Yes, definitely rather be skiing that snow. From Warren Miller:
Here in Tahoe we really don’t have bike lanes like bigger cities do. However for those of us who cycle, whether as a commuter or for recreation, we do have to deal with cars (and cars need to deal with cyclists).
In a demonstration to warn luxury car drivers not to park in the bicycle lane in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, the mayor of the city recently crushed a Mercedes-Benz parked in the bike lane with an army tank. Full story here and here’s a Youtube video as well. Obviously this is set up however quite entertaining:
If you haven’t seen it yet it’s that time again where Unofficial Networks.com has the next installment of our “Light is Right” gear review posted. This time it covers the MSR Reactor stove system. Check it out HERE for the rundown on this great piece of gear.
In other gear news check out our Facebook page for a bunch of new 2012 stuff from Vibram Five Fingers, Keen running shoes, and Camelbak running vests!
As I’m sure you’ll all agree it seems like the focus this time of the year in the two wheel world seems to fall on the Tour de France, and rightfully so. However here’s a video on a recent race that also goes down in France but involves mountain bikes.
Here’s finally some stoke from the 2011 Megavalanche!!!! Have a good weekend.
Most of us who backcountry ski have heard of Dynafit mainly due to the killer bindings they produce but also due to their boots and skis. They also make a bunch of other stuff, however until now it’s been winter related; sausage suits for randonee racing, backpacks, poles, and winter clothing.
For summer 2012 they’re coming out with a summer clothing line for “alpine running and alpine biking”. Here’s a link to the press release, click below:
In case you missed it on the Twitter Big Blue Adventure has the results posted for the XTERRA Tahoe City (long and short course) and also the Run to Squaw that both went down last weekend. Western States 100 just tweeted that there are a ton of videos up on YouTube from the race this past weekend, check them all out HERE! More WS100, Competitor.com has a nice write up on the winners of the race as well. “Jornet, Greenwood Win Western States 100″.
Coming up on the 4th of July is the Firecracker Mile in Truckee. The extent of the course? From ” US Bank - Donner Pass Rd to Downtown Truckee .” More info and registration HERE! Enough running for now! Lets check out some alpine action with Colin Haley:
It’s that time of the year again. The 38th Annual Western States 100 Endurance Run begins this weekend right here at 5AM on Saturday in Squaw Valley and continues on to Auburn for 100 miles. Get out there and cheer these folks on. It’s another year with snow on the course and should be quite a weekend! Click on the buckle to link to the Western States 100 website.
Not into the whole ultra thing or maybe you got shut down on the entry in the WS100? Well Big Blue Adventure has a couple events this weekend as well in Tahoe. On Saturday XTERRA Tahoe City begins at 8AM right at Commons Beach! Entrants will swim, mountain bike, and trail run there way to the finish once again at Commons Beach.
Then commencing Sunday at 7:45AM is the Run to Squaw Valley USA. A 7.9 mile running race beginning at Commons Beach and finishing at the Village at Squaw Valley. On site registration available for both events!
according to Urban Dictionary:
1. pain cave
A grueling physical workout intended to make you a better athlete. Usually done at home or the gym, and we call that place the “pain cave.”“If I want to get faster on the bike, I’ve gotta do my workout, so I am headed to the pain cave.”
I disagree with “at home or in the gym” and feel this can be attained in a far broader spectrum of activities or ailments and is obviously everyone’s perspective will be different. Keep in mind it is from the Urban Dictionary.
The following article describes it from the point of view of a professional level athlete, Torbjørn Sindballe, during a triathlon. It’s pretty interesting experiencing the mental state of a world class triathlete overcoming the mental and physical challenges of giving it everything they’ve got.
As I finished the bike I knew I was in for a brutal day. Stars spun wildly around my head the final 20 miles of riding as I crashed through dizzy spells and fought to remain upright. My legs were powerless and my muscles were buzzing with soreness. Every hill devoured me.
Like hitting a thumb with a hammer, my body had become numb to the constant muscle firing forced by my will power and desperate need to compete. While clawing through the pain, I had lost three minutes in the last lap. Although I was leading, my internal situation was as grim as hanging from a cliff.
Click on any of the above to link to the original article and continue reading…..
Well despite all the snow up high the summer events just keep on coming. On June 11th, 2011 we’ve got the Tour de Manure, Sierra Valley metric century bike tour to benefit the Sierraville Volunteer Fire and Rescue. The tour starts at the Sierraville Volunteer Firehouse at 8am and has three scenic route options: 62, 42, or 30 miles. All three rides go through the beautiful meadows and historic communities of the area. Registration includes sag wagon, food/drink stops, t-shirt, and finsh line party with live music!
More information and registration in here. FYI $45 registration by June 8th, after that it goes up to $55 (race day registration available).
About a week ago we had some links and such to Inyo National Forest, Sequoia Kings Canyon, and also the Tahoe Basin management agencies with info on the current road, campground, snow, trail conditions. Here’s one we forgot to mention.
Yosemite National Park has gotten pretty much everything open as far as the roads go however crews are still cranking away at Tioga Pass. On their conditions page you’ll find the current road, campground, and wilderness conditions in addition to other info on peregrine falcon nesting closures on climbing routes. They’ve also got links to webcams, weather, and water flow levels of the Merced in the Valley among other more positive (ie nothing that says “closed”) info on flowers, waterfalls, etc…
Check this one out specifically for Tioga Pass plowing updates. As of now it looks like they have absolutely no tentative opening date.
As far as the high snow levels through out the Sierra I see this as good and bad.
Bad, because it limits access everywhere in the parks and forests so people are bummed they can’t get out and play. Good, because it limits access. Why would limiting access be good?
Well considering that the usage of our wildlands seems to be growing exponentially mother nature keeping people out gives these lands time to recover from all the impact. Whether you are a hardcore Leave No Tracer or that person doing donuts in the designated Wilderness all these impacts add up, some more than others obviously. However the nice thing about a huge winter is that we can’t argue back and break the rules imposed by mother nature like some people choose to with the federal agencies (pertaining to trailhead quotas for example). Besides if you really want to get out and are bummed about all the snow pushing back your backpacking trip, here’s a hot tip: get some skis or snowshoes! Experience that annual trip in a different light!
It’s a killer year for the Sierra High Route (Shepard Pass to Wolverton) or maybe take on the John Muir Trail over snow. Need some more ideas? Look into Moynier’s book “Backcountry Skiing in the High Sierra”. He’s got a ton of short and long length ski tours that would be an excellent replacement for that early season backpacking trip. And if you are 100% over the snow, well, you’ve always got the desert to explore. Ahhh, the beauty of California!
And one last Tioga Pass update for you. Saw this one filed under “Snowboarding” on ESPN’s website. Maybe some more info for those looking to get out there!
With the finish of a couple big bike races recently, one local and another not so local, here’s a killer video. If you’re not into old cycling footage at least check out the last 20 seconds.