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Camp V6.0 Surviving the Queen Stage on Day 3

Day 3 Arizona Strip gravel grinder - 107 miles

This day is the serious training day. Have a plan for this day! For those of us doing long events in the next month like 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo solo or Iditarod, the full route is perfect. For those coming out of the winter closet not so much.

  • Sunrise is 7:45, sunset is 5:50. This gives 10 hours of light with the 8AM start time. Expect to take about 8-10 hours moving fast with few stops. If you think you may take over 12 hours a pre-dawn start is recommended.
  • Lights are recommended for anyone planning the full route.
  • If riding SS 32x18 (29er) is the minimum gearing recommendation.
  • We will be in some remote spots. Be ready. There is no cell service in some areas.
  • Coyote spring is at mile 55. It's reliable and piped but needs treated (probably). Lynda thinks it tastes bad though and shuts her gut down so be wary.
  • After Starvation Point the route takes a figure-8 course out on the Arizona Strip. Click on the map below for the route visual and directional arrows. On the first part of the figure-8 choose the north side. In the middle of the figure-8 there is a 0.7 mile section of road you will ride twice, both times through and in the same direction both times through. First time through (mile 41) choose the left turn to sweep south to Joe Blake Hill. Second time through (mile 76) choose the right fork to sweep south again and back over to Starvation Point. In 2009 a group rode the second loop in reverse. I think it is harder/slower that way but they had fun!

Shortcut options:

  • Shortest option is to do an out-and-back ride to Starvation Point. Starvation Point is 20 miles from the start. 15 easy fast miles plus a 5 mile climb up to the point. The view at the top is big.
  • River Road bisects the first part of the "figure 8" twice. River road makes a beeline N for town, this gives 2 points, one at mile 34, the other at 83, where you can exit the route and get back to town pretty quick.
  • Another option is when you exit Warner valley at mile 72. Turn right/north here into town instead of left/south to stay on route. It's all pavement to town from here, about 10 miles. Here's a link to the Warner valley to town track and the River Road waypoints: Camp Lynda Day 3 shortcut from Warner valley to town

Click this for the visual.  The orange route is the full course. The red route is the Warner valley exit.

We did this route in 2009. Finisher list here Dave Harris has the male record for this route 7:47, SS 34x15 (26er), Lynda has the female record for this route 8:35, SS 32x18 (29er). Some others got an early pre-dawn start and took 12+ hours.

Camp Lynda V5.0 Debrief

Camp this year was the best ever yet . I know, I know, I say that every year, but it was!! It was AWESOME. I used that word a lot this weekend then this morning (Tuesday) I randomly came across a TED talk on awesome and it got me thinking more about that word and the volume of awesome experiences in my life. Camp is deffo one of them.

How much awesome is in this pic? I could write an entire blog on the awesome in this pic.

Camp for me was very different this year. I have been dealing with a knee issue and do not have the ability to hammer right now (I'll be back ;-) All previous camps for me have all been about going big and going fast. It was definitely tough short-cutting the routes taking photos instead of being up in the pack sweating.

Saturday we pre-rode TrueGrit 50 race course. Hammering and smiling were both witnessed.

I do however have the ability to ride all day now (which I couldn't do 4 months ago) which is awesome!! I had a whole different camp experience and it was still overflowing with awesome.

I saw Jared do the whole True Grit course on his squishy which was pretty awesome.

I had time to stop and session rocks on Jem instead of drilling it non-stop.

I had time to learn new things from other campers. Such a great group of people with a huge knowledge base come to camp.

Camp Lynda V4 last year was the year of the ladies. This year Camp Lynda V5 was the year of the couples. Lots of hubby and wife teams.

Dad and son.

Bros.

Camp was awesome this year because we had non-stop bluebird, ride perfect weather.

BUT what makes Camp so superbly awesome every year is the people that come and give camp heart.






Thanks everybody for coming and bringing your AWESOME to camp to share with me and everybody else.

Church Rocks – Prospector – Leeds Reef – Silver Reef – Icehouse – Dino Cliffs

Awesome 40 mile trail hook up yesterday with DH, Kenny and Heather.

To download the gpx of this file plug this http://app.strava.com/rides/3379510 into this handy tool http://cosmocatalano.com/strava-gpx-export/ and click export

Here is the route visual:

Church Rocks

Prospector Trail

Leeds Reef Trail looking at Red Cliffs

This is not a recommended way to see a mine shaft

This is a recommended way to see the view at the top. It was nice out!

All smiles on the road section to the top of Icehouse single-track

All whoops and yippees on the Icehouse descent

Then on to Dino Cliffs Trail

A few challenges near the end to keep us honest

The "L" cairn. I liked this cairn. I didn't make it.

Camp Lynda V4.0 Debrief

That was the best camp we have had yet! The weather was ride perfect, company a blast and St George trails in tippy-top form.

I had a total blast creating a huge fatigue monster in my body which has currently swallowed my blogging skills. I'm reduced to a bulleted list in the void of flowing coherent prose.

  • As always, Camp Lynda wasn't about me (whew ;-) . All the people who came, made Camp Lynda a very special event to be at. Mountain bikers are some of the finest characters on the planet.
  • I rode with some old friends and made some new ones as did everybody else.
  • We had a few awards this year given out at dinner on Saturday evening for impressive feats at camp.
  • I don't think anybody bled, bonked or broke a frame! At least I didn't hear of it while accepting award nominations at dinner on Saturday evening. Only 1 broken pedal was reported later.
  • Zeke passed a kidney stone which made him late for the Day 2 start, but won him a bag of Carborocket.
  • Carey nose wheelied down a rock drop in front of a gasping crowd but pulled it out with her ninja bike skills to win the socks and can of CR333.
  • JK caught Carey's ninja bike skills on yet another tech section on video
  • This post camp e mail I received sums it up  "I met a lot of really cool people this weekend! It was a great opportunity for me to ride with experts and pros in a non-competitive atmosphere, it was totally inspiring, thanks again!"
  • We had ladies at camp this year. Lots of them! About a third of the campers were chickas. Strong, talented and motivated ladies with impressive race resumes, big goals for 2011 and great stories to share. They were fun to ride with and inspiring to listen to. I regret not rounding ALL the ladies up for a group shot so here is one of Carey, me, Eszter and Kat. We are girls and we like bikes, a lot :-)
  • We had more ladies finish the complete 75 mile route on Sunday than men. Go girls!!!

  • DH missed out on most rides cause he had to work (shock/gasp/bummer). Instead he sat at his desk and watched our Spots move about the desert with the new mobile app he made http://bluedot.mobi/ It was the first real live test of his app and he declared it a success.
  • A select group of us ended up at Golden Corral for dinner on Saturday AND Sunday - that is an endurance feat right there!!!
  • I saw more pink bottles of CarboRocket on bikes than anything else this weekend. I think Brad has some magic in there.
  • I was pathetic at taking photos all weekend but Facebook has hundreds!
  • Adam has fantastic pics and words about camp as always
  • Marshall took lots of photos and shared them Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
  • We had more Brads at this camp than Daves which is a first
  • Another Brad suggested making Camp Lynda 2012 into a fundraiser for St George trail maintenance. I think that is a splendiferous idea and will make it happen in some format.
  • Camp Lynda in 2012 will remain self-supported. It is the self-supported philosophy that draws the kick-ass people that make Camp Lynda great.
  • Dave and Michelle Byers gave me a thank-you gift of a pound of dark chocolate and a bag of Peets coffee (and some other goodies - thank-you).
  • I would publicly like to state I am happy to accept gifts in the form of dark chocolate and coffee.
  • I am currently using dark chocolate and coffee to assist with post camp withdrawals and taming the fatigue monster I have with me today.

JK brought his camera to camp this year instead of his usual monsoon contribution which was most appreciated and put together a daily show for us. I totally dig his vids so here is our daily camp flow. Big thanks for making and sharing your movies Jeff!!

Last and definitely not least I want to give a BIG thanks to the other half of 2-Epic, DH (a.k.a Dave Harris). Camp Lynda is as much his child as mine even tho' it has my name. We created it together and DH puts in at least half, if not more, of the behind the scenes work. We called it Camp Lynda as a joke the first year cause we thought it was a girly name for a hard camp! Brad mentioned the first year he was expecting punch and cookies and to maybe play lawn darts. The second year we tried changing it to Camp 2-Epic but the moniker Camp Lynda had stuck and nobody called it Camp 2-Epic anyway.

DH's personal camp experience this year was cut short by too much work and a torn tire. He is half of Camp Lynda... Love ya DH :-) XXX

Camp Lynda V4.0 Event Bible

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Philosophy

Camp motto is SELF SUPPORTED. Come ready to be independent and self sufficient in every aspect. Everyone is invited provided you come self supported; have your gps with the route (we provide) loaded, ride at your own pace, shortcut/bail when you have reached your fun threshold. Fitness and ability level are non-issues, you set your own pace, make your own decisions, fix your own flats, bring your own food/fluids. Know your limits and when to choose a short cut home. Bring lotsa mojo :-)

Camp Lynda is a training mission. A three day training binge. It is a training camp about fitness on the bike and not so much a guided tour of the sweetest single-track StG has to offer. Rides will be in the 4-7 hour range per day.

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Schedule

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Day 1 Fri Jan 28th

Ride starts at 9:30am in the Starbucks parking lot 1091 N Bluff St, St George.

Dinner is at 6:00pm at Bajio 1091 N Bluff St # 103, St George, UT. Friends, family and non-campers are welcome at dinner. Do pre-warn them that bikes are the only dinner conversation topic...

Day 2 Sat Jan 29th

There is NO group start time for Saturday!!! We do NOT have a start time for this ride today. The goal is to spread riders out by avoiding a mass start. Suggested start time is in the 9 - 10 am time frame but you are welcome to start earlier or later than that. Ride will start in the Albertsons (they have a Starbucks inside ;-) parking lot 745 North Dixie Drive, St. George, UT.

Dinner is at 5:30pm at Golden Corral 42 S River Rd # 10, St George, UT. We have a group seating area reserved under Lynda Wallenfels/Camp Lynda. Friends, family and non-campers are welcome at dinner. Do pre-warn them that bikes are the only dinner conversation topic...

Day 3 Sun Jan 30th

Ride starts at 9:30 am in the Albertsons parking lot  745 North Dixie Drive, St. George, UT

No dinner plans.
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GPS Files

Download the GPS files HERE.  This download includes the NEW Day 2 route. If you downloaded the routes before noon on Jan 26th you have the OLD route. Please update your files.  They are provided as 500 point tracks so will fit on most GPS units with no editing. We recommend using Topofusion to put the routes on your GPS unit. Here is a link to the Topofusion  tutorial on uploading tracks to GPS units http://topofusion.com/tutorials/uploading-tracks.php If you need more help, contact support at Topofusion or ask below.

A visual map for each day for web browsers is here and for smartphones is on http://bluedot.mobi/ On a smart phone this map is interactive and you can use it on the trail. This is a new web app Dave is making. It is in alpha-testing mode so you can't rely on it as your sole source of navigation for camp. It is really super cool tho!! Check the help section on bluedot.mobi for features. It will work as a map/gps without a data connection, ie, in the bush! This is also a mobile Spot tracker. During camp it will be tracking me (Lynda), Carey Lowery and Jeff Kerkove. Anyone with a Spot unit and a Spot tracking service plan can be added. You don't need a smartphone to be tracked. Send us your public spot page link if you want to be a player. Your friends and family will be able to see where you are on their phone or on the web.

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Daily Route Details

There are no resupply points for food or water Day 1 and Day 2. Start the ride with everything you need for the day. On Day 3 we pass Bloomington Park at mile 6.9 and 66 which has bathrooms and a water fountain but no food available.

Day 1 Full route is 38 miles.

The route is an out and back. Turn back at anytime you like. The end point is at mile 19. Completing the entire out and back route is about 38 miles.

Day 2 Full route is 46.4 miles.

Day 2 route has been changed. The new file is now available for download HERE. If you downloaded the Day 2 file before noon on Jan 26th you have the OLD route.

There are multiple loops on this route. Each loop can be skipped as a short cut. All loops are ridden counter clockwise except for the first one, Barrel Roll which is ridden clockwise. The loops are ridden in this order and direction: Barrel Roll/clockwise, Rim Rock/counter clockwise, then up Cove Wash, down Stucki, up Three Fingers, down the road to the race course start, Green Valley Race course Barrel Cacti/counter clockwise, Zen/counter clockwise. If you mix up the order and direction that is ok!! All loops are fun both directions and you don't add any extra mileage.

Day 3 Full route is 75.8 miles. This is the queen stage!

It is a long dirt road loop with minimal single track. The short cut option is to ride to Starvation Point at mile 19 then retrace your tracks back home again for a 38 mile day. You have 8.5 hours of daylight from our 9:30am start time to sunset. Bring lights if you think you may need them or get an earlier start than the main group.

At mile 61 you turn right off the paved highway and lift your bike over a fence. There is no gate. It doesn't look right but it is. There are some private no access signs which are for the land behind the signs but the signs are crooked so it can be confusing. The route stays in front of the signs.

Mile 6.6 to 7.9 overlaps with mile 64.5 to 66.2  as we ride through Bloomington. To stay on course on the way out at mile 7.9 turn right on Pioneer Rd. On the way back at mile 66.2 turn left at Bloomington circle. We pass Bloomington Park at mile 6.9 and 66 which has bathrooms and a water fountain.

The big climb of the day is Joe Blake Hill. The view from the top is worth stopping a few moments for.


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Other Details

Weather forecast is partly cloudy to sunny with temps 36 - 61F.

Goatheads are EVERYWHERE here. You will not survive an hour at Camp unless you have tubeless tires filled with fresh Stans sealant or slime tubes. Carry 2 tubes with you too! Be warned, they are everywhere… Stans disappears so crack open your tires and pour some fresh stuff in there before Camp.

Best hotel locations? Anything on St George Blvd or Bluff St is good.

What else? Post questions here.

Archive

Camp Lynda day 3 teaser pics

I was out today checking trail conditions and putting down a few gps points for the day #3 ride file. It was a beauty day out. The long term weather forecast is looking ride perfect!

Here are some of the beautiful desert features you will see on Day 3

Rest stop!

Pristine desert

Camp Lynda V 4.0 is on!

January 28-30th, 2011

Same format as always. No cost, everyone is invited provided you come self supported; have your gps with the route (we provide) loaded, ride at your own pace, shortcut/bail when you have reached your fun threshold. Fitness and ability level are non-issues, you set your own pace, fix your own flats, bring your own food/fluids and lots of mojo to share.

Camp Lynda is a training mission. A three day training binge. It is a training camp about fitness on the bike and not so much a guided tour of the sweetest single-track StG has to offer. Rides will be in the 4-7 hour range per day. Most will have shortcuts. We will meet at the same time to start out in the morning and have a group evening dinner date for post ride confabulations. Dinner locations Friday 6pm Bajio at Sunset corner and Saturday 5:30pm Golden Corral. Non-campers/riders, friends and family are welcome at dinner. Do warn the non-riders that bikes is the only dinner conversation topic ;-)

Tentative plan:

Jan 28th:  4 hours mostly single track. No resupply points on the trail. Meet 9:30am Starbucks parking lot, 1091 N Bluff St, St George.

Jan 29th:  5 hours mostly single track. No resupply points on the trail. Meet 9:30am Starbucks parking lot, 1091 N Bluff St, St George.

Jan 30th:  6 hours mostly jeep road. No resupply points. This means bring enough fuel, fluid and carrying capacity to stay hydrated for 6 hours. For me that is about 100 oz plus 1800 calories. YMMV. I'll probably carry more than 1800 calories as this is day 3 of camp and I get HUNGRY on day 3 of any binge, tour or stage race. Your food always looks better than mine on day 3 so bring a little extra for me (and others) to steal ;-) It is easy to make friends on day #3 if you are sharing goodies.

Courses are not firm. We will post the gps files and routes on this site about 4 days before camp when we have a decent read on the weather forecast and trail conditions. It is your job to upload the routes to your gps so you are self supported and know where to go. Topofusion is the recommended software for gps route upload. We will be providing .gpx files.

If the weather stays dry we will go high. Maybe all the way up to the Cedar Pockets overlook.

If it is wet or snowy up high we’ll stay low on the sand and slickrock terrain.

If it is wet or snowy down low like last year we will cancel :-(

More details on Camp Lynda.

Camp Lynda 3.0 cancelled

Freak. Damn. Tis true... I am the least happy of anybody about this :-(  I wanted to make a solid decision today rather a wishy-washy one standing in the rain with 50 campers on Friday morning who had driven miles to get here.

So go do something fun with all this precip like snow bike or ski!! Have your own CL-eske binge weekend locally and post on your blog/facebook/twitter what you did and let me know. It will bring me lots of smiles to see everyone having fun binging in their own locale. Spread the CL love :-) just not here in soggy StG...

Look it gets nice again on Monday!!

The lead in days to the camp are as problematic as the rain falling on camp days. Our most fun desert trails here are all clay and unrideable saturated. They are un-walkable saturated too. Think big slick clods of clay on your feet, or jammed into your rear triangle and drive train.

There are a few trails here rideable in the wet. Those are the slick rock and sandy trails. Wet desert sand EATS brake pads and drive trains. Frankly at this point in the season I am not interested in destroying my bike for a ride in the rain. We all did it last year and *sorry* I don't feel like wrenching for 8 hours after a 4 hour ride. Call me bah humbug. Grumpy. Yes I am thank-you.

I also don't feel like riding on the road all weekend, or riding in the rain all weekend or riding with a group of mtbers with no fenders on the road in the rain all weekend. Camp is OFF :-(

That all said I know there are a few individuals committed to a weekend in StG with non-refundable flights and what-not. If you are still coming e mail me directly lynda at lwcoaching dot com and we can figure out the best plan B here.

Next year we are leaning towards a March date. (finger) January training camps in StG... Actually we might squeeze in a 2010 March date - that option is under further discussion. Camp Lynda was always based around when I (meaning me personally) was peaking to race a big endurance race, namely 24 -Hours in the Old Pueblo. I am not peaking for that one this  year but peaking for Cohutta 100 in April so that puts my personal training binge on April 2-4 which also happens to be the local Intermountain cup Cholla Challenge XC weekend - so many fun things to fit in the program.

Sorry one and all. We will Camp it again in the future - CL was way to much fun to drop. CL was scheduled for me but once it rolls it is ALL about the riders not me.

At least we don't all have to eat dinner at Golden Corral on Saturday evening now ;-)