Tuesday, May 20, 2008

On Monday this is going to hurt...



...but today it was an enjoyable, conversational climb thanks to the fact that He-Who-Likes-to-Poke-Fun-at-My-Limited-Racing-Schedule isn't a morning person and was content to roll easy. I really like the first half of the Draper ICUP course - I've ridden down Clark's enough that I can actually go somewhat fast (if you ride early in the morning it's rare to run into - pun intended! - any uphill traffic). The second half of the course, however, is another story. One of these days I expect to develop some mountain bike handling skills but thus far they have proven elusive. Unfortunately (for me), the latter half of the course is filled with narrow, sandy trail riddled with lots of tight turns. Needless to say, that combination doesn't result in very fast riding on my part.

It should be noted that the switchback (near the Red Rock trailhead, just before you drop onto Mike Weir) to which Team Revolution applied some TLC last night was much improved. My wrists, shoulders and back are sore thanks to the 2 hours of manual labor, but the end result made the suffering worthwhile.

4 comments:

Mother Theresa said...

Thanks for doing the work. I feel like a loser not helping out. Once my gardens are straightened out, I'll have more flexibility.

Andy H. said...

I agree on the 2nd half of the course. Hard to get much flow going once you cross the road(other than BBQ alley which is crazy fast). Way fun course none the less. The switchback you worked on rides most excellently now and the new boardwalk over the muddy section should help the course from getting too beat up.

I am Matt said...

With hurt comes reward. You'll do fine. Besides you got goody goody points for doing trail work. So top 5 placement?

irideiwrite said...

You up for a road ride Friday sometime?

I can probably sneak out for a couple of hours in the afternoon