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    10th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!

    10th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!

    10TH ANNUAL!! Wowzer...can you believe it? Spooky!

    Here's how it works:
    Between now and March 31, 2019, clean/no foot down/ride uninterrupted (however you call it) 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. Feel free to ride one mile an hour but it's wheels only to the top. Those that succeed earn their name on the VERY prestigious Wall of Fame. This year...I am too broke to provide prizes but I might check in at Summit to see if they will sponsor again.
    Not many picked up their prizes last year so if I do it again, it will be just one big prize.
    Honor system.

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

    The actual challenge starts 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.

    Dogmeat 2018/19 Wall of Fame:
    1) Brucero
    2) Squashyo
    3) Sid Duffman
    4) pmarshall
    5) sirkrameroy
    6) fc
    7) Doingitright
    8) LG Man
    9) vedson
    10) K9-Usurper
    11) yz343

    So far:
    2011: 12
    2012: 14
    2013: 22
    2014: 15
    2015: 12
    2016: 9
    2017: 9
    2018: 9
    2019: 11

    ancient rascal (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16, '17)
    Andy J. (’13, ’14, '15)
    ASK (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16)
    Axe (’13)
    bassn (’12)
    BigSpin ('15)
    bikengineer ('17, '18)
    BRoyston (’13, ’14, '17)
    Brucero ('19)
    cragnshag ('16)
    Diesel (’11)
    DigDirtDude (’13)
    Doingitright ('19)
    Dopaminer_09 (’11)
    El Hombre (’13)
    epic_sunday ('16)
    FatTireMan (’12)
    fc ('19)
    Ike22 (’13)
    Jason F. (’14)
    jasony13 (’13)
    jparker164 ('18)
    Juan Navarro ('15)
    Jens Olson (’14)
    JL de Jong (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)
    K9-Usurper ('19)
    Kea ('18)
    KeithMakesWine (’12)
    Leopold Porkstacker (’13, '15, '18)
    LG Man (’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19)
    lilysdad (’12, ’13, ’14)
    Little Rocketman ('18)
    locoyokel (’11)
    mboldt (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15)
    Menso ('17)
    mtbhead (’12)
    mtnride ('18)
    mudworm (’14)
    orthorex (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)
    Plymmer (’11)
    pmarshall (’11, ’12, ’13, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19)
    rogan (’13)
    Sid Duffman ('19)
    silentben (’14)
    sirkrameroy (’13, '15, '16, '19)
    skidmarque (’11, ’12, ’13)
    Squashyo (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19)
    Tosa (’13)
    turfnsurf ('17)
    vedson ('16, '19)
    vincinator99 (’13, ’14, '15)
    yz343 ('17, '19)

    See here for last years romp: https://forums.mtbr.com/california-n...s-1091431.html

    This year will be interesting. They may have graded it a little to make it easier but it is also dry, dry, dry...for now anyhow. I personally have been spending far too much time on e-bike and moto so my prospects are looking weak. We'll see!!

    Please post up ride report if you make it or don't and pics are always welcome!!

    Go gettem' gang....and, as if I really need to say this, no e-Bikes.
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    wowzer. We need a wee bit of moisture.

    But anyone who does it in this hero dust deserves double points.
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    Oh hell yes !

    Yeah boy! I'm fired up and pretty much healthy for this one and maybe a sub 40 on Kennedy later in the season. EDIT: A little birdie just told me someone is trying for the no dab right now!
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    Well, alright, alright, alriiiight. 2020 no dab in the bag for this old fart. Had a window at noon so dusted off the old XC rig (had to put air in the tires) and headed out. VERY low expectations but figured I'd get a sense for where my fitness was. Did Sereno yesterday and Overgrown the day before on bigger bikes so figured I'd be tired but felt pretty good climbing up OG to the start of the suffering. I had forgotten to eat today but wasn't that hungry...figured that would kill me about half way up.

    Got to the intersection and started up. Immediately came back down as my bar ends were way off line for what I wanted. Headed back up for a real try...and totally failed on the first real steep pitch. I just lost the line, ended up in some duff, and lost momentum. This was not starting well.

    Headed back down to start as I wasn't far and headed up for round two real effort. Hit the steep pitch that I failed and just cadenced the heck out of it and handled it. In my opinion, this is the hardest part this year. The rest was remarkably easy to handle. Still hard and still steep but not nearly as loose as past years and the 'line' is a lot wider and more forgiving. I really had no issues after that first pitch. Just pinned the really steep parts and rested like crazy where I could (no dab of course)...I did not break any land speed records. One cool thing was at the start, I put on iTunes radio station "Rock". First song that came on was Cake - The Distance:

    Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course
    He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
    He's going the distance
    No trophy, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no wine
    He's haunted by something he cannot define
    Bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse
    Assail him, impale him with monster-truck force
    In his mind, he's still driving, still making the grade

    Anyhoo, I am proud to say I still have it even after spending most of my time on a couple of cheater bikes this year. (Levo/Yamaha WR250)

    Good luck to everyone this year. Now I need to decide if the 20/40 is in my wheel house.

    The rig: Jamis Nemesis built for Dogmeat.
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    The Hot Zone!
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    Adrien!!!
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    Haooooooow
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    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Hell yes and great work on that thing!!! I will be doing this again this year and very soon!
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Nicely done ...

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    Hell yes and great work on that thing!!! I will be doing this again this year and very soon!
    +1 Congrats #1. Brucero's gonna be jealous now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    +1 Congrats #1. Brucero's gonna be jealous now?
    That I doubt...more like bummed that he might have to do this again.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Immediately came back down as my bar ends were way off line for what I wanted.
    You should have worn your long white socks, and then it would not have mattered.
    Don’t frail and blow if you’re going to Braille and Flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    You should have worn your long white socks, and then it would not have mattered.
    I didn't want to insult my Howl at the Moon lycra jersey.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Put me down for 1! Got it on the first try. Calfire was out doing some training and I told them of the challenge. They were impressed we could ride up. Ok, the details. The surface is the best I have seen in a long time for being so dry. Possibly the wind helped or something. I aired down my tire and set off. I never once came close to failing due to technical stuff. For some reason, this was super hard this time for me physically. Anyway, got it without an issue. There is some heavy equipment on top and they had did some work on the Kennedy trail. I will try again this season and see if I can't press my luck.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Fantastico! I saw those tractor as well and kept saying in my head, "Don't be in the way, don't be in the way..." Great job and WELCOME back to the wall.

    Dogmeat 2018/19 Wall of Fame:
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    2) pmarshall
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    Yabba nodabba doo! The misery is out of the way!
    Rode it this afternoon, no major problems but maybe I didn't use low enough pressure since I got some paddle wheel action on the last 2 big pitches and got a little sideways.

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    It was almost total failure though - I spotted this while lubing my chain post ride:
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    Dayyum Bruce! That chain was hanging by a thread. Hate that panicky feeling when the bike starts going where you don't want it to. Way to get it man...I thought for sure you were done with this misery after last year. To the board you go!

    Dogmeat 2018/19 Wall of Fame:
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    2) pmarshall
    3) Brucero
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    tried it yesterday, last 100' has been graded and is deep, soft dirt. have you guys made it past this? seems damn near impossible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapenut View Post
    tried it yesterday, last 100' has been graded and is deep, soft dirt. have you guys made it past this? seems damn near impossible!
    Ouch! When I did it there was hard pack so could be very new. Guess we'll have to wait for some rains!! Here's praying they are putting in tall long water bars.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    It wasn't soft when I rode it, actually a little packed down. I will have to check it out and see tomorrow. I will ride up Kennedy and take a peek. If that is the case, Squashyo is right. Grapenut, did you make it up until that point? If so, might be worth putting you on the board since most people don't fail there. Just a thought.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    I had one dab previous to that point, I'm going to try again next week. My rear tire tread is nil, and I was probably running too high a pressure. Hoping for better results next week!

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    OK so Midpen is doing some work on dogmeat for the next few weeks. They are repairing some water bars, fixing some grade issues for the upcoming rains. They said they don't work on the weekends. It is pretty loose on the last steep pitch from the tree on the right side going up. They do have a water truck and spray it down but it will take a rain or two to really tamp it back down. That being said, the surface will be in great condition and possibly easier than it has been in the past. The silty dirt will pack down and firm up the pebbly surface. It still sill suck, just not quite as much.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    They are increasing the steepness on the jumps so that drunk people will get hurt on the Turkey Day ride
    Fixed it for ya.
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    They are increasing the steepness on the jumps so that people will actually have fun riding Los Gatos for a change.

    Fixed it for everyone.
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