Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July celebration

With the holiday this past weekend, there were many events happening in and around Bend.  As for cycling events, the Bend Super D was the highlight.  Decker continued his domination of Super D's with the win followed closely by local stud Timmy Evans and Portland native Matt Slaven.  The course utilized the Funner/Tiddlewinks trails(same as Pickett's Charge course) as well as some of the lower sections of Storm King (some of my favorites). 

Saturday's group ride was changed from it's normal route of Hwy 20 out to Horse Ridge and back.  Instead, Mike Larsen organized a ride up the roads to Mt. Bachelor and beyond to Elk Lake.  There was a select group of riders so the pace was relatively high.  My goal was to get in several hard efforts, and with Scotty Gray setting an early pace it weas perfect.  I chased him down and then we traded pulls before we were joined by Larsen towards the summit.  Over the 25 miles it takes to climb to the summit, I was able to get in 30 min of high tempo/LT efforts. 

As we waited for the other riders to regroup we then headed down the mountain towards Elk Lake (roughly 9 miles).  Once at Elk Lake we chilled out about 10 min grabbing some refreshments and food before heading back to Bachelor and back down into town.  There are many rollers on the way back from Elk Lake followed by a steady 4 mile climb from Sparks Lake up to Mt Bachelor.  I pulled the group along from Elk Lake to the base of the Sparks Lake climb at a good hard tempo.  Once we began to climb other riders moved to the front only to fade back again.  Larsen, Martin and Seguin (Team Bend Broadband) eventually led the group up the climb.  Around Todd Lake most turned around to do another repeat of the climb.  I, however, continued up to Bachelor and then back down into town.  I had the in-laws in town so I didn't want to be out for too long.

In the afternoon Jenny, myself and the in-laws drove out to Smith Rock to go for a hike.  Again, with the holiday the number of climbers, hikers, runners on the trails was immense. Just about every climbing route had a climber on it.  That made for some good sightseeing.  The weather was very warm and not much of a wind.  Once we got back to the car a nice cold refreshment (Deschutes Brewery - Twilight Summer Ale) was awaiting.  Ahhh, it never tasted so good.

Crooked River snaking it's way through Smith Rock

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