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    Henry Coe Fall Circus Ride Reports & Pics...

    A big THANK YOU to BigLarry for all the time and effort he put into the preparation and organization of this ride.

    Another big thanks to all the ride leaders and sweepers. Thank you for all your help and support.

    And finally a big thank you to all of you who showed up to this ride. It was great meeting and riding with you.
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    I would estimate that there at least 60 riders, maybe as many as 80. Does anyone have an official count?

    Here's a few pics....
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    in the back of the head. Stealth move Brainstump. I didn't know you were standing there.

    Ok, I survived another Coe ride. This year's HCFC, I rode longer and harder with a strong finish. Not terribly happy with my photos. Need schooling and practice but here are a few I liked.

    1) Plim arrives at Jackson-Elderberry rest stop
    2) Looking toward Jackson Road
    3) Rensho tongues the camera
    4) Burn area, seen from Crest Trail
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    WOW! What a day!! perfect weather!


    I cant believe how many people were on that ride!, but Coe is so big it doesnt matter!!

    I want to thank Larry, Charlie and all the organizers for a great event. I had a blast!!

    (Well for the most part see next

    I also want to thank Mike and Tony and others, who waited for me at the back of the B-ride. For those who missed it, I started falling way behind, at one point I couldn't even push my bike on level terrain. I just laid down and enjoyed the fall air. Turns out that with an upset stomach that morning I didnt eat enough and became hypoglycemic, which Im prone to. Thanks to half a Turkey sandwich, one minute I cant walk, 20 mins later Im climbing a fire road standing in middle ring, Amazing. rest of the ride was a blast!

    This was also the maiden voyage of my new, heavily modified Enduro SL. WOW that bike wants to be ridden very hard and very fast!!. It was a wonderful ride. Im very pleased with it.


    I came up with 4309 feet of climbing on my barometric gps for the listed B ride route. Its always been pretty spot on as a climb device. Im fairly sure thats an accurate total.


    Thanks to all,
    I plan to be back there soon


    Mike

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    HCFC Total: 48 Riders

    The leaders did counts of each group.

    We got:
    A: 3 riders
    B: 33 riders
    C: 12 riders
    Total: 48 riders

    And a couple more non-riders. Most notable: Dust Bunny and Dust Baby who did some hiking up the steep hills together.

    We were expecting a smaller crowd this year as we had to cut back the ride distances and stay close into camp due to the fire damage limitations. But the it turns out we had the highest percentage of good singletrack and some of the best riding of any of the routes in the past. There's a lot of good singletrack around Hunting Hollow that is ignored going way out.

    One B rider fell back to C. I was expecting a few more after the Anza/Jackson reality torture. Only two of the C/D riders did the Hampster loop (Spike Jones/Timm).
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    So bummed I missed this year's ride. Hopefully the estrogen ratio wasn't too off. Ha!

    Looks like it was a great day for Coe.
    Can we talk tires now?

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    Big thanks to BigLarry, Skyline35, Plim, Roy, and the other organizers. I was on the B ride and it was a blast! The best part (left to the end of course) was the single track descent back to the road! All of that climbing, even the hard climb out of Cross Canyon, was worth it.

    JL and I took a little detour near the Coit lake and rode together for the 2nd half. That was our bonus loop. ;-)

    Here's the stats from my GPS:
    ~23 miles
    ~4850 of climbing
    ~4:30 total time, 3:30 moving time

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/e...kValue=4317400

    I was great meeting and riding with all of you.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    We were expecting a smaller crowd this year as we had to cut back the ride distances and stay close into camp due to the fire damage limitations. But the it turns out we had the highest percentage of good singletrack and some of the best riding of any of the routes in the past. There's a lot of good singletrack around Hunting Hollow that is ignored going way out.

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    Photos from me:

    There's spike in the Hunting Hollow parking revenue!:





    TahoeBC and ElHombre after their Midnight Madness night ride:



    TahoeBC was shivering from hypothermia!



    Pre-ride meeting:





    KMax, Dust Bunny & Dust Baby in the pre-ride meeting:





    There were just 3 in the "A" group. Here they are starting their ride:





    Fast Eddie in Cross Canyon:





    rensho in Cross Canyon:





    ??? in Cross Canyon:





    BigLarry (l) and rensho (r) after the ride:





    Post-ride cooking:





    Post-ride eating:



    Michigan Matt (green shirt) is smiling because we had a blast going
    down Grizzly Gulch!

    I had big time fun yesterday. Thanks everyone for coming out and
    suffering on those hills! Thanks to Chum and others who helped
    Plim & I with the B group - we were overwhelmed. And Thank You
    BigLarry for organizing the Circus.

    ///Charlie

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    [edit] Strike that, pics are loading okay now.
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    Looks like another successful HCFC. Wish I was there.

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    Great Ride! Was nice to meet everyone. Thanks 'Fast Eddie' for leading the way out the last few miles.

    -Stover

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    What a day! Perfect weather, good company, lots of single track riding. The B+ group was keeping a great pace up Anza Jackson and that was about the last I saw of them. I did however see plenty of broken chains, mostly from the single speed contingent, but luckily I dodged that bullet. A big thanks to everyone there; especially those who helped organize and lead rides, and I cant forget a special thanks to fellow who brought the killer chicken soup. It was also really nice to meet and ride with some new faces.

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    What's the secret to seeing the pictures?

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    I'll echo the popular sentiment here...

    A great day of riding was had! Richelle and I were really looking forward to getting out and seeing our friends again, but we didn't want to commit if we weren't able to get out in time. Luckily, the stars aligned and we were only slightly late! Thanks to the hordes of people, the ride didn't start on time. I was surprised to see the turnout. Huge. Lots of eager riders and the weather was promising. Warm but with a little crisp breeze on the ridges. I would capitalize on this cool air throughout the day.

    I felt a little overgunned on the Nomad, but it turns out that I didn't win the heaviest bike award. That one goes to Dinty Moore (aka Michigan Matt) for pedaling his AC1 bob machine. The climb up Anza/Jackson wasn't as bad this time, since I knew what to expect. Plenty of rest stops gave me enough time to stretch the legs and avoid cramps. Thanks to the Silicon Valley Riders group for letting me pass on that one singletrack descent, as I came screaming (literally) up on you. When you're on a nomad, you just have to let it fly! That was good fun. And man, that soup was fantastic! Love the addition of ginger.

    It was nice to meet another Morgan Hill-billy, Stover. We'll have to carpool to a ride sometime! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the community buffet! We weren't able to plan for food this time, but there's always someone will to share. Hands down the best characteristic of the mountain bike community.

    Of course, biggest thanks goes to Larry and the planning committy for putting this together. Thanks guys! You rock!

    K-max, Dust Bunny and Dust Baby


    p.s. More Pics!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    What's the secret to seeing the pictures?
    I think that the http://gallery.mtbr.com server went down because
    my pictures are not currently visible. I'm sure their emergency response
    team in working on it! Keep refreshing...

    btw where were you yesterday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    What's the secret to seeing the pictures?
    The pictures are showing for me, except for those from Skyline35. I shot him an email about his linking problem.

    And by surprise a couple of your friends showed up fro SoCal. Can't quite remember their names (Brian and Kim???), but Fast Eddy says they're good friends of both him and you, and how you got onto MTBR.

    Our HCFC was also a surprise for them as they just drove up from SoCal to do a Henry Coe ride of their own and never saw the HCFC on the NorCal board. Odd coincidence. But they got the pleasure of a good buffet with the MBTR crowd.

    This year's HCFC almost didn't happen due to the fire. But we were able to map out some nice singletrack areas in the legal western part of the park. Actually it turned out to be more singletrack ratio than typical rides there, with lots of good views and super weather, warm with a light breeze, clear blue skys with only a couple pretty clouds.

    And what happened to you this time?
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Yes, that was a great ride. Thanks Larry for organizing this. Jeanie and I had a great time and she'll be joining more rides in the future. She did want to point out that she prefers to be called "Jeanie", instead of "Menso's mom".
    Mark and I did a bonus loop around Coit Lake, just at the edge of the burned area. It was not all black and bleak, some trees survived, and I'm sure it'll look a lot better by next spring. Larry's map came in real handy to help us stay on the fun route of the B loop back to Hunting Hollow.
    Cross-canyon was a good challenge and the single track back (Tule Pond and Grizzly Gulch Trails) were a blast. I'll have to take Menso there for a ride, when he's back for the X-mas break.
    - J.L.
    Also known as Menso's dad.

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    Shoulda coulda woulda

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35
    btw where were you yesterday?

    ///Charlie
    Sitting in the smoke in SoCal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Yes, that was a great ride. Thanks Larry for organizing this. Jeanie and I had a great time and she'll be joining more rides in the future. She did want to point out that she prefers to be called "Jeanie", instead of "Menso's mom".
    Mark and I did a bonus loop around Coit Lake, just at the edge of the burned area. It was not all black and bleak, some trees survived, and I'm sure it'll look a lot better by next spring. Larry's map came in real handy to help us stay on the fun route of the B loop back to Hunting Hollow.
    Cross-canyon was a good challenge and the single track back (Tule Pond and Grizzly Gulch Trails) were a blast. I'll have to take Menso there for a ride, when he's back for the X-mas break.
    - J.L.
    I think everyone's quite impressed at the de Jong family's capability at MTB. Give my apologies to Menso's Mom,....uh, ... .I mean Jeanie.

    After a few rides, especially with her cabability, she'll for sure be called Jeanie by everyone. And then that other guy will instead be called Jeanie's Son.
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    Great Ride....

    What a great day of riding. I sure can see why so many of you love this place. Here are some of the pics I took. I may not have some of the trails or riders names correct, so please excuse my ignorance.

    There were so many in the B ride that the initial singetrack climbs became a bit of a cluster *uck!


    Jackson Trail..


    Up...up...up the Jackson trail


    I imagine some of the riders brains were starting to feel like this....


    Elderberry Trail?


    First B regroup..


    "What's wrong with my bike now?!"


    Happy campers!


    Chum having fun !


    Another regroup..


    Cross Canyon trail..



    Grunt! Nice effort!



    Cross Canyon/Willow Rd. intersection regroup and rest stop..



    Our trusty steeds take a well deserved break.


    It looks like a lot of the oaks survived the fire. This one did not..


    Wagon Rd.


    Super strong girl..sorry, don't remember the name.


    Big bike, big wheels, big strong guy....JeffH?


    I believe this is Tule Pond trail...




    Coe is awesome.
    View from Wagon Rd.


    A lot of fun and a little bit of suffering was had by all!

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    Some Pics from the D ride

    I had a blast (my legs didn't)! Here are a few pics.

    1. D group riders at the trailhead
    2. Big Larry on the climb
    3. TacoRican on the climb
    4. Blue skies
    5. Helmet cam adjustments
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    A Group Statistics

    Hello,


    A Ride Stats:

    Start time: 9:30 AM
    Finish Time: 3:00 PM
    Mileage: 31.01 miles
    Rolling Time: 4:22:07
    Average Speed: 7.1 mph

    Here's some photos of the day (1st 5 photos):

    http://gallery.mtbr.com/showgallery....&ppuser=276596

    Praying Mantis on the hand of "Tick":
    http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.ph.../ppuser/276596

    Alligator Lizard:
    http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.ph.../ppuser/276596

    Sunset over Hunting Hollow Parking Lot:
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    Alligator Lizard carefully removed from Gilroy Hot Springs Road by "Tick".
    http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.ph.../ppuser/276596

    Thanks to the 2 riders who showed up and decided on braving it on the A route. I think I might have scared people off with my distance rides and climbing abilities. Maybe the threat of the Cullen Trail was too much for people's minds. Yes, it's a tough .7 mile climb but it is a fun and technical downhill decent that makes it worth it. The three of us had an excellent time.

    We saw 3 praying mantis on the Domino Pond Trail and 1 alligator lizard on Gilroy Hot Springs Road. There's something weird about Henry Coe Park these days as the last 4 weeks in a row I've seen at least 1 praying mantis. Maybe the fire? Any theories?

    Timm Trail is always fun with it's jumps. Tick crashed on one of the jumps but there wasn't any damage. The descents were a blast as the Coe singletracks measure up with many other parks. I like the fact that they aren't sanitized. More of a challenge.

    Really a lot of fun.

    Thanks again for the large turn out and some great conversation at the end.

    Roy.
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    2nd set D ride pics

    1. Stretching the quads
    2. Lot of Tums being eaten
    3. The House of Henry Coe Tattoos
    4. Top of a Peak
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    3rd set D ride pics

    last set of pics
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    Estrogen Factor

    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    So bummed I missed this year's ride. Hopefully the estrogen ratio wasn't too off. Ha!

    Looks like it was a great day for Coe.
    You're going to have to come on future rides to help balance, but there was a bit of estrogen, especially on the C/D ride.

    Here at the top of Jackson Trail, we find Joan, Carmen (ibikergal), and Menso's Mom,...uh...oops... Jeanie



    They have an intersting after-ride tradition of doing facials. I guess it goes with the mud facial just before.




    Whereas the guys were busy doing chips and beer. Here's Cowboy Chum.


    While Joan brought goldfish, for swallowing live I assume.
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    Dust Baby

    K-max and Dust Bunny brought their recent creation, Dust Baby.

    Dust Baby was very active and happy throughout. Dust Baby and Dust Bunny (Richelle) took in a hike up the hills while we were biking.

    Here Dust Baby and proud parents. Carmen is also happy too, in back.



    Just Mommy and baby left in the parking lot for feeding and hiking.



    Daddy and Baby after the ride.
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    The Gathering

    First to greet me was TahoeBC, who'd rode in the night before and had been riding since Midnight. As such, he didn't do the A, B, C, or D ride. In fact, he didn't stay much longer than to say hello to the big crowd and get some grub.



    Whereas some come early, some came from afar. Jim (Sweeny on MTBR) came from New York and claims he had a blast. He sent his bike out earlier so he could ride.



    The three A riders took off a half hour late, a typical MTBR ride delay time. As such I delayed the B/C/D start a half hour too so as to keep synchronized. They were gathered ready to leave and waiting for me by about 9:55, but I put them off a couple more minutes, as J.L.'s getting anxious to ride!
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    C/D Ride Start

    The Coyote Creek gate, where everyone waited for me as I went back to get my radio from my car.




    We gathered at the bottom of Anza, getting brave enough for the climb.
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    Looks like a grand time!! Specially the post-ride. I got tied up with a couple of pumpkin events.

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    now I know what is meant by "The Coe Factor"

    Quote Originally Posted by diskus
    WOW! What a day!! perfect weather!

    I also want to thank Mike and Tony and others, who waited for me at the back of the B-ride. For those who missed it, I started falling way behind, at one point I couldn't even push my bike on level terrain. I just laid down and enjoyed the fall air. Turns out that with an upset stomach that morning I didnt eat enough and became hypoglycemic, which Im prone to. Thanks to half a Turkey sandwich, one minute I cant walk, 20 mins later Im climbing a fire road standing in middle ring, Amazing. rest of the ride was a blast!

    Mike
    No need to thank me for waiting. If you were feeling well, it would have been me that Plim was sweeping.

    This was my first time at Coe, and I may have bitten off more than I could chew by joining the B ride. But even though I had some cramps and ran out of steam towards the end, I was glad I did it. A big thanks to Mike (Plim) for being patient and making sure we finished the ride. And of course a big thanks to Larry and the other organizers for planning/executing this most excellent event.

    tony
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    Climbing Anza

    I prepared an alternate route for riding up Coit Rd.. Then I did a plot of altitude versus distance and saw Anza/Jackson was only marginally steeper than Coit Rd.. Nevertheless, I can climb Coit Rd., but only 2/3 of Jackson, so I figured it would be a good option. But as we got to Anza, it seemed that many C/D riders were just as happy to push on more difficult riding, and on the shorter Anza/Jackson climb, we could stay on path with all the other riders. I expected to see a few B riders drop back after facing the brutal reality of this climb, which is also why I planned for everyone to ride it at the start. However, only one rider dropped back.

    Here's a number of pictures of various riders on the Anza singletrack. We ended riding a lot more than I'd thought, but with a few breaks.

    1. Carmen (ibikergal)



    2. Joan


    3. Jeanie was going a bit too fast for my camera, but I barely caught her scooting away.



    4. Kahn (singlepivot) on the climb.



    5. Tahn (TacoRican) at the end of the parade (I missed a couple faster riders).
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    Top of Jackson

    This is a favorite rest stop / tourist center / kodak moment / feed zone after the brutal climb up Anza and Jackson trails. You start at the bottom of Anza around 1150' and end up here at 2350' altitude. But it seems like a lot more. Excellent views of the hills just climbed can be had from here.

    The cousins of Kahn (singlepivot) and Tahn (TacoRican) roll up the last beatiful singletrack to the top.



    Here's a couple pictures from the top. One's properly in focus and the other has everyone looking toward me. One really needs a wide angle to capture all the Henry Coe views properly.
    1.Top View


    A view of all the C/D riders on top of Jackson
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    (not so) Yucky Fire Roads -

    Fire Roads are often boring. But at Henry Coe they roll across the ridge tops where you get excellent views of the park. And they have their own climbing challenges, being just as steep as the trails.

    As an example, here's the fire roads at the intersection of Jackson Rd. and Wasno Rd.





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    Viewing at the top

    The best view of the fire damage was from the top of Jackson Rd. You can see the big black burned area in the distance, compared to the brown weed area closer in.

    Also in view, Tahn got a little higher as he hadn't climbed enough yet.



    At the intersection of Wasno Rd and Kelly Lake Trail, we found a little hill where everyone pointed out some interesting sights. Oddly, many are pointed at me!?
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    Dexter Climb

    The first little singletrack of Dexter, coming off Wasno, has a fun little climb, that everyone made. It also made for an interesting photo opportunity. The steep climb and view in the background is typical Henry Coe.






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    Dexter Drop

    The view dropping down Dexter Trail into Grizzly Gulch was equally spectacular. The camera can't catch the view and vast feeling, even in panorama. This is just a hint of how wonderful the ride became.

    1. Doing the Dexter Drop. Note there's five riders in view, three on top of the hill, and two going down the ridge on the left into Grizzly Gulch.


    Such a good view, it deserved another posting.



    When we hit Grizzly Gulch, we're high above the stream, maybe 1000' up on the side, and slowly come down to the stream as the stream also descends. It sometimes makes for very steep descents. Here's a nice view from around a corner, pegged by a giant rock.
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    Slow Movers

    Besides me, there was another couple of slow movers. Here's one we saw on Grizzly Gulch. We wondered if this creature in the middle of the trail would survive the B and A riders to come down Grizzly Gulch after us.
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    End of the Ride and Photos for me

    I was thinking we'd be all coming down Grizzly Gulch together. We managed to regroup and come down Grapevine together on last year's HCFC. But it didn't pass. Even though we took it real easy on the C/D ride, we still got back first, around 2PM. The B ride spread out over as much as an hour, and the sprinters started coming come soon after C/D got in.

    We waited not too long for the A ride to come in, around 3:00PM. Here's the long haul A-team arriving.



    And what about poor Rensho, who wanted a longer ride? He was offered to go on the A ride, and thought about it but finally decided B ride instead, so he could stick with some friends. I asked him how many of his honorary Rensho Hampster Loops he did to get in his ride, and he took time to count...
    The final tally: 0

    Rensho resting after his ride. ....... Hey, even the baby's happy!
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    Thanks Everyone!

    This was a great ride. I thought it would just be a little get together, and wasn't sure the HCFC would happen at all this Fall after the big fire disaster.

    But even though we shortened the rides, it turned out great. The weather was spectacular, warm with a light breeze and a clear blue sky with a few dabbles of cloud.

    The singletrack we did was very good. We did a greater percentage of singletrack than normal. The views from the top were great.

    The ride down Grizzly Gulch was a real delightful way to end the ride. I was going down the beautiful trail on the delightful day thinking this was such a wonderful day to be on earth!

    The crowd was great. The cooperation on the BBQ was super - lots of excellent food and supplies. And Carmen's brownies made all my planning work worth the effort.

    Thanks to all the other leaders, we were able to do just right on the rides. The B leaders had the brunt of the effort with the large number of riders (33) and wide spread of speeds that ride. But I'm impressed the leaders Skyline35 (Charlie) and Plim (Mike) managed well and got everyone back safe. Roy provided a good opportunity for those wanting to an epic ride at this event. I'm also glad RockCrawler53 was willing to be volunteered and did a great job. Also, the ride leaders made a lot of effort doing pre-rides and judging which route was best for this event.
    Good Job Leaders, and thanks for your help in making this a great ride!

    Finally, I'm happy that no major accidents or mechanicals occured, especialy with such a large crowd where something is to be expected. All around a pleasant day.

    Until the next ride at Henry Coe.
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    this mind is strong but the body is weak!

    Copius gestures of gratitude go out to all who made this possible along with all who endured my random ramblings at the BBQ. "What can i say, the first thing i did when i got back to the car was slam a beer.
    and then slam another beer!"

    Special thanks to Plim for hanging with the 3 of us "slow B's" and all of our cramping legs and stomach ailments. I had fun during every single moment of the ride, leg cramps and all.
    Here he is clearing a tough climb (apparently for the first time) near the farthest point in our ride.

    nicely done sir.

    The GPS calculated that we did 21.4 miles and (get this) 5531ft of climbing!!! Although, the bike computer said 22.8mi. in around 3:40 moving time. (hmmm)
    I thought I saw someone in our little foursome who also had a GPS. Can you, or anyone, please verify that elevation gain for the B ride? If this is accurate, that's a personal climbing record.

    More pictures and a few animated gifs on the way...

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    Mine came up 4309 as we entered the lot. Its usually pretty accurate, Barometric altimeter

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    This ride is such a treat

    I had a great time even with two mechanicals (broken chain, front flat ) so here's a few shots of the B ride in action !
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    I had an awesome time and I will write more tomorrow evening cause I've had a busy day....ya i'm tired now.....

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    Great ride!

    What an awesome ride! I was actually having second thoughts about driving down for the HCFC. I was feeling feverish and achy on Friday. I kept that secret from my gf so she wouldn't keep me from going . I took a buckload of Advil and drank lots of fluids. My plan was to get as much sleep as possible. That didn't happen as I was too wound up, vacillating between whether to go or not. When my alarm went off at 5:30 Saturday morning, I felt almost normal, so I quickly packed my gear and was on the road by 6. I rolled in at Hunting Hollow at around 8:45 and was surprised to see that it was already packed. I've never seen so many cars there before. I decided to join the B group to make my 300-mile roundtrip (Sorry, I probably had bigfoot's carbon footprint this weekend ) worth it. There's no question that it was! I really wanted to see that corner of the park as I've never ridden in those parts before. Those trails are awesome! The views from the top of Jackson and from Grizzly Gulch are my favorite. We didn't ride the Hamster loop so Timm trail will have to wait another day.

    It was a great day of riding with lots of friendly folks and surprisingly, a lot of familiar faces.
    Thanks to Big Larry for organizing it. Thanks to all the ride leaders/sweepers and everyone who came

    Thanks for the post-ride grub everyone. I was thinking about bringing lumpias but thought that they were gonna be too soggy after storage.

    Thanks to Amado from SVTR for the tasty Arroz Caldo (the chicken soup).

    Now some pictures...

    Leaving before the crack o' dawn


    The (steep) hills beckon


    It's going to be a big group


    The Jaberwocky leading 2 SSers (Rensho and ??? with the "cardinal" Bianchi)


    At the top of Jackson


    On Cattle Duster



    ??? on Cross Canyon trail


    Lunch on Willow Ridge


    Anyone know the names of these peaks?


    edited to correct typo
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    Thanks Big Larry for organizing another FANTASTIC day at Coe!!

    Great ride, Great route - really Great meeting new peeps and riding with old friends!

    Skyline35 and Plim did a rawkin' job of B lead and sweep....everyone made it out alive

    Can't wait for the next one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker_Scout_Sparky
    .....Here he is clearing a tough climb (apparently for the first time) near the farthest point in our ride.

    nicely done sir......
    that hill Plim (the showoff) climbed is freakin' GNARLY, hard, STEEP and just plain UGLY!!.....good job dude....

    *i have never even come close to clearing it.......less than 1/2 way in fact....urghhhh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    that hill Plim (the showoff) climbed is freakin' GNARLY, hard, STEEP and just plain UGLY!!.....good job dude....

    *i have never even come close to clearing it.......less than 1/2 way in fact....urghhhh*
    That's the Crosscanyon climb. I tried to catch Plim at the start of the climb (yelling, 'hey you're the sweep, you can't pass people' 'you're the worst sweep evar!'), and didn't even make it 20ft. That was on the easier of the 2 horrid sections of the climb.

    Plim and Plymmer, have some skillz in climbing the super steeps at Coe. Granny gear is not optional.

    The more impressive feat of the day was Plim cleaning 'No name' trail. It is short, but is at a 90d right turn, then goes up at about 40 degrees. The trail is tough to walk up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    The more impressive feat of the day was Plim cleaning 'No name' trail. It is short, but is at a 90d right turn, then goes up at about 40 degrees. The trail is tough to walk up.
    Wow that is impressive I've never see anyone make that, was looking at it a little earlier in the morning and made a comment to El Hombre that it looked like possibly some work had been done (Might have been a moonlight hallucination) but I still had no inclination to give it a go after falling on my A$$ in several past attempts.

    On another note I discovered a tick embedded in my arm Saturday afternoon, one of the many perks of riding at Coe.

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    I enjoyed Saturday's ride quite a bit. I was a bit anxiety-ridden when Mike (diskus) couldn't move for a while. I started trying to figure out how to contact the rangers and whether we'd be able to get to a fire road so a truck could get there. After his amazing recovery, Mike, Tony, Mat and I rolled along pretty well. Much better than a group with a guy who had just been unable to even walk, a guy who hit the wall, a guy with horrible cramping issues, and a guy with a broken seat post had any right to expect. With all our issues, everyone's spirits stayed high and we all had a good time.

    In case anyone is interested, I called Gravity Dropper this morning. They said my post was made about two months before they came out with the stronger innner post bits. I mailed my post to them today and they expect a roughly 24 hour turnaround time between when they receive it and when it's mailed back to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    Wow that is impressive I've never see anyone make that, was looking at it a little earlier in the morning and made a comment to El Hombre that it looked like possibly some work had been done (Might have been a moonlight hallucination) but I still had no inclination to give it a go after falling on my A$$ in several past attempts.
    I cheated on the no-name trail. After two tries where I lost traction on the dirt, I took a line in the grass just to the left of the actual trail. With traction I was able to make it up that first steep bit, then cut back to the trail after passing the rutted section. I think it would be possible to do it while sticking to the trail, seeing as a few weeks back I managed to make the turn and start the climb, but screwed up, headed off the trail, and couldn't correct course.

    I'm super proud of making it up the start of the climb out on Cross Canyon. It was much harder than the no-name trail because it's as steep or steeper than no-name and the tough part lasts longer. Plus it has those long nasty ruts and loose gravel and little rocks. I wasn't smooth enough with my pedal stroke in granny and would spin the rear wheel. Had to upshift to third to prevent that, make it past the steep part, then downshift before my legs and lungs exploded. Of course the downsides are (a) my ego has grown insufferably large, and (b) I now know it's possible and will force myself to attempt it again in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    On another note I discovered a tick embedded in my arm Saturday afternoon, one of the many perks of riding at Coe.
    It always pays to ride Coe in a big group, and to be at the back of the group. Thanks to you there was one less tick to bother us.

    And thanks again to everyone who came. It was another fun 'n' memorable HCFC. Next year we should all be able to hit Middle Ridge, which is perhaps the best downhill singletrack in the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim
    I enjoyed Saturday's ride quite a bit. I was a bit anxiety-ridden when Mike (diskus) couldn't move for a while. I started trying to figure out how to contact the rangers and whether we'd be able to get to a fire road so a truck could get there. After his amazing recovery, Mike, Tony, Mat and I rolled along pretty well. Much better than a group with a guy who had just been unable to even walk, a guy who hit the wall, a guy with horrible cramping issues, and a guy with a broken seat post had any right to expect. With all our issues, everyone's spirits stayed high and we all had a good time.

    In case anyone is interested, I called Gravity Dropper this morning. They said my post was made about two months before they came out with the stronger innner post bits. I mailed my post to them today and they expect a roughly 24 hour turnaround time between when they receive it and when it's mailed back to me.



    I cheated on the no-name trail. After two tries where I lost traction on the dirt, I took a line in the grass just to the left of the actual trail. With traction I was able to make it up that first steep bit, then cut back to the trail after passing the rutted section. I think it would be possible to do it while sticking to the trail, seeing as a few weeks back I managed to make the turn and start the climb, but screwed up, headed off the trail, and couldn't correct course.

    I'm super proud of making it up the start of the climb out on Cross Canyon. It was much harder than the no-name trail because it's as steep or steeper than no-name and the tough part lasts longer. Plus it has those long nasty ruts and loose gravel and little rocks. I wasn't smooth enough with my pedal stroke in granny and would spin the rear wheel. Had to upshift to third to prevent that, make it past the steep part, then downshift before my legs and lungs exploded. Of course the downsides are (a) my ego has grown insufferably large, and (b) I now know it's possible and will force myself to attempt it again in the future.



    It always pays to ride Coe in a big group, and to be at the back of the group. Thanks to you there was one less tick to bother us.

    And thanks again to everyone who came. It was another fun 'n' memorable HCFC. Next year we should all be able to hit Middle Ridge, which is perhaps the best downhill singletrack in the park.
    NICE!!! I thought those two climbs were impossible. I did pretty well on no name connector a few weeks ago, but X-canyon I didn't even try.

    And your GD broke... again. I haven't had any problems with mine since I got the beefier post. I also switched it to run backwards. If your cable isn't long enough to run backwards you can swap it. It's just a standard der cable and housing. Nothing special there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim
    I'm super proud of making it up the start of the climb out on Cross Canyon.
    I missed that tidbit, dam you have finally reached the top tier of Slowmentum, I to hope to one day defy gravity and walk the rice paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim
    ....I'm super proud of making it up the start of the climb out on Cross Canyon. It was much harder than the no-name trail because it's as steep or steeper than no-name and the tough part lasts longer.........make it past the steep part, then downshift before my legs and lungs exploded. Of course the downsides are (a) my ego has grown insufferably large, and (b) I now know it's possible and will force myself to attempt it again in the future....
    now i know it can be done....and it's you that can do it.....i'm feeling inferior for not being able to clean that "wall"......damn you Plim (as i raise my fist shaking it in the air)!!!!

    SO, next time i am there i will feel obligated to attempt that ridiculous hill until my heart detonates, quads seize, and my lips peel back in a blind grimace of agony as i'm killing brain cells by the billions......you jive turkey.....and i need all my brain cells....unk....
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