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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Viva La Camp Lynda!
Serious question: When viewing the CL track files in Topofusion I can see the cool little direction arrows and these are very helpful when viewing tracks with several loops like we have on Day 2 and Day 3. I am not aware of any tricks to display direction arrows (or somethings similar) when viewing track files on a Garmin. Am I missing something?
Not missing a thing, that’s a biggie actually. Garmin doesn’t have anything like that that I’m aware of. The only thing that would come close is going into navigation mode instead of just viewing the track. Then it tells you where to go but I haven’t used it that much and might be a PIA on day 2 as the route is split into 5 tracks.
Go low tech and put a sticky on your stem for day 2 with the loop directions! If you get any of the loop directions wrong on day 2 it is no biggie – trails are fun in both directions. Zen is tougher clockwise (we go counter clockwise).
On day 3 the turns and loop directions are more crucial to pay attention to and would work nicely in navigation mode or only viewing one track at a time as you will not view the wrong turns on your screen when looking at only one track at a time (that is not the case for day 2 based on where the track splits are).
Here is an idea: While viewing the files in Topofusion, with the directional arrows turned “on”, use the Mark Waypoint tool to manually add a waypoint at each intersection. For right turns, name them in order; R1, R2, R3, etc. For left turns; L1, L2, L3, etc. The waypoints will show up on the Garmin and then you will know which the intended direction goes.
Garmin needs to offer four directional arrows for Waypoint symbols. :)
Ha–or just keep up with D&L
Dave – That is a good plan. We are not providing waypoints this year. Waypoints have to be uploaded to your GPS as a separate file from the route and in years past very few people realize this, have done the separate upload step and been missing key information. Remember the group that rode half of Day 3 backwards and ended up coming down Joe Blake hill? We have minimized loops where possible this year but some are too good to miss.
When I click on the BLUEDOT link I get only a blank blue page. Do you have another location for visual maps of the route?
Ah, a Firefox user…
Bluedot is a mobile app. I haven’t attempted to make it desktop browser friendly yet – and my not. It works great in Chrome and Safari, in all others it pukes for various reasons.
You can also see the routes here: http://2-epic.com/maps/311map.html?map=cld1.kml&index=16
Dave I just saw your suggestion. If you take a close look at the waypoints for day 2 you’ll see they are prefixed with a number. That indicates the order in which that particular piece of trail is ridden. Also, I placed the waypoints not at intersections but a ways up the trail, in the direction one needs to go. In essence, this means “go towards each waypoint and in order” and you’ll be on route.
Not as clean as your suggestion, but maybe helpful?
This will be fixed up proper in a not too distant version of bluedot ;)
Make sure your spare tubes have sealant!!!
full stans and gps – lock & load
day 1 pics here (I hope–do not do this much)
Man, looks like beautiful weather! Wish I could have made it this year. Have fun tomorrow and Sunday everyone! Nice pictures Marshall.
Day 2 Pics
day 3 pics, kinda soloish
Thanks for sharing your photos. You got some great shots.
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