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    2011 in review

    So, with 2011 coming to an end, what did you scratch off your bucket list? And what's left over for 2012?
    Faster is not always better, but it's always more fun

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    Finally getting a 29er and riding the piss out of it. 2012, a first race at the tender age of 41.

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    Grand Canyon ride

    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    So, with 2011 coming to an end, what did you scratch off your bucket list? And what's left over for 2012?
    I've wanted to ride the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon ever since I saw a video by MTBBill and I did.



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    Wherewolf, do you have a link to the video? I went here but still cant find it: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon - Part One

    That trail looks like the holy grail of impressive vistas.

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    Spent most of 2011 gettin' fatter, but had one excellent trip. Plenty left over for 2012, and I'll be taking more than two months off work so I've got a sliver of a hope of doing some of it.
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    It's gone

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    Wherewolf, do you have a link to the video? I went here but still cant find it...
    It's gone but I've sent you a PM to download my copy. Let me know once you have it.

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    Got it. Thanks Wherewolf.

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    First trip to Bend Oregon (only three days - I will have to go back there for more exploring).
    First time racing the Nationals 50 mile MTB championship (out of Bend).
    Finally made it up Dogmeat without dabs.
    Lots of places left to explore - maybe next year.
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    Dayum JC, it's not over until the fat lady sings. Still 2.5 weeks left in the year, that's a solid 5%. You're like "The Glass is 95% empty" kind of guy, aren't you?

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    Finally got to ride Ashland

    Got to get some crazy riding and beer drinking in Switzerland

    ...yeah, my bucket list just got way shorter

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    Great thread! I hate the term 'bucket list' for some reason. Life is not a death list I guess...

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    in 2011 I rode:
    ashland
    post canyon
    sandy ridge
    moab
    fruita/grand junction
    gooseberry
    bend
    mills peak

    and that is just the new stuff. its been a great year and Im looking forward to an even better 2012. I plan to hit whistler and take some clinics so I can get some actual skills.

    2011 was also my busiest year in terms of racing. being part of a team is fun and motivating and I even managed to snag a few cat 2 podiums. shooting for some wins in 2012, or maybe even not being dead last in cat 1.

    I would also like to thank the wonderful people who invited me along on these trips. mtbr has helped introduce me to some amazing friends and Im grateful for that.
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    This thread makes me sad....I didn't ride anywhere near as much as I wanted too. I only hit Ord (10-15 times) and Toro (1 or 2 times).

    Dude that sucks!

    I want to hit Demo as soon as I get back from my vacation next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim View Post
    Spent most of 2011 gettin' fatter, but had one excellent trip. Plenty left over for 2012, and I'll be taking more than two months off work so I've got a sliver of a hope of doing some of it.
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    I had a lot of great rides at Demo and Downieville, progressed technically, and got pretty competent riding flat pedals, but otherwise really didn't ride anywhere new, and I'm definitely below where I was a year ago fitness-wise. I went into 2011 feeling like I was in a rut but ready to pull back from riding a bit, for 2012 I'm looking forward to getting out of it. I don't do bucket lists, but next year I've got big plans both for getting faster and expanding my riding horizons.
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    Got myself back into biking at age 33. Last time I rode I was 19. Can't believe I wasted so much time!!

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    This has been a very good year for biking for me, as well as many other things and I realize how incredibly lucky I am, that we all are, for being able to do what we do. I am so thankful for every one of my kickass friends and mtn biking acquaintances for fun times and helping me to become a better rider.

    1) I pedaled my chunky ass up 231,592 ft so far, but I'm still chunky. WTF? lol...
    2) I did not break any bones coming down those 231,592 ft.
    3) Finally rode at Downieville (like, 6 times!) without any major injury crashes and loved it!
    4) Did my first solo 8 hr. race, but I kinda messed it up by not thinking I had enough time for another loop. Next year I will not shortchange myself.
    5) Me & the vegieman rode the dirt in OR for the first time. Hit the major spots - Bend, Hood River, Oakridge, N. Umpqua trail, Mckenzie river trail, even stayed one night in Ashland, but did not ride there. Next time. That place is mtb and beer Nirvana. It should be on everyone's list, every year!
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    1) 3rd in first endurance event (6hr humboldt)
    2) 5th overall for men's B collegiate
    3) Lost 10lbs
    4) Didn't break 4? 5? frames like I did last year.
    5) Was finally not the slowest guy in the world.
    6) First CX race
    7) Managed to keep my 3.5gpa

    And I think I actually drank more beer this year. So win-win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Great thread! I hate the term 'bucket list' for some reason. Life is not a death list I guess...
    lol, every time I hear it I think of Morgan Freeman.

    I definitely do have a list though, except mine is more of a BIHK(before I have kids) list

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    Accomplished: Got back to riding. Got a serious equipment upgrade. Got the kids involved. Dropped 10#.

    ToDo in One Two: I've got a 50 mile race staked out for October. Drop 20 more. Get the kids racing at a more competitive pitch.

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    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.
    Part of our Switzerland trip:



    Ashland helmet cam footage is still sitting on my laptop at home... someday I'll stop riding long enough to edit it

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    1) 3rd in first endurance event (6hr humboldt)
    2) 5th overall for men's B collegiate
    3) Lost 10lbs
    4) Didn't break 4? 5? frames like I did last year.
    5) Was finally not the slowest guy in the world.
    6) First CX race
    7) Managed to keep my 3.5gpa

    And I think I actually drank more beer this year. So win-win.

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    Slide, that gives 2.5 weeks to update the thread for your year end accomplishments!! Personally, 2011 was not that great on the biking front. I finally got a road bike to get some short pre dawn rides in during the workweek. Only 2 new places I rode were Sweeney Ridge and Mt Tam (finally after all these years). 2012 will definitely see way more riding in the mountains (Old Donner trail, Sawtooth ridge, and going back to HITG are on the list), and I got 10 # to lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdamschen View Post
    lol, every time I hear it I think of Morgan Freeman.

    I definitely do have a list though, except mine is more of a BIHK(before I have kids) list
    Yup. Which is why I made Moab a TOP priority this year!
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    first out of state mtb road trip to fruita and moab- great trip with great friends. only regret was not consuming the whole enchilada d/t weather- now gotta go back.

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    Downieville and Ft. Bragg/Jackson Forest were the two big ones for me this year.

    Already got Crested Butte and Kingdom Trails (VT) in the queue for 2012!

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    Getting back to regular riding after > 1yr. of quasi-inactivity due to:
    a. tearing my Achilles tendon while snowboarding in Jan 2010
    b. becoming a father in May 2010
    c. breaking my fibula (again while snowboarding) in Mar 2011

    (yes, I will snowboard this season)

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    Huge bike upgrade this year.

    1) Hit all the stunts/jumps at Demo, except one (sawpit - right after the second big log ride - sketchy drop off old growth stump framed tightly by two trees. Do you just drop that thing or try to catch a little transition on the back side of the stump?)
    2) Finally rode Downieville.
    3) Rode lots of incredible trails in Tahoe - Toads, Northstar, Tyrolean, TRT, others...
    4) Finally got to know the labyrinth that is UCSC and adjacent areas (probably still a lot more to discover).
    5) Overnight epic in Coe.

    2012 - Paradise Royale, Moab, maybe Bend, and a ton more time in Tahoe!
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    1) Like bikes buy one that fits after researching options, get rid of small one.
    2) Crash, separate shoulder and crack ribs
    3) Ride JMP/RR/Chabot loop
    4) Make it to TNGR with good beer in tow
    5) Ride Demo
    6) Ride Dville
    7) Buy a SS for 40 bucks (91 Rockhopper ghetto conversion). Strip down, clean, grease, and reassemble bike and it still runs after 100+ miles
    8) SS China Camp
    9) Go on a night ride
    10) Train dogs to Mtn. Bike with me
    11) Sign up for Sea Otter 2012
    Still left to do this year
    1) SS Tamarancho
    2) Convert SS to a longer chain using tension mechanisim
    3) Ride Skeggs
    Things missed
    1) Ride Tahoe
    2) Ride a resort
    3) Build up a Front Suspension SS
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    Mostly on the road this year, first time over 4K miles & 600K of climbing, riding Alp D'Huez and Galibier in the snowstorm are my fondest memories of this year as well as Alta Alpine. Can't wait for riding Tourmalet next year!

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    Found an IPA better than Pliny.

    Built a new bike, so I can ride more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan G. View Post
    Found an IPA better than Pliny.
    You're so full of it

    Here's my year in review: I did not ride my road bike.

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    Sadly, I became employed in September so am not going to fall short of 6,000 miles for the year, but have managed about 620,000' climbed (so far).

    My "bucket list" item was completing a double century (roadie), something I've wanted to do for 2 years. Actually, I completed 3 of them in the CA Triple Crown Stage Race and got a decent 15th place. Not sure I'll go back there again, so that'll look nice on the wall!

    Attempting the Coe Everest Challenge was big, although that remains incomplete. We did manage to repeat our 100 miles of Coe ride of last year, though, with a larger group which made it quite a different experience. Next year, the full 29K' or bust!

    And after abusing my road bike on trails every so often, I finally got a proper CX bike.

    I think next year's list includes my first race - just not sure what it's going to be yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    You're so full of it

    Here's my year in review: I did not ride my road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan G. View Post
    Found an IPA better than Pliny.
    Do tell! I'm making a beer run on the way home. Pliny isn't my favorite, but I'm always curious about what else stands up to it in the opinions of the beer fans.


    Oh... and for 2011 I helped the economy... a lot. 4 new bikes, 3 of them carbon fiber.
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    Hi Folks,

    2011 was a great year for me because I got to enjoy a Season Pass at Northstar Bike Park for the first time since shattering my left femur there on 8/2/2009.

    The skills came back pretty quickly as I hit Big Daddy as well as the wooden platform drop to a hip landing off the Vista lift.

    Some folks gave me a little grief for returning to Northstar in order to log more air time at 61 years of age. I just felt lucky to be able to do so and enjoyed the heck out of it!

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    Got back into riding MTB after a 15 year layoff.
    Bought a new bike Ibis Mojo SL
    Discovered TNGR and beer sampling.
    The closer I get to 60 the more I want to get out and ride.

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    It wasn't the most prolific riding year for me, but nonetheless I still had some awesome riding experiences. A lot more trips and a lot less weekend rides, due to family responsibilities and taking on a 'real' job.

    Some highlights are:

    - A fun road century from my house to Santa Cruz and back
    - Ashland-Umpqua-Oakridge, OR road trip with family
    - Winning a sweet set of Magura MT8 brakes!
    - Downieville Labor Day Gathering
    - Bend, OR Trip with MTBR and Cog Wild Tours

    I got my first carbon bike this year, an On-One 456 and as fun as it was, I still felt I wanted something more, so yesterday Brown Santa delivered my new ride for 2012: a Titus carbon FTM. I think this might be my ticket to more saddle time next year!

    (and Francis, ahem....busted.)
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    So, with 2011 coming to an end, what did you scratch off your bucket list? And what's left over for 2012?

    My 32 yr's on son took ME to Baker Hot Spring(by Mt Baker in Wash. state, where I took him as a baby)

    Rode my Mt Bike in Yosemite,

    Served on the GGNRA liason committee in Pacifica for the last 5 yrs , where a few of us nere do wells lobbied tirelessly to assure 100% access for Mt Bike riders. And this year those efforts paid off at the 4000+ acre,newest National Park in the whole damn country(Rancho Corral de Tierra) is essentially 100% trails open to all pedalers....

    Attending many Midcoast Trails Council meetings +bird dogged San Mateo County staff to provide 100% access to Mt Bike riders on all dirt trails in their newest Park. (Pillar Point Ridge)...
    SMCo staff were going to steer us down by Half Moon Bay airport, in traffic .......So Fk yeah, I'm damn proud of this little victory of dirt riding opportunity from a 100% anti MB publicly funded entity....

    Read about these actions here:
    ROMP :: Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers



    2012,
    Work w Santa Clara County Parks + the Equestrian community to expand Almaden Quicksilver Co Park west for trails riding opportunities,

    Volunteer w MROSD to assist in communicating past+future MB riding opportunities at Sierra Azul,Mt Um, Purisima to the Sea dirt paths...

    Pay my dues to ROMP + IMBA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan G. View Post
    Found an IPA better than Pliny.

    Built a new bike, so I can ride more
    franklin double?

    Very hard to find

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    Quit drinking (Sigh!) and quit smoking! (yea!) Bought a mountain bike after not riding for almost twenty years! Next year i'm going to try and get a life and maybe do some serious riding.

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    March: Rode P-town for the first time
    May: First major bike injury (sprained shoulder, P-town)
    July: first DH bike... sold el-Cheapo hardtail soon after
    August: first time at N*
    August: first time Northshore riding in Vancouver (Mt. Seymour)
    November: first time at Bootleg Canyon, Nevada

    2011 made me realize how much I suck as a rider, but I love it!

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    June: Got a garmin for my birthday and strava... whee!
    July: Got to watch my son, Elliot Danger Penning, come into the world. That was one of the biggest most awesome things I got to experience and wow my wife is a trooper to go through that whole giving birth thing!

    I havn't gotten nearly enough riding in this year and have had a bit more trouble dealing with the stress between work and the kiddo, but it'll get better, Lighter work load next year and my wife goes back to work so hopefully that means less OT and more baby and bike riding time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
    in 2011 I rode:
    ashland
    post canyon
    sandy ridge
    moab
    fruita/grand junction
    gooseberry
    bend
    mills peak

    and that is just the new stuff. its been a great year and Im looking forward to an even better 2012. I plan to hit whistler and take some clinics so I can get some actual skills.

    2011 was also my busiest year in terms of racing. being part of a team is fun and motivating and I even managed to snag a few cat 2 podiums. shooting for some wins in 2012, or maybe even not being dead last in cat 1.

    I would also like to thank the wonderful people who invited me along on these trips. mtbr has helped introduce me to some amazing friends and Im grateful for that.
    Wow Aaron, you made it to a lot of fun places, I've yet to go to. I hope to have more time for mountain bike trips next year, when we won't spend 3 weeks in Europe. I biked with my family in Lithuania and Latvia, but all on flat paved, gravel and dirt roads or bike paths to enjoy the countryside there.
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    not my biggest riding year either, but i did get a couple of long (with wherewolf) rides in tahoe this summer in areas i hadn't ridden before. still hoping to get up to oregon next summer for a few days. too much turmoil on the home and work front to get much riding done...j-c, looking forward to riding with you and your crew more in 2012!

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    Is this biking only?

    Are there any brave souls that will do a 'non-biking year in review?' Photos and the works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Are there any brave souls that will do a 'non-biking year in review?' Photos and the works!
    August was the best vacation month, ever!

    2 weeks eating and drinking through Barcelona and San Sebastian and then a week floating down the Colorado.
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    2011 was awesome.

    Early year started off with some awesome skiing at Kirkwood with the best winter since 2006:




    While the weekends were going off in the mountains for me, the night riding down here was great, and I broke a lot of stuff:


    But was able to win the overall season title in the Sacto Cyclocross series in SS class:


    Had a memorable race at Boggs:


    Got a 2nd Place Overall for the Season in Pro/Expert at Prairie City Race Series while primarily racing my SS and got to stand on the podium alongside friends:


    Picked up a sponsorship with Independent Fabrication and got a new frame:


    Went on some great trips with my wife:




    And drank lots of good beer...here's to 2012!
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    Well, if we go beyond biking, August was pretty good. Took the family back to France for the first time in a long time. Visited quite a few castles, St James American cemetery in Brittany and Leonardo da Vinci residence where they had reproductions of some of his inventions including a wooden bike.
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    I Survived

    Aside from riding a few new trails @ Oakridge and the Makenzie River Trail for the first time, I did the usual crap-ton of racing and at least I survived, barely in some cases.....

    Prescott Monstercross [Favorite race in AZ to date]

    12 Hours of Weaverville [the race I hate/love]

    Cascade Cream Puff [47th O/A @ 11:41]

    High Cascades 100 [109 actually]

    Tahoe Sierra 100 [Just plain ugly for me]

    Kirkwood 9 to 5 [mechanical @ 3 laps....boo]

    Oakridge Fat 55 [my favorite, any race that includes Heckletooth is WORTHY of praise]

    San Jacinto Enduro [my favorite race in CA, 74 miles in 8:03]

    Worked out to @ 610 miles of racing, which is a bit less than last year's 700+ miles.
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    I started to participate in some MTB races on a regular basis. As a slow beginner, but that is still more fun that just riding on my own.

    Did all four of Bigfoot's endurance races - 2x12h and 2x8h and won my beginner cup. Impressed my 7 year old. Those are some nice places to ride.

    Next year I will try to ride a bit faster. Or maybe I will concentrate on trail running and lose some weight..

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    finally...

    crewed at Leadville
    hung on to #1 in my age/category for National Cross County USAC status
    stayed employed
    got recruited to coach El Cerrito High School mtn bike team women

    ....and after 45 years from our first meeting, fell in love all over again...

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    ....and after 45 years from our first meeting, fell in love all over again...
    I'm so happy for you guys
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    Just a few snapshots for 2011. Ride. Eat. Drink. Repeat.

    1. Kicked off 2011 with a yet another great GG2MB ride.
    2. Seemed this was the year of Pliny for Norcal. Some Pliny the Elder sausages that were headed to FC's first big beer party.
    3. My birthday ride! Everyone was off to search for snow in the local mountains that weekend. Would there be snow in SF? This was the pic that made it into Dirt Rag.
    4, 5. Kicked off TNGR in April, and they continued strong throughout the year. It was all about evenings with good beer and good folks. Santa Teresa was mixed in for Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Good stuff before the heat of summer kicked in. The lighting at STP made for great photo ops.
    6. Steven's Canyon ride and picnic for winning KOM. There certainly was no shortage of good grub. This is JustJeff's pulled pork and slaw.
    7, 8. Road trips ruled. Fruita and Moab. EPIC.
    9, 10. Keeping it closer to home. Trips to Tahoe and Kernville did not disappoint.
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    Closing out 2011 on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. No riding in November or December. But keeping the stoke alive with an exciting new toy, and expecting a very exciting 2012!
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    I learned this year that the more I put into the bike the more I get out of it. Funny how that works.
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    My list included:

    Getting back to racing
    Getting to the Lick's Observatory, which is on top of Mt. Ham
    Getting to D'Ville Gathering

    So far it was EXZELLENT
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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    ... No riding in November or December. But keeping the stoke alive with an exciting new toy, and expecting a very exciting 2012!
    Dude. We know colonoscopy is important and all but.......

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    Quality over quantity

    Probably my slowest / lowest mileage year of the previous five years, but along with a fair amount of local riding with the usual suspects, I managed to squeeze in a few special trips.

    Tahoe:
    Rim Trail building collaboration with members of several Nor Cal and NV trail advocacy groups. This included a real gem of a ride: Up Armstrong & the TRT to +9,000 elevation, and down again with Sidewinder for desert (group photo below). Big thanks to Dave G. for leading this one.
    Also hit up the newly completed Upper Cold Creek Trail while there with my wife -- by far, the hardest ride she's ever done. Super proud of her.


    Spain:
    Snuck in a weekday afternoon ride with a Spanish friend in Madrid. He rode his new SIR 9 and loaned me his "old" Mach 4, and we rolled out of his complex and into the local trail network. Some decent single track around there, but he kept saying, "You really have to appreciate where you live in California." I can't say the riding itself was spectacular, but it certainly kept my attention, and provided a great break between a long flight and long train ride later that evening.

    My friend and Spanish trail guide, Alvaro


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    Park City/Thunder Mountain/Rainbow Rim road trip:
    Was gone for a full 12 days, and rode 9 of them. By far, the best cycling related trip I've done in my life. Huge thanks to Cyril for pushing and planning this one, and for employing his new 4-door truck. Funny how just 2 guys can fill a good sized truck with camping and cycling gear. Thanks to "Stoy" of Park City too for the Thunder Mountain recommendation.

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    BTCEB at Rainbow Rim Trail


    Like others, I made an extra effort to get some possibly once in a lifetime rides in this year. And like a few others, I expect my opportunities to do so might be drastically reduced in the year(s) to come. Here's to living large, MTBR.
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    2011 has been a great riding year so far.....

    - Went to Sea Otter for the first time, and won a new 2012 Fox Float 36 160 fork, which I put on my new ride, a 2012 Banshee Rune.
    -Hit my first gap jumps (approx 10-12feet)
    -Rode the double blk diamonds at Northstar
    -Went on a second 4 day trip to Tahoe and rode Mr Toads, Corral, the Flume, Chinese Downhill, and many others
    -Hit every feature at Demo Forest.
    -Rode Downieville for the first time, so much fun!

    And to top it off met some great new riding friends. Heres to 2012 being just as amazing
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    My year ends with seeing a cat (probably a bobcat) down the trail yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    My year ends with seeing a cat (probably a bobcat) down the trail yesterday.
    hopefully, your year is not over.

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    Rode over 3k miles
    No major mechanicals and no major crashes (could also be because this was my first year without a downhill bike)
    QOM on all of the trails that matter to me: Mr Toads, Corral, Cedar, Sidewinder, Connector, Cold Creek etc...
    And got really involved with TAMBA. Organized some fun rides and trail days.
    The 2011 riding season got off to a very late start, but once it did it was fantastic. Every year I feel very blessed to be able to live and play in Tahoe.
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    Interesting year. I switched up from 3 times a week long rides, to 5-6 days a week shorter rides, usually only an hour, but with a good 40 mins. of steep climbing. Rarely was farther than a couple of miles from home.

    Had my first nasty crash in several years. 2 weeks before the Turkey ride, I went down hard, shattered my carbon fiber bar ends, a dime sized piece of which imbedded in my ulna bone in my arm. At least I've got a decent scar to show.

    Serious thanks to everyone for posting the pics. Maybe I'll actually get a camera this year!
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    Your carbon bars shattered and impaled you?!? Guuwww!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrpiffle View Post
    Interesting year......Had my first nasty crash in several years. 2 weeks before the Turkey ride, I went down hard, shattered my carbon fiber bar ends, a dime sized piece of which imbedded in my ulna bone in my arm. At least I've got a decent scar to show.....
    ....Note to Self! Scratch carbon bars from Xmas list!

    Hey Mr. piffle,

    I hope the injury wasn't too bad and you're back riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelsnead View Post
    ....Note to Self! Scratch carbon bars from Xmas list!

    Hey Mr. piffle,

    I hope the injury wasn't too bad and you're back riding!

    Take care,

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    Appreciate the words Was riding the next day. However the day after that I went to the hospital. After some x rays, Dr. told me I had a piece of wood in there. After much dousing with saline, she extracted a sizeable chunk of black plastic that had stuck in the bone. More cleaning, and some sort of bone specific antibiotics, sent me home. About a week after the Turkey ride, another smaller piece worked its way up. I took care of that with a sharp blade. Finally completely closed up this week.

    Yeah, I've got the original chunk they took out! Size of a dog's tooth. They were a pair of Forte hollow carbon bar extensions. Went over the bars with the bike and snapped both bar ends completely off the bike. Somewhere in all that it came down on my wrist and broke off.
    I'll get bored later and post pix. Of course, it was the only ride that week I didn't have the GoPro running on the handlebars. Prolly just as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail View Post
    Your carbon bars shattered and impaled you?!? Guuwww!
    It's all good! I went to the range the next week and took the offending right hand bar extension with me.
    At the 50 foot pistol range, it gave its all under a hail of 5.7mm from my FN.
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    Became a father, went to Europe for the first time.

    As far as biking, briefly held the Strava descent KOM on Lawndale. Fitness wise I am way far behind last year but that will change in 2012.

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    Nothing spectacular here. Met some new riding partners, hit Demo and Skeggs for the first time, picked up a used Mojo and built a rigid Bander for commuting over the trails, learned to bunnyhop. 2012: Coe, manuals/wheelies, jumps... I should work on technical uphill and carrying less junk.
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    Tore my rotator cuff in a crash at Skeggs; moderate whiplash and a sweet arm scar from a crash at Gap; still waiting on my Steelman frame that was supposed to be finished before August and purchased one of these this week: ArrogantBastard.com All in all, can't complain. 2012 will be better though!

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    What a year.
    I am from NorCal but have lived in NC (I call it New California) for the last seven years.
    Why is someone from NC posting in this thread? Keep reading.
    Started mtb'ing here in 2008 and got hooked.
    Rode 4000+ miles this year (2900 on the SSmtb, the rest commuting on my SS roadbike) and hit the Podium (2nd place) in my first 24 hr solo event (Burn24, 40+, on my SS).
    This year I brought my 26" single-speed to CA for my summer vacation and rode many of the Tahoe trails and the Auburn trails (thanks to Wherewolf for the info.)...took many of the same pictures seen above.
    In the fall I built my first 29er and last week I put a "For Sale" sign in front of the house.
    If all goes well, in the Summer of 2012 I will be living in Auburn and running into many of y'all on trails and at at events.

    So looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Slide, that gives 2.5 weeks to update the thread for your year end accomplishments!!
    The last 2.5 weeks have been good! This year was a great year, even if I started almost all rides within about 10 miles of home,

    Highlights for me were
    - some new trails "in the area"
    - a couple trips to Tahoe including my first day of lift riding at Northstar and Armstrong/Corral/Sidewinder
    - big mtbr rides at Annadel and "my backyard"
    - a ride in Santa Cruz (today)
    - a couple of epic 8 hour night ride/parties, one of which goes down in the all time epic adventure log
    - making my goal of climbing 250K this year ( 268K now, maybe a couple hundred more with the groms)
    - riding regularly with some really fast riders who inspire me to ride faster

    My only regret of the year was the one week I didn't ride - the day of the big snow storm on Tam which coincided with the first day of ski-week at my kid's school.

    Goals for next year:
    - HTFU and push it more on climbs
    - ride with my 6 year old girl more

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    So.. no more riding this year.

    This was amazing year. I started the year overweight, depressed and not riding. I finished the year with amazing downhill in Mediterranean desert, which followed some great AM riding, two competitive events, a century, going up to the Licks and generally kicking ass.
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    Would it be bad form to make a year end video with just 200 different bottles of beer?

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    Despite riding 4,600mi for the year it was the worst year performance wise for me. I felt slow. The bright spot was riding TDF stages in the Alps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
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    NO that would sum up this year quite well!
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    2011 was filled with fun filled rides with many friends good beer and good food.

    I got my first 1st place at a solo endurance race 8 hours of boggs
    came in second in sport in the CCCX xc series
    did my first and second century ride and I got on my road bike a little more than any other year....and FC check the evidence below
    did some South Bay snow riding
    showed my little girl what it means to give back at Turning Wheels for Kids
    showed up to FC's beer fest so everyone could see me
    met some new neighbors in my "hood"
    found this awesome place Burger in Santa Cruz that gives away free shirts
    started a new tattoo

    and help grow Quadzilla Racing

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
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    It's only bad form if they were consumed alone.

    Good beer is like a good trail - it should be shared with those you like and trust to keep the secret ;-)

    Speaking of which, Captain Cobb and I shared a Rampage Imperial IPA and a Flying Dog Simcoe Imperial IPA today - both of which were some of my new discoveries in 2011. Mighty good way to end another great ride.
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    2011 was easily my best year of mountain biking. I was more psyched than ever to explore new trails, new styles of riding, and simply ride more often!

    I also managed to get a new girlfriend about a year ago. Since then she's gone from zero mtb experience to charging turns, bunny hopping rollers, and progressing faster than I'd ever expected!
    I'm so proud, and stoked to have a great girl who loves to ride!

    In September we visited my brother in Seattle and spent a day at the incredible Duthie Hill bike park.
    The place is absolutely amazing, especially considering it's a public park built by local riders:




    Kristin learning to jump:



    We also spent a day shuttling Ridge Runner and Sandusky in Forest City, and while I still love to earn my descents, a truck and a driver make for a fine day of riding.







    Double shuttle day in Downieville with the best dirt conditions I have ever ridden:




    On top of that, I had a few other firsts:
    -Put together a budget DJ bike and started riding the Elk Grove bike park.
    -A couple Prairie City races including my personal best 6th place finish in Sport on the Folsom Prison course.
    -Started riding at night - how did I never do this before!?
    -Rode Armstrong/Corral/Sidewinder, the North Yuba River trail, Second Divide, Animal, and Lloyds, all for the first time.
    -Bought a SS 29er!


    Overall, a pretty great year, but 2012 is looking to be even better. I've got a huge hit list of trails to go ride, and we just signed up for Mountain Bike Oregon in July!

    Happy New Year!

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    The year is officially over now. Riding wise, it ended with a local road ride with GMM. Hopefully, I'll start 2012 with a ride at Demo.
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    2011 for me....

    january to june.
    being a sign waver at little caesars in nampa idaho, almost full time on top of high school, standing out there in the rain and snow

    may 26th, graduated high school

    june to august- worked at a grocery store pushing carts and cleaning restrooms

    august to september, quit my cart gig, so i could have time to flip used bikes on craigslist, did better doing that

    end of september- moved to the bay area. got a job in san francisco as a real estate agents slave.

    a few weeks ago i finished real estate school and im taking the test in oakland in febuary

    i turned 18 yesterday.

    2011....

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    Here you go, the beer in review...

    A few years ago, I would just drink Heinekins then I moved to Newcastle.

    Then I moved to stouts and porters. Then two years ago, Lagunitas IPA suddenly tasted good to me. The rest is history.


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    Remember that great beer is cheaper than bad wine. Seize the beer.

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    Joining a Biggest Loser contest in Spring got me back into riding and I lost about 75 lbs.

    I am in the best shape of my life, bought 2 more bikes (actually my wife bought them as surprise gifts).

    Made many new friends as a result of getting out and riding and plan to race CCCX XC this coming season.

    Rode in Tahoe for the first time. I usually ski Kirkwood about 30 days a year and finally rode my Mt. Bike there

    Looking forward to 2012 to continue to generate new PR's.

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    Great year!:
    Raced Lemurian XC, Ashland DH, Ashland Super-D, and Downieville All-Mtn with good results in each.
    Rode in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and of course Norcal!
    Having a kid anytime: today, tomorrow, next day? And today's my birthday!
    Next year:
    More Super-D/Endurance DH racing and a child to raise into the cycling scene! Wish me luck!

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    2011 was just "meh" for me. I rode a lot; almost all my rides were 1-2 hour out and backs. I was a loner this year, disconnected from humans and connected with nature more, using riding as a way to get out and reflect on life.

    I feel like I'm missing BMX in my life. At the age of 37 I shouldn't be needing to "session" the street, but a recent acquisition of a beach cruiser, converted to ride like a 26" BMX bike, got me stoked again. A lot of my friends are still "seshing" into their 40's and I miss riding with them. I missed the Vanderspeck memorial ride and a lot of NorCal flatland BMX jams which I loved going to. I have an idea of building something BMX oriented that won't destroy my knees.

    Just a couple years ago I was bunnyhopping garbage cans and spinning 360's. It's like, XC MTB just doesn't cut it for me 100%.

    That's it. I hope 2012 is better - glad 2011 is over with.

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    I had a good 2011. Lots and lots of bicycle riding! And, best of all, no injuries.













    Lot of road and CX racing, no mtb though. Will have to do a few endurance races this year. It has been too long.

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    This was it.
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    - I reached the bike ownership point of 's-1' as expressed by the velominati.
    - Tons of road riding - not much mtb this year but lots of great time with my 1 year old
    - Got shelled at Annadel, decided I hate my single speed, stopped riding it for a while
    - Like my single speed again, still need to fix it.
    :wq

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