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Training Log: revy

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  Bike4 9:25:00 59.34(6.3/h) 95.5(10.1/h) 1550
  Total4 9:25:00 59.34(9:31) 95.5(5:55) 1550
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Monday Oct 16 #

9 AM

Bike 2:10:00 [2] 21.5 km (9.9 kph) +200m

Russ and Vikki continued on to Moab so back to just Mike and I. Finished the Mesa tour with a full loop of guacamole. I think this is my favorite of the Mesa rides - more open due to the previous fire, best views of Zion, most interesting rock and a good mix of fast trail. Warmest day today with little wind. Overall the weather has been pretty much cloud free and pleasant without being stifling so no complaints.
1 PM

Bike 1:45:00 [2] 19.0 km (10.9 kph) +450m

Last ride of the trip (and even warmer than this morning - both due to time of day and location) at the Santa Clara preserve. We climbed precipice which was more interesting than the usual climb then did the outer loop of Barrel Roll. Skipped the last bit of this trail and returned to sidewinder. At the top we dropped down and up on suicidal tendencies. Skipped the more boring upper bit... the part we did was really fun though. Overall I'm always pleasantly surprised by the riding here. Not a "destination" trail but fun with different views than the hurricane trails so definitely worth a few hours.

Sunday Oct 15 #

10 AM

Bike 2:30:00 [2] 23.5 km (9.4 kph) +300m

Gooseberry Mesa - joined today by Vikki and Russ. Our merry group of four did the usual counter clockwise tour around the Mesa. One of these years I should try riding it backwards... We skipped a short section of the south rim trail after riding hidden Canyon.

Surprised by the lack of cars ther on a weekend but it seemed like we kept running into the same group of riders. Partially this was caused by our stops... the most unfortunate being due to Russ falling into a cactus and needed some thorn removal done.

Fun ride as usual. South Rim and the ride to the the point are my favorite sections.

Saturday Oct 14 #

11 AM

Bike 3:00:00 [2] 31.5 km (10.5 kph) +600m

With our "rest days" out of the way we can get back to the business of mountain biking;)

Exploration ride today on new trails to me... parked near Grafton and rode up the smithsonian butte byway. This was a grunt but only a few hundred vertical meters so was over pretty quick. It still looks pretty crappy for driving vehicles on it. Near the top we joined the new Wire Mesa trail which we rode clockwise. Some sandy and soft bits to start but then got better. The first half was mainly dirt Singletrack which Mike and I rode at a fun racy pace. The second half has more rock features. Overall a good intro to Mesa riding and better and more interesting than I expected (often blue trails in Utah can be a bit boring). Great views of Zion as well from this area.

Next bit followed some unsanctioned and lesser used trails to get over to the Grafton Mesa. Undisclosed was a nice meandering climb, South Wash had a nice descent and then interesting climb, Dig It was OK (can't remember any big highlights). We had to push our bikes to get to the start of the Grafton Singletrack but it was worth it as some fun technical features. Last but not least was Meanderthon which did meander and was hard to follow at times in the sagebrush. Dropped off the Mesa on the old coach road which is now a rocky Singletrack. It is bumpy at times but on an all mountain bike you can roll everything with no issues. Fun descent - overall the whole loop was a worthwhile excursion and certainly merits addition to the regular ride list in Hurricane.

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