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Providence and 016

Took my bike to Brock at Brockstar Performance and he added some magic sauce to my bike by way of new Brockstar Suspension (new springs for fork/shock and custom valving) and the custom RK Tech head.

What better way to test them out than to try to chase Brandon up Providence Canyon and over to burn the 016 trail? The morning rain meant conditions were awesome and the new mods felt really good! I’d ridden Prov a few weeks ago and this time it felt like a was able to get up on top of the rocks and keep the momentum up a lot better than last time. Low end grunt seemed really good to me and the bike sounds a little bit different, I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to detect a difference in the head, but it seemed notable. Overall, I’d highly recommend getting your suspension done for your weight and riding style (http://www.brockstarperformance.com/) and if you have a 3-hundy and like to ride nasty trails, the RK Tech head is awesome (Brock can hook you up on that as well).

Crew: Brandon and me.

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Trails

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Sink Hollow – Beaver Creek – Pat’s Hollow with Kids

My son Logan and I had a great time riding with the Sessions crew. The rain a couple of days ago left some great conditions, there were still a few puddles in the trees and dust was minimal.

The boys did awesome on the trail and even though some parts were pushing their envelopes, they conquered all the sections and everybody had a good time by the end.

Crew: Neil, Porter, Stone, Logan and me.

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Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Trails

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Sink Hollow to Fish Haven

Had a great ride and busted a few snow drifts. There are a couple of really big trees down in the middle of Sink Hollow that will need a chain saw. We went down Fish Haven until we reached the Jeep road, then turned around and come back up. Coming back from Fish Haven, we took the Old Logan road up around Pat’s Hollow, over the top and came out above Egan Basin, there was a bunch of snow up there too, but nothing we couldn’t get through. Sections in between the snow were already pretty dusty, we could use a rain storm already.

Crew: Zac, Lance and me.

*Forgot my GPSr this day, so no map of tracks.

Check out the video from Zac’s helmet (you may get better quality if you click to go to vimeo):

 

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Tracks

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2014 Idaho City ISDE Qualifier – Race Report

I finished it! I feel like I should thank my sponsors… my wife and kids for letting me ride, my moto buddies for encouraging (taunting) me to try it, Robert and Chad for being an awesome pit crew, Chris @ Pocatello Power Sports for the deal on my awesome KTM bike, without their support, I never could have come in 166th place out of 307 starters! Seriously though, probably the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done and it was an awesome sense of accomplishment to cross that finish line.

Race Details: this year it was 125.5 miles, started and ended in Idaho City, ID. Almost all single track, see map and elevation profile below, if you weren’t climbing, you were descending with your brakes locked up.

Here’s my stats:
40+ B Class – 8th Place out of 24, Bronze Medal
Overall B Class – 29th Place out of 116
Overall Long Course – 166th out of 307 total riders (there were 123 DNF’s!)
My Starting minute: 10:46am, crossed the finish line at 6:40pm

Crew stats:
Brock – 1st Place and Gold Medal in the 30+ A Class! (although there is a scoring error, they didn’t check him in after the finish at the bike impound, they’re working on fixing it)
Brandon – 40+ A Class, 8th Place and Silver Medal! Barely missed the Gold Medal by 27 seconds
Rich and Chase – followed some bad arrows and ended up “houring-out”

Photo Album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alhill/sets/72157644995185742/

Things I learned:

  • Do NOT make adjustments to bike before the race, I adjusted my rear brake in the garage before loading up. Ended up too tight and it got hot and locked up my rear wheel in the middle of the first special test. I had to pull out my tools to adjust it so it would release, took probably 5-8 minutes or so. A ton of people passed me, my time in that ST was horrible and I came in 6 minutes behind on the first check.
  • Simple math is hard when you’re exhausted. If you miss your time on one check, you have to adjust all the other times by the differential. I ended up 35 minutes off my original time sheet.
  • Drink a lot. I went through two full camelbaks and added more water at each stop and still didn’t get enough.
  • Cramps suck! I started getting them with 45 miles left to go, in weird places too.
  • I only went over the bars once, I was right on a guy’s wheel on a nasty descent and it was too dusty to see the ruts, got crossed up and ended up superman style with my bike on top of me. Worst part was that both my legs decided to cramp up while I was sliding down the hill… haha, ouch!

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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in race

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Hurricane and La Verkin

Had a great weekend earlier this month near St. George. It was a little tough to go from mid-50°s to mid-90°s overnight, but the rides were awesome and we had a good time. We had a couple of mechanical issues, Nate threw a chain and bent the clutch slave cylinder, but he and Brandon were able to fix it on the trail. Then, A.J, put his brake lever through his clutch cover and poked a little hole in there that was letting out his oil. We were also able to pull that off and patch it to get him back on the trail.

Thanks to Derek and Amy for letting us crash at their place!

Friday Crew: Nate, Brandon, Keston, Derek, A.J., Tyson, Greg and me
Saturday Crew: Tyson and Greg went to watch Supercross in Vegas, the rest of us stayed to ride La Verkin

Check out the videos here:

 

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Trails

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