Saturday, July 31, 2010

No words or pictures...

will describe this place. Shelter Cove, The King Range and the Lost Coast are the most amazing places in California, bar none. Black Sand Beaches, endless rock mountains and huge evergreen canopies that ensure a level of humility is found even in every six foot tall human. The photos I can post don't seem to capture it, when I have on that does I will be sure to get it on. I also will try and get some shots next week of the trail work as well.

A little backlog: We finished the cross country commute to Shelter Cove on Monday, the only issue we had on the whole drive was a wheel axle on the trailer pretty much eating itself. Otherwise, everything has been stellar. We ran a few errands on Tuesday, then started the project working for IMBA on the Paradise Royal Trail System. We are here for the next eight weeks, in heaven and working fourty hours a week.

The photos are the best attempt thus far at capturing what this place is.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Snyderville Basin Bike Park Scoping

We have been hard at work in meetings and on the ground in Utah getting our strategy together for a new bike park just outside of Park City. This area is one of my favorites in the country. Below is a photo of PTD and Scott Linny standing at the top of a fill pile contemplating the AMAZING view that is the job site. We will be coming back in the Fall for the Phase 1 build.

Tomorrow we head to the Lost Coast to begin an eight week build with IMBA. The next few months will be the highlight of my trail building and bike park building career. STOKED!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

EPIC Park City Daze!

We are in Park City for the week, working hard, as you can see. We have been scoping the local scene and trying to guage what people have and what people in the area may want. Tomorrow is not going to be as much fun and games. We have meetings and to figure out what is next.

But, today we simply got to charge the trails at Deer Valley and had a lot of fun!
Here are some "not riding" pics.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


We are now in Park City, Utah for the week to begin the design process for a new bike park for the Snyderville Special Recreation District. This park will be a world class example that will stand at the top of the list for public bike park across the county. STOKED!

But first a recap of the last week. The photos below are of a great ride we did with a good sized group on the Magnolia trails outside of Nederland on Saturday. It was a great ride with an even better group. Before that we were just driving, so there really wasn't much to report.

The day after the ride we went to an awesome lake just a few miles from our friends house and did some cliff jumping, swimming and general goofing off. IT WAS EPIC!!!

Now it is back to buisness as usual for a week, then we make the final push to "The Lost Coast".

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Road Trippin'

We just landed up next to the Gateway to the West, St. Louis. Tomorrow we drop through the looking glass headed to Kansas then to Colorado for the weekend. We spent yesterday in Chattanooga and got to talk to some old friends and meet some new ones while wandering around in the woods as well. Tonight seems a bit like a pause before a crazy hard push the next couple days to get us settled for a minute in the Rockies. Next week is in a bit of limbo. I hope to get some photos and some write up on Friday, but it will all depend on how efficient we are in the drive. Wish us luck and have fun in the wait.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


We are down in Florida working on a design for a bike park in a new Florida State Recreation Area. Yeah, Florida is pretty much AWESOME !!!

So here is the plan - We take these:

And put them all over this area:

With regraded contours kind of like this:

Okay, so now where do we go eat lunch?

But, seriously, I did dip my toes in the lake and it was GREAT! Tomorrow is a meeting with the LA firm that is over seeing the new design. Computer time is very heavily in my future. I wish I could just make little mashed potato models and FedEx'm in to the potential client. Wouldn't that be COOL!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Axe Men Meet MTB...

We are back on the road and hanging out near Savannah for the night.

While in Asheville, we did get some great riding in too. We rode all over Bent Creek, even went up to Five Points and saw the "New View". We also went down to Brevard and took Jenn to...DaDunDaDun! PISGAH!!!! She had a blast. It was interesting being back in WNC getting in some Summer riding. There are a ton of "trails" in WNC, but Jenn managed to say they are all roads, which is so true. I have already spoiled the "beginner" rider on all of the great trails NOT in North Carolina. The woods are pretty, but looks like the FS has figured out how to screw that up too....OOPS !