Thursday, September 07, 2006

Turtle River, CX, Ultra Distance Events and Memphis I went out to Turtle River State Park on Monday. The new trails the Americorp crew made are perfect. They extended the horse trail section so that there is single track all the way along the hill on the east and south side of the trail. Very fun and fast. Especially going opposite of the "race loop". I managed to clip a tree with my left grip which sent me heading straight into a tree on the right side of the trail. I cushioned the blow with my arm and then rolled a couple times down the hill. I was a human pinball : ) Then the ski trial section just before heading into the gopher hills has been replace with some sweet single track as well. A few nice roots and rocks in this part. The old Americorp trail along the marshes was also widened and groomed better than ever. Helmets off to those guys and gals from Americorp who put in over six solid weeks of trail work. Thank you very much. Brian, make sure you bring the 9.9 in October. Paddy, you and Naomi should head over there on your way down to the CX races at the end of the month.

The new and improved section towards the end of the "race loop"

Tonight I went to the first cyclocross race of the season in Moorhead at Johnson Park. I've never done a CX race before, and it was an eye opener. 45 minutes of my lungs on fire. Ouch! I'm out of shape. It was painful but fun. A lot of nice guys and gals showed up. A big thunderstorm just missed us. Only a few sprinkles to make some of the grass sections slick. I will definitely be back for more.

EnduroSnob needs some brave souls to sign up for the EnduroSnob Epic in November. Only six signed up so far, and a third are from North Dakota. Lets try and get a 50% representation at least. If Mangan and I can do it then Sears and Brian certainly can. Come on guys. You can do it.

Also the Arrowhead 135 registration is open now until December 1st. Start getting your winter camping gear in order. This is a must do race. Any takers out there? Pw-how about it this year?

In non-biking news I'm heading to Memphis, Tennesse on Sunday. I'll be there for two weeks for FedEx training. Then everyone in Fargo better stay off the sidewalks cause I'll be behind the wheel of a big white truck : ) It should be fun. Anyone been there before? I'm gonna try and catch a Nashville Predators pre-season NHL game. Other than that I'll see if I can't rent a bike and get in better shape while I'm down there.

That's all for now. I'll try and keep up with blogging while I'm in Memphis. Hopefully I'll get a bunch of pictures of Graceland to share with everyone : )

6 comments:

brian said...

I'll bring the 9.9 when I come up in Oct. It's for sure Oct 5-8 now. I'm hoping to bring both bikes...get some road and mtb rides in.

Those new trails sound most fun!

How did the Poprad perform?

Paddy Humenny said...

I'm doing aerohead this yr...that is if it's not -30C of course...


isn't the taste of lung blood in your mouth during cx season wicked????

pw said...

Been to Memphis, you are going at a nice time of the year. It will be pretty cool as FEx pretty much controls the airport. Roads in town have no shoulders for road riding, and I'll get you the name of a restaurant you have to find (hidden in an alley)to try for ribs.

Cellarrat said...

Ummm oh boy your gonna be drivin a fedex truck....

good golly, I am gonna try for the 135 but I might be rocking just a mt . bike with trials rims and 2.5's =) fixed of coruse.....

pw said...

Go to Rendevous rib joint. Do whatever to get there, be hungry, get the ribs, extra sauce, and also try the pulled pork if they have it. They added chicken to the menu, but I've never tried it. Kind of has the feel of the old Whitey's.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Simmons. Are you racing on Sat?