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    7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!

    Hey hey! Here we go!!! Will this be your year to try it or slay it again!??

    Here's how it works:
    Between now and March 31, 2017, clean/no foot down (ride uninterrupted) what's commonly called Dogmeat (In Los Gatos, CA - Technically upper Priest Rock in Sierra Azul) from start of intersection of Limekiln and Priest Rock to top of mountain at the intersection...once you start, you cannot put your foot down or lean on tree for rest. Those that succeed earn their name on the VERY prestigious Wall of Fame and a free craft beer (or something else if a good idea strikes me)! Beer/prizes are only available if more than 11 make the board before time runs out. Honor system.

    So far:
    2011: 12
    2012: 14
    2013: 22
    2014: 15
    2015: 12
    2016: 9

    Here's the beast: Strava Segment | https://www.strava.com/segments/945744

    The actual trail is at the intersection of Limekiln Trail and Priest Rock Trail and is the Priest Rock ascent to Kennedy Trail at this intersection. (Download map here: http://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_SA.pdf)

    For getting there, you have a few options. I'll go easy to hardest:

    1) Park next to the reservoir on Alma Bridge Road
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Al...4d-121.9852146
    You can park next to trail head at either Limekiln Trail or Priest Rock Trail. Limekiln is more of a chunky ascent, almost ST in nature - more on the technical side but not bad. Priest Rock Trail is just a steep FR that gets you there faster but more sustained steep. (Note: if you can't make it up lower Priest or Limekiln, you're in for a rude awakening).

    2) Park on Jones Rd, Los Gatos and warm up through St. Josephs Hill. Just take this Jones Trail straight to Alma Bridge.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jo...4d-121.9853083
    This will give you a little more saddle time if you are looking for a longer ride. On the way back, you can double back and climb to the top of St Joes for some nice views or descend Kennedy for a bigger loop OR go right at the top of Dogmeat and take on the roller coasters to Limekiln for an even bigger day.

    The Wall so far:

    ancient rascal (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16)
    Andy J. (’13, ’14, '15)
    ASK (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16)
    Axe (’13)
    bassn (’12)
    BigSpin ('15)
    BRoyston (’13, ’14)
    cragnshag ('16)
    Diesel (’11)
    DigDirtDude (’13)
    Dopaminer_09 (’11)
    El Hombre (’13)
    epic_sunday ('16)
    FatTireMan (’12)
    Ike22 (’13)
    Jason F. (’14)
    jasony13 (’13)
    Juan Navarro ('15)
    Jens Olson (’14)
    JL de Jong (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)
    KeithMakesWine (’12)
    Leopold Porkstacker (’13, '15)
    LG Man (’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16)
    lilysdad (’12, ’13, ’14)
    locoyokel (’11)
    mboldt (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15)
    mtbhead (’12)
    mudworm (’14)
    orthorex (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)
    Plymmer (’11)
    pmarshall (’11, ’12, ’13, '15, '16)
    rogan (’13)
    silentben (’14)
    sirkrameroy (’13, '15, '16)
    skidmarque (’11, ’12, ’13)
    Squashyo (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15)
    Tosa (’13)
    vedson ('16)
    vincinator99 (’13, ’14, '15)

    See here for last years romp: 6th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!)

    Hope to see a good turn out this year and good luck all you crazy bastards.
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    Very cool. I'll go up and down no dab
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    I'm in.

    I find your ideas intriguing and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8sean View Post
    I find your ideas intriguing and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
    That's because he is a prince from Nigeria and only asks for the money order difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ask View Post
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    Just borrow one of Francis's eBikes. Of course, you will only earn a Bud Lite for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Just borrow one of Francis's eBikes. Of course, you will only earn a Bud Lite for that.
    Make it a Bud Lime-A-Rita and you have a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Just borrow one of Francis's eBikes. Of course, you will only earn a Bud Lite for that.
    I don't have any e-bikes. That I know of. And if I did, they are only used to pick up the shuttle vehicle at the top of the tall mountain.
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    Oh I'm in alrighty !

    Just have to decide which vehicle to take on this joy ride! Wonder who is gonna make the list first?
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    Well, AR...that would be me. Went up Overgrown (Limekiln) and almost dabbed there...very chunky in spots. Stopped here:



    And fueled up with my go to:



    Trail was superb but still very tough. The killers are the very first steep pitch in the beginning (with the cone) and the very last steep pitch. The rest is all a-ok though no where near gimme status. Just a lot more line choices than previous years due to the grading. Conditions are ripe but I imagine they will get worse as the rains progress.

    And here's the Dog meeting the top:



    Good luck all...it's a really good year to give it a go:

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well, AR...that would be me. Went up Overgrown (Limekiln) and almost dabbed there...very chunky in spots. Stopped here:



    And fueled up with my go to:



    Trail was superb but still very tough. The killers are the very first steep pitch in the beginning (with the cone) and the very last steep pitch. The rest is all a-ok though no where near gimme status. Just a lot more line choices than previous years due to the grading. Conditions are ripe but I imagine they will get worse as the rains progress.

    And here's the Dog meeting the top:



    Good luck all...it's a really good year to give it a go:

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    Wow ... already? Let me be one of the first to say ... Congrats to you #1
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    Hell yes! I love this kind of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BK-XC View Post
    Hell yes! I love this kind of stuff.
    I'm expecting to see a video of you climbing to the top first try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I'm expecting to see a video of you climbing to the top first try.
    That's the plan! I'll let you know when I head down to attempt it.

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    Shameless Bankster 20/40 spamming!

    Quote Originally Posted by BK-XC View Post
    That's the plan! I'll let you know when I head down to attempt it.
    Maybe make one more trip after the Dogmeat deal? This challenge is getting jealous already ... 6th Annual 20/40 under from Kennedy Trailhead
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    Maybe make one more trip after the Dogmeat deal? This challenge is getting jealous already ... 6th Annual 20/40 under from Kennedy Trailhead
    If I'm going to drive 2 hours to get there I better do both in one day! (what the hell am I signing up for?!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BK-XC View Post
    Hell yes! I love this kind of stuff.
    Just say no! This is a locals S&M fest.

    Do yourself a favor and drive 20 more minutes to Demo or UC Wilder or JNT or Coe or Toro or even Freakmont Older. Or just stay at home and crawl through glass to experience the same amount of enjoyment (and I'll buy you a beer!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Just say no! This is a locals S&M fest.

    Do yourself a favor and drive 20 more minutes to Demo or UC Wilder or JNT or Coe or Toro or even Freakmont Older. Or just stay at home and crawl through glass to experience the same amount of enjoyment.
    Haha, I will not be deterred! Aren't we all really in this for the suffering?

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    How can I save you when you won't save yourself...
    Friends don't let friends ride e-"bikes" on dirt.

    Nature is not a sidewalk (I'm looking at you, MidPen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BK-XC View Post
    Hell yes! I love this kind of stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    How can I save you when you won't save yourself...
    C'mon man ... these guys plowed through both these challenges on the same damn run!4th Annual 20/40 under @ Kennedy Trail-head- Mtbr.com ... Shirly it can't be that bad? Although ... I've heard that the #7 guy almost died from just the 20/40 part alone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    How can I save you when you won't save yourself...
    Hahahha, I love it. You're only stoking the flames!

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    Bro. Dude. Brother.


    #lifeistooshorttoridebadfireroads
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    dv...it's a challenge you downhill junky. a) have you tried it? b) sorry, I really didn't prepare for a b. there is no b).
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    c. I only ride park.

    d. 30 p.s.i. in my Minions (I don't care about your opinions).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    I will be attempting this again this year as well. The 20 will be tough, always is! The 40 is doable for a lot of people. Of course as I sit here and type, I am thinking how great it would be to knock both challenges (Dogmeat and 20/40) out on the same ride. Then the reality hits when I start pedaling which is usually a conversation inside my mind that goes like this, "Ok dude, let's bang this 20 min out and then coast to the top for the 40. After that, I will go down dogmeat and then right back up for a no-dab! Ok here I go"......At this point I have been pedaling for about 3 minutes and then I have this conversation, "Holy hand grenades! This is hurting a lot, what the heck? I might just quit biking for a while. Why do I do these stupid challenges? Oh no, did I leave the stove on? OMG! My breathing and heart rate are not in sync and is my brake rubbing because it feels like it is. I hope I get a flat or my chain breaks so I can quit right now. Wonder how much gold clubs cost?" Good luck everyone!
    Good quote from that 2014 thread.

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    Classic!

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    I feel sorry for you Los Gatos folks.....those trails suck. I'll be down to give it my annual try shortly.
    I'm the problem....

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    Can I get credit for doing it really, really early on the 31st?

    https://www.strava.com/activities/75...S&v=1477266932

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    Quote Originally Posted by form49b View Post
    Can I get credit for doing it really, really early on the 31st?

    https://www.strava.com/activities/75...S&v=1477266932
    Whoa! Nice PRs there. If I am not mistaken, you accomplished this when it was dry...no easy task! A wee bit too early to be accepted but you have 5 months and this is deep in your wheel house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    I feel sorry for you Los Gatos folks.....those trails suck. I'll be down to give it my annual try shortly.
    You go to war with the trails that are given to you. Totally see you on the wall this year.
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    It was mostly dry but the first rains got rid of the moon dust. A few weeks before I couldn't have done it. Anyway it wasn't a planned attempt - I got to the top of OG and met a guy I know and he was going to try it, so after a while I decided to see how far I could make it, and if you don't get stopped, you can't very well give up!

    The Midpen grooming made the difference, though. I've tried it before with better fitness and not made it.

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    I should be out there giving it a shot soon. We shall see if my legs have it in em...

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    My good buddy BRoyston knocked it out like a champ today. Good job B. His victory pic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Here's the beast: Strava Segment | https://www.strava.com/segments/945744
    That's the silly runner KOM segment.

    Here's the biking segment.

    The times really reveal how hard this climb is. The on-foot and bike records are within four seconds of each other!
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    Oh the humiliation !

    Not the fact that I missed Dogmeat again today. It was running into someone who used to post and talking about some guy who posted up a Sanitizing Kennedy thread that he thought was hilarious. He says do you know some guy called ancient rascal ... nevermind. Dogmeat today with only a quick slip out. I'm gonna nail it soon as I had the gas for it today and I'm strong enough finally again! 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-10-.jpg Had a little help from my friends. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1612.jpg Getting a bit choppy and dry already ... go get it soon maybe? FYI the line 4 ish feet from my bike near the middle is the one that's gonna be best!
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    Nice try dude! It is definitely getting harder again with the sun on it. I picked the best day to get this one under the belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Nice try dude! It is definitely getting harder again with the sun on it. I picked the best day to get this one under the belt.
    Thanks man! ... Thursday and today I used the Klein @ 24x22 and it is almost cheating the way it eats up the steeps! Thursday try two dabs ... Friday 4 mile run ... Today I didn't think I had gas in the legs left but I almost made it. Tamale is another ride with LG man ... and maybe that super old dude lilysdad might even make it. Good to hear from you today bro!
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    I set out today to knock off Dogmeat and the Kennedy Challenge, but luck was not with me. My tire got sliced by the rocks on the uphill in the last 200m of Dogmeat! I still cleaned it though! If you don't believe me, I was riding with a powermeter, so you can see that I kept pedaling. But then I stopped to fix it at the top, and found out the valve stem on my 29er tube was not long enough for my deepish cross wheels.

    I ran into one fellow mountain biker at the top and asked if he had a tube with a longer stem, but he had those Schrader tubeless valves and Schrader tubes to go with them! Doh! I had never seen those in the wild before... just my luck to see them at that moment. Kennedy was a nice hike.

    After rolling on the flat for the smoother sections, and making it down Kennedy Road a ways, another kind mountain biker gave me a ride to Summit Cycles, where I borrowed a valve extender, put the tube back in and inflated it, and rode home. Lesson learned!

    ye olde strava link

    Absurd metrics from final half mile. 5mph, 429w, 54rpm. I think that was how Jan Ullrich climbed.
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    Dude...I completely believe you...anyone else, perhaps I'd be leary. That's pretty legendary stuff hot shot. Nice job and sorry about the hike. Same thing happened to us this weekend. We had inner tubes but my buddies Envy wheels were too deep! Anyhow...congrats!

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    Thanks! If anyone is wondering, I don't recommend doing this with cross gearing. 34/32 with 40c tires was horrendous.
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    Dogmeat conditions should be perfect after the rain

    ^^^ Awesome Menso! I bet it was pretty dry. Hope your dad gets after this one too. I'm waiting on Dogmeat for traction help from the coming rain. Chasing glory days on Kennedy for now. Mechanic from Performance is trying the challenge threads ... good luck man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    ^^^ Awesome Menso! I bet it was pretty dry. Hope your dad gets after this one too. I'm waiting on Dogmeat for traction help from the coming rain. Chasing glory days on Kennedy for now. Mechanic from Performance is trying the challenge threads ... good luck man!
    Traction? Apparently you can do this easy climb with a flat tire.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    I set out today to knock off Dogmeat and the Kennedy Challenge, but luck was not with me. My tire got sliced by the rocks on the uphill in the last 200m of Dogmeat! I still cleaned it though!
    Drop the mic... close the trail... no need for anyone else to ride up Dogmeat again after that ride. That is crazy man!!! Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    Thanks! If anyone is wondering, I don't recommend doing this with cross gearing. 34/32 with 40c tires was horrendous.
    Incredible and congratulations! I had a tough time just walking up it with my cross bike. Have you ever tried Washburn in Grant Ranch?

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    Thanks, everyone. It was actually just damp enough from the light rain yesterday that traction was about as good as it gets.

    I just put a granny gear on my dad's 26 blur xc, so he has no excuses now.
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    Oh the conditions ... in a few days!

    This challenge is gonna be ripe for the picking soon. Remember ... It dries out quickly! I'm on it this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    This challenge is gonna be ripe for the picking soon. Remember ... It dries out quickly! I'm on it this week.
    Today will suck. Tomorrow iffy in spots. Wed./Thurs., could be ideal. You got this!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Close but no Cigar

    Dogmeat is so perfect right now. One slide out today and ... oh well I'll get it soon. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1788.jpg Made everything after the one dab at pic with only the left turn and the last section to the top left. Had to relocate two suicidal newts on Alma bridge rd. Forgot to mention that the cone hill ... the steep deal breaker hill and the last section some call Gollums ladder were really easy to make with this perfect tacky goodness!
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    So close! It rained a little today so might be slippery again for a tiny spell.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    So close! It rained a little today so might be slippery again for a tiny spell.
    Indeed, it rained on me. Not much but the trail did puddle up on the way back a bit in spots. Must be kinda saturated. Hopefully I get it done on the next few tries. You are correct ... Friday ... "That's a good one"
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    Hi everyone!!! I haven't been on here since my old laptop went dead for the last time. Ok so this is my first time back on MTBR in a long time. So I took my new rig out yesterday for the first official spin. It is a 2016 camber 29er. First 29er, second FS bike and first dropper post ever. My first test ride I broke a spoke and it was over. So yesterday I decided to go to St Joes again. Felt great and had time so I went up Overgrown. Decided a bit before to try Dogmeat. I didn't know the challenge was actually going on. The new rig has the 1X12. It made it easy! Never even came close to a fail. Traction was good with recent rain, still tricky in some spots. Please add me to the list. I will be going again soon to give it another try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Hi everyone!!! I haven't been on here since my old laptop went dead for the last time. Ok so this is my first time back on MTBR in a long time. So I took my new rig out yesterday for the first official spin. It is a 2016 camber 29er. First 29er, second FS bike and first dropper post ever. My first test ride I broke a spoke and it was over. So yesterday I decided to go to St Joes again. Felt great and had time so I went up Overgrown. Decided a bit before to try Dogmeat. I didn't know the challenge was actually going on. The new rig has the 1X12. It made it easy! Never even came close to a fail. Traction was good with recent rain, still tricky in some spots. Please add me to the list. I will be going again soon to give it another try.
    I think I speak for everyone when I say 'Hi' back. Good to see you back in action on both MTBR and a mountain bike for that matter! Congrats on slaying this beast yet again! I present, the wall:

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    Well ... I'm at Peet's again

    Good to see the frog whisperer back in action ... Congrats Paul! Dogmeat is getting dry already but just the sections included in the pic. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-22-.jpg Hahahahahaha ... Wednesday and Thursday were the best trail condition days this week but I did make it today! Go get it this weekend! 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1802.jpg Vic pic ...Taken by a retired mtb racer from CO. who was hiking with his woman. He has 30 ish first place wins when they used to give a token medallion thingy for 1st place. He said we will start seeing him more now out in Sierra Azul. He was not bragging ... I was prying the info out of him.
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    Ancient Rascal killing it on Dogmeat! Aren't you like 60?? Nice job dude! Welcome to the wall and the uninterupted show goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Ancient Rascal killing it on Dogmeat! Aren't you like 60?? Nice job dude! Welcome to the wall and the uninterupted show goes on.

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    Thanks man! Ha ha ... let's just say I'm 50 + as that's what it takes to get into the Santa Clara senior center. Congrats as you are one of the remaining 3 left ... Uninterrupted series 2011-2017. Just waiting for the 3rd musketeer ... Ask.7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1818.jpg I think we had 9 guys for the first 3 years then due to injuries, etc. the list grew smaller.
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    Thinking of trying this tomorrow if anyone is interested.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Put me down for 2 please! The trail was much drier than my last go and I had 2 close calls. I just spin slowly up and kept in the seat. Was accosted by 2 perverts at the Kennedy trail head but I kind of liked it. Squashyo and Ancient Rascal had their own rides going on but nice to chat for a bit.
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    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/796515843
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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!
    Wait what? Are you saying you no-dabbed Dogmeat today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Wait what? Are you saying you no-dabbed Dogmeat today?
    yes. I added strava file above

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    It appears that next week on Thursday or Friday, a no-dab group ride is in the making. If you find yourself wanting to punish yourself and cleanse yourself of sin, come and join. If you have never done it or from out of the area and want cheerleaders, come on out.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    yes. I added strava file above
    Well hot dang! Nice work!! Would love some color on the adventure but no sweat if you are simply a man of action! Welcome to the wall and huge ride there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    It appears that next week on Thursday or Friday, a no-dab group ride is in the making. If you find yourself wanting to punish yourself and cleanse yourself of sin, come and join. If you have never done it or from out of the area and want cheerleaders, come on out.
    I could be down but keep in mind that cone section gets sloppy and tough when wet. We'll see...
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    Cone hill on Dogmeat

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    I could be down but keep in mind that cone section gets sloppy and tough when wet. We'll see...
    It does get sloppy. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-19-.jpg Cone head hill. Pic from a few weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/796515843
    By the way...tell your third to post up so he can make the wall.
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    Cone section was the hardest part for me.

    Squashyo. the third was Phil Tercero. He rides the pro class at CCCX.

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    Maybe Sunday ?

    Holy cow ... there is gonna be a wide open window of opportunity on this set of gentle rolling inclines! ... 7. Phil thinks so too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    Holy cow ... there is gonna be a wide open window of opportunity on this set of gentle rolling inclines! ... 7. Phil thinks so too!
    I praise Phil for the effort but the dude needs to post a report on this thread (or my Facebook) to get on the board. Rules are rules.
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    Friendly bump. Very, very doable right now.
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    That's what she said.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Bumping this ugly dog style!

    We try this in 45 minutes!
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    Refuse to Lose

    Finally made it up Dogmeat with no dab this season. Perfect conditions yesterday certainly helped. Sure beat last week's wet, windy, cold and slippery...

    This was the longest it ever took me to make it. I have had pains, hospital visits, sickness, work issues, etc. a couple of weeks ago Ben, ANcient Rascal, reminded me that the deadline is looming. So, I vowed to ride dogmeat every weekend until I made it, or didn't.

    This trip up was smooth, the trail had dried out and I made it past the first hill with heavy breathing. I settled out until the next set of real climbs, no surprises. The next long hill was manageable and acted to believe I could make it. Once I got over the deal breaker I decided to try like hell. My heart rate settled down until the last rocky hill. I went halfway up that steady, then I sprinted to the top to keep my momentum up over the rocks. At the top were some people from Sweden who asked - is that hill steep? :-0

    Overall, a lucky day and I am happy to have the health to make it. Cheers and congrats to all you who did it before me. Nice job!

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    Refuse to Lose

    Finally made it up Dogmeat with no dab this season. Perfect conditions yesterday certainly helped. Sure beat last week's wet, windy, cold and slippery...

    This was the longest it ever took me to make it. I have had pains, hospital visits, sickness, work issues, etc. A couple of weeks ago Ben, ANcient Rascal, reminded me that the deadline is looming. So, I vowed to ride dogmeat every weekend until I made it, or didn't.

    This trip up was smooth, the trail had dried out and I made it past the first hill with heavy breathing. I settled out until the next set of real climbs, no surprises. The next long hill was manageable and I started to believe I could make it. Once I got over the deal breaker I decided to try like hell. My heart rate settled down until the last rocky hill. I went halfway up that steady, then I sprinted to the top to keep my momentum up over the rocks. At the top were some people from Sweden who asked - is that hill steep? :-0

    Overall, a lucky day and I am happy to have the health to make it. Cheers and congrats to all you who did it before me. Nice job!

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    Way to go LG Man!!!! I knew you had it in you and you did pick a stellar day! Welcome back to the board my friend:

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    Nicely done LG man

    Vic pic ... King of the mountain yessirday! 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-65-.jpg We forgot to mention that some guys were setting up a motion camera on Priest just down from the intersection and had a jammed part. LG man lent them a chain tool to get it squared away.
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    Good job! Thanks

    Thanks to Squashyo for the congrats and AR for the pic. It was cool helping the Mountain Lion preservationists - a great cause and I found $20 I did not remember I put in my bike stuff

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    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?
    It should work if it's fairly new and you run it with low air. Good luck and keep trying if you don't get it today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?
    A dirt jumper? I think you are going to suffer...even just getting to the start of the challenge...please keep us posted!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    A dirt jumper? I think you are going to suffer...even just getting to the start of the challenge...please keep us posted!
    I'm guessing I need to get out more ... Dirt jumper is heavy ? It's dry out there too!
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    It's not just any old dirt jumper, it does have gears and a dropper post! Oh, I threw a Maxxis Highroller on it, didn't have much to choose from in the 26 inch tire category.

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    I always thought DJs were slacked out and not designed for climbing much let alone steep pitches. I really don't know much about DJs though. Go gettem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    I always thought DJs were slacked out and not designed for climbing much let alone steep pitches. I really don't know much about DJs though. Go gettem!
    He is really not going to enjoy dogmeat no matter what he takes out there me thinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    It's not just any old dirt jumper, it does have gears and a dropper post! Oh, I threw a Maxxis Highroller on it, didn't have much to choose from in the 26 inch tire category.
    Interesting.... pic?
    I think having gears disqualifies it from being a dirt jumper.

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    Dogmeat Dabbing

    First trail ride on the Jackal yesterday and first time riding Kennedy (or anywhere in LG for that matter.) Well I do enjoy a bit of adventure and a challenge as well, so I figured I'd give it a go... who the hell builds shite that steep? We don't have pitches like that where I'm from!

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    I kept stopping to raise my seatpost on the way up Limekiln. Eventually extended to the minimum insertion line but still could have used more seatpost length even with the 150mm dropper fully extended.

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    Having never ridden Kennedy it was difficult to know when the abuse would end, with one false peak after another! At one point I reached a water drain that was fairly flat so I spun a few no-dab donuts to catch my breath (is that cheating?)

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    Traction was good, bike was okay, lungs were mediocre but my legs became dogmeat. The bike sits where I surrendered, I could have pushed a little further but I knew it was futile.

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    I probably won't attempt it again on the DJ but I may give it another attempt once my crankset shows up for another bike (might need a smaller chainring too!)

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    Interesting.... pic?
    I think having gears disqualifies it from being a dirt jumper.
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    Beautiful views from up here.

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    Barely made it back to the truck before darkness set in ;~)

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    Nice try turfnsurf!

    Dogmeat is pretty tough indeed. Here's what you do. Take your time getting to the Intersection of Priest and Limekiln ... official start point where you posted sign pics. I save energy by walking parts of the trail to get to the start. I've made it on 4 different bikes over many years of trying. Bring you best climbing bike and keep trying. This year's season is over 3/31/17. My favorite/easiest bike for it was a Santa Cruz Heckler. Hardest bike is my Lynskey and I may not be able to make that happen anymore. Also ... don't let the other side of Kennedy get jealous ... 6th Annual 20/40 under from Kennedy Trailhead Not as steep as Priest ... but equally enjoyable!
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    Sweet bike, but I wouldn't really classify it as a dirt jumper anymore. Maybe an 26" AM Hardtail is more accurate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    First trail ride on the Jackal yesterday and first time riding Kennedy (or anywhere in LG for that matter.) Well I do enjoy a bit of adventure and a challenge as well, so I figured I'd give it a go... who the hell builds shite that steep? We don't have pitches like that where I'm from!

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    Having never ridden Kennedy it was difficult to know when the abuse would end, with one false peak after another! At one point I reached a water drain that was fairly flat so I spun a few no-dab donuts to catch my breath (is that cheating?)

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    Traction was good, bike was okay, lungs were mediocre but my legs became dogmeat. The bike sits where I surrendered, I could have pushed a little further but I knew it was futile.

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    I probably won't attempt it again on the DJ but I may give it another attempt once my crankset shows up for another bike (might need a smaller chainring too!)

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    Barely made it back to the truck before darkness set in ;~)

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    Hey, I know you! Stoked to see you try this sufferfest. Bike choice is pretty key for this hill. Good luck man!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Sweet bike, but I wouldn't really classify it as a dirt jumper anymore. Maybe an 26" AM Hardtail is more accurate?
    Yeah, it's a kind of light-duty dirt jumper/pump track/hardtail trail bike kind of thing. I built it mostly for riding pump tracks and as a hardtail to ride trails to get to pump tracks and bike parks without taking a car. I'm looking forward to trying it on the Flow trail - if it ever opens up again!

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    Hey, I know you! Stoked to see you try this sufferfest. Bike choice is pretty key for this hill. Good luck man!
    Hey I know you too, what's up Squashyo? Funny about forums and names. You ain't kidding about bike selection, my top tube and stem were way too short for such a serious climb - but I'm in a bike Transition phase (pun intended!) I don't really foresee myself getting the perfect bike for that climb so I'll just ride what I have at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    Yeah, it's a kind of light-duty dirt jumper/pump track/hardtail trail bike kind of thing. I built it mostly for riding pump tracks and as a hardtail to ride trails to get to pump tracks and bike parks without taking a car. I'm looking forward to trying it on the Flow trail - if it ever opens up again!
    Yes, that bike will be PERFECT for the demo flow trail, or for any flow/jump trail really.

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    James, James, James.

    Conditions finally improve in the Magic Kingdom and you drive over the hill and ride THAT?!

    Dude.

    (nice pics though)
    Friends don't let friends ride e-"bikes" on dirt.

    Nature is not a sidewalk (I'm looking at you, MidPen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    James, James, James.

    Conditions finally improve in the Magic Kingdom and you drive over the hill and ride THAT?!

    Dude.
    Get out of here hater.

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    Sometimes when you drink the Kool-Aid, the Kool-Aid drinks you.



    (that sounded better in my head)
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    Nature is not a sidewalk (I'm looking at you, MidPen).

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    Shit, busted by the forum po-po! I guess I'm just a sucker for a challenge! But I do have plans for a some more "exhilarating" rides starting tomorrow, the trail bike is ready to go.

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    ^^ We're gonna release you on your own recognizance this time. But we're watchin' you, boy.
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    Just a little over two weeks left if this was somehow on your bucket list. Feeling good that I won't have to buy beer this time but who knows what might happen, eh?

    I'm off to go ride it just because I feel like suffering.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    I was well on my way to my 3rd consecutive victory atop this massive hill. literally 10 feet from the top of the last hard part, I failed. Front tire hit a big rock and I started to go sideways. If you were on the landing pad at the top you would have heard me yell in disgust. Truth is that I was pretty smoked by the time I go to that point and started to not pedal very hard and lose concentration. I made the steep part, the left turn and was literally home free until I screwed the pooch. The top part after the turn in very lose and there are no established lines. I bid you all god luck.
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    Finally got my XC rig back in action today so figured I'd take a stab at dog meat. Success! But not easy. Since I had been riding the heavy bike over the last couple months, I had some get up and go on the lighter bike when things got tough and that was my saving grace. The last big steep near the top is crazy hard with lots of landmines everywhere...I opted to just pin it through this and that hurt. Any how good luck if you try... Very doable if you have the moxie.



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    Hats off to the repeat offenders

    ^^^ Good for you pmarshall and squashyo! I can almost never put myself through it twice in one season once I make it. I too have screamed in agony ... PG rated of course in the same rocky top spot some call Gollum's ladder. I once shifted to middle sprocket to mash that section only to drop the chain shifting back down to the small chainring for that last small hill at the top. Other side of mountain for me today.
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    Nice job everyone.

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