In competitive sports there is one advantage to turning 50…you are in a new age group! I raced at the Half Growler (32 mile) mountain bike race in Gunnison, Colorado at Hartman Rocks on Memorial Day weekend. This is a fantastic event put on by Dave Wiens, 6-time winner of the Leadville Trail 100 and founder/director of Gunnison Trails, a non-profit trails advocacy group. The Full Growler is 64 miles (2 laps of a rugged course) for those who want a huge challenge. Well, I chose the moderately huge challenge of 1 lap of the 32 mile course. The terrain is very fun with lots of singletrack that snakes through rolling sagebrush terrain and occasional outcrops of granite that create technical rock gardens. I remember racing out here 20 years ago for the Rage in the Sage races as part of the Colorado Off-Road Point Series. It is even more fun now that they have miles and miles of new trails.
Archive for July, 2012
Growing up along the Gulf Coast of Florida a pair of shorts were never missing from one’s drawer or duffle bag, you just never knew when the weather may be fit to pull on a pair. Even on a Christmas day! However around Memorial Day each year the wardrobe officially switches to t-shirt, shorts and if shoes are required, flip-flops. Not unlike most other areas in this great land but this ensemble is an everyday staple in Florida living along with sunglasses.
It’s another amazing day here in Crested Butte, CO. Another day that we don’t have to check the weather. It’s sunny, warm, and perfect blue skies. Not a rain cloud in sight. It’s been like this for over two months and honestly it’s the best summer weather I can remember. [...]
The frost was thick when we showed up at the Galena Lodge on Saturday morning for the Galena Grinder, with a crystal blue sky overhead and a mob of racers getting themselves together for the 9am start. Cold on the toes, but promising a nice, cool start to the 45-mile race. What a turnout compared to the 9-to-5! Team vans, people camping up and down the course—so cool.
With multiple fires raging across Colorado, the most dismal snowpack in years, and horribly insufficient streamflows in nearly all of our rivers, it would be easy to let a feeling of gloom overtake a conservationist in this state. These are certainly negatives in our world right now, but they should [...]