Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dirty Side Down at the First Annual Tour de Jeffco

It seems like just about everyone around my home area of Jefferson County says, "Yeti makes the best bikes for Front Range trails."  A few weeks on the ASR-C began to confirm this, but I decided to test the theory with a some friends today at the first annual Tour de Jeffco, a big MTB ride linking many of the popular trails in Jefferson County.

The route:
  • Evergreen to top of Evergreen Mountain
  • Up and down Bergen Peak
  • Across Bergen Park 
  • Down Chimney Gulch
  • Up Apex
  • Down Enchanted Forest
  • Across Matthews Winters
  • Stop at gas station in Morrison for food and water
  • Up Mt. Falcon
  • Down Lair O' the Bear
  • Up Morrison Canyon to Evergreen
  • "Dirty Side Down" Burger (1/2 lb. patty--probably full of pink slime--in between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon), fries, and beer at Cactus Jack's 
The concept was simple enough, and it made for a superb day of fun on the trails with great friends!  Andrew Adamowski (vote for him on May 8 for EPRD Board), Colin Booth, Nick Ramey, and Darren Lee all joined for part of the ride, and it was great to meet them out there.  

Nick was waiting for us at the top of Bergen Peak.  I think he slept up there for altitude training.
We saw the guys from Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters on top of Bergen Peak, preparing for the a very similar ride they simply call "The Stupid."  Brooks Beal came from Boulder and did almost the whole thing, including "pausing" his vegan diet for the Dirty Side Down at the end.  Andrew Speers, freshly crowned Teacher of the Year at EHS, proved why he's such an exceptional person by completing the entire ride only two years into his mountain biking career!  Not bad.  He headed home afterwards to play with his four-year-old twin boys, still in a bit of a haze.  Jon Brown came all the way from "Gunni" for the ride.  He pulled in at 10:00 p.m. last night, and demanded over a beer in downtown Evergreen that we ride at least as long as he drove to get here and back for the ride.

Well, Jon got his wish, and he seemed to be stoked about the Front Range trails.

I had a blast out there.  The bike was wonderful, and I was stoked to ride all day over 75+ miles without a single mechanical worry.  It seems to me that just about everyone around is right about the Yeti.

Not sure if the mustache or the sandwich is dirtier.  Andrew,
myself, and JB were stoked to be finished!

1 comment:

  1. Now that is an impressive ride. A little bit of everything. Reminds me that I need to get the old orange Yeti ARC out of the back of the garage and back on the trails!