28 April, 2010

LaHood, Budapest, Mexico

"This is the end of favoring motorized transportation
at the expense of non-motorized."

US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

Read what said about bikes yesterday at the official US DOT blog "Fast Lane".


People For Bikes (launched at the Sea Otter) is working to gather 1 million pledges in an effort to show policy makers that people want to bike.

Join Lance Armstrong, Gary Fisher, and me in signing the pledge!

I am for bikes. I'm for long rides and short rides. I'm for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling- one that is safe and fun for everyone.


Budapest had another Critical Mass ride


Mexico City is also using bicycles to help solve their traffic woes. Every year an additional 200,000 cars hit the pavement and the infrastructure (not to mention air) can't keep up.

Ecobici- new automated bike rentals

Deutsche Welle put together a great 7 minute story.

The dawn of a new era in transportation!

25 April, 2010

Butler Valley

Ryan, Peter, and I spun Butler Valley backwards.

Ride time 3:37 for 50 miles and a max speed of 40 mph.

I forgot to take a photo... darn. It was super pretty and warm.

20 April, 2010

Sea Otter Stars

Here are some of the heroes of mountain biking that I saw at this year's Otter.

Steve Peat: seen chilling at the Santa Cruz tent.
The 36 year old reigning Downhill World Champion, a legend!

Gary Fisher: seen near the campsites at Laguna Seca.
One of the original mountain bikers and his name is on my bike!

Willow Koerber: seen riding the road to Laguna Seca
The first American to podium (bronze) worlds in 8 years!

Emily Batty: seen chilling at the Trek tent.
The Canadian who went from High School to World Cup this year.

18 April, 2010

Sea Otter XX

Wow. This was my fourth consecutive Sea Otter Classic and it has never failed to leave an impression. Ryan, Heather and I spent 3 days taking in the sights, sounds, and trails at Laguna Seca Raceway under perfect blue skies.

The Otter is one of the most important events for mountain bikers. Top riders from around the world are seen in abundance.

The road bike racing is also pretty sweet.

The bike industry brings all their latest and greatest to the expo.

Sea Otter at Cyclingnews.com

On Sunday we did a ride in Mount Diablo State Park on our way back north. The 3 hour excursion featured lots of creek crossings and some choppy trail conditions (thanks cows/horses).

Borges Ranch at the base of Diablo Sunday

17 April, 2010

Otter Day 3

Ryan raced XC Cat 2 on Saturday morning. He finished the 19 mile race with leg cramps in 18th of 37, with a time of 1:45.

A crazy tandem rider refused to pull over on the trail in order to allow Ryan to pass and then proceeded to flip sideways into the only mud puddle on the course causing a 4 bike pile up!

Ryan mid-racehello singletrack

suffering the last climb

lupine, poppies, copious wildflowers
thanks for the photos Ryan/Heather

10 April, 2010

Bike Season 2010

After months of cold rainy/snowy weather, I'm looking forward to some proper rides. This year is shaping up to have some fun events.
Sea Otter Classic: April 15-18, Monterey

C & O Canal Trail
June 23-29, Washington DC to West Virginia

a 185 mile National Park path

Virginia Capital Trail: Late June. Jamestown, Virginia

Tour de Fat: September 25th, San Francisco

Has it been 3 years?
Heather and I loved the 2007 tour

The Ten
(abridged) Commandments of the Tour de Fat:

1. Put no means of transport before thy bike:

Come by bike because not only are bikes fun, but they help stave off some of our most wicked ills: Traffic, laziness, and pollution. Tour de Fat has a solution: ride this day, every day, and definitely when Tour de Fat heads your way.

2. Honor all other bikes:

All bikes are good bikes, and all those who ride them are good people. This is the one Bike Festival that cherishes bicycle diversity on our Cruise-ade.

3. May every generation come forth

6. New Belgium shalt not profit: Our goal is to raise money for bicycle and environmental charities. New Belgium Brewing Company does NOT retain any of the events' proceeds.


Racing in the fall?

08 April, 2010

Arcata Bottoms

I've been sneaking in some rides. I spun 16 miles to Mad River Beach and Lanphere Dunes in the Arcata Bottoms for 1 hour and 8 minutes.
Lanphere Dunes from the ocean
I also hit up the forest and marsh while waiting for my laundry.

05 April, 2010

April Showers

I have the RICA test Saturday and on Sunday I need to plan my solo for Arcata Elementary.

The past two weeks have been cold and rainy. The tops of the hills are covered in snow. I hope it warms up in Monterey next week, at least we have hotels this year!

Tanner & Trinity on new bikes, courtesy of Brian

01 April, 2010

Change of Pace

I've grown tired of bicycles over the past few weeks. In an impulsive decision I have sold my bikes to buy this old mud truck which I will now drive everywhere.
April fools!

Sea Otter in 2 weeks...