Archive | Trip Reports—Shorter Cycling Events

06 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Red Rocks Randonnée 600 — The Inaugural Ride

For several years, I have tinkered with the idea of doing a Grand Randonnée in the national parks of southern Utah. A Grand Randonnée has the minimum distance of 1200 km (750 miles), over a 90-hour time period (just over 3-1/2 days). During the fall and winter of 2013, I begin working on some routes. […]

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22 September 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Shoulder Injury

This past week I was selling my bags at the registration check in for the the Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo (we ran out of several colors of our wildly popular “Top Tube Century Bag”). I also did this ride on Saturday and injured my left shoulder during this 104-mike event. In my six years […]

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17 February 2013 ~ 1 Comment

New 200K P.R. (Personal Record)

I’m finally catching up on some old news that I should have posted long ago…. When I first started cycling, one of longstanding goals (bucket list) was to ride a 200km (124.3 miles) brevet in under 8 hours. Most brevets I did were in small groups or solo, so drafting was not always possible. Finally, […]

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21 October 2012 ~ Comments Off on 2012 LoToJa—Finally, a New PR for Me! (200 under 12)

2012 LoToJa—Finally, a New PR for Me! (200 under 12)

Ever since I started road cycling in 2007 I have had the goal of doing a double century (200 mile) ride in under 12 hours. On Desperado Dual (central Utah ride) I have come close…12:20, 12:35, but with the winds and sparse drafting opportunities I never achieved my goal. This spring I went to Calif. […]

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23 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on Nebo Mania

Nebo Mania

Earlier this spring, I made the acquaintance of a local roadie, Brian Whipple. He and I are the same age and we ride very close to the same speed and intensity. He has complained about getting “out climbed” by many of his cycling partners, so this season he was making a concerted effort to work […]

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02 October 2011 ~ Comments Off on 2011 Moab Brevet

2011 Moab Brevet

On September the 24th I hosted the first brevet in the Moab area, called the Moab Double Whammy. It is also a 200K Permanent route that was featured in a 2011 issue of The American Randonneur magazine. The day started at 8:00 a.m. with six riders. Two of them had commitments later in the day, […]

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19 June 2011 ~ Comments Off on Davis 400K Brevet

Davis 400K Brevet

Lonnie “Epic” Wolff, from Cedar City, invited me to join him for the April 30th (2011) Davis California 400K brevet. It was one I had not done before so it sounded like an interesting ride. For a full report, I refer you to his blog post on this ride. Anthony Blauer, my local rando friend, […]

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16 June 2011 ~ 2 Comments

2011 Grand Canyon 600K

Quick post. Busy week. I didn’t take a camera as I was paranoid about the weight and my point and shoot camera has had some battery issues as of late anyway. I needed a qualifying ride to get into the Colorado High Country 1200 in July of 2011, so I decided on doing a brevet […]

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15 May 2011 ~ 1 Comment

2011 Heart of Utah 300K Report

On May the 14th, we held the second in a series of two brevets for the new Randonneurs USA region in the Salt Lake area. This route was a brand new design and not merely a modification of an existing “Permanent” route (click for info on what a Permanent is). I wanted to incorporate a […]

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16 April 2011 ~ 2 Comments

2011 Willard Bay & Beyond 200K Brevet Report

This spring has been unseasonably cool with tons of precipitation. Consequently, for many of us, it has been difficult to get many training miles in. The local mountains have a snowpack of 130 to 150% above normal. So I was worried about having our first brevet in weather that was not cycling friendly. I was […]

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07 April 2011 ~ Comments Off on Willard Bay Pre-ride

Willard Bay Pre-ride

On Tuesday, April 5th I did a “pre-ride” of the Willard Bay & Beyond brevet. The purpose is to verify details, insuring that the cue sheet is accurate and that there hasn’t been any last minute construction. Prior to this ride I had a slow leak in my rear tire, which I thought I had […]

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16 January 2011 ~ Comments Off on Rando Roulette in Las Vegas

Rando Roulette in Las Vegas

200K ride with Anthony Blauer from Manti. Rando Roulette Permanent in Las Vegas. This route is nice as it goes to the red rocks on the west and down to Lake Mead on the east. This was first time riding this Permanent. It was designed expressively  so I would have a winter route, thus maintaining […]

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30 August 2010 ~ Comments Off on Desperado Dual

Desperado Dual

Desperado Dual 200 mile ride at Panguitch Utah. August 21st, 2010. My third year in a row attending. I was hoping to break the 12-hour barrier for 200 miles. Last year it took me something like 12 hours and 18 minutes. This year it took longer at 12:28. Rats. Lots of wind on the second […]

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26 April 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Tombstone 600K Brevet (finally, reaching my goal for a sub-28 hour time!)

Last April, during the Zion 200K brevet, Lonnie “epic” Wolff, my local Utah RBA and rando mentor, introduced me to a site called Cyclos Montagnards. If one completes a brevet series (200, 300, 400 & 600K) within a percentage of the cut off time for each ride, you get listed on their honorary page on […]

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