Check out the link below covering a mountain bike trail advocacy seminar in Ironwood, MI. Hansi Johnson of IMBA and Scott Chapin of RJF Agencies spoke about the economic impact of trail building. Towards the bottom of this article they mention the Copper Harbor Trails club mapping effort and link to their website. Check it out:
Archive for September, 2010
As promised here are some video clips I pulled from the helmet cam footage I shot during this years Chequamegon 40. The first clip is from the start of the race and as you can see it was sunny, but also pretty brisk. I got there at 5:45 am to put out ghost bikes for Jason, Elise and I and you would not believe how many bikes were already at the start. I was still able to get us spots at the front of the 2.5-3 hour section, and it was the closest to the front any of us have ever been at the start. After that I went back to sleep in my Tahoe for a couple hours until Jay and Elise got there. When we started our warm-up ride it was a little miserable at first because it was so cold. As long as we stayed in the sun, I started to feel a little warmed up. The plan was for both Jason and I to film and gps the course, but Jay realized during the warm-up that his battery in his gps was dead. He thought he had charged it the night before, but something went wrong and he was going to have to go without a gps which is also his bike computer. Fortunately my stuff was working fine, and Jay was still able to get video of his race.
After warm up we pulled our ghost bikes and took them back to the car, which was some of the most fun of the whole race. I had grabbed a few abandoned crappy full suspension bikes from the apartments where I live for our ghost bikes. When I say crappy I am being nice, these things were your classic K-Mart, heavy as a motorcycle, 80′s paint job, everything squeaks, the brakes don’t work, was never meant for going on anything other then pavement mountain bikes. The looks on people faces and Jay and I rode them back to the car was worth bringing them.
So anyway back to the video clip attached below. Just wanted to give you a sense of what the start is like, and what it is like coming off the pavement onto Rosie’s hill. Very fast, a little scary at times, but a lot of fun.
The next clip is of my encounter with a guy on a fully rigid single speed who did an amazing peice of riding right in front of me. As you can see in the clip we are flying down a hill on a dirt road when we come up on a hard right turn. The guy on the single speed could not slow down fast enough to make the turn and had to ride up a super steep dirt bank into some trees and brush and back down to the road. It was very cool to watch and kept me (more…)
As we do every year, the Hairy Media crew raced in the Chequamegon 40 mile mountain bike race this last weekend. It was a good year, but a little slow because of all the rain the trails saw in the days leading up to the race. Race day was sunny and cool, I wore my sleeves the whole race and was plenty comfortable. In some spots on the course there was a lot of standing water, but there were only a few spots where you could not find your way around it. Both Jason and I wore our helmet cams, but Jason’s GPS was giving him problems before the race and he was only able to get video footage. My GPS was working and I was able to get the whole course filmed and mapped. I would imagine we will take the data and create an iMap of the race at some point, but our list of races we mapped this summer is pretty long so it may be a little bit.
I have been going through the video and there is some good footage, but because of all the water on the trail about 3/4 of the way through my lens got a spec of mud on it. It only really shows up when the sun hits the lens and you get a little mud lens flare. I am not sure what if anything I can do to prevent this in the race, but the real bummer is when I went out to shot the new trail in Copper Harbor the next day I did not think to check the lens and that footage had a mud spec on it to. Live and learn I guess.
I should be able to finish getting through the video from Chequamegon tonight and get some highlights posted tomorrow. In the mean time check out my GPS data from the race, it will give you an idea of what the race was like this year.
The new excavator is being put to good use. The new section of trail that takes you from the middle of Woopidy Woo up to Brockway Mountain Drive is now officially open and it has bridges! About a minute into the attached video you get to see the bridge section, which is some of the most fun you can have on a mountain bike. Designed and built by Aaron Rogers with help from his assistant Elias Featherly, this trail flows from beginning to end and is as much fun to ride up as down. The best part is, this is just the first section of a much longer trail that takes you down the north side of Brockway and out to Hunters Point. Stay tuned for more video, or better yet come ride it yourself!