Tag Archives: Mountain Biking

ELLT 2016 Pic of the Day


maybe a shortened group ride and lots of standing around contributed to less soreness this year




2016: first Pic of the Day

just needing some inspiration on a Friday morning

All the bikes

ELLT 2015 – Another Pic of the Day

yes, its that day when the bikes go north to get tuned for the race

ELLT 2015 bike tune up

ELLT 2015 Pic of the Day – what we’re not doing


I rode Exeter with Danno today. We will not be riding Exeter for the triahtlon. If I had kept a running diary, it would have been something like this:

 — great downhill start, will make everyone feel like BMX riders

— ok, that climb lasted forever, but there will be a pay-off. And this will immediately separate the guys who trained from the rest

— so what are the pros and cons to riding here — compared to Willowdale, guys will feel like they accomplished something after they finish

[[first of countless bridges over swamps, streams, and next to a cliff]]

— guys will gain more confidence riding bridges, riding all this technical stuff

[[fifth or sixth time off the bike, pushing up an impossible granite-plus-roots hill or even down an impossible similar hill]]

— this ride will break people. This ride will completely ruin some guys for basketball

— no more deja vu, we’ve been to Willowdale or Stratham before – this is so much harder

— I have been in granny-gear this entire time

[[stop with Danno and he laughs, says we’re not quite halfway done]]

— this will absolutely cook people. They’re going to be cursing Danno and cursing me. Some guys might skip the time trial after this

— the only smooth sections of trail are the bridges and some are easily 40 yards long

[[after one of the best sections of trail I have ever been on]]

— so worth it. Even the brutal climb to get to that. So worth it

[[after nearly falling off a steep drop/cliff and being forced to walk even level stretches that were simply impossible to ride]]

— someone is going to get hurt. Hopefully not badly. But this is crazy hard riding. And I’ve been off the bike more times than I can count now

[[over the handle bars, bike lands on top of me…on a non-descript, but steep, downhill stretch. No damage, other than a bruised ego and a cut leg]]

— that sucked, and I wasn’t going fast, wasn’t on the hard stuff….holy crap this may be too tough

[[crossing a potentially alligator-infested swamp on a bridge straight out of Indiana Jones]]

— guys are going to hate this. Its going to stop being a good challenging ride and start becoming just crap

And in the parking lot after, Danno and I agreed – too technical, too much granite, far too high a risk of serious injury. We’ve been lucky to have had so few problems on the bikes, maybe in part because we’ve been smart. Danno and I will scout out some potential new time trial courses at Stratham and a new area not far from Willowdale. And we’ll make the group ride long and difficult, without being crazy-technical and crazy-risky.

ELLT Pic of the Day

looking forward to another mud ride this year

Steve Ball post bike ELLT 2014

ELLT 2014 – Return to Willowdale

We last rode Willowdale in 2011 and its the course where we first tried out a time trial. In 2014, we’re going back and we’re going to do the usual 2+ hour group ride (see the video) and then the same time trial. In 2011, Danno took the gold (by beating the next rider by more than a minute), Chris Roy took silver, and Ben Moeling took third. With both Chris and Ben out for the 2014 triathlon, the next highest place ride who will compete this year was Eric Marshall (in 7th).

While not as steep as Stratham or as brutal as Exeter, Willowdale does provide a couple of good single-track wooden bridges, rough gravel, and beautiful casual switchbacks that will make the group ride and the time trial a challange.

bike route markerDSC04975DSC02659ELLT 2011 mountain biking Jason at restELLT 2009 Doyle showing 1st place mountain biking form

ELLT 2013 Mountain Biking

bike envy

ELLT 2013 Biking Bike Envy