China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

China Load

Mark V China-loads before a race

Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically.

The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth

Mark V

Raced complete

Expecting a dream sequence in his 100-mile MTB race report for the next issue of our mag, like Jim Morrison met him on the trail, and insisted he continue. Texting from somewhere in the Oregon outback, I received periodic updates

don’t carbo load before races; I china-load.

my triceps hurt so bad….like I sat in a car for a game of “Punch Bug” w Mike Tyson.

and

13hrs;dunno

At Leavenworth, he blamed his horrible cramping on the lack of Chinese food

But whether Leavenworth is more Bavaria or rural Washington, I am clearly not going to get the type of semi-authentic Chinese food I’m craving.

Good thing he found some in Bend and finished with legs intact.

Issue 15 drops next month with articles about the mountain biking I did during Scott Week too.

Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking

Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.

One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.

Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour. 

American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.

And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.

Chrome Mobile Factory Tour

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Today and tomorrow in Seattle, at the new Chrome Hub, they’re making shoes, drinking beer, and offering discounts. Check the flyer for the details.

Scott Week: Genius LT Tuned for Enduro

Scott Genius LT Tuned

Scott Genius LT Tuned. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

Was having so much fun on the flow trails at Deer Valley, decided for the last run to try a double black. After 5 runs on Sunset and Naildriver, I walked the gnarliest sections of Twist and Shout. Had the spirit and desire, but not that technical of skills. The bike could totally handle it though, and I felt I let it down. Feeling like I owed the Genius something, raced against a setting sun to get the shot on a fire road between alpine meadows.

The Genius LT Tuned is refined for 2015 and it’s got the pop-on-the showroom looks, just look how the sun lit up the graphics. Compared to the Spark I rode in Sedona, the slack geometry is for aggressive trail riding and I kept my weight forward and arms out, steering the front end through the turns.

Richard from Pinkbike told me at dinner that the soul of mountain biking is in Enduro, which this bike was made to race. Considering that Enduro is inclusive with no rules, and anyone can compete on the same course as the pros, that’s now on my list of stories to write. I’ll do it with a bike like the Genius LT Tuned. I haven’t been to an Enduro, but expect it’s like gravel is to road now.

See more photos from Scott Week on G+. And if you’re interested in riding in Park City, at the first IMBA Gold Level riding resort with world class trails. I’ve ridden in Park City now several times and recommend White Pine Touring as a guide. Just a few weeks ago, I took the GT Grade on Mid Mountain trail and featured that story in Issue 14 of our magazine.

Le Tour Update: Tour Delayed


Breaking: Tour De France On Hold As Cyclists Ride Over To Creek To Check Out Bugs

Traveling from Seattle to Vegas for another Mobile Social, and now in Park City for Scott week, haven’t seen the Tour in a day. Then I learned from the Onion that the racing was delayed because Andre Greipel found some stick bugs down at the creek! Funniest commentary I’ve seen for a race that’s the most interesting and unpredictable Tour in decades. And why is that? As Patrick Brady said,

cause we’re not just waiting to see who Froome is gonna F up each stage.

For more entertaining views of the Tour, also see the Crash Graphic and what it’s like on the sidelines.

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