Peñasquitos Canyon #1

Solid ride in PQ on Thursday, the 28th. There is nothing spectacular here, but it’s thrill is reliable. This particular ride was memorable for trail side surprises alone. An unkindness of ravens, bobcat prints in the dried mud, and the rare afternoon coyote sighting jumping and pouncing in the grass for food. A nice welcome […]

Bidwell Park #1

Chico State, as we esteemed alumni refer to it as, is nestled in the small Northern California town of Chico. Get it?. . . It’s a unique place where the Central Valley borders the foothills of the Sierra Mountains and grassy meadows, oak, and pine, mix to create a network of and invitation to some […]

Cowboy Trails #2

45 mi. 4,440 ft elevation gain. This was, without doubt, a mountain bike epic through two of Las Vegas’ trail systems; Bear’s Best and the Cowboy Trails. I haven’t done a mountain bike ride like this since my days of working for Escape Adventures in Moab, UT in the mid 2000’s. Those were the days […]

Mountain Biking the Cowboy Trails in Las Vegas

Breaking from the ease of getting to the trailhead at Bear’s Best, I wanted another mountain biking option and was curious about riding the network at the Cowboy Trails. A quick Google search led me down a path I won’t soon forget. I watched a YouTube video from the good folks at Awesome MTB and […]

Red Rock Canyon #5

Red Rock Canyon #5. I’m not sure how many more excuses I’ll have to come to Las Vegas, but I’m racking up time on the bike through the park. As this week comes to a close, I decided I’d do two loops. I crushed the first. I got crushed on the second. Results, according to […]

Mountain Biking Bear’s Best Trail System in Las Vegas

Mountain biking Bear’s Best in Las Vegas has thrills for the intermediate and seasoned rider alike. Fun network. I unknowingly reserved my hotel 1 mile from the trail head and right behind Las Vegas Cyclery. Solid shop. Side note: when in Vegas, go to Las Vegas Cyclery. Ogle. Well, let’s get to it. . . […]

Red Rock Canyon #3

Quiet. No cars. No engine noise and no lights; only the remnants of the setting sun and a silhouette of the peaks surrounding the basin. COVID-19 has closed Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. Tonight was the perfect night for a ride. I started the 13 mile loop as the sun set. This ride was […]

Tritonman 2020

Perspective Image courtesy of Paul Lathrop. Used with Permission. The Paratriathlete wave kicked things off at 6:45am. Other than a passing thought of “Cool”,  my attention was given over to nervous anticipation for wave 5. The wave that, in my imagination, I was winning. I came back to reality when glanced at the swim exit […]

Red Rock Canyon #2

Brisk and chilly this morning for Red Rock Canyon #2. One of those rides requiring the full complement of kit: balaclava, long sleeve base, jacket, winter tights, and shoe covers. Summer riding is nice because of the minimal gear required, but there is something special about kitting up for winter rides. I’m reminded again how […]

Red Rock Canyon National Park

A recent work trip sent me to Las Vegas. Awesome, says you. Awesome, says I. There are a couple of ways to experience Vegas. I like the other way. The alternative version. The one that has you driving just a few miles west on W. Charleston Blvd to Red Rock Canyon National Park. Years ago, […]

Big Cedar Wilderness Trails

Big Cedar Wilderness DORBA Trail A few hikers on the Northshore Trails in Grapevine Lake, TX saw me try to climb a technical beast four times without success. Poor them. They suggested I check out the Big Cedar Wilderness trails a few miles away if technical climbs and mountain bike specific features is what I […]

Northwest Community Park Trails in Frisco, TX

NW Community Park DORBA Trails I’m learning that mountain biking in North Dallas has a lot to offer. I arrived to the NW Community Park Trailhead and was pleasantly surprised. Bike racks, port-a-potty’s, and clearly marked sign posts sprinkled the staging area like it was designed for folks on mountain bikes. Imagine that! A bike […]

Northshore Trails #2

Round #2 Another work trip to the Dallas area. Another opportunity to explore Northshore trails  mountain biking in Grapevine Lake, TX and restore a little pride the trails previously stole. You can read all about that here. With the sun setting around 6:45pm, I started my ride from the Murrell Park entrance around 5pm. It […]

Northshore Trail in Grapevine Lake, TX

I had the opportunity to ride the Northshore Trail while traveling for work the last couple of weeks. Immediately evident is the brave community of cyclists who ride the trails daily in 100º+ heat. When I began westbound on Loop 4 out of Rocky Peak Park, I expected to be the only unintelligent person on […]