Super Bowl Weekend. It’s an excuse for people to drink, eat and yell at the television while a bunch of men in spandex chase a ball around a field. Personally, it’s not my thing and luckily, not my friends’ thing either. So rather than spend the weekend indoors, myself, some friends and Beat the Clock Cycling decided to take advantage of the vacant Texas parks and plan a ride.
Well, I planned the ride. 100 miles, over half of it was dirt. I did one of the roads on the last Yonder Journal Brovet and I wanted to explore the area even more. We’d leave from Inks Lake and take a series of back-country, private roads and kick in Willow City’s popular loop before heading back to camp. Water? Food? None. We had to pack it all in. Most rode cross bikes or light tourers, with bags for food. There was maybe one stop along the way.
Because I had to drop Lauren off at the airport that Friday morning, I drove with two others. The rest either drove out that night after work or rode the 75 miles from Austin, fully loaded.
Since we wanted to convey only the chillest of riding paces and as a protest to the Super Bowl, most of us left the lycra at home. Giro was kind enough to supply some New Road apparel, shoes and helmets. I brought the bourbon. Spencer brought a dull hatchet and we were all stoked.
Did I mention cliff jumps in January? Yeah… Check out more photos in the Gallery, all shot with my Mamiya 7ii and Portra 400 / Kodak TMAX 400. Many thanks to Giro for supplying equipment for this ride!
Photo by Kyle Kelley
The Necronomicog knows no boundaries when it comes to two-wheeled sacrifice and as alluded earlier, this insane Cannondale track bike served for plenty of entertainment on my last night in Los Angeles. Of course, Kyle’s film photos do this icon of American aluminum track bikes justice. See more at Kyle’s Flickr!
I’ve found, more often than not, that rides with Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles usually turn into hike a bike trails at some point. Even on “road rides”. The Locals Only ride is one of my favorites. It’s short, steep and sweet. Just long enough to get your heart rate going and early enough in the day that the light is usually nothing short of spectacular.
Last week’s Locals Only ride came right after some rain. The trails were sticky and the light was insane. A dense fog moved in from the sea and began to envelop the hills and mountains. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that in LA before. It was one of those mornings where you almost wreck because you’re staring off at the distance and not at the singletrack in front of you.
Like I said, we did some hiking, but the descents were nothing short of intense! See more in the Gallery!
Photo by Sean Talkington
Sometimes you hop the big log… and clear the trail, only to hit another log and wreck (gracefully). Everyone’s gotta pay the piper.
I can’t wait to see the rest of Sean’s photos from last week in LA on the Team Dream Bicycling Team Blog!
… as always, it’s been a blast! I feel like I’ve gotten some of the best content on this trip, all while doing some of the best rides I’ve ever done here in Los Angeles. Many thanks to Golden Saddle Cyclery for re-energizing my stoke!
Photos by Jeremy Dunn
I saw this portrait of Dan and Britlee on the Rapha Survey and reached out to Jeremy Dunn of the Athletic for a higher-res file. Not only did he send it over, but he wrote a little blurb about them as well. What a nice guy!
Check out more below!
We all have “roll models”. You know, people who ride that we either know or don’t know but for some reason, we look up to them and aspire to one day tap into their radness. Maybe we follow them on Instagram, or witness their riding on a website…
Over the years I’ve gotten to spend some time getting to know Ty Hathaway, co-owner of Golden Saddle Cyclery. His past exploits include finishing the Tour Divide, being a general ripper on anything with two wheels and exploiting his spontaneity through planning (or not planning) some pretty incredible rides.
Last year Ty bought a Surly Pugsley and started riding the shit out of it. After doing a few small excursions, he called up one of his best friends, Moi Medina to go on a two day ride in Arizona. The story and Guest Gallery inclosed below is all from Ty directly, in his words…
Read on below for what I consider one of the raddest Guest Galleries ever to grace this site!
…Perfect for riding and sometimes, hiking. Excuse the lack of updates today, the weather has been insane! Keep tabs on my Instagram @JohnProlly for more updates and I’ll be posting a bunch of rad shit next week!
Photo by Kyle Kelley
I have so many wonderful friends in this world, most all of them ride bikes but very few are family like this dude. Jeff and Kyle are two of my closest friends and I can’t wait to see this guy again. Albeit, it’ll be a lot colder next time.
I just wanted to send warm vibes over to this dude today!
Flashback to July. I was in considerably good shape, coming off a lot of base miles in the early spring with China and Australia, back to back. After those two countries, I kept pushing myself to be a more fit cyclist. Why? Because I knew this Brovet was coming up and I had something to prove. Both to myself and my friends, who had heckled me incessantly since my bonking in Pittsburgh. Let’s just say, I was ready.
My equipment was dialed, my fitness was in-line and aside from a MTB wreck the week before, I was in tip top shape. The initial talks of the route had numbers like 250 miles and over 30,000′ of climbing. After we completed the route, it turned out to be around 235 miles and 18,000′. Still, no small feat.
Look, it was hot, tough and with around 10 people in our group, it was the largest Brovet ride yet. Was it fun? You bet your ass! It’s amazing how enjoyable rides like this can be when you’ve got the fitness. You’ve already read Yonder’s report, so here are my photos from the ride, in as accurate of an order as I can recall.