As a kick start to tandem riding we recently traveled to Moab, Ut for the annual skinny tire festival. This festival is four days of supported riding with all rides starting and ending in Moab at the Archway Inn. They provide sag support, feed stations and lunch on three of the days. The festival is a fund raiser for various cancer and cancer support groups in the Moab area. I think there were about 1100 registrants. We saw quite a few tandems, at least 2 Calfees(ours and our riding partners), 3 Pakeetas, a few Santana Beyonds and various other Santanas and numerous Co- Motions. The weather was spectacular with high about 70-71 and minimal wind. The scenery in the Moab area really makes the riding enjoyable. We modified the routes somewhat to include more climbing on the 2nd day ride (our 3rd day). We arrived early and did the last day ride before the start of the festival and left Moab the last day of the festival. There are no mass starts so most people waited a little later in the mornings to let the temps rise. As it was our first day on the pavement since November (we have record snowfall here in Anchorage) the climbs were a bit more of a challenge. I have included the Garmin connect files of the various rides. As our friends are doing the Leadville 100 on their mtn tandem we added miles and climbing on two of the days. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/158440168 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/158440158
The ride below called the La Salle loop took us up into the snow on the road with about 200 yards of riding the tandem in the snow, a first for us on this bike. Fortunately it was on the climb and not on the descent. This was a major deviation from the standard route and I don't think any other riders did it except us and our riding partners. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/158440139 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/158440115
FWIW our Bengal brake worked well on all the descents.
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So at the chance of asking a dumb question, what's the bike scene like up in Anchorage? I get that it's the largest city (decent sized!) so does this mean bike lanes etc, or? Also snow removal / street - bike lane maintenance (I see that you said that the snow was a problem this year)? Access to bike toys? I'm assuming you can get out of town into the mtn trails quick though?!