F.I.N.S. – Fantasy Island North Singletrack

I couldn’t ride my usual Wednesday night mountain bike ride, because it was my son Ryder’s 4th birthday. Happy Birthday Ryder! I decided to go out to the Thursday night mountain bike ride out at F.I.N.S. or Fantasy Island North Singletrack, about an 1 hour 20 minute drive from my house during rush hour. It is located back behind Estrella Mountain Park, around 175th avenue. The sweet single track is worth the drive. The guys… Read More »

Mountain Bike in the Moonlight at McDowell Mountain Park

I finally got out to one of the mountain bike night rides put on by Maricopa Parks and Recreation at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. I have been a few times in past years, but haven’t been able to make it this year. It is getting more popular every year. If you haven’t been out there for one of these, you need to go. The turn out is awesome! I heard that officially there were 140… Read More »

Desert Classic to Telegraph Pass – South Mountain Park

Amazing! I got to ride my mountain bike in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer. Why? The monsoon rains kept the temperature below 100 degrees. I headed out on Desert Classic in a slight drizzle about 3:30pm, hoping for more days like this during the summer. I decided to test my endurance, since I haven’t been riding to much because of the heat, and I don’t like to get up… Read More »

The Barn Burner is Back On

Time to start training again! As most of you know, the Barn Burner was postponed June 19th, because of the Eagle Rock fire in the Flagstaff area. It has been rescheduled for September 11th, 2010. I’m glad to see that is back on. The tough part is going to be training for the race in Phoenix in the middle of summer. All participants should get an email from the organizers. The email has a link… Read More »

Trail 100 – Phoenix Mountain Preserve Mountain Bike Ride

Our Wednesday mountain bike was at Trail 100 this week. Tysen, Ramon and I started our ride at 6:15. The temperature wasn’t that bad, but the humidity was high. The monsoons were all around us, but never quite reaching us. We started at the parking lot on 40th and Shea, leaving the parking lot to the south. Tysen started out at a blistering pace. Ramon and I were suffering while trying to stay on his… Read More »

Desert Classic Mountain Bike Ride

Tysen and I went for a mountain bike ride about 6:15pm out at Desert Classic. It was really hot! We started out strong, but the heat got to us at about 6 miles into the ride. We both need to get acclimatized to the heat. It usually takes 2 or 3 rides in the heat for it not to effect you too much. The arriving monsoon really helped out late in the ride. It cooled… Read More »

Sunset Trail – Mt. Elden – Flagstaff, AZ

This Father’s day weekend was supposed to be the Barn Burner race in Flagstaff, AZ, but a forest fire caused the race to be postponed. Since we had plans to go up north for the race, we decided to go for a mountain bike ride at Mt. Elden. Crystal Point We arrived Friday early afternoon to Dave’s cabin in Munds Park. We unpacked our gear and went for a short ride near the cabin. The… Read More »

Mountain Bike Ride at Pemberton Trail – McDowell Mountain Park

Tysen and I went mountain biking at Pemberton Trail this morning. This was our last long training ride for the upcoming Barn Burner in Flagstaff this upcoming weekend. There has been the oddest weather this June. It was actually cool this morning at 6:30am. I think it was in the 70’s. The cool weather brought out a lot of mountain bikers to McDowell Mountain Park this morning. The strange thing was, that there were more… Read More »

First Mountain Bike Night Ride of the Summer

It’s that time of year. It is getting too hot to ride any time except early in the morning or at night. Since, I’m not a morning person, I’ll be doing a lot of night riding. So, I charged up the helmet light and headed to South Mountain to ride the Desert Classic trail with Ramon. Since, I am training for the upcoming Barn Burner, I wanted to get some miles in with some climbing….. Read More »

Report: 2 Wheels 4 Hope Mountain Bike Benefit Race

It was the hottest day of the year so far, but that doesn’t stop mountain bikers. There was a great turn out for this years 2 Wheels 4 Hope Mountain Bike Benefit Race and Fun Ride. I’d estimate about 100 riders showed up. I’ll have to wait and check the official results for an accurate number. 75 riders showed up for this years event. This years event benefited Heidi Clayton, who was hit on her… Read More »