Welcome to the Goathead Mountain Bike Blog. This is nothing more than your average blog, moderated by a few average guys with average riding abilities. If you strive for mediocrity like we do, then we'll get along just fine.
Despite several hours on the trainer and the occasional gravel or snow ride, I always pack on 10 - 15 pounds every winter. I've pretty much just given into the fact that it's going to happen and I realize it's all about my diet choices. This graph pretty much sums up where I'm at.
So that brings me to today. March is around the corner and my brain is telling me to start paying a little more attention to my diet............ Unfortunately, I just came across a recipe for "Chicken-Fried Bacon"
Am I going to pass this info onto my wife, and expect it on the dinner table sometime soon? Yes. Am I going to regret it once the new "Team-Goathead" race uniforms come in? Yes......... And so will all those in attendance at area races.
Mr. Goodbody approves of our uniform, but not my diet.
We've drawn this out as long as we possibly could, but it's time to put a bullet in the head of this little countdown. The newest issue of Bike Mag rates North America's Best Trails - 11 trails and 22 runners up that represent the best mountain biking on the planet. Porcupine Rim won the # 1 spot for "best descent." All I can say is, "I concur." If I go back to Moab, I'll try to ride some of the other trails in the area, but Porcupine will be a must ride every time.
Now we must move on. The list served its purpose, it got us through the dark days of winter. With spring around the corner, Team Goathead is fervently making plans for the next epic excursion. We are leaning toward the Salida or Crested Butte area. I hope to cross a few more trails off of my list. The top two right now would be the Monarch Crest trail and the 401. I also want to ride Zippity-do-da in Fruita at some point, but that may have to wait. Are there any other trails that every mountain bike should experience?
Thanks to everyone that organized and hosted the Panama Adventure Race. We now know our way around Panama as if it were our own home town, and we know a shortcut if you need to get from the tennis courts to the water tower in hurry...Just ask, we'll tell you., there's no need to keep important info like that to ourselves.
The settings on my camera were all screwed up, so I decided to add a couple more effects to make them even more screwed up. I was going for a post-nuclear-apocalypse look.
Anybody who reads our blog (all 3 of you) knew this trail was going to be high on our list. When the Goatheads travel to Denver this trail is ALWAYS our first stop. Why? Perhaps it is the lung busting climb 30 seconds into the ride. We have often arrived in Denver at lunch time only to be riding this trail two hours later. That is not a lot of time to adjust to the altitude. More than one Goathead has finished the first climb a little dizzy. Once on top it is a nice smooth ride. Actually the top is strewn with rocks and drop-offs. Eventually you make your way over to the Red Rocks area, after navigating some very hard switchbacks. After a VERY LONG climb in Red Rocks, the trail actually does get a little smoother on the ride back to the parking lot. So in review, climbs, downhills, switchbacks, and rocks – a perfect combo. However, lots of trails have had those features. Dakota Ridge makes it into the #2 spot because of epicness (i.e. great Goathead moments). Could be: crashes, an amazing display of bike handling, good display of fitness, or just a group of guys really enjoying each other’s company.
On Sunday, 3 Goatheads will be competing in the the Panama Adventure Race. It looks like the weather will be a little chilly, but very manageable. This will be our third adventure race. If everything goes well, I think we should consider the Tough Guy Challenge
Billed as "the safest most dangerous taste of physical and mental endurance pain in the world", the Tough Guy Challenge took place yesterday, February 1st, on South Perton Farm, near Wolverhampton, England. Thousands of challengers (men and women) started the endurance race, with hundreds dropping out along the way due to exhaustion or injury - broken bones, dislocations, and over 600 cases of hypothermia.
Got out to Colorado this weekend for a day of skiing. Beautiful weather and perfect conditions for T-Rev to throw down.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a bike out there, which really sucked, cause Sunday morning was gorgeous. We decided to hike Dakota Ridge, which just made me more angry. Although when you walk it, you see lines you never noticed before. Plans for a Goathead trip this summer are still up in the air, but if our travels take us through Denver, we are definitely stopping for a quick lap........ I've got the bug.
........ Oh yeah, T-Rev has a girlfriend. She's real, I touched her..... and she's super cool.... Don't screw this up Trev, it's your last chance at happiness! JK
55 degrees in February- you can't pass that up for a ride. The Professor and I headed out on the Keystone trail south from Harrison to the end in Bellevue and back. Wind was pretty good in our face on the way back but still a great ride and great to get out and put in some miles in Feb.
In Bellevue, as the Prof called it "the ghost of Walmart past"
Near Bellevue people on the trail kept telling us to look out for the snake...didn't see it the 1st time we went past heading into the wind but had no problem seeing/hearing the rattlesnake on the return trip. Wife wasn't too happy I got this close to take the pic.
Alright, that's enough of this Youtube nonsense, it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.
# 3 on the list of top Goathead trails, is Methodist Mountain trail in Salida, Colorado. I'm not sure if that's the correct name for it, I've heard it called a couple of different things. I'm pretty sure it's part of the Rainbow trail, which is a longer network of trails in the area. We actually had no idea where we were. In fact, when we woke up that morning we had no idea we would even be in the Salida area. It was raining hard in Denver and it looked like it was going to be a wash-out. We turned on the weather channel and saw on the radar that it wasn't raining to the south. We called a local bike shop in Salida (2 hours south) and asked for a weather report. He said it wasn't raining, but it looked like it could. We had two choices. Spend the rest of the day in T-Rev's apartment watching Gwar videos, or taking a chance on Salida.
We definitely made the right choice. The Weather turned out to be perfect and the trail was worth the drive.