hill). I'm stoked. My friend Arnold Mukai should be there (another 50+ Cat 1) - - only, of course, we'll be in the 40+. My first chance this season to see how Arnold and I stack up against each other. Should be good times PA is supposed to be awesome. Y'all be good while I'm gone.
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I envy you guys and gals who can call 7 miles short. I was out for three hours once from the time I walked out my front door to the time I walked in, and as soon as I did, I got an ear-full about how ridiculously long I was gone. I daydream of riding much of the time I'm at work, but as soon as I'm off, I'm needed at home. Ride on, all of you; I'm living vicariously through you.
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i went to the Palo Alto bay lands yesterday and traveled 13.2 miles round trip, it was fun, and another 4.5 miles to a school and back. total 17.7 miles for my first trip on
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Old 06-13-10, 09:35 AM   #2718
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I didnt make it very far at all yesterday. I got about a mile into the trail when a 3' drop to flat decided my Pike wasnt good enough for it and blew the seal. had to ride back out of the trail with about 10mm of travel and now Im waiting on the new seals to get here so I can fix it. Im really thinking about building up a Summer Season so I have a back up bike.
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Old 06-13-10, 09:50 AM   #2719
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< --- a completely noob to mountain biking. I use a department store schwinn i know. I am selling my xbox 360 and surround sound to get a giant from my LBS. From reading tips here and books i bought i think i did a pretty good job going down the Fort yargo trails here in WInder GA yesterday. unfortuanately we got rained out to the point you could not see where you were going in a car everyone had to leave the park. I have been riding roads a couple months but just last week starting practice a very simple trail down the street from my house in athens and have fallen in love. I cant wait to become more skilled and be able to share stories with all of you.
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< --- a completely noob to mountain biking. I use a department store schwinn i know. I am selling my xbox 360 and surround sound to get a giant from my LBS. From reading tips here and books i bought i think i did a pretty good job going down the Fort yargo trails here in WInder GA yesterday. unfortuanately we got rained out to the point you could not see where you were going in a car everyone had to leave the park. I have been riding roads a couple months but just last week starting practice a very simple trail down the street from my house in athens and have fallen in love. I cant wait to become more skilled and be able to share stories with all of you.
Hey man i live a bit south of atlanta, we should ride sometime
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Old 06-14-10, 08:30 PM   #2721
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im down as soon as i get a better bike and become less of a noob haha. Got my home theater on craigslist going for $300 its really good equipment and im sad to see it go i rarely use it so i figure its time to stop hording. If i manage to sell it soon ill add another 100 cash and go straight to the LBS (sunshine cycles) here and pick one up. great guys down at sunshine cant wait to start doing business with them!
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Not very exciting biking around here with the ground being pretty flat and pretty much surrounded by water. The roads are pretty awful so that's about as much action as my hardtail (Gary Fisher Kaitai) gets. I ride along a cut grass path behind some woods next to some cattle pastures in addition to the crappy streets and walking/bike paths that are falling apart. The ground is settling/spreading so even the smooth walking/bike trails are developing large cracks in them. I like to look for wildlife while biking so I'm usually trying to identify birds or anything else really. I have had a coyote run on the side of me at about my speed while I was next to the pastures. Possibly moving to Atlanta so I'm interested in trying out the vertical dimension.

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Hey man i live a bit south of atlanta, we should ride sometime
I live south of Atlanta too. Sharpsburg to be precise. We should all ride sometime. My buddy and I are probably going to Yellow River near Stone Mountain this Saturday if you guys are interested. I'm new and he's more experienced.
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I live south of Atlanta too. Sharpsburg to be precise. We should all ride sometime. My buddy and I are probably going to Yellow River near Stone Mountain this Saturday if you guys are interested. I'm new and he's more experienced.
This saturday?! im down, pm me your number. i live in McDonough (Henry County)
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