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Getting Circumcised and The Catalina Climb n’ Climb

Published on March 7, 2006 by

The Sedona Circumcision is just about here. Expect to have an all day hoot-of-a-time riding fun and challenging Sedona Single-Track. Looks like we may even be getting some spring storms to tack-up those dry trails.
Let’s meet at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2006 in the backside parking lot of the Oak Creek Factory Outlet Mall. The backside parking lot is accessible from Jacks Canyon Road just east of Hwy 179. If the weather looks good I will be riding down on Friday and camping on the trail. Drop me a line (troy at epicrider dot com) if ya want to join me fer that!
Erik at Budda Beach - 2004 Circumcision
Also note the April 2nd Catalina Climb & Climb race-event – part mt lemmon road ride, part rock climb – in the 2006 races and rides calendar.
Catalina Climb and Climb (click for full size flyer)

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North Buttress

Published on February 24, 2006 by

A few weeks ago epicrider Blair Foust and I climbed the North Buttress of Siphon Draw in the Superstition Mountains.
I do like “desert mountaineering”.
Blair on the North Buttress

North Buttress of Siphon Draw in the Superstition Mountains

March 18th and the Sedona Circumcision ride will soon be here. Plan on all day fun on that oh so awsome Shredona Single-Track! Pics from the 2004 Sedona Circumcision Ride.

Off to Wolf Creek for some fun next week. They just got hit with a storm last week so their base is up to 54″. Not tall but hey it is giant compared to the 0″ base here in Flagstaff. I am going from the 2nd to the 6th of March. Drop me a line if you are interested in joining. I am up for riding lifts and also playing in the front country or backcountry. I do know some avalanche safety and have all needed avalanche safety gear.

2006 races and rides calendar

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Bennett grabs 2nd

Published on February 21, 2006 by

Epicrider Brian Bennett took second in the solo class of the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo! Below is an email from him:

2nd behind Tinker and the Karma’s held up great! I can’t believe the bike lasted for 22 hours with no mechanicals. Yes, only 22 hours, 3rd place was 2 laps back so I stopped after 16 laps and coasted in at noon. Best overall 24 I’ve done. Jennifer (his wife) was amazing in her support position. I feel like I should be paying her. Every race has something a little different. This one was the fact that I lost complete vision in my left eye at about 2am.
I couldn’t figure out why I was missing turns and felt out of control.
After realizing I was completely blind in one eye I started worrying about my other eye. So my worst fear is happening. There’s 6 hours left I’m in 2nd place and my sight is fading fast. By 7am I have to follow people in the tight single-track just to keep from killing myself. Ok, it doesn’t sound terrible or maybe it does, but now my right is blurred to the point that I couldn’t make out rocks, tree limbs, or anything for that matter that might be in the trail. I could only see shapes and they looked the same, like shadows. Scared to death I started my 16th lap, after the 7 bitches I was able to ride someone’s (Kevin’s) wheel through most of the lap but knew it had better be my last lap or there could be grave danger in my future. The MTB gods were there for me as I came in to the pit. Jen tells me there’s no need for a 17th or 18th lap and that 2nd place was wrapped up.

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ice-age heat wave

Published on February 8, 2006 by

I heard today that if we don’t get any moisture then the forest is gonna “close” on March 15th here in RastaFlagstaffian land. Yep last winter I was snowboarding in 3 feet of snow on Elden Mountain and this winter I am mountainbiking in 3 inches of dust. We must be having one of those ice-age heat waves that modest mouse talks about.

Been getting back into that oh-so-excellent Sedona riding, including two Shredona rides with Smithers before his move to California.
Also met up with Bobby for some riding in Crucifixion wash.
Crucifixion wash Crucifixion wash
Check out those riding slacks!

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Push Industries

Published on February 2, 2006 by

It has been a few years since I purchased a new suspension fork. Well I went big with a custom tuned 2006 Fox Talas RLC. This sucka gets 90-130mm of adjustable travel. Right out of the box this fork performed like no other, making my 2001 suspension fork feel rigid! Hats off to Push Industires for the custom tune job.

A Push for my Coconino bike www.pushindustries.com

2006 races and rides calendar

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