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    Arizona Spring Fling: March 15-19

    It's back! Mark your calendars and come to Arizona March 15-19 for the 6th, maybe, annual Arizona Spring Fling. A, B and C rides in five great locations around the state, parties, maybe a little schwag if we can get it together in time.

    The Fling has a long history with MTBR, and is the largest of the board's gatherings. Come put faces to names, watch e-riders wreck, and enjoy our local hospitality.

    More details as they become available!

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    http://www.mountainbikearizona.com/azsf06/



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    I think I can actually make that this year, if I'm reading my schedule correctly.

    Sounds fun.

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    After

    spending last week in Sedona, you won't be able to keep me away.

    GAWD, I love that place!
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    wish i could go there....flippin school. have fun to whoever goes! i'll be expecting great pics of what i'm missing out on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    It's back! Mark your calendars and come to Arizona March 15-19 for the 6th, maybe, annual Arizona Spring Fling. A, B and C rides in five great locations around the state, parties, maybe a little schwag if we can get it together in time.

    The Fling has a long history with MTBR, and is the largest of the board's gatherings. Come put faces to names, watch e-riders wreck, and enjoy our local hospitality.

    More details as they become available!

    p.
    I'm always sooooo pathetically out of shape that time of year, but it's such a fun gathering. Hmmmmmmm...... Wonder if I can get a cheap flight?

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    Details

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    I'm In!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    It's back! Mark your calendars and come to Arizona March 15-19 for the 6th, maybe, annual Arizona Spring Fling. A, B and C rides in five great locations around the state, parties, maybe a little schwag if we can get it together in time.

    The Fling has a long history with MTBR, and is the largest of the board's gatherings. Come put faces to names, watch e-riders wreck, and enjoy our local hospitality.

    More details as they become available!

    p.
    I'm in this year!!!!!!!

    Paul,

    Which airport: Phoenix? Tuckson?

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO

    As Dirty Girl asked, details? Camping? Houses? An underpass? Regardless, I'm there. I hope that Pete guy doesn't show up. I hear is kind of a jerk in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC
    I'm in this year!!!!!!!

    Paul,

    Which airport: Phoenix? Tuckson?

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO

    As Dirty Girl asked, details? Camping? Houses? An underpass? Regardless, I'm there. I hope that Pete guy doesn't show up. I hear is kind of a jerk in person.

    Ken
    Excellent!

    There will be a ton of details when I get a website posted, hopefully in a week or so. Darned real life keeps getting in the way. Very quick answer for planning purposes: fly into Phoenix for the best rates and most central location. Camping is probable in all locations, and I have not yet come up with a system for advertising crash space in houses.

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    How

    are you gonna ride with that bar 'o soap in your mouth Ralphy?

    I may have to do some major wiggling to see if I ca get there. I'd sure love to do it for my 3rd time. I always find the rides are great or better, but the local folks are just so dang hospital, er, well, you know.

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    hey guys ill be there again, i was the tall guy with the black accord and the superlight who was at south mountain, sedona (it rained) then prescott.... i have class till 4:30 wednesday (mar 15) so i might leave that night and try to get some miles in, or leave thursday like i did last year. Pictures i took last year are here - Melts AZSF pics

    Thanks for the hospitality last year paul, tom (i think), and whoever the other guy with the neon was.

    I got 2 new bikes, an 06 giant faith 3 and an 05 santa cruz blur ... the blur isnt built yet i just have the frame, i plan on transfering everything from my superlight over, but i need a new front brake, and i want to get a front suspension fork as well cause my manitou xvert is probably 4 years old now and has never seen a rebuild, and most folks on blurs have 120mm travel front or more and my xvert is an 100. Everything else on my superlight is only about a year and a half old though





    I also got a new car cause the transmission started going out on the black accord i had.

    I have a friend who recently moved to tuscon to manage his parents motel and he said he would hook me up with free room ... so i dont know if i can hook anyone else up but ill ask him as the time draws nearer.
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    The ride/gathering sounds great!! Anybody else from Texas going? I'm considering it.
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    Sounds good to me. I'm going to try to make arrangements with a local friend and hopefully I'll see you all there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfly
    I think I can actually make that this year, if I'm reading my schedule correctly.

    Sounds fun.

    hfly
    Well that just really sucks. I have field work and can't go this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Well that just really sucks. I have field work and can't go this year!
    With any luck, you'll be "sick" those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    With any luck, you'll be "sick" those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt
    hey guys ill be there again, i was the tall guy with the black accord and the superlight who was at south mountain, sedona (it rained) then prescott....

    Yes, the ONLY person to actually finish the ride with me in Prescott. Mud, mechanicals and more mechanicals thinned out the ranks the entire time.

    I have something completely different planned this year up here as far as rides on sunday. Not affected by mud nearly as much, and still plenty of miles and vertical.

    I actually think that I'm NOT going to shuttle this year at SoMo, I want to do the longer ride on nastynal and whatever else we do.
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    whats up man, nice to finally figure out what your board name is.

    that day was crazy, usually im the king of falling off my bike or flat tires but i didnt even get a flat that day! That was one hell of a loop though thats for sure, especially for me cause i live at 15ft elevation and ride mostly in this area.

    Whatever you got planned im game man ... i gotta shuttle somo with those guys though, all the good dh trails out here are snowed in so i havent gotten to ride that giant much at all yet.

    Do they have the list of what trails are what days yet?

    All i know is im praying that it doesnt rain at sedona again this year, i was so mad when i couldnt ride there last year.
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    I am there, with bikes in tow! Be coming from the Bay Area.

    Any rides in Tucson? Gotta visit the alma and good things I know some folks in phoneix and elsewhere so I can crash.

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    Tentative schedule, to be finalized when it appears on the Fling website (in a week or so):

    Wed, Mesa: Hawes social ride, unrated ride (usually 6-12 show for it).
    Thu, Tucson: A - Milagrosa, B/C - 50 Year Trail. Louis has also mentioned the possibility of freeride sessioning in Florence, depending on feedback.
    Fri, Phoenix: A - Big and fast National ride, B - Smaller and slower National ride, C - Desert Classic with all the trimmings. An A+ Goat Camp ride is a possibility if we have good feedback for one.
    Sat, Sedona: A - Grand tour of everything, led by someone who knows what they're doing. B - Cathedral/Baldwin/Little Horse/Broken Arrow/Sub Rock loop. C - Courthouse Butte loops. Rain backup plan being worked on.
    Sun, Prescott: Unranked big Tour de Granite Basin -- lower and dryer than the loop we attempted last year. Probably a "fast" group and a "slow" group, depending on who's still in town at that point. Rain backup plan being worked on.

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    just looked at florence on the map, and i could probably be there for that one depending on start time, my plan is to leave wednesday 430p after school so im sure im gonna hit some bay area traffic, but i think ill be late enoguh in so cal that ill arrive after their rush hour? I dont know. If i average 80 mph i can do 500 or so miles by 11p which leaves me with roughly 200 to 300 miles left to go depending on how much over that 500 mark i go.

    Napa, CA to Florence, AZ 835 miles 14 hrs according to google maps which sounds about right once you factor in stops cause I checked date stamps on my pictures from last year and as far as i can figure i left napa at about 630am and arrived at buckeye az around 530p so that would be 11 hours to just outside of phoenix and that was with hella stops to pee ill definitley cut down on those big gas station sodas this time.


    I know nobody probably cares about this information aside from baycat or anyone else coming from the bay area.

    So are the somo guys planning on putting together a shuttle like last year or what? I know a lot of those guys post on freeridewest but i havent found anything

    http://freeridewest.com/phpbb/viewfo...cffe1f6af4e9d2

    im excited about this trip already though and its only the beginning of january, i already requested the days off at work and they only require 2 weeks notice!
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    Any chance of there being a more adventurous ride happening along these times? I seem to remember hearing tell of fine riding to be had somewhere near Patagonia, but I also kept hearing: "you'll need a guide".

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Any chance of there being a more adventurous ride happening along these times? I seem to remember hearing tell of fine riding to be had somewhere near Patagonia, but I also kept hearing: "you'll need a guide".
    I believe the A rides will fulfill your needs for adventurous rides. However, because the point of the Fling is to create a gathering, and not a dozen disconnected-and-simultaneous rides all over the state each day, we try and keep the actual rides clustered.

    That said, I'm looking at having multiple A rides on at least Thursday and Friday -- one being the mainstream "advanced" ride and another being something a bit oddball or super-crazy-hard. Here's how the itinerary is shaping up (c&p from the planning list, so you'll have to read through/past my parenthetical comments):


    Wednesday:
    Unranked Hawes/Wild Horse social ride. 9 a.m. @ Walgreens on Thomas + Power.


    Thursday:
    A: Milagrosa. Meet @ Le Buzz @ 9 am? Start working on shuttle logistics NOW: you need drivers and vehicles.

    Alt A: Louis' freeride thingy in Florence. Let's get RSVPs for this in advance, and if we can't get more than 5 or 6 (or whatever Sundog says is his breakoff) we'll drop it and send everyone down Millie.

    B: 50 Year/Upper 50/Cherry Tank epic. Top of Golder Ranch @ 9.

    C: 50 Year cruise. Top of Golder Ranch @ 10.

    Party? CJ, if you'd like to take this on and drive your evil neighbor bonkers, let me know what kind of per-head $$$ you're thinking.


    Friday:
    A: Big honkin' SoMo pedal epic. Traditionally it's been Mormon Loop-National-Geronimo-Mormon Trail/24th-National-Javelina. Whoever's leading this monstrosity can schedule whatever they'd like here.

    Alt A: Goat Camp, led by Richard (Dirtbag). Meet where and when?

    Alt A/B: Shuttle runs. Led by Butocabra and .downhillfaster.

    B: Mormon-BV-National-Javelina mini-epic. IMO a "B++" ride given our history of medical emergencies on this ride.

    C: DC-Black Rock-Lower CL-Goat Trail. Meet @ Ramadas at 9. I'll probably lead this one out, again.

    PARTY! Kathleen, work your magic. Things I'd like to see: music, movies, low-end schwag (talking with MTBR about getting some jerseys, will put the word out to our regular list, and we need to get the socks thing worked out ASAP), a couple kegs from Four Peaks.


    Saturday/No Rain:
    A: Big honkin' Sedona epic, don't know the details. At the ride leader's option.

    Alt A: What are the DH/FR options available in the Sedona area? Do we have anyone who can lead out a ride like this?

    B: Traditional "big loop": Bell Rock, Templeton, Back o' Beyond, Mystic, Broken Arrow, Sub Rock, Little Horse, Llama. Just rode this route on Tuesday. 5ish hours with mechanicals and photo ops.

    C: Courthouse Butte trails, maybe a little bit o' Llama depending on energy levels.

    Party? Let's see if the Bean would be up for running something for us.


    Saturday/Rain contingency:
    A: I'd like to see Dale or someone like him put together a Dreamy Draw beatdown ride. Any takers?

    B: T100 coast to coast to coast

    C: Dreamy Draw loops


    Sunday/No Rain:
    A/B+: Howery's Tour de Granite Basin in Prescott. Big, fast loop. Should be drained and dry regardless of weather.

    B/C: Paul's slower-but-still-good Granite Basin route. Meet @ Williamson Valley trailhead @ 10 a.m.


    Sunday/Rain contingency:
    A/B+: Pima & Dynamite epic, way east and north trails. The hard stuff.

    B/C: P&D mini-epic, west and north trails.

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    Damn,

    this year I'll have to miss my anual pilgramege to AZ for SF. Changing jobs in Feb so I can't see them OK'ing vacation time after only one month.

    Have fun and take lots of pictures!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellow Yellow
    this year I'll have to miss my anual pilgramege to AZ for SF. Changing jobs in Feb so I can't see them OK'ing vacation time after only one month.

    Have fun and take lots of pictures!!
    Are ya leaving Raleigh/Diamond Back or???

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    i dont know if this is the thread you want us to do this in, but this is what im personally feeling. Again if this isnt the thread to do this in just say so and ill save this post for the right thread and delete it here.

    Wednesday: Ill be driving, no ride wednesday

    Thursday:
    Alt A: Louis' freeride thingy in Florence ... [b] im in for mig if this doesnt happen, im just feelin florence cause its closer than tuscon, ill be staying in Azusa, CA wed night and driving the rest thursday morning.

    Friday:
    Alt A/B: Shuttle runs. Led by Butocabra and .downhillfaster. these runs are on somo right?

    Saturday/No Rain:
    A: Big honkin' Sedona epic, don't know the details. At the ride leader's option.

    Alt A: What are the DH/FR options available in the Sedona area? Do we have anyone who can lead out a ride like this?

    Depending on how i feel saturday id like to do the xc ride because it will probably cover more ground, but if i end up partying fri night with my friend in mesa then i might be more inclined to hit the dh if its shuttled, im just hoping it doesnt rain this year

    Sunday/No Rain:
    A/B+: Howery's Tour de Granite Basin in Prescott. Big, fast loop. Should be drained and dry regardless of weather.

    Sunday/Rain contingency:
    A/B+: Pima & Dynamite epic, way east and north trails. The hard stuff

    Im down for whatever sunday, i liked the loop from last year but that mud was killer and thinned out the ranks. Jayem mentioned somethin else he was feelin thats pretty sick, i dont know if thats one of the rides listed. Im planning on rolling to lake havasu city after the ride like last year
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