2016 Red Rock (Desert) Rampage

This may very well have been the final Rampage on the Green valley race loop, My first races there were in 2002. All of that double track was singletrack back then. The washes had no ride arounds and development was years away. Alas, progress. The team had a tent and a modest turnout, lots of teammates were playing in the St Geezy area, not racing.

 Pro Women, Meghan 3rd  and Erika 4th

Pro Women, Meghan 3rd  and Erika 4th

 Meghan, Angela the birthday girl and some jackhole

Meghan, Angela the birthday girl and some jackhole

 Meanwhile others on the team were playing out by the JEM trail

Meanwhile others on the team were playing out by the JEM trail


Meghan Sheridan - 3rd place Pro Woman
Erika R Powers - 5th Place Pro Woman
Reed Topham - 5th place Expert men 50-59
Todd S Winner - 8th place expert men 50-59
Craig Williams - 3rd place Expert men 60-80
Bob Saffell - 9th place expert men 40-49

2016 S-Works Epic Early Review

I picked up a 2016 Specialized Bicycles S-Works Epic late last fall. I had a few rides on the BST and a long weekend in St George before the snow flew and the Fat Boy came out. As a result i didn't get much of a chance to 'learn' the bike. Saturday in Arizona a few of us did the inaugural Prickly Pedal endurance race. The course was unknown to all of us. We were expecting 40 miles, less than 2k of climbing, with an unknown technical nature. Well race day surprised us with almost 40 miles of single track and about 3500 feet of climbing. The course had everything, smooth windy desert singletrack, bumpy fresh cut trail, sandy and rocky washes, baby head climbs and descents. Toothpaste (nickname Boffeli gave the bike) handled it all well, the Roval Control SL carbon rims and the RS-1 up front kept the ride plush and stable. The rear suspension was just right, I it kept wide open due to the high frequency roughness of most of the trail. I use the captain control front tire and fast trak control on the rear tire. I used these in the past, for several seasons and am stoked to be on them again. I can now say that toothpaste and I are a unit, ready for many rides, races and good times with friends. Thanks to the gang at Bingham Cyclery for the service and advice, thanks to the misfits who traveled down to Phoenix with us. Looking forward to more of the same...