For my birthday I once again got to go riding. This would not have been possible without the simply amazing Amanda who puts up with my cycling obsession.
This year, I hatched a plan to ride around town at a mellow pace hitting up singletrack, multiuse and the beach if the riding was suitable. I invited a bunch of people along, some of whom are racing/riding the Susitna 100 others who just like to ride. Given this was also billed as a training ride I and some others chose to ride with some of our gear that we will have to carry on the Susitna 100. I should also add this, it was for many of the group, the day after the Frosty Bottom. See my post about that race here.
We were 7 strong from the house then gained a few on the ride. The riding was a blast, all who had raced the Frosty Bottom were suffering from tired legs but with the warm temperatures, sunshine and smooth trails we had a blast.
|The full crew - Photo Credit Josh Chelf|
We rode through Bicentennial park then made our way over to the APU singletrack.
|At the top of the unrideable hill... unless you are Josh.|
|Winding our way through the APU singletrack. |
- PC - Josh Chelf
After passing through APU it was onto the singletrack sections along Chester Creek Trail.
Before we knew it we were at Earthquake park for a beer and food break.
|Lunch stop - PC Oscar|
Soon after getting going again we hit up the mandatory I'm a kid Uranus stop.
|This is funny whatever your age right?|
Before long we were cruising the beach which was perfect.
|Andrew playing around - PC Josh Chelf|
The beach was great until it wasn't.... perhaps we should have exited at the bottom of the Kincaid Hill. Oh well what's an epic ride without a little pushing.
|Yer it's kind of rideable.|
|New trail day|
|So that is where they used to dump the cars.|
|Pushing bikes is never fun, at least the view is good. - PC Josh Chelf|
After pushing up the dune past the old mostly buried cars we were back on familiar trails and soon cruising a short road section before hitting up the frozen swamps between Sand lake and Jewel Lake.
|Between the two lakes.|
Another short road section and then it was onto Campbell Creek Trail.
|Riding Campbell Creek Trail.|
From the end of Campbell Creek trail we hit up a little more singletrack, tried to connect via swamps back to blue dot, which is currently a no go. Then it was back over to Ruth Arcand park for a little more singletrack with a view before heading home.
|Sunset with a view|
We knocked out the final 1mile back to my house bringing our ride distance up to 45miles. Not a bad effort given the previous days exertion.
Thanks to Andrew, Andy, James, Jeanette, Josh, Megan, Nico, Oscar and Tom for joining me on the ride it meant a lot to me and I had a blast.
The cherry on top for this day though was returning home to have a home made cake. Baked by the love of my life, Amanda. Whilst getting to enjoy it with a great group of friends.
|As has been pointed out that is a lot of candles |
and probably a fire hazard - PC Amanda