Shredding and Gettin’ Steezy in St. Geezy on the Zen Trail

A few months back, the boys from Angry Catfish in Minneapolis invited Kyle from Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles to meet them in Utah for five days of riding mountain bikes in St. George – aka St. Geezy – and Hurricane – aka Herahkun. The only problem is, Kyle doesn’t have a car and he didn’t quite feel like pedaling all the way to Utah from Los Angeles on his singlespeed mountain bike. That’s where I came into the picture. I’ve got a car, with a bike rack and enough room to carry all our shit for a week. Now Kyle had a ride, I got to ride in Utah and everyone would get some sweet-ish photos out of the whole shindig.

The only way to plan for a trip like this is to not plan. We drove straight to St. George and had no idea where to stay. When I’m on the road like this, I like to find the closest BLM or public land, drive my 4×4 up to a high point and lay claim to that parcel for the extent of my visit. Luckily, Kyle had a friend who knew the area and he sent us towards Moe’s Valley, a parcel of private, yet open to the public land, popular for bouldering, hiking and adjacent to one of Southern Utah’s best MTB rides, the Zen trail. We rolled into what would become our campsite by accident and decided it would do just fine. A few minutes later and we were set up for sleeping and a few drinks around the campfire.

We had a day to ride in the area before the boys from Minneapolis would arrive, so we planned on pre-riding the trail. While I was having coffee that morning, a local named Dan reached out on social media, asking if he could show us around. Turns out, Dan only had 30 minutes to ride, but we were stoked that he made the trek in from town to point us in the right direction. Dan also set us up with meeting a framebuilder in the area as well. More on that tomorrow. Once Dan departed us, Kyle and I navigated the extremely well marked Zen trail, with aide from the MTB Project app.

Zen exceeded our expectations. With so many bonus lines and scenic vistas, you can really spend a lot of time on this barely 6-mile loop. We returned to camp – which, I might add, when you park at the top of a very steep hill, it hurts going back up! – and waited to welcome our friends after their 24-hour journey. The night crept on while the sunrise came too quick. Our plan was to wake up, cook breakfast, ride the Zen trail in the morning and finish the day in the Santa Clara River Preserve Trails. With each ride, the views got better and better!

We’ll share more in the next few days…

  • Josh Caffrey

    Jealous! Enjoy dudes!

  • Nice! The desert in the winter looks like such a fun place to hang out. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9751482a68f048c22be3e163d3a50fc5e3fcc1d5cf099874a6ecd3ac1dc1952e.jpg

    Meanwhile my handlebars are freezing solid in the Northeast…

  • Sretsok

    Silly question considering the context, but what kind of shorts are you and Kyle wearing? I’m having a hell of a time trying to find some that look plain like yours. I’m trying to avoid the obnoxious mtb “baggie” look.

    • I wear Mission Workshop Stahl shorts or the Kitsbow shorts and Kyle is wearing the Taylor Stitch merino commuter shorts.

      • Sretsok

        Cheers!

      • Patrick Jonathan Neitzey

        also what boots ya got John? Pardon the fashion thread

        • breed007

          Pretty sure those are Danner hiking boots.

        • Jake Kruse

          don’t be sorry, this is a fashion blog!

        • breed007

          …anyone want to know what I’m wearing right now?

    • Todd Hansen

      Check out the Outlier New Way shorts too.

      • Sretsok

        I wish they fit me!

    • breed007

      I’m a big fan of the Mission Workshop Traverse XC shorts. Probably the best ‘expensive’ bike clothes I’ve worn over the years.

  • Area45

    Damn John, that pic of the truck is so good.

  • sofia

    the spokes on that transition! <3

  • Jack Reynolds

    Rad photos John! Did you use the Sony for this trip?

    • Nah I left it at home and took my 1DX with me. It’s wayyyy too dusty here for the Sony and I would probably break it with all the abuse I put cameras through on trips like this.

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