Wednesday, December 06, 2006
A lot of riders showed up to ride in the Holiday Lights Parade! Snow White rode the peddy cab driven by her Prince. The cross dressing witch with the poison apple was a hit, as where the not so dwarf dwarfs. Mirror-mirror on a bike ridden by the vain queen, the woodsman, and some rain deer completed our group. It was a lot of fun and we got a second place award! Our usual free for all parade riding formation was employed with Colin pulling off good wheelies, and Justin 360 whips. Stan and Rose hosted a potluck after the parade with lots of great food brought by everyone.Chris
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Taking a break
Mendocino Coast Cyclists' President Marc Tenzel
said of the inaugural Caspar Classic Mountain Bike
Race, "We had wonderful support and enthusiasm with a
great turnout on a fine course on a beautiful day."
Young Sophie Balme completed the children's
course accompanied by Cindy Ellis. Cindy, an
accomplished rider of our local trails, was impressed
with Sophie's riding as well as her ability to
maintain steady commentary and conversation while she
The Beginner's category was won by Adan Valencia
with a fine effort on short preparation. Adan rides
occasionally but hadn't been on the bike for a while.
He took to the trails several times last week and
showed good overall fitness and riding ability on the
fairly challenging course.
Adam Sherf of Willits finished 5 minutes behind
Adan but did so on a single-speed mountain bike. The
single-speeder handles well for Adam but sometimes
lacks favorable gearing for the hardest of climbs.
Near the top of "Three-post" trail the terrain pitches
up steeply and it was here that Adam had to walk his
bike. Adding to Adam's challenge was a wrong turn on
the course which cost him up to three minutes on the
Jake Madden, a relative newcomer to the wonders
of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, enjoyed his
race in finishing third.
Visitors Susan Walsh and Nancy McAravy finished
the course together, walking their bikes where needed
and riding well within their abilities to tie for
first place in the women's Beginner division.
On the Sport/Expert podium were David Conrad,
Gary Calder, and Ed Balme. David rode his "96'er" to
victory in the division and continues a successful
year. Gary was three minutes off David with a great
effort for second place. Gary's been riding somewhat
seriously and very regularly for a little over a year
and has made remarkable gains. Ed rounded out the top
three in the Sport/Expert category. It was great to
see the participation and support of the Balme family
as father and daughter raced while mother and little
one cheered them on. The Balmes sometimes ride as a
family -- three bikes and trailer for the baby Balme.
Visitors came from points beyond -- three
gentlemen from Modesto left around 2:00am to make our
10:00am races and left quite satisfied with their fine
day. We're gaining a reputation for having a unique
trail riding experience. The word of the North
Coast's mountain biking treasure is spreading in bike
shops and in riding groups around California.
Mendocino Coast Cyclists expect this annual event
to grow and become a late-season "must ride" for those
who enjoy the beauty of single-track and cross-country
mountain biking. The MCC thanks its sponsors Catch A
Canoe & Bicycles Too, Fort Bragg Cyclery, and Down
Home Foods for this fine race. The volunteers who
marshalled the course and provided other support are
appreciated as well as the California Department of
Forestry and the Jackson Demonstration State Forest.
From Rick Riley
Jackson Demonstration State Forest Camp One went just
as expected this past weekend with plenty of good
food, friends, and great mountain biking fun. The 20+
attendees included: Chris, David D, Marc & Naomi,
Jesse & Roanna, Stanley & Rose, Jim & Cindy, Michael,
Colin, Cate, Bill, Tom, John, Gene, Charlie, Gary,
Rotary Exchange Student Franco, and me.
Jesse had the impressive backwoods hot tub set
up, utilizing water from the North Fork of the Noyo
next to the spacious Tilley site of Camp One. Camping
here is always free and available on a first-come,
first-served basis. MCC makes great use of Camp One
and the Jackson Forest and are always grateful to the
State and its employees for the fine upkeep and access
to this local treasure.
The "Poker Ride" was won by Rose Fordyce with a
pair of Kings over Cindy Ellis and her pair of Queens.
Rose employed the strategy of collecting her cards
last in amassing the winning hand. Well played, Rose.
The Hill Climbing competition was won by Colin
Belisle as he bested Marc Tenzel and Gary Calder by
mere inches up the steepest rideable slope near the
camp. Later, Colin treated us to a demonstration of
"Big Air", launching his bike off a ramp built near
the top of the climbing hill.
Marc Tenzel, club El Presidente, noted that we
now maintain and use the greatest amount of the trails
in our area, more than any other group according to
his informal survey. Mountain biking has grown and he
is most pleased. Jim Ellis remarked that the number
of rideable trails has greatly increased over the past
several years. Still, the roads that crisscross the
Jackson Forest quickly become overgrown with brush and
vines due, in part, to the heavy rains this past
winter and spring. The solution: more riding. We
love our trails but the roads need some attention.
Next up: The Mendocino Coast Cyclists Mountain
Bike Race to be held Sunday, September 10.
From Rick Riley
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
hey, Well i got my new bike, another chameleon that is super sweet. I want to thank everybody for looking out for my old bike that was stolen and it's a real bummer but my new one is nicer so i'm happy right now. Also thank you Fort Bragg Cyclery for giving me a great deal on the bike.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Hope we don't have any more major trail problems!
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Marc rode the Road Race and said it was hard but fun. David Conrad, Matt, and I rode the Cross Country. David tied for 2nd place! His medal was cool having a usable stem cap. Check out his bike next time you see him.
In all we had a great time! It would have been nice to have more members and friends camp with us, but with the weather it was understandable. We will do this again next year and hope for more predictable weather.