Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Week 24

Date
June 13, 2016

Distance
104 miles

Strava Link
Week 24

Route Map/Profile

Weather

Ride Report 
Three climbs today: Mt. Rose, 6 Mile Canyon, and the Truck Route. Things started out pretty well and then it got windy towards the second half of the ride. That's great on the section of Highway 50 out to 6 Mile Canyon, but not so great on the climb itself. That's a difficult enough climb without the headwind. That's all part of the fun, though. It's great to be doing some of my summertime Tahoe routes again.

The day before Flag Day

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Week 23

Date
June 9, 2016

Distance
101 miles

Strava Link
Week 23

Route Map/Profile

Weather

Ride Report 
This is my typical windy day route, heading straight south and then back home. My timing was actually pretty good today. Usually I'll start early trying to beat the wind, but it will already be windy by the time I make it to Washoe Valley. Today the wind didn't pick up until probably Genoa or later.

My camera wasn't saving the pictures I was taking. For some reason it decided to save just this crappy one.
May was a good month. I failed my Everesting attempt, but I did get in more than 1,200 miles and I got to take a fun road trip out to Utah and Arizona. The weather in Reno is getting better and starting to feel like summer, so hopefully it's just the beginning of a few great months of riding.

Week 22

Date
May 31, 2016

Distance
100 miles

Strava Link
Week 22

Route Map/Profile

Weather

Ride Report 
This is the ride I was wanting to do before watching Stage 5 last week. The weather was way better today, so better late than never.

Red Lake

It was absolutely beautiful out there- nice and warm without any wind. There's still some snow in the mountains and there were a few little waterfalls like this one.

video

I'm not in good climbing shape right now, but today was a good way to work on that.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Week 21

Date
May 24, 2016

Distance
100 miles

Strava Links
Week 21, Week 21 Part 2

Route Map/Profile

My Garmin shut down on me, so there are 2 files this week.

Weather
There's some missing data, but the wind stayed high for the end of my ride.

Ride Report 
The road trip continues. Kingman, AZ wasn't on my radar when I started this trip, but I was looking for a warm spot somewhat close to St. George and I found this climb when I was doing a segment explore on Strava. The segment is Hualapai Mountain Road, which is 11 miles at 5%. That doesn't sound all that difficult, but the last 3 miles average 8% and the last 1 mile averages 12%. I was hoping to do a little hiking, too, so it seemed like a good place to go. I ended up staying for 2 days.

Day 4: Kingman, AZ

This was mostly a rest day. I did a hike in the morning, then rode the climb in the afternoon.

Hualapai Mountain Road in the distance

Hualapai Mountain Road
I won't bore you with the hiking, but riding the climb was a ton of fun. It was a windy day, but nice and warm with plenty of sunshine. Hualapai Mountain Road reminded me of a longer version of 6 Mile Canyon with how it starts off easy and then gets steep at the end. The scenery was fantastic and there was hardly any traffic out there.

It's funny how some climbs get a big reputation and some don't. I looked at a few lists of the top climbs in the USA and I didn't see this one mentioned. I've ridden a lot of the more well-known climbs that do show up on those lists, and I would definitely say that this one belongs. For whatever reason, less than 50 people have ridden it on Strava. I would never have heard of it if not for Strava's segment explore tool.

Day 5: Kingman, AZ

This was the last riding day of my road trip. The route was a pretty simple out-and-back from Kingman to Topock via Oatman. I didn't expect much from the day. I chose the route mostly because it was windy and I wanted to have a headwind for the first half of the ride and a tailwind on the way back. The route ended up exceeding my expectations big time. My photos are never great, but hopefully you'll see that the scenery was awesome out there. Once again, there was hardly any traffic.

That's it for the road trip. Maybe I could have gone to a more exotic or well-known location (like Tenerife earlier this year), but there's so much good riding within driving distance of here. As I learned in Kingman, much of it might not even be all that well known.















Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Week 20

Date
May 22, 2016

Distance
101 miles

Strava Link
Week 20

Route Map/Profile

Weather

Ride Report 
I took a little road trip and this was day 3. On day 1 I did a ride out on NV 376 on my way to Ely. That ride was cold and windy with a little rain, but the scenery was great. On day 2 I continued on to St. George, UT and did the Spring Tour de St. George route. It was a windy day, but nice and warm. This ride is from day 3, which was the Fall Tour de St. George route. You can't go wrong with either Tour de St. George, but I preferred the Fall route. The section through Snow Canyon State Park is perfect and I also enjoyed the section on Gunlock Rd. If you only have one day in St. George, this is the route to do.

The road trip will continue for a few more days next week. Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the first 3 days.

Day 1: NV 376
A cloudy day

With snow in the mountains





Day 2: St. George








Quail Creek State Park

Quail Creek State Park
Quail Creek State Park

Day 3: St. George

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park


Gunlock Rd

Gunlock Rd

Gunlock Rd

Gunlock Rd

Gunlock Rd





Sand Hollow Reservoir