Sunday, November 01, 2009

Today's Picture



Today we went up high. Rode to 9000 feet. Lots of snow. Not much oxygen. Rob wanted some ride info, so I will post the elevation profile. The trails are generally not very technical, the biggest challenge is the altitude. Spectacular views and fun trails with good flow. The vegetation and terrain is dramatically different from the prior two rides. On this ride, above 8000 feet, all hint of desert is gone. Below 8000, some desert plants will grow where there is lots of sun exposure. Tomorrow, either a short ride or day off. I am getting tired.

9 comments:

Mooch said...

Cool stuff Steve! Looks like a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

You dropped 900 feet in one mile! You were bombin'! What kind of speeds are you hitting? Also, how long did 14 miles take?
Thanks for the pics and info. Nice stuff.

CrashedAgain said...

Well, if you want the details: Total ride time: 4:27; descending time: 1 hour. Climbing time 2 hours. An hour and a half of catching my breath. Maximum speed 25 miles. A good portion of the large descent was snow covered, but we had pretty good traction. One of the riders with us won the Great Big Loop race in Santa Fe, which includes 17,000 feet of climbing. I think I and another sea level dweller on the ride slowed him down a bit. The other two locals on the ride never seemed to be breathing too hard. By the way, we did our first 200 feet of climbing on pavement. We then got on the single track and climbed 600 feet in the next mile. That was the toughest climb.

Slowride said...

It takes me 4 hours to ride 14 miles here. I'm thinking I may start riding the bike next year instead of pushing it.
Cool info and pic.

brett said...

no wonder all hints of dessert are gone. you worked off all that pie and cake on the way up. bummer they don't have pie plants up there at that altitude. desert dessert plants RULE! thanks for the update--looks warmer and funner than here.

CrashedAgain said...

Brett-Thanks for the grammar check. I guess I need more than spell check.

brett said...

blame it on the oxygen deficiency! i do, even though i'm at less than 2,000' most of the time! have fun out there.

rob said...

How do you find these trips, looks like more fun than our wet leaves. Although I'll bet no one wore a costume to your ride.... Next stop TDF?

Chief said...

great pics. crash. Looks alot like Clouds Croft N.M. where Josh took me. I think that is how it is spelled.