Category Archives: Trans Utah

NOAA’s puppet

The man has got me bouncing around like pinochio.  The weekend weather is gonna be catastrophic, oh wait no it's ok, oh wait it's is going to be the end of the world.  I woke up to this:

A POTENT PACIFIC SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE REGION THIS

WEEKEND. WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED AS THE SYSTEM MOVES

ACROSS THE REGION THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THE ASSOCIATED COLD

FRONT IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN UTAH LATE

SATURDAY...REACHING SOUTHERN UTAH BY SUNDAY MORNING. SNOW LEVELS

WILL FALL QUICKLY BEHIND THE COLD FRONT TO NEAR 7000 FEET. SNOW

LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY

SUNDAY...REACHING NEAR 6500 FEET BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL UTAH. THIS STRONG SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO

BRING THE FIRST SNOW STORM TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF

NORTHERN...CENTRAL AND EVEN PARTS OF SOUTHERN UTAH SUNDAY.

PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO SLOWLY COME TO AN END LATE SUNDAY

INTO MONDAY.

The Trans Utah route will be impassable in those sort of conditions.  A Friday start means there would be zero finishers.  Weather is the one thing I can't fix.

So what are ya gonna do?  Ma nature forces my hand.  I simply must give this thing a shot.  The time is now, my window is now...so sometime in the dark tonight I'll peddle off to see if this thing can be done in 2ish days.  Probably not, it's a bear and it's mostly alpine, and I'm a desert dweller, and I did a 24 not long ago.  Am I recovered enough?  Will the weather scuttle my yearlong plans? 

Or will lady luck smile on us with a big sunshine grin?

Time to find out.  The final reroute somewhat simplifies the kit as we'll hit towns at 150 and 300 miles, ideal restock points.  I'll carry less than anticipated.  More batteries cause just to finish ahead of the storm means go fast or bail - lots of night riding to be done.  I've seen all the views already anyway, now it's time to feel it at speed.

Enough with the dreaming, it's time for action.

Marshal is out there getting it done right now:  http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0m5zlJgTzeG64oNDTXBHIch633P8ivf9A.  Looks like he's at Coyote spring enjoying some cool water on a warm day as I write this.  We spoke last night and he's got a great plan and attitude for this big ride...and really wants to attain Powel Point.  Good luck amigo!

Dave Nice and I will be heading out in the wee hours.  Wish us luck.  We'll need it!  And to anyone else willing to try their hand at this event...good luck and be safe out there.

Camp Lynda 2009

Folks have been asking if we are having Camp Lynda again in 2009. Well, the ones not doing Trans Utah this weekend that is.

Dates are Jan 23-25. Same format as last year, 3 days of big self supported rides in the desert. All are welcome. Different name tho'. Camp Lynda was funny for one year with it's "soft" sound being that it was a killer training camp. This year we are giving it the name it deserves:

2-Epic Camp

Courses will be tweaked a little and for sure it will be 2-Epic.

TK saves the day

About 3 weeks ago somebody by the name of TK left a comment saying part of the TU route was gated, private land.  There's a sign pointing to Webster flat from the key intersection so i never imagined issues.  Yesterday I had time to go check it out - and sure enough, it is a NO GO.  Getting a bike from W to E with Zion in the middle is damn near impossible. 

Time for a creative re-route.  Trans Utah V1 just got a lot more epic.

To span that 2 mile section of private land, the course now bombs down to Cedar City via the C Trail, heads north to Summit, picks up a jeep road all the way to Brian Head, then follows the Marathon trail to it's terminus at Navajo lake where it will pick up the VRRT.

Oh, did I mentionthe VRRT is closed west of Navajo?  Fires...this kinda stuff all converges at the last minute - the Paunsaugunt section was even closed by the Forest service due to fires - but it was reopened 2 days ago.  Whew.

 Anyway, here's a map showing the old and new routes compared:  http://2-epic.com/transutahv2.html/

The route just grew a bit.  It's now about 370 miles with 50-51k' vert. 

 It scares me a bit.

Trans Utah coming right up!

OK, I'm over that brief 24 obsession.  So, who's in for TU?  Here's the schedule:

 Thursday

12 noon:  shuttle vehicles.  Meet in Escalante at high noon.  Contact me if you haven't yet and want to join in.

Evening:  my house is full, but you are welcome to come here for BBQ/kitchen use.  Contact me if you need lodging, I may have some more options.

Friday

3 AM - start from Desert Cyclery.  We'll roll all together, prologue style, until we reach the Stucki trailhead.  I think that's about 6.5 miles.  After that, choose your own pace!

...

Then what?  LOL, we ride.

For the luddittes out there, I made this map.  It's not the final cut, but that's coming soon.  On tap this weekend I'll be scouting Coyote spring and checking on 2 loose ends on route.  Look for the final version on Monday.

Payson Stampede 24 Hour Mountain Bike Challenge

...is the next destination. September 20-21.

I talked with an official at USA Cycling who confirmed this is going to be the venue for the 2009 and 2010 NORBA National 24 hour Mountain Bike Championships.

Well I haven't done a 24 hour solo since Worlds last year and am in just the right mood for one at the moment. So we are packing up the ship and sailing it over to Payson with gears, suspension and power meters on every bike!

Dave and I are racing the 24 hour solo with power meters and Danielle is racing the 12 hour solo with hers. We will have a plethora of data to get the 2009 and 2010 Nationals training plans nailed.

It is a climby one. From topofusion 1366 ft/ 8.8 mile lap. This chart of the course is from a GPS file provided courtesy of Dan Basinski the Payson race promoter. Thanks Dan.

The trickiest part of racing 24's is pacing. How do you pace a 24 to end up with the most laps? Go fast from the gun and hang on? Even split? Negative split? We are gonna be doing a little experimenting in Payson and if we get it all right we'll have the power data to back it up. Precise numbers from differently paced races over one course at the same time. Now that is data to keep us busy this winter and juice to use when cooking up the killer Nationals training plans in 2009 and 2010 - yummy :-)

TU preliminary route posted

Head on over to the forum and grab the GPX.  Google Earth it, I dare ya!

 Some bits in the route will get shuffled for the final version, but not by much.  This will be plenty to get your planning in action.

Please use the forum for TU questions.  I'll answer any questions straight up to the best of my ability - no hiding special/insider info.  I'm also working on adding waypoints for key turns, water sources, and stores.

Trans Utah route finished!

Yesterday  morning I was a bundle of energy.  A full year of exploratories fills my hard drive, all that needed to be done was to decide on a few key pieces of the puzzle. 

There's a section of the Grandview on the Paunsaugant that's a lovely, steep singletrack climb - steep enough to barely be rideable but a good surface - but it is littered with downed trees every 100 feet or so.  Include it or route around it?  Another section plunges off the Paunsaugunt and is a bit disorienting and completely unrideable in the reverse direction.  Lots of options after the route's high point on Powell Pt - what to do there?

 It's been such a wonderful, long term obsession that perhaps I've just been loathe to put the full route together, fearing the end.  Ha!  There's always the next section, Escalante to Moab...and I'll say this about that one - it's gonna start with a bang.  That's a teaser more for myself that for you ;)

So.  What are you in for?  Bring climbing legs yo.

320 miles, 44,700' of climbing.  Elevations between 2,500 and 10,200.  Remote, few restock options, but should be plenty of water.  I've done my best to keep the best trails and exclude hike a bike.  There are some tough areas, but overall it's very rideable - much more so than GLR.

It looks really cool in google earth.  Doing flythroughs had me grinning ear to ear, recalling each of the scouting missions and the things that happened along the way.

GPX coming soon.  The 3 major elevation areas are the Markagunt, Paunaugunt, and Table Cliff Plateau.  We'll do an out and back to Powell point, the southern escarpment of the Table Cliff Plateau...it's a view you simply must see.

A word on lodging:  that weekend is the St George marathon, the biggest annual event in the region.  Lodging is long gone.  If you would like to stay at my place let me know your plans - my place is beginning to look crowded.  I do have my limits.

Trans Utah preview: mile 0-145

Trans Utah will start nice and easy - the major climbing doesn't start until mile 80.  Those first 80 will take in some singletrack (roughly 25 miles), a bit of the Sunshine and Honeymoon trails in the AZ strip, killer views, a fun trip up the Hurricane cliffs, a key spring that is hopefully running (!), and 1 river crossing where it will likely still be dark. 

 The town of Hurricane (all services) is about 3 miles and 800' vert off-route near mile 70.  The next town near the route is at about mile 200.  This will be a common theme to the route:  there are towns on-route only in the area near Tropic, but towns will be nearby.

 Decisions, decisions.  Start strategizing.

The 45 mile (mostly) climb starting around mile 80 is on non-technical surfaces, which you will be thankful for.  You'll have time to soak up the expansive views.

Mile 145 takes you to the Virgin River Rim trail which we will ride in its entirety.  The route gets progressively more challenging as we push onward to Escalante...

Stay tuned!