Sunday, July 2, 2017


For those of you not into bike shop lingo, JRA stands for Just Riding Along. As in "I was just riding along and my frame broke!" which should be interpreted "I crashed really hard and my frame broke."

Just riding along is truly what I've been doing lately - with one somewhat hard crash.

After the Lost & Found race I took several days off/easy and then got on the mountain bike in preparation for the Carson City Off Road 50 mile race. I am blessed to have fun single track riding very close to home.

Speaking of home... our ranchito.

The trail to our ranchito.

After a few solid training rides I headed up to Carson City for the race stopping at the Sweetwater Summit for a warm up ride. The stark Sweetwater Range is ever pleasing.

Fun ride in a remote area.

Biker camping was most pleasant at Mills Park in Carson City. The camaraderie among the riders was great. Insta-friends!

The race started off pretty well. I felt strong. Paced myself nicely and stayed well fueled and hydrated.

Unfortunately I did crash hard while passing a slow rider on narrow singletrack. Tumbled down a steep bank and bruised some ribs. Managed to get up and finish the lap but was in no shape to complete another loop. That's bike racing!

I recuperated for a few days then eased back into training for the Crusher in the Tushar coming up 7/9. With a heat wave in effect I enjoyed a nice ride up in the cooler air.

Flooding on Crowley Lake Drive just west of Tom's Place.

Beautiful McGee Creek.

McGee Creek raging!

I also enjoyed a pleasant ride out Highway 120 to Sagehen Summit with my wonderful wife.

Near the beginning looking back at the Sierra.

Happy rider!

Quiet roads, smooth pavement, wonderful scenery... road riding bliss!

Always appreciate the views of Mono Lake out this way too.

On more week until the Crusher! The ribs are still a little achy but I am feeling good and strong and am looking forward to a lot of fun out there in Utah.

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