April 13, 2010
Time to ride Bobcat ridge since Kent was nice enough to let me know he and Dave were going to be riding there. For them it was ride to shake down their bikes to make sure that they are ready for Moab in a few weeks. For me it's a chance to ride the Yeti and a bit more conservatively than last year when I cracked a rib after pinch flatting the front tire due to fatigue...
We make the easy loop for a warm-up and I am happy that the pace is mellow. Usually Kent is on fire and I have to hold on for dear life. In any case it's really warming up and it's time for the big climb. We are surprised that we don't see any other bikes yet?
Dave sets the tempo on the climb and Kent and I follow. Kent's a bit weary from a lot of 12 hour days at the office and perhaps that Time Trial last week and doesn't want to keep Dave's pace. I am more or less able to follow but my legs are complaining a bit. My HR is not too bad but perhaps it's those 5 lbs I put on over the winter that are the real problem.
We have lots of good fun trying to clean some of the sections. The Ginny trail has gotten rockier and more technical since last time I did it. After seeing some of the changes, I am glad that we are doing an out and back and I am making note of anything that I think is sketchy.
Seems like it took us forever to get to the summit , and it's strange that we haven't seen any other bikes or even hikers for that matter. We continue on over to the fire road, and I am much happier that we are done with that climb. Thinking back to a few years ago I find it crazy that have climbed this thing twice in a session....
We finally make it over to the fire road and and we see the ranger and let's just say that we had a nice chat with him. At last we see some more bikes while we are waiting. It's a young couple's first time at Bobcat and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Soon another couple arrives and they appear to be racers. I recognize them from my ride last week, only they were on Single Speeds then and today they are on their FS bikes.
After a bit of chat we head back the way we came. It was a pretty uneventful ride with the exception of Dave doing and Endo. He was OK, physically, but mentally he seemed a bit disappointed with himself for making that mistake. At this point the racer couple was just about upon us and I decided to let them go ahead, while Dave checked out up the trail. I used the couple to motivate me to keep an honest pace which was probably better than trying to stay with Dave at this point.
Kent is a ways back so we regroup at the summit. We chat with the racers for a bit and then they are down the mountain. After a bit of Kent fixing his cleat we descend. It is so pleasant to be using gravity again, but I still have last year's crash in the back of my head so I am not pushing it at all. Having the shin guards is a comfort especially they way the trail has changed. I was definitely playing it safe and figured that it was better to walk some of the tight sections, especially since I was feeling a bit weary which is what got me into trouble last time.
At last we are at the parking lot and I had planned to grab the Single Speed which was in the back of the truck, but it was getting late and I didn't want to miss this rounds of AMA Supercross. Anyway a good time was had by all, wish more folks would have come out to play but it's all good.