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    Knollfest: The Complete Story

    First, I’d like to thank all of those that joined the PHX Knolly crew. We had members from Boston to Seattle, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and California join us for an incredible weekend, consisting of 75 degree weather, and lots of sun.

    Honestly, when I began to plan this, my goal was to be able to ride with Noel. Leading up to the event, I had a suspicious feeling that Noel would make a surprise entrance with Dusty Friday afternoon. Later in the day Thursday, just before I headed out to pick up Woodyak, Muttonchops, and RDH at the airport. I received a note from Noel. He mentioned he would be unable to attend, and thanked me for arranging Knollfest PHX. Very cool, thanks to Noel and Dusty for the support. The swag was certainly a big hit.

    Now let’s get to the goods. We had what I believe to be 21 different Knolly riders over a 3 day, 4 ride weekend.

    Friday morning started out with a few faces that I wasn’t expecting. Calhoun, Woodyak, RDH, Rock Dude, Muttonchops and I pulled in to the trailhead, and you could feel the excitement building. We unloaded, geared up, took the first group shot and started climbing 24th Street.
    (some duplicate photos, thanks to Skins for many great photos)

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    As the 10 Chilcotins and 1 DT rode and hiked our way up 24th Street, we paced over to Buena Vista where we expected to meet with Dusty for the descent down Geronimo to Cochise. I received a text from Dusty, they would not be able to make the descent and would hook up with us for the afternoon ride.

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    We geared up and the first real descent was about to begin. This is the time everyone was waiting for, what did PHX really have to offer? Was it really that good? I can only interpret the smiles I saw on Geronimo, which is a chunky, yet somewhat speedy run with little to no flow, as an overwhelming “YES”.

    We turned down the hit Cochise, a trail rarely ridden by anyone, simply due to the technical nature of the trail, and the risks which come with it. The heart of the trail is 3 techy left hand switchbacks, followed by a mad scramble of chunk to the bottom.

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    Unfortunately, we did have a casualty on the second switchback. Calhoun took a hard header and looked to have broken a finger, and damaged a few joins. His hand quickly began to swell and it was obvious he was in a lot of pain. RDH, MD. stepped in and assessed the situation, provided some medical attention, and Calhoun decided to sit out the afternoon ride in an attempt to be prepared for the Saturday Goat Camp ride.

    We stopped into Los Dos Molinos for a quick bite to eat, and headed up to the next trailhead for some nice tech climbing. We moved quickly up Kiwanis, and spun to road over to Holbert were we once again geared up and began the second descent of the day.

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    The Holbert descent was a thing of beauty. Everyone seemed to fall right into place, were perfectly spaced and we mashed it out at pace I never expected was possible with 16 riders. Once we finished the descent, we hung out in the lot for a while, had a few beers, receive some killer swag, then headed to dinner.

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    Saturday started out with breakfast at my place for the whole group. We had 8lbs of bacon, 4lbs of sausage, 54 eggs, 24 bagels, 3 gallons of OJ, 3 gallons of milk, 2 coffee pots running continuously, and countless amount of fruit. As we fueled up for what would surely be THE ride of the weekend, we did some quick bike preparations, loaded up, and hit the road for a short drive to the trailhead.

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    We began the 8 mile ascent up Mesquite trail, with little time for breaks. We quickly approached the Goat Camp descent, where we took a nice break, rested and refueled.

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    As we began to gear up for the descent, a strange silence overcame the group…FOCUS. We moved through the drop-in, guys were hoot’n and holler’n as they worked their way through the chunkiest segment of trail they had seen yet. We regrouped and moved on to the first session spot…the Spiral Staircase. dirtbag, Ronnie, and myself show the group the man line, through a tight rock squeeze which eats bikes and riders alike. I decided I would take the first shot at it to show the group the line. Amazng the pressure that comes with an audience. We spent nearly an hour sessioning the Staircase.

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    We then continued down to Jackhammer, where sessioning was minimal as the feature has been heavily sanitized, and many riders were “flowing” and just kept on going.

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    After a nice relaxing gathering at the cars, we headed back to my place for dinner. As we ate, we watched the Red Bull Rampage, and later decided to run the photos from Skins on the big screen. This may have been one of the best features of the weekend as it seemed we were captioning every photo, and laughing to the point my gut hurt.

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    Sunday was a bit more of a mellow ride. We did an out and back on National. This was a great last day ride choice as it is fast, flowy, and the effort required was less than that of the previous days ride.

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    Sadly, this reports comes at the expense of the end of the inaugural Knollfest. Plans are already in the works for Knollfest 2013. Thanks to all who attended, I hope you take some time to share your experiences .
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    I have literally hundreds of photos to sort through. I will continue to work on them and post some more photos and sequences.
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    Wow, what a great trip. Thanks again for hosting such an awesome event!
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    A few interesting fun facts:

    1. The overwhelming shock of choice: CCDB Air, followed by Avy coils/Fox tuned Avys
    2. POC Trabec is the helmet of choice
    3. Raw is the primary color choice

    Casualties:
    1 bent rotor
    2 flat tires (by locals only...go figure)
    1 broken shoe (??? really ???)
    repeated bent rear derailleurs
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    Great stuff. Looks like it was a huge success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Casualties:
    1 bent rotor
    2 flat tires (by locals only...go figure)
    1 broken shoe (??? really ???)
    repeated bent rear derailleurs
    +1 cassette with sheared rivets
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    A few interesting fun facts:

    1. The overwhelming shock of choice: CCDB Air, followed by Avy coils/Fox tuned Avys
    2. POC Trabec is the helmet of choice
    3. Raw is the primary color choice

    Casualties:
    1 bent rotor
    2 flat tires (by locals only...go figure)
    1 broken shoe (??? really ???)
    repeated bent rear derailleurs
    Add another bent rotor, deeply gouged fork lowers and a broken off DT Swiss RWS rear axle lever. I think that same rock in the notch got all three!

    This terrain is so much chunky fun but so hard on equipment.

    The type of terrain for which Knolly's are built.
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    Great recap TiSS'er, and thanks for playing host, guide, coach, concierge, etc. all weekend long! Bikes and body parts are a little banged up, but that's a small price to pay for such a great weekend of riding with a great collection of individuals. Looking forward to the 2013 event

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    Looks like ridiculous fun!

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    Holy chunk! It'll be interesting to see where the next Knollfest takes place. I'm really debating if I should ditch my Spot for one of those Chili's, so damn sexy

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    Keep the pics and updates coming, fellas. Serious stoke!

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    Thank You

    What a great experience!
    Thank you Brandon and Family, Phoenix crew (Ronnie, RJ, Javier, Vik, Les, Lawrence, Rex, and the rest of the crew), and the rest of the Knolly crew that made the trip. Its always nice to put a face with a name.

    There was some impressive riding going on this weekend. Phoenix is such a unique riding location. It was great to see everyone killing it; especially the locals.

    Thank you all for an amazing weekend.

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    p.s. When are we getting Javi on a Knolly

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    Looks like an amazing weekend, glad everyone came out in one piece and wish I could have been there for sure. Can't wait for the next one...

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    Wow, looks like it was a great time, the pics are great!
    If jackasses could fly this place would be an airport.

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    Time for bed. Here is the one video I have so far. Lots more to go through (94 total). I'll post some more after a sleep.

    What an awesome time, thanks to everyone who made this possible, especially Tiss'er.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/55530774?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/55530774">Knollfest 2012 Day 1</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2797287">RDHFreethought</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    and Day 2:
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/55684658?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/55684658">Knollfest 2012 Day 2</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2797287">RDHFreethought</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>


    and Day 3:
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/55689255?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/55689255">Knollfest 2012 Day 3</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2797287">RDHFreethought</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    A superb event! Great riding and even better folks. Feeling it DEEP in my muscles right now. Looking forward to K-fest 2013...

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    Super cool - thanks for the story! Nice to see an event like this happen and future ones to come!

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    Wished I could of made it so my day glo yellow frame could have brightened up that crowd
    But after 23 miles with 2900ft of climbing I was done after Saturday- maybe next go round or maybe the next event may be in the NW......

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    Stellar thread and event. The date didn't work for me so I can see I missed the ride of the year. I'll try and make the next one. My Endo loves chunk!

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    What a show.

    Thanks for taking charge and shaping this event tiSSer'!

    Nice to make some new friends and some new enemies.

    Back to reality though. 19F at the house this morning, WTF.
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    Some photos. Video might take a couple days (I am a newb at this, will probably leave it raw)

    What is a group of MTB'rs called? Flock, gaggle, pod, pride, pack, school, troop...bah I think "herd" describes the scene the best.


    Early morning ride in the desert:



    Note the blue Chilcotin paint left on this boulder.


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    What an awesome weekend. Thanks to everyone that brought the stoke and made it happen.

    Big thanks to tiSSer and Tania for hosting everyone at their awesome home. tiSSer even recruited his mom to help cook breakfast on Saturday...how awesome is that.

    The weekend went like clockwork with no mechanicals, only two pinchflats, no bad crashes (Calhoun kept riding and drinking), dudes were on time with their sh1t together and everyone was able to keep up with the pace, shred the gnar and have a good time.

    The riding was top notch and I have to admit that area is a true suspension / bike / rider testing ground. Their is very little room for error and very litttle time to relax on the descents. I used to think that the PNW was the ultimate bike testing ground...i no longer think that is true. This terrain is brutal and non stop. I definitely left a lot of aluminium (pronounced:- aa-loo-min-ium) out in the desert....

    I think tiSSer had the routes totally dialed. There were no logistical issues and all rides popped right out at the car. It might have been a master stroke to start up 24th...it allowed time for any unnecessary adrenalin or excitement to be totally evaporated, allowed us to get an idea of the terrain we were in and to get to know each other better before hitting the DH.

    my memories:-
    - Squealing each time i tagged a cactus on upper Goat Camp and then hearing Dusty Bottoms yelp about 2 seconds behind me
    - trying unsuccesfully to pull cactus thorns out my glove with my teeth while riding
    - Goat Camp DH after the spiral staircase (about when Woodyak had to stop and allow his brain to catch up)!
    - The final DH section of National...riding behind Gary and Les...two of the fastest old geezers I have ever had the honor of trying to keep up with
    - Chilling after the rides and BS'ing with the crew in the parking lot
    - Laughing and heckling while dudes sessioned
    - Hoping in 15 yrs that i can still suffer and hang like Rock Dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhynohead View Post
    Holy chunk! It'll be interesting to see where the next Knollfest takes place. I'm really debating if I should ditch my Spot for one of those Chili's, so damn sexy
    Yeah you better ditch that Spot. They were expressly forbidden on this gathering........

    Well mostly.


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    Time for bed. Here is the one video I have so far. Lots more to go through (94 total). I'll post some more after a sleep.

    What an awesome time, thanks to everyone who made this possible, especially Tiss'er.


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    +1 more really satisfied Knollfest attendee here. Awesome event. I highly doubt that any other owner group has the combined tech skills as the Knolly guys do.

    I never thought we'd get up and down Goat Camp with 17 people before dark, but everyone had their stuff together and knew how to handle a bike. Maybe Noel just attracts that kind of rider.

    All really nice guys too. It was a blast hanging out with you all.

    A few pics from day one at SoMo: If I'm sure of the name I'll add a tag.... if not, help me out and I'll fill in later (or correct me if I'm wrong).

    Some climbing took place as well. This on National just after where Mormon and National merge.
    Mark hitting the first step up
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    Jim same spot. Feel free to add a screen name for further identification.
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    Dave AKA Muttonchops
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    Brandon AKA tiSS'er rounds the first switchback on Cochise
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    Rory AKA Calhoun
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    I love how most everyone has some sort of tongue-out total concentration look on their face at this point. Where I'm standing to take this shot is about a 6-8 foot very rocky penalty for highsiding this turn, so you can understand the need for focus. Good wheel placement and correct mometum equal success whereas if you miss by "this" much you may end up on you face.
    More Dave/muttonchops.... took me a minute to figure out this is you.
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    Then if you clean that first switch you have this right hander that is less chunky but no less sharp and your front wheel wants to aim for that little flat rock and wash down the hill. Keep it tight and you're good.
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    At 51 I'm usually the oldest guy on these types of rides but this Knolly crowd had three or four guys who were my seniors..... and tore it up just fine.
    Don't let the grey beard fool you. Here's Les making it look easy. In fact he was one of the strongest climbers too.
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    I think this is Ralph AKA rdhfreethought (?) Help me out if I'm wrong. Everyone looks different in their helmet and shades.
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    Waiting for the group to reassemble after "Bucking Bronco".
    First in line is John (Dr. Thunder), then Dave (muttonchops), Vic (I think), Javier in the bandana, Ronnie in the yellow vest, and I believe that's Ralph (rdhfreethought) riding through the super chunk with an audience.
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    Wow that terrain looks amazing , sick photos , sick lines ! Man you guys killed it

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    Day 2 Goat Camp. One of my favorite rides. Period.

    Here's Lawrence the bearer of frozen Gatorades for all..... so we decided to overlook the fact that he was on a Transition.
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    Still going up (this went on for a good long time but never got too onerous).
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    Gearing up and rehydrating for the descent...... or is that some liquid courage you have there, Rory?
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    Good Times

    Good times with good people! I only got to join for the Friday afternoon ride on Kiwanis/Holbert, but it was definitely a fun crew. I managed to twist my ankle on a short ride on Saturday, and my grapefruit-like ankle the next morning suggested that National would probably not be in the cards for Sunday. Bummer.

    I will also say that this was one of the purest concentrations of bike geekery I've yet experienced, intense enough to kill mere mortal men. Luckily, we had all clearly spent many years building up an immunity.

    The only remaining question is, what did Kevin do to receive a sweatshirt from the strip club on Baseline years ago?
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    The only remaining question is, what did Kevin do to receive a sweatshirt from the strip club on Baseline years ago?
    He only mentioned the sweatshirt?!!?

    I think he actually wound up by the end of the wknd with a sweatshirt, towel, and gym bag or socks....can't remember the third item.

    good times

    PS: great pics! looking forward to seeing some video footage too! One of these years I need to make it back to Goat Camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Yeah you better ditch that Spot. They were expressly forbidden on this gathering........

    Well mostly.




    Someone had to post it.
    HAHA, Thanks KRob. I guess I am lucky to have made it out of the canyon after this stunt....Goat Camp is a great place to dispose of a body!

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    Man these pictures def show how good and challenging the riding is and what a good time everyone had. Really wish I had not had to fly to St Louis for work and could have made this.
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    KRob:

    First rider in your pics is Mark (White Chil) and second rider is Jim (Black Chil.)
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    Rosy forgot his Jawbones on Day two it looks like. sweet pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdhfreethought View Post

    What is a group of MTB'rs called? Flock, gaggle, pod, pride, pack, school, troop..
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    First I would like to thank Brandon and his family for the food and lodging.

    Wow what a weekend! I had a time of my life riding all of those trails with you guys.
    I can’t believe that I made it down all of them with out any loss of blood.

    Thanks to all of you for waiting for me to catch up. I promise I will be faster by the next Knollfest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Brandon AKA tiSS'er rounds the first switchback on Cochise
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    If I saw a hard-core local pulling out the heavy armor for a descent I would crap my drawers; then start wondering if I should call 911 pre-descent, while I'm still able.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSC View Post
    If I saw a hard-core local pulling out the heavy armor for a descent I would crap my drawers; then start wondering if I should call 911 pre-descent, while I'm still able.
    I usually bring my full leg armor for Phoenix riding but didn't this time thinking that all the cool kids would just be rocking the knee pads..... then I remembered why. Not only is the Phoenix terrain hard on equipment, it tears up your skin too..... even if you don't fall. There's plenty of tight spots and cactus to tear up your lower legs.... and I've got the stripes to prove it from this trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock dude View Post
    I can’t believe that I made it down all of them with out any loss of blood.

    Thanks to all of you for waiting for me to catch up. I promise I will be faster by the next Knollfest.
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    Nice meeting you Chuck. Way to hang in there. You showed some awesome perserverance.

    Here's a few more pics from the GC descent.
    Dave/Muttonchops dropping in the slot on the Spiral Staircase. No one was allowed to try the "Girl's line" on this gathering. Not that Dave would've taken it anyway. He made all the toughest sections look silly easy. Very skilled rider. Nice meeting you Dave.
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    We sesseioned here for about an hour and saw plenty of knobbies buzzing shorts on this steep section. This is Bill/Woodyak gettin' it done.
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    RJ / Dirtbag dropping in....
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    and rolling through. This shot gives some idea of the sudden elevation drop that occurs at the Staircase.
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    Post ride 'bench racing' gathered around a puddle of knolly's. What could be better than that?
    Standing with his back to the camera: Kevin (Dusty Bottoms), then clockwise: Richard (Dirtbag), Bill (Woodyak), Pete (pfarrell), Ronnie (kneeling by the van door), Nick (Silent Bob), Jeff (Skins) hiding behind the bike rack, Tim with shirt off (G-Air)
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    Maybe this. Just chilling around the pool with great guys basking in the post ride buzz. Great gathering guys. Thanks to all who attended and who contributed.
    Looks like Jeff and Tim chilaxin' here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    I usually bring my full leg armor for Phoenix riding but didn't this time thinking that all the cool kids would just be rocking the knee pads..... then I remembered why. Not only is the Phoenix terrain hard on equipment, it tears up your skin too..... even if you don't fall. There's plenty of tight spots and cactus to tear up you lower legs.... and I've got the stripes to prove it from this trip.
    In one of your pics Muttonchop's shins look like they got up close & personal with several of the "friendly" desert rocks and plants.
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    Lots of awesome riding gentlemen. It looks like tons of fun but the pictures make me realize that I would have been the anchor. With "Ninja Dusty" pushing me I might have been able to keep up when climbing*, but my stretcher ride after the first obstacle would have totally slowed the group.

    *No offense meant to your ninja pushing skills, Dusty. Just say'n it would be hard to push all this fat up all those hills.
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    Thanks for posting up some photos Krob. I have copied like 300 photos from Skins which I need to sort through and will certainly post in batches to keep the stoke alive.

    This was the first event that I have organized/attended where the riders were so well matched. I still can't believe how quickly we blew out Goat Camp, even spending an hour sessioning the Spiral Staircase. It was great to see everyone cheering on the riders and providing guidance. I loved hearing the cheers as someone made it through the notch, and the jeers as they ended up sprawled out on the granite!

    I hardly believe it is coincidence that 20 riders are all of the same skill set and level. We didn't have a single rider fall outside of the bell curve, which made the event that much better. It always seems like you develop small clicks when you have a group this size, but I never saw that. Everyone was having a great time.

    When you can take that many people down goat Camp at that pace, and walk away with no injuries, that is a win.

    Thanks again to all for joining us in the desert. I hope you enjoyed the rides, have some great memories, and hurt a little

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    Thanks tiSSer and everyone else. again, i'll say what already been said numerous times, great riding and even better bunch of dudes. the collective group's riding skills where amazing! After getting to the bottom of holbert on Friday afternoon, i just kept thinking to myself, "there is no way a group of 17 guys just rode THAT, that fast." mad skills boys!!! great riding with you all and look foward to more in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSC View Post
    Lots of awesome riding gentlemen. It looks like tons of fun but the pictures make me realize that I would have been the anchor. With "Ninja Dusty" pushing me I might have been able to keep up when climbing*, but my stretcher ride after the first obstacle would have totally slowed the group.

    *No offense meant to your ninja pushing skills, Dusty. Just say'n it would be hard to push all this fat up all those hills.
    I ended up taking a detour and the "long" way up the Goat Camp climb, so I wasn't around to assist the group on that climb. Luckily, the trail re-merged with the correct route, so I "re-appeared".... much like a ninja.
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    [QUOTE=KRob;9959069]Edit: I've added some more name/screen name tags in this post.

    Hey Krob...thanks for the pics. I keep coming back to this thread to relive a little more of the weekend. New pics help!

    That is me (Jeff) hiding behind the bike rack and Tim aka G-Air sitting shirtless. Dr. Thunder (John, right?) was our riding partner up Kiwanis and unfortunately was working Saturday.

    Keep the pics, videos, and stories coming everyone!

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    PS: first words out of my 2-year old's mouth when he saw me in the light: "Daddy has an owwwwie!". Yes, daddy has lots of owwwwies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Edit: I've added some more name/screen name tags in this post.

    Hey Krob...thanks for the pics. I keep coming back to this thread to relive a little more of the weekend. New pics help!

    That is me (Jeff) hiding behind the bike rack and Tim aka G-Air sitting shirtless. Dr. Thunder (John, right?) was our riding partner up Kiwanis and unfortunately was working Saturday.

    Keep the pics, videos, and stories coming everyone!

    Jeff


    PS: first words out of my 2-year old's mouth when he saw me in the light: "Daddy has an owwwwie!". Yes, daddy has lots of owwwwies.
    Thanks for the help with the names, Jeff. I was about to ask who claimed the G-Air screen name because I saw from a post of his that he was there but didn't think I had met him at the gathering (we really didn't share screen names much unless I asked).

    Yes, John is the one we rode up Kiwanis with stopping to session several of the tricky spots. Nice guy. Excellent rider. So that's Dr.Thunder. I think I met him and Tim right about the same time in the BAPL so must've got their screen names confused.

    I'll make corrections.

    Bumps and bruises abound. My wife couldn't help but notice a huge raspberry/bruise on my left hip from my little OTB on GC. She's used to seeing me bloodied and bruised after rides like these though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    I ended up taking a detour and the "long" way up the Goat Camp climb, so I wasn't around to assist the group on that climb. Luckily, the trail re-merged with the correct route, so I "re-appeared".... much like a ninja.
    No Ninja Dusty; WTF? Then my likely scenario: cardiac arrest going up and broken bones going down. No bueno!

    Sad I missed it! (Truthfully.... I am sad. Even if I had to hike-a-bike up and down I love seeing talented people ride; and you all seem to be great people, not just great riders.)

    I wonder if there is a mountain bike equivalent to this:

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    Edit: Found the mountain bike equivalent: ANGRY BEE RINGTONE | Chris King Precision Components

    Side note: This is the opposite of what I need but thought it was funny.

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    geo setting?

    was there any discussion of the preference for high angle/BB for SOMO? were people riding what they normally ride, whatever that was? w/ the Chilcotin's option, it'd be interesting to hear since everybody was riding exactly the same stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    was there any discussion of the preference for high angle/BB for SOMO? were people riding what they normally ride, whatever that was? w/ the Chilcotin's option, it'd be interesting to hear since everybody was riding exactly the same stuff.
    I much prefer steep setting for all of our riding, There is nothing here where the slack setting provides enough of an advantage for me to justify changing it. Having the extra BB height and pedal clearance is useful.

    I think most people were running in the steep setting
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